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Snooker Players (Drug Tests)

Volume 115: debated on Tuesday 28 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations he has received from the Sports Council about the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association's unwillingness to take action over positive drug tests on snooker players who were tested under the Government-funded Sports Council drug abuse advisory group scheme; and what response he has made.

I have received no representations from the Sports Council on this matter. With the council, however, I share a concern over the use of certain medicines by some players, with or without medical prescription. I have therefore asked that the drug abuse advisory group of the Sports Council should discuss this issue urgently with the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association and other interested organisations and to produce a report.