§ Mr. Robin F. Cook
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many prosecutions and convictions there were in the most recent convenient 10 year period under the sections replaced by Clause 1 (c), Clause 2(b) and subsection (2), Clause 5 and Clause 7(2), of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill; and how many masters and mistresses were divested of their authority under the sections replaced by Clause 9(4) of the same Bill.
§ Mr. Millan
The figures for prosecutions and convictions for offences under the section—Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885—replaced by Clause 5 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill—Clause 7 in the print of the Bill as brought from the Lords—are as follows:
Prosecutions Convictions 1974 49 39 1975 (provisional) 76 73
None of these proceedings related to homosexual acts committed in private between consenting adults. There have been no such prosecutions in recent years because of Crown Office policy. Complete confirmation on prosecutions and convictions under this section in the years previous to 1974 is not available. None of the other information requested is available.