HC Deb 21 December 1982 vol 34 cc466-7W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether he will give the reasons why, in view of his earlier assurance to the hon. Member for Newham, North-West in the letter following the reply of the hon. Member for Wallasey (Mrs. Chalker) on 28 October, Official Report, c. 552, that he would in any future publicity on drink and driving dangers draw attention to the dangers of taking drugs and driving, he initiated his scheme to spend £1.5 million on a drink and driving publicity campaign and omitted to include the dangers of drugs and driving.

Mrs. Chalker

When I wrote to the hon. Member on 4 November, I informed him that the problem of drugs and driving was one to which we would be giving increasing attention. I gave no assurance that future drinking and driving publicity campaigns would be extended to include drugs, and made it clear that no such extension of the campaign could be undertaken in the plans this year.