§ Mr. William Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many crimes were made known to the police in Scotland in 1968; how many of these were cleared up; and how the figures compare with those of 1967.
§ Mr. Ross
The provisional number of crimes made known to the police in Scotland in 1968 was 152,242 compared with 153,213 in 1967. This is the first decrease in the number of crimes since 1955. Persons were apprehended, cited, warned or traced in 57,096 cases (37.5 per cent.) in 1968, compared with 56,142 (36.6 per cent.) in 1967. More detailed provisional figures are given in the following table: