HC Deb 03 May 1972 vol 836 cc386-7
31. Mr. Ewing

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take consequent upon the publication of the report entitled "Misuse of Drugs in Scotland ", published by his Department; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Monro

The main aim of the report is to keep those concerned with drug abuse in touch with the most recent information about the extent of the problem. I have therefore arranged for copies to be widely distributed throughout the National Health Service and to education authorities, social work departments and other interests. The report indicates that the problem, though serious, is still a limited one in Scotland; but it will be kept under constant review.

Mr. Ewing

Many of us who are interested in the problem consider the report to be very weak. In order to alleviate its weakness, will the hon. Gentleman take steps to expand educational facilities to educate people against the misuse of drugs?

Mr. Monro

The hon. Gentleman must make his own decision on the report. A great deal is already being done by the appropriate authorities at local level, where direct contact can be achieved. I assure the hon. Gentleman that my Department is watching the matter very closely.