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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18917: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what advice it has received from Police Scotland on the future costs of railway policing in (a) the event of the merger with British Transport Police as originally planned and (b) the new scenario of an interim arrangement followed by a merger in the longer term, including in relation to the estimated £21 million running costs savings, referred to by the Cabinet Secretary for Justice at the Justice Committee meeting on 18 September 2018.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 19 October 2018

As I advised the Justice Committee on 18 September the current total cost allocation for railway policing in Scotland is £21.9m. This is not a saving but the cost of policing the railways in Scotland.

The Scottish Government is currently considering appropriate interim arrangements and as yet are not in a position to determine the future costs of these. Upon full integration we do not anticipate the costs of railway policing to rise.