I have received representations from an hon. Member and one other person about the use of this drug. It is among those which are being considered by the Interdepartmental Committee on Drugs of Addiction in relation to its habit-forming characteristics.
Is the Minister aware that this drug, which is being sold as slimming tablets in chemists' shops throughout the country, has already precipitated at least one murder and many acts of violence, all of which are known to the police and to the prison medical authorities? Does he not think that he should take immediate action, or is he waiting for another murder to be committed before he takes the action required?
There is nothing about murder in any of these four Questions, and I am not aware of the facts adduced by the hon. Member in that regard. In general, however, apart from the Committee to which I have referred, I am considering whether there is need for some further measure of control of drugs which do not come within the scope of the Dangerous Drugs Act, nor are poisons, but the indiscriminate use of which may entail risk.