HL Deb 20 May 1998 vol 589 cc182-4WA
Lord Burton

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many external investigations (a) have been commissioned, (b) have been carried out and (c) are ongoing into each of the eight Scottish police forces during each of the last two years; and for each investigation:

  1. (i) which police force was appointed to carry out each or any investigation;
  2. (ii) what other body, organisation or institution was appointed to carry out, or assist with, any investigation;
  3. (iii) what was the reason or the subject of each investigation;
  4. (iv) what was the result or outcome of each investigation; and
  5. (v) what were the costs involved in carrying out each investigation; and what share of these costs were met by (a) the investigated police force, (b) the investigating police force, (c) the Scottish Office and (d) any other party, authority or organisation. [HL1886]

Lord Sewel

The information requested is contained in the table below. In each case the investigation was carried out by a police force with no other organisation or body involved. Investigations are invariably conducted on a "mutual aid" basis, with no charge being made by the investigating force. Information on costs is not therefore readily available.

Scottish Police External Investigations 1996–97
Force investigated Subject Enquiring force Outcome
Lothian and Borders None None None
Northern Constabulary Allegation of oppressive conduct Dumfries & Galloway Referred to Police Board—Not Substantiated
Northern Constabulary Allegation of Indecent Assault against serving officer Tayside Report to Procurator Fiscal—No Proceedings
Strathclyde None None None
Tayside Review of enquiry into fatal road traffic accident Central One officer given corrective advice
Tayside Allegation of oppressive conduct Strathclyde Unsubstantiated after Industrial Tribunal
Tayside Allegation of breach of confidentiality Fife Unsubstantiated

Scottish Police External Investigations 1997–98
Force investigated Subject Enquiring force Outcome
Central Scotland Criminal Allegation against serving officer Fife Report to Procurator Fiscal—No Proceedings Taken
Central Scotland Allegations of improper conduct against serving officers Strathclyde Two officers counselled
Central Scotland Review of investigation of a murder enquiry Tayside Ongoing
Central Scotland Allegation of oppressive conduct by serving officer Tayside Monetary penalty imposed following Misconduct Hearing
Dumfries and Galloway None None None
Fife None None None
Grampian Investigation into suicide of ex-Police Officer Tayside Ongoing
Grampian Review of circumstances surrounding a missing person and subsequent murder enquiry Lothian and Borders Report Published
Lothian and Borders None None None
Northern Constabulary Enquiry into Sudden Death of serving officer Tayside Ongoing
Strathclyde Allegation of discrimination Tayside Ongoing
Tayside Review of criminal investigation of allegation of Lewd and Libidinous conduct Northern Ongoing