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Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Governors (5 Dec 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: What steps he is taking to empower prison governors.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Prison Governors (5 Dec 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: That is enormously helpful. Does my right hon. Friend agree that governors know their prisons and their prisoners best, and that many of the day-to-day operational decisions about such matters as the core regime, education and training are best devolved down from Governments into their local hands?

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tobacco: Excise Duties (23 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on the tax treatment of heated tobacco products.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tobacco: Excise Duties (23 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the point of income maximisation on tobacco excise; and what steps he plans to take in the event the point has been reached.

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I thank right hon. and hon. Members very much for their contributions this afternoon—obviously, it is a split debate and a split decision. I will put just one thing on the record now, if I may. We tend to make dangerous things illegal. When firearms are used to commit dreadful offences in the US—

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: Will the right hon. Gentleman give way?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I beg to move, That this House has considered the human and financial costs of drug addiction. This is an expansive subject, with a huge number of facets, and is covered by a huge amount of UK and international data. Pleasingly, two Members raised drugs issues at Prime Minister’s questions today. They probably sought to steer us towards their views about liberalisation and legalisation,...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The hon. Gentleman highlights one of the key tenets of my speech. I am most concerned about death rates. I thank the Library for its diligent service; it is an invaluable source of information. I also received information from Smart Approaches to Marijuana, or SAM, a US agency that has done a lot of work on how decriminalisation of cannabis in particular has affected various states in the...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention. She has put that issue on the record, and I am sure the Minister will address it later. I will provide some data for Wales that may assist her. My concerns are somewhat summed up by that old adage, which is normally used in relation to financial markets: when the US sneezes, the UK catches a cold. I am concerned that we may be on the brink of a...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The hon. Gentleman is right. I have an expansive speech to make, which I think will cover all the issues well. Perhaps he would like to come back in with those points later. I chair the all-party group on the harmful effects of cannabis on developing brains and have a long interest in that topic. The APPG’s principal aim is to raise awareness of the continued and growing danger to...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: My hon. Friend makes a good point. We in the judiciary often feel that we put people in prison as a last resort and hope that that is a place where they may seek relief from drugs and get the treatment they need. However, all too often we hear of many examples where that is far from the case. I want to mention the financial cost, because it is hugely relevant to our economy. Figures I have...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I could not agree more with the hon. Gentleman: I feel there is a false economy in cutting that type of service. Obviously, they are the sort of services where we cannot always see what sort of bang we are getting for the pound spent, because the savings come about in a rather disparate way. The hon. Gentleman brings a very powerful case to the table. The Government have spent vast sums of...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The hon. Gentleman will hear that in my conclusion.

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: I am sure that, as any of these debates progresses, there is often a clarion call: “Let’s just liberalise. Let’s just legalise.” I am very pleased that, from what I have heard so far from the Government, they have no intention of doing that, and I massively support them. Drugs are illegal for a reason, because of the clear evidence that they are harmful to human health...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: Again, if the hon. Gentleman will hold on for a moment, I will address that point. Where we have big experience areas such as Colorado and Washington, we have not seen just a stabilisation, reduction or more sensible use. We have seen increased rates and an increase in deaths and consequential accidents and results. To address his point, in an operation in Switzerland, which I think was also...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. That has been the outcome. I am not particularly keen on seeing youngsters receive a criminal record for the use of drugs. There is perhaps another way, such as a non-recordable early intervention, rather than a criminal record that could be with them for life and weigh seriously against their potential job opportunities for the future. We are seeing...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs: Misuse (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many telephone calls the service Talk to FRANK received in the most recent year for which data is available.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs: Misuse (22 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money was spent from the public purse on the drug information service FRANK in (a) the most recent year for which information is available and (b) total since FRANK was established.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Tobacco: Excise Duties (21 Nov 2017)

Craig Mackinlay: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of (a) lost business to convenience stores and (b) lost revenue to the Exchequer due to smokers purchasing black market tobacco.


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