Oral Answers to Questions — Anti-drugs Strategy

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 2000.

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Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State, Cabinet Office 12:00 am, 8th March 2000

The hon. Gentleman is right about the need for a non-partisan, non-political approach. I say that each time I come to the Dispatch Box both at Question Time and in Adjournment debates. I concur with that.

In relation to Northern Ireland, it is our job to encourage all UK agencies to co-operate with the police, the health and probation services, community groups, local authorities and parent organisations to ensure that we have a co-ordinated approach in the prevention of drug misuse and to bring to justice, and have jailed, those who sell drugs to our young people.