HC Deb 01 July 1997 vol 297 cc84-5W
Mr. Beith

To ask the President of the Council what will be the responsibilities and terms of appointment of the official described as the drugs tsar. [2384]

Mrs. Ann Taylor

The post-holder will be responsible to the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Drug Misuse, which I chair. His or her main tasks will be to provide visible leadership in the fight against drugs; to support and help co-ordinate the efforts of relevant agencies; and to draw up for ministerial consideration a new strategy for tackling drugs. Detailed terms of reference are being drawn up, and an appointment will be made as soon as possible.

Mr. Beith

To ask the President of the Council when she expects to reply to the question of 5 June from the hon. Member for Berwick upon Tweed relating to the drugs tsar. [6336]

Mrs. Taylor

I have replied to the hon. Member today.