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Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 21 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will review the legislation regarding the sale, production and possession of gamma hydroxy butyrate; and if he will make a statement. [114540]

Both Houses have recently approved an Order which will bring 4-Hydroxy-n-butyric acid, otherwise known as gammahyrdoxy-butrate or GHB, within the controls of Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 as a Class C drug. The provisions will come into effect on 1 July. From that date it will be a criminal offence to possess GHB unlawfully, and this will attract a maximum penalty of two years' imprisonment.