HC Deb 28 January 1971 vol 810 cc798-9
13. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what instructions he has given to industrial training authorities under his control to alert themselves for evidence of drug taking among 15-to 18-year-olds.

Mr. Bryan

None, Sir.

It is advisable to await the outcome of the Misuse of Drugs Bill and to see what schemes of information collecting and monitoring may be introduced.

Mr. Dalyell

Leaving the punitive measures out of this, does the Departmental philosophy accept in the matter of care and help with drugs that those at work are at a disadvantage compared with those at school?

Mr. Bryan

The campaign against drug taking must be directed from the Home Office. If, as a result of the Misuse of Drugs Bill, my Department is required to co-operate we shall gladly do so. Frankly, I do not see that we shall be able to help to a tremendous extent in the way suggested by the hon. Gentleman.

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