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Benzodiazepine Drugs

Volume 78: debated on Tuesday 30 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the response of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs regarding the scheduling of benzodiazepine drugs under the United Nations convention on psychotropic substances 1971.

We are awaiting a recommendation from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on the scheduling of benzodiazepines under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Its recommendations on this matter will be made known in due course.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what organisations have been consulted by his Department regarding the possible rescheduling of benzodiazepine drugs under the United Nations convention on psychotropic substances 1971.

We have to date consulted the following trade and professional organisations on the changes which we think are necessary to the misuse of drugs legislation to enable us to comply with the requirements of the United Nations Convention on Psychotropic Substances 1971:

  • The Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • The National Pharmaceutical Association
  • Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry
  • National Association fo Pharmaceutical Distributors
  • Proprietary Association of Great Britain
  • Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee
  • Company Chemists' Association Ltd
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Royal College of General Practitioners
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
  • Royal College of Nursing of the United Kingdom
  • Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Joint Consultants Committee
  • General Medical Services Committee
  • Community Medicine Consultative Committee
  • General Medical Council
  • General Dental Council
  • British Medical Association
  • British Dental Association
  • British Veterinary Association
  • General Nursing Council for England and Wales
  • Association of Nurse Administrators
  • Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Guild of Hospital Pharmacists
  • National Association of Health Administrators
  • National Association of Health Authorities for England and Wales
  • Society of Family Practitoner Committees
  • Society of Administrators of Family Practitioner Services
  • British Chemical Distributors and Traders Association
  • British Distributors of Animal Medicines
  • Pharmaceutical General Council (Scotland)
  • Royal College of Midwives (Scottish Board)
  • Royal College of Nursing (Scottish Board)
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow)
  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Royal College of General Practitioners (Edinburgh)
  • Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Scottish Association of Nurse Administrators
  • National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Scotland
  • Scottish General Medical Services Committee
  • Scottish Joint Consultants' Committee
  • Association of Scottish Local Health Councils

  • Scottish Health Visitors Association
  • Welsh Medical Committee
  • Welsh Nursing and Midwifery Committee
  • Welsh Pharmaceutical Committee
  • North of Ireland Veterinary Association
  • Pharmaceutical Society of Northern Ireland
  • Pharmaceutical Contractors' Committee (Northern Ireland)