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S5W-16904: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 29 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government on how many times has British Transport Police prevented a suicide in Scotland in each of the last five years.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 12 June 2018

Further to the answer to S5W-16903 on 12 June 2018. Railway Safety Policy has not been devolved to Scottish Ministers and remains a matter that has been reserved to the UK Government. The same high standards of safety performance, including suicide prevention, is measured and reported at a GB level by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) in their Annual Safety Performance Report. The number of suicides on the GB rail network have fallen during 2015-16 and 2016-17, however it is too early to determine whether this decrease is statistically significant or whether it will be sustained.

During 2016-17, BTP recorded a total of 1,593 interventions in suicide attempts on the GB mainline rail network. This compares to 1,137 made in 2015-16, a 40% increase; which is due in part to the diligence and efforts of rail industry staff who have been trained on how to intervene to prevent suicide attempts.

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