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S5W-09150: Fulton MacGregor (Coatbridge and Chryston)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 4 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by John Swinney on 31 January 2017 (Official Report, c.10) on the Scottish Government’s response to the independent review into the circumstances surrounding the death of Bailey Gwynne, whether the Cabinet Secretary for Justice has received a response from the UK Government to his letter seeking a UK-wide approach to address concerns regarding the online sale and delivery of knives.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 May 2017

The UK Government has responded favourably to the Scottish Government’s request for a joined up UK-wide approach to address mutual concerns about the online sale and delivery of knives.

The circumstances surrounding the tragic death of Bailey Gwynne at Cults Academy, Aberdeen, underlines why it is so vital that there are suitable controls in place to regulate and control the online sale and delivery of knives so that they cannot be obtained by our young people.

Officials from the Scottish Government and Home Office will now explore this issue further to ensure that any action that emerges has the maximum impact and addresses public safety concerns.