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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06952: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how many convictions there have been involving cases of people shining (a) laser pens and (b) other laser devices at transport operators in each year since 1999, broken down by transport type.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 1 March 2017

The information requested cannot be identified from the Criminal Proceedings database. Offences involving cases of people shining (a) laser pens and (b) other laser devices at transport operators would be prosecuted under either the common law offence of culpable and reckless conduct or, with regards to aircraft, as a contravention of a statutory Air Navigation Order. In addition, legislation does not separately identify lasers from other lights and our database does not contain further detail with regards to the common law offence.

The Scottish Government holds information on the number of convictions under the air navigation order 2009 (Article 222). The following table contains data on convictions for offences relating to endangering aircraft and lights which dazzle or distract.

 

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2014-15

2015-16

THE AIR NAVIGATION ORDER 2009 ARTICLE 222

1

1

2

1

1

Source: Scottish Government Criminal Proceedings database.