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Justice Department - budget plans
The justice department, which is headed by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, is responsible for a range of responsibilities including criminal law and sentencing policy, to fire and rescue services and religious and faith organisations.


The justice department oversees spending of more than 1bn a year, supporting the police, prison and fire and rescue services as well as the courts.

The government has been embroiled in a row with opposition parties, who claimed that its plans to deliver 1,000 new police officers through recruitment, retention and redeployment were a climb-down from its manifesto pledge of "1,000 more police".

Following cross-party pressure, MSPs agreed an amendment by ministers to take on the extra 1,000 officers by 2011.

Here are the main announcements:

  • Original plan to recruit an additional 500 police officers by 2011 with 13.5m, 18.0m and 22.5m funding over the three year spending period amended to recruit 1,000 officers, with an extra 10m, 13m and 17m of funding.
  • Modernising prison service, including replacing Peterhead and Aberdeen with a new prison and a new prison at Bishopbriggs - 12.8m, 21m and 29.2m.
  • New "Firelink" digital radio system for fire and rescue services - 33.8m, 9.7m and 7.5m.
  • Drug treatment and support services - 29.5m, 32.0m and 32.8m.
  • Legal aid - 167.2m, 170.7m and 173.0m.
  • Additional police funding, direct from central government - 138.5m, 162.6m and 165.2m.
  • Funding for the charity regulator - 3.6m and 3.7m over the next two years.


  • Plans set out for "1,000 more police".
  • Increase spending on drug rehabilitation services by 20%.
  • Commitment to the long-term future of Peterhead Prison, including the rebuilding of the prison.

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