HC Deb 17 September 2004 vol 424 cc1899-900W
Mr. Amess

To ask the Secret try of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of cannabis abuse since it was reclassified. [188289]

Caroline Flint

The British Crime Survey provides annual figures on the levels of drug use including cannabis. The figures for 2003–04 will be available in

grounds of the challenge were unlawfulness, procedural impropriety or irrationality. It is also not unusual for a challenge to be made on more than one ground.

The information in the following table gives the number of judicial review applications that were made in asylum cases and the outcome of judicial review hearings.

Statistics on the numbers of appeals to the court of appeal and House of Lords are not collected by the Home Office.

All judgments made by the courts are carefully considered, and appropriate action is taken to remedy adverse findings. A successful challenge to certification of an asylum application as clearly unfounded would, for example, normally result in the withdrawal of that certificate.

Data on Home Office actions in response to a successful challenge in the courts are not collected centrally, and could be obtained only by retrieval and examination of individual case files which would be at disproportionate cost.

December. The level of cannabis use among 16–24 year olds has shown a decline from 28.2 per cent. having used the drug in the previous 12 months in 1998 to 25.8 per cent. in 2002–03.

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