HC Deb 18 October 1982 vol 29 cc29-30W
Mr. Porter

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in view of the increasing prevalance of glue sniffing, especially among young people, if he will introduce legislation to make this practice illegal and to provide that parents of minors are responsible for the actions of their children in this matter.

Mr. Mayhew:

The Government have no plans at present to introduce such legislation but as my hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Services has announced—[Vol. 22, c. 243–6]—the Government will shortly be seeking the views of statutory and voluntary bodies on ways to support and enhance their work with solvent misusers and their parents. The possibility of any changes in the law will be considered further in the light of those views.