§ Mr. Buchan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will consider the use of further educational colleges and other establishments within his control in order to provide special vocational training for unemployed school leavers.
§ Mr. Gordon Campbell
I agree that further education colleges can contribute to helping the unemployed school leaver and under the Government Vocational Training Scheme some 20 further education colleges—as well as Government Training Centres and employers' establishments—in Scotland are already used for the provision of special broadly-based courses of limited skill training for young persons under 18 who are unemployed and have no reasonable prospects of employment. Colleges have also been
1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 Accused on summary complaint … … 17,184 19,951 19,973 21,767 31,414* Accused on summary complaint (Juvenile) … 3,925 3,242 3,135 3,070 1,669a Cases on indictment … … … … 681 825 731 897 1,004 * The substantial increase over the 1970 figure partly reflects a significant increase in the number of cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal but is mainly the result of steps taken to clear a backlog of cases. a The reduction in the 1971 figure reflects the setting up of juvenile panels under the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968.
The total amount of money paid in fines at Glasgow Sheriff Court in each of the financial years 1967–68 to 1971–72 is as follows:
£ 1967–68 206,770 1968–69 208,221 1969–70 246,049 1970–71 296,128 1971–72 329,067
It is not possible to identify the cost of running individual sheriff courts nor the allocation of cost as between civil and criminal business.