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Drugs Policy (Brain Report)

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the relevance of the recommendations of the second Brain committee report to UK drugs policy. [119667]

The second Brain Committee Report dates back to 1965, when the nature of drug use, both in the numbers misusing drugs and the types of drugs being taken were very different from today. Since then a number of reports into drug misuse have been written, particularly the Home Affairs Select Committee Third Report on the Government's Drugs Policy "Is it Working". A large number of the recommendations in this report have be accepted and used to inform the development of the Government's current policy. Therefore, we do not believe that an assessment of the recommendations in the Brain Report would be appropriate.