HC Deb 25 July 1986 vol 102 cc635-6W
Mr. Maclennan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he makes for the purpose of his

Crimes recorded and cleared up in the central Scotland police force area
Crime Crimes recorded Crimes cleared up
1978 1985 Percentage change 1978 1985 Percentage change
Violence against the person 273 522 +91 249 482 +94
Burglary 2,711 4,048 +49 801 1,275 +59
Theft/handling of stolen goods 6,657 8,773 +32 2,735 3,692 +35
Fraud/forgery 501 1,445 +188 433 1,151 +166
Criminal damage 2,745 4,288 +56 706 1,326 +88
Other crimes 574 1,025 +79 476 938 +97
Total crimes 13,461 20,101 +49 5,400 8,864 +64


The categories listed above have been derived from the categories of the Scottish crime classification as follows:

"Violence against the person": all non-sexual crimes of violence (group 1 of the standard classification) apart from robbery, those crimes of indecency (group 2) which contain a violent element, and certain crimes involving malicious and reckless conduct.

"Burglary": housebreaking.

"Theft/handling of stolen goods": opening lockfast places and clandestine removal in addition of theft per se, plus reset.

policy on educational bursaries of the extent of the difference in the position of parents living in the rural regions of Scotland compared with those living in towns with colleges.

Mr. Allan Stewart

In response to representation about the position of parents whose children must leave home to undertake courses of further education, I am taking steps to enable education authorities to exercise more discretion in determining the parental contribution relating to individual bursaries. The Education Authority Bursaries (Scotland) Regulations 1986, which are being laid before Parliament today, will bring this change into effect from 18 August 1986.

Mr. Maclennan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what information he has as to which local authorities in Scotland classify all educational bursaries under category B.

Mr. Allan Stewart

The Education Authority Bursaries (Scotland) Regulations 1985 provide that full-time further education bursaries granted to persons until they have attained the age of 18 are classed as category A bursaries, and those granted to persons who have reached that age as category B. In the latest academic session for which information is available (1984–85) all education authorities in Scotland paid both category A and category B bursaries to further education students; all authorities also paid higher school bursaries, which are not subject to classification according to age.