HC Deb 23 March 1972 vol 833 c367W
Mr. Alexander Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if, in view of the parental concern being expressed about drug-taking in schools, he will appoint a working party to examine what contribution Government and other public bodies can make to the eradication of this problem.

Mr. Gordon Campbell

I do not think a further inquiry is necessary at this stage. A report by a sub-committee of the Consultative Committee of Medical Officers of Health on the misuse of drugs in Scotland, including drug-taking by schoolchildren, is due to be published next week. In addition there should be available later this year the report of the Working Party on Health Education set up in 1969 on the recommendation of the Consultative Committee on the Curriculum. The available evidence indicates that the problem, though serious, is a limited one; it will be kept under close study.