HC Deb 28 July 1983 vol 46 cc600-1W
Mr. Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he is satisfied with the adequacy of legislation dealing with the illegal importers and distributors of heroin and other hard drugs; what sentences are available to and imposed, on average, by the courts; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ancram

My right hon. Friend is satisfied that the existing legislation to deal with such offences is adequate. The maximum sentences available on indictment include unlimited fines and 14 years imprisonment. Scottish courts regard such offences very seriously. Information on the sentences imposed by Scottish courts is not readily available separately, but is included in the information for the whole of the United Kingdom given by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Treasury in answer to the hon. Member today.