§ Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to tackle the problems of violent crime and drug-related deaths in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
The detection and prevention of violent crime will continue to be given a high priority by police forces in Scotland. Forces are also very active in taking measures to curb the acquisition and supply of illicit drugs. Our strategy for tackling the problems associated with the misuse of drugs, including drug-related deaths, is set out in the report of the drugs task force led by my noble and learned Friend, the Minister of State, which was published on 19 October.