Publication - Independent report

Policing of the miners' strike 1984-1985 - impact on communities: independent review

Published: 28 Oct 2020

This is the final report from the independent review that was commissioned to investigate and report on the impact on communities in Scotland on the policing of the miners' strike 1984 to 1985.

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Policing of the miners' strike 1984-1985 - impact on communities: independent review
Appendix A

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Appendix A

Miners' strike 1984-85 – Summary of arrest/conviction/dismissal data –
combined from various sources
Scotland England & Wales Source Date
Number of miners 15,000 192,000 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
% of total UK miners <10%   Labour Party Report – Gordon Brown & Merlyn Rees 9/5/85 May-85
% of total UK miners 7.20% 92.80% Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16
Number of arrests 1,350 Approx. 8,650 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
% of total UK arrests 13.50% 86.50% Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16
Court cases
(as of June 85)
470 5,600 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
Conviction rate 85% 76.40% The case for a review on the conviction of miners in Scotland – Public and Commercial Service Union/2015 2015
% found not guilty/not proven 18% 21% Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
% total UK convictions 10% 90% Labour Party Report – Gordon Brown & Merlyn Rees 9/5/85 May-85
Custodial sentences 1 200 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
Dismissals 200 700+ Labour Party Report – Gordon Brown & Merlyn Rees 9/5/85 Jun-85
Dismissals 202 900 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
Dismissals 206   The Strike: The miners fight for jobs & communities 1984/1985 –
Miners' Strike Memorial Committee/1989 
1989
Dismissals 205 809 Examination of pension entitlements – consultative document – DTI/May 2000 May-00
Dismissals 205 809 Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16
% of regional workforce 1.50% 0.61% The case for a review on the conviction of miners in Scotland – Public and Commercial Service Union/2015 2015
% total UK dismissals >30%   Labour Party Report – Gordon Brown & Merlyn Rees 9/5/85 May-85
% total UK dismissals 30%   The case for a review on the conviction of miners in Scotland – Public and Commercial Service Union/2015 2015
% total UK dismissals 20.20% 79.80% Examination of pension entitlements – consultative document – DTI/May 2000  
% total UK dismissals 20.20% 79.80% Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16
Reinstatements 0 280 Labour Party Report – Gordon Brown & Merlyn Rees 9/5/85 May-85
Reinstatements 0 280 Tholing a double penalty – Scottish miner – June 1985 Jun-85
Reinstatements 83 761* Examination of pension entitlements – consultative document – DTI/May 2000 May-00
Reinstatements 83 465 Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16
% dismissed miners reinstated 40.50% 57.50% Notes for meeting with Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Miners' Strike in Scotland inquiry – Bruce Shields/Dec 2016  Dec-16

* Report states "all but 170 were offered re-employment." Not clear if actually reinstated


Contact

Email: minersstrikereview@gov.scot