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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S5W-36040
Asked by: Liam McArthur, Orkney Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Date lodged: 11 March 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many people convicted of possession, without intent to supply, of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) amphetamines, (e) ecstasy and (f) other drugs in each year since 2016-17 received (i) a custodial sentence, (ii) a community payback order, including a requirement to carry out a drug treatment programme, (iii) a drug treatment and testing order, (iv) a fine and (v) any other disposal.

Current status: Answered by Humza Yousaf on 24 March 2021


Answer

The available information is provided in the following tables (one for each year), which has been produced from the Scottish Government’s criminal proceedings database .

Requirements for Community Payback Orders are not held in the criminal proceedings database. However, an earlier study that linked convictions data with criminal justice social work statistics indicated that, between 2013-14 and 2016-17, around 3% of community payback orders for those convicted of possession of drugs included a specific drug treatment requirement. The low use of the CPO drug treatment requirement does not mean that individuals with substance misuse problems are not having these needs addressed. Community Payback Order annual reports, provided by local authorities, highlight that issues such as alcohol, drugs and mental health are often addressed under the supervision requirement of a CPO. This was echoed by the evaluation of Community Payback Orders, carried out in 2015 (section 5.38). Both the evaluation and the annual reports noted that using the supervision requirement in this way is especially helpful for those individuals who need support but do not meet the specific criteria of the treatment requirements.

Number of people convicted for the possession of drugs¹, by the type of drug and main penalty, 2016-17.

Custody

Community Payback Order

Drug Treatment and Testing Order

Financial

Other

All

Cocaine

27

95

3

640

121

886

Heroin

127

174

19

527

299

1,146

Ecstasy

2

12

-

126

39

179

Amphetamines

3

7

1

37

15

63

Cannabis²

37

148

2

840

453

1,480

Other

34

84

6

318

193

635

All

230

520

31

2,488

1,120

4,389

1 - where main crime

2 - includes: cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol, cannabinol derivatives

Number of people convicted for the possession of drugs¹, by the type of drug and main penalty, 2017-18.

 

Custody

Community Payback Order

Drug Treatment and Testing Order

Financial

Other

All

Cocaine

20

86

4

602

145

857

Heroin

99

161

26

482

286

1,054

Ecstasy

-

10

-

88

29

127

Amphetamines

1

6

-

31

12

50

Cannabis²

31

116

3

598

353

1,101

Other

27

46

4

225

133

435

All

178

425

37

2,026

958

3,624

1 - where main crime

2 - includes: cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol, cannabinol derivatives

Number of people convicted for the possession of drugs¹, by the type of drug and main penalty, 2018-19.

 

Custody

Community Payback Order

Drug Treatment and Testing Order

Financial

Other

All

Cocaine

29

92

8

565

151

845

Heroin

112

120

25

452

326

1,035

Ecstasy

3

7

-

58

20

88

Amphetamines

1

6

1

22

8

38

Cannabis²

33

89

2

503

324

951

Other

19

52

4

219

151

445

All

197

366

40

1,819

980

3,402

1 - where main crime

2 - includes: cannabis, cannabis resin, cannabinol, cannabinol derivatives

Please note: Information for 2019-20 will not be available until publication of the Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2019-20 Statistical Bulletin.

The dates of all Scottish Government Official and National Statistics publications are pre-announced, and the up to date list of future publications can be found at: https://www2.gov.scot/Topics/Statistics/ForthcomingPubs