HC Deb 05 May 1971 vol 816 cc1356-7
15. Mr. Adam Hunter

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has for extending facilities to the police to combat the misuse of drugs problem in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.

The Under-Secretary of State for Home Affairs and Agriculture, Scottish Office (Mr. Alick Buchanan-Smith)

The police already have considerable powers of search and arrest. Specialised drug squads have been set up where needed and training facilities have been expanded.

Mr. Hunter

Is the hon. Member aware that this misuse of drugs problem is not confined to the two largest cities in Scotland, but that certain smaller towns and counties are now affected? Will he ensure that everything possible is done and that every police force in Scotland is given every assistance and encouragement to stop this problem?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

I very much share the hon. Member's justified concern on this matter, in that this problem is not confined to Edinburgh and Glasgow. I am personally encouraged by the interest which the police are taking not only in dealing with those who are found with drugs but in taking positive preventive measures as well.

Mr. Dalyell

Where have specialised drug squads been set up?

Mr. Buchanan-Smith

There are specialised drug squads in Edinburgh and Glasgow, and other forces have officers specially trained to deal with this problem.

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