Date lodged: 30 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether the upgrade of the Police Scotland IT system requires to be completed prior to the merger of British Transport Police in Scotland (BTP) with Police Scotland; whether public safety would be compromised in relation to railway policing if the system is not in place by then; whether its completion would be delayed in the absence of a reported £200 million required in additional funding, and whether the required upgrade cost includes the cost of new/upgrades ICT for BTP.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 13 June 2018
Our first priority is always public safety and our risk appetite, as agreed through the Joint Programme Board, remains low. Until the re-planning exercise is completed, it would be premature to make comment on ICT requirements and costs.