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Drugs (Prosecutions)

Volume 81: debated on Monday 24 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of prosecutions for (i) possession and (ii) supply of the drugs (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis, (d) amphetamines and (e) L.S.D. for the years 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984, respectively.

The information requested for 1980 to 1983 is given in the following table; information for 1984 is not yet available.

Persons proceeded against for certain offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971
United Kingdom 1980–83Number of persons
Type of drug and type of offence*1980198119821983
Unlawful possession5816688371,262
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully84112128235
Unlawful supply109143197200
Unlawful possession378420352443
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully46715274
Unlawful supply44846256
Unlawful possession13,21713,94615,93017,835
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully605698780986
Unlawful supply689784764776
Unlawful possession7271,0161,4291,922
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully7995162238
Unlawful supply13187148180
Unlawful possession222340415417
Possession with intent to supply unlawfully27446480
Unlawful supply37347243
* As the same person may be proceeded against for more than one offence or for more than one type of drug, the rows cannot be added together to produce totals.