§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will publish figures of murders committed during the five years ended 1977 for which convictions were, and were not, obtained.
§ Mr. Harry Ewing
The following is the information:
CASES OF MURDER MADE KNOWN TO THE POLICE DURING THE YEAR (LATEST CORRECTED FIGURES*) Cases for which no conviction was obtained Cases for which at least one conviction obtained Total† Cases included in total where suspect was insane or committed suicide† 1973 28 11 — 1974 26 9 1 1975 32 11 3 1976 39 17 3 1977‡ 41 20 3 * Latest corrected figures refer to cases determined to be murder as at 1st June 1978 (they may differ therefore from the annual figures recorded in Criminal Statistics—Scotland which relate to cases determined to be murder at 31st December each year). † Includes undetected cases. ‡ Provisional.