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Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to control the illegal re-sale of diazepam; and if he will make a statement. (245280)

I have been asked to reply.

As a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 the illegal re-sale of diazepam is controlled; its illegal supply is a serious criminal matter.

Police must prioritise resources towards tackling crime, including drugs crime with a focus on those offences which cause the most harm. As such, operational activity may focus on Class A and B drugs, particularly the supply of drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Where there is an identified need for a local response to a priority problem—such as the supply of diazepam in clubs, partner agencies, including the police, can be tasked through existing Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships to work towards achieving a joined-up solution.

This may include enforcement, treatment, improved communication or a range of other options depending on what is needed within the community concerned.