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S5W-04926: Pauline McNeill (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 22 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is aware of any recent assessment being undertaken of the extent of the sale of counterfeit electrical goods in Scotland and the (a) cost to the Scottish economy of such sales, (b) amounts of such goods being imported and (c) the extent of the sale of such goods.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 December 2016

Scotland's Serious Organised Crime Strategy 2016 Annual Report noted that an estimated £6.8 million of counterfeit goods and products had been forfeited through the activity of the Scottish Anti-illicit Trade Group (SAITG) following the launch of Scotland's refreshed Serious organised crime strategy in June 2015.

As part of its ongoing work, the SAITG are working with Police Scotland to develop a mechanism to highlight which illicit products represent a threat to Scotland and develop the most appropriate consumer advice.

Regulations concerning counterfeit goods are reserved to the UK Government and the UK-wide Intellectual Property Office works with law enforcement and industry partners across Scotland to help reduce the availability and impact of all counterfeit goods, including electrical goods. The IP Crime Report for 2015-16 which was published in September 2016 highlights current and emerging threats surrounding counterfeiting and piracy, including those conducted via the internet. A copy of the report can be found at:”