I think that I am entitled, Mr. Deputy Speaker, with your agreement, to set out the general context against which we have to consider the amendment. I am setting out the general context and I intend to complete it. I shall deal with intimate searches in a moment.
The chief constable of the Thames Valley area, Mr. Peter Imbert, stated:
The epidemic is spreading from the cities into the towns and is affecting more and more young people.
He speaks eloquently, in my view, of the tragedy, and says:
In the past few years the age of addicts has become younger and the accessibility of drugs is moving towards younger people in our society.
That is what he said while chairing a conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Hutton in Lancashire. In my view, Lord Lane said it all in a recent speech. He said that the hard drugs problem is becoming deadly serious and that its link with violent crime is clear cut. It is against that background that we must consider——