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Drugs: Mephedrone

Volume 718: debated on Wednesday 7 April 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they were required to consult the European Union before banning mephedrone. [HL3228]

The UK Government do not consider that they are required to consult the European Commission before controlling mephedrone under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

The technical standards directive is not designed to cover action by member states to control dangerous drugs and consequently no consultation with the Commission is necessary prior to laying a draft order before Parliament to control mephedrone under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.