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Volume 82: debated on Tuesday 2 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether his Department had consultations with the Anti-Heroin Campaign or with Mr. Pete Townshend's anti-heroin group before launching the current campaign against heroin; and if he will make a statement.

Yes. My right hon. Friend and I and officials had discussions with Mr. Townshend on several occasions. Officials have met and have been in correspondence with Ms. Lynne Franks who has acted in co-ordinating the anti-heroin campaign. Their approaches differ from ours, which is based principally on recent research findings, but we welcome their interest in tackling drug misuse.