HC Deb 11 February 1981 vol 998 c860
39. Mr. Pollock

asked the Solicitor-General for Scotland how many cases on indictment were pending in December 1980 involving the use of offensive weapons.

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

In December 1980, 19 High Court indictments for crimes involving the use of offensive weapons were served pending trial. The weapons allegedly used included an axe, broken bottles and knives. In so far as indictment cases to be heard before a sheriff and jury are concerned, no separate records are kept.

Mr. Pollock

Does my hon. and learned Friend accept that these figures are disturbingly high? Does he agree that they reinforce the wisdom of the Government in introducing special measures in last year's Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act to deal with that rising menace?

The Solicitor-General for Scotland

I agree entirely. If that measure prevents one assault or one death it will have been worth it.

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