Scotland Yard (Narcotics Division)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 26th January 1967.

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Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I have nothing at present to add to the reply which my hon. and learned Friend gave on 24th June to a Question by my hon. Friend, the Member for Wallsend (Mr. Garrett). —[Vol. 730, c. 163–4.]

Photo of Mrs Renée Short Mrs Renée Short , Wolverhampton North East

My right hon. Friend will be aware that there is very deep and increasing concern about the risks which young people are running in connection with drug addiction. Would he consider this to see if it is possible to have social workers attached to the Narcotics Division to work particularly among young people?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I will certainly consider my hon. Friend's suggestion. As she knows, and as the House knows, the squad was increased in strength in March last year, and the Commissioner is anxious to see how this increase in the strength works out. As to the second point, I will look at it.

Photo of Mr Roland Moyle Mr Roland Moyle , Lewisham North

Would my right hon. Friend agree that in the Metropolitan area many drugs are pushed from purportedly private unlicensed and unregistered clubs, and that it is these uncontrolled outlets which cause great difficulty to the police? Would it not be prudent to increase the strength of the police on this class of work?

Photo of Mr Roy Jenkins Mr Roy Jenkins , Birmingham Stechford

I think it may be, but we have made this substantial increase in the strength of about 20 per cent. during the course of 1966. Certainly, neither the Commissioner nor I have a closed mind upon it or regard this as the final figure.