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Statistics Release: Homicide in Scotland, 2007-08




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Correspondence and enquiries

Enquiries on Homicide in Scotland, 2007-08 should be addressed to:

Thomas Robertson
Justice Analytical Services
DG Justice and Communities
1 st Floor West Rear, St Andrews House
Edinburgh EH1 3DG

Telephone: 0131 244 4253; Fax: 0131 244 2109
e-mail: thomas.robertson2@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

General enquiries on Scottish Government statistics can be addressed to:

Angela McLean
Office of the Chief Statistician
Scottish Government
3 Floor West Rear, St Andrews House

Telephone: (0131) 244 0442; Fax: (0131) 244 2223
e-mail: statistics.enquiries@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Advice on specific areas of Scottish Government statistical work can be obtained from staff at the telephone numbers given below:

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(0131) 244 6150


(0141) 242 5446

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(0131) 244 3777

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(0131) 244 2227


(0131) 244 0445


(0131) 244 0324


(0131) 244 6441

Further and Higher Education

(0141) 242 0273


(0131) 244 3432


(0131) 244 7236

Income, Tax and Benefits

(0131) 244 2583

Labour market

(0141) 242 5446

Local government finance

(0131) 244 7033


(0131) 244 0439


(0131) 244 2147

Recorded crime

(0131) 244 2635

Schools - pupils and teachers

(0131) 244 1689

Schools - qualifications

(0131) 244 0315

Scottish Government personnel

(0131) 244 3926

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(0131) 244 0442

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(0131) 244 2234


(0131) 244 7255

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- Vital statistics and publications

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(0131) 314 4243

(0131) 314 4254

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(0131) 313 6575

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Most recent Justice Statistical Publications relating to the Crime and Justice theme

Ref no.


Last published

978 0 7559 7189 9

Prison Statistics Scotland, 2007/08

August 2008

978 0 7559 7231 9

Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2007/08

September 2008

978 0 7559 7281 4

Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2007-08

October 2008

978 0 7559 7327 9

Scottish Prison Population Projections: 2008-2009 to 2017-2018

November 2008

978 0 7559 7310 1

Domestic Abuse Recorded by the Police in Scotland, 2007-08

November 2008

978 0 7559 7342 2

Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 September 2008

December 2008

Complaints and suggestions

If you are not satisfied with our service, please write to the Chief Statistician, Mr Rob Wishart, 3R.01, St Andrews House, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG, Telephone: (0131) 244 0302, e-mail rob.wishart@scotland.gsi.gov.uk . We also welcome any comments or suggestions that would help us to improve our standards of service.

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