§ Mrs. Ewing
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Scottish local government councillors and officers have been charged with corrupt practices in each of the last 10 years.
§ Mr. Ross
During the ten years ended 31st December, 1968, one local government councillor and one officer were charged with corrupt practices in the High Court of Justiciary (both in 1963). Figures of persons so charged in the sheriff courts are not readily available but are unlikely to be significant since charges of this nature, if serious, would normally be taken in the High Court.