Drug Consumption Room: Glasgow

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 19th June 2019.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

What discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on the potential merits of establishing a medically supervised drug consumption room in Glasgow.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

There is currently no legal framework for the provision of drug consumption rooms in the UK. The Scottish Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into drug use in Scotland. As with other inquiries, the Government will consider the Committee’s report.

Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Housing, Communities and Local Government)

I am sorry, but that is just not good enough. People in my constituency are dying for want of a safe consumption room. Will he come to meet people in Glasgow to see why such rooms are very much needed to reduce harm and to save lives?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I hear what the hon. Lady says, but I do not think that Pete Wishart would accept that we would not want to take seriously his Committee’s serious inquiry—the Committee is visiting many overseas examples. We want to look at its report, and that is what we will do.