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S5W-09713: Anas Sarwar (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 16 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-07442 by Annabelle Ewing on 13 March 2017, whether it is possible to gather information on racist hate crime from the recorded crime database.

Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 28 June 2017

It is not possible to gather information on all racist offending from the recorded crime database. Information is available on the offences of racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated conduct, however this does not include cases where racism was considered an aggravator to the main crime or offence. Statistics for racially aggravated offences (racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated conduct) from 2006-07 to 2015-16 are shown in the following table.

We are currently working with Police Scotland as they develop the data they hold on their Vulnerable Persons Database with a view to producing new analysis on police recorded Hate Incidents (which would include incidents with a race element). We anticipate a further update for users on the development of this work later in the year.

Number of racially aggravated offences recorded by the police in Scotland, 2006-07 to 2015-16:

Year

Racially aggravated offences

2006-07

4,474

2007-08

4,543

2008-09

4,564

2009-10

4,513

2010-11

4,173

2011-12

3,486

2012-13

2,903

2013-14

2,712

2014-15

2,456

2015-16

2,132