§ 66 and 67. Mr. Woodhouse
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether he will request a report from the Chief Constable of 270W Oxford under Section 30 of the Police Act, 1964, on the scale of drug-peddling in the city;
(2) what information he has received from the Chief Constable of Oxford on the extent of drug-addiction among students at the University.
§ Mr. George Thomas
My right hon. and learned Friend is in touch with the Chief Constable about these matters and is awaiting a report from him.
§ Mr. Hobden
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware of the continued spread of drug taking, particularly among teenagers; what plans he has for seeking new powers to deal with this; and whether he is satisfied that the security services at the point of manufacture are sufficient to prevent the unauthorised removal of drugs from that source.
§ Sir F. Soskice
I have noted with concern suggestions that drug taking is increasing and I am watching the position closely. The Interdepartmental Committee on Drug Addiction was reconvened last year to study certain aspects of the problem and its report is expected soon. I am satisfied that those concerned in manufacturing and handling dangerous drugs take strict security precautions in accordance with the conditions of their licences and regulations. The Drugs (Prevention of Misuse) Act, 1964, makes no provision as regards the custody of the drugs controlled thereunder. The possible need for further controls is being kept under review.