Date lodged: 11 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason there is a gap in the publication of statistics for racist incidents recorded by the Police Scotland, and when they will next be published.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 24 January 2018
In the latest publication of racist incidents recorded by the police in Scotland, we outlined for users our plan to scope out the possibility of replacing this bulletin with a new and broader product on police recorded hate crime. This would include information on other strands of hate crime recorded by the police, in addition to retaining data on hate incidents with a race element. Scottish Government statisticians have been working with Police Scotland as it develops the data it holds on its existing systems, and we anticipate an update early this year on the outcome of this work and plans for a new publication. This will be circulated to users through the Scotstat network (http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/scotstat)