Drug Misuse

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 12th August 2009.

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Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25778

To ask the Scottish Executive when the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission was established.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25779

To ask the Scottish Executive when meetings of the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission have taken place and whether minutes of these meetings are available.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25780

To ask the Scottish Executive how often the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission will meet.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25781

To ask the Scottish Executive who sits on the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25782

To ask the Scottish Executive whether members of the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission receive remuneration for their participation and, if so, what the total costs of that remuneration are.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25783

To ask the Scottish Executive when and how often the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission will report on its findings.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25784

To ask the Scottish Executive whether any working groups or sub-groups will be established under the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission and, if so, what these will be.

Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-25785

To ask the Scottish Executive what the timescale is for the (a) work and (b) existence of the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission.

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

On 20 April 2009, I announced that a new body would be established, building on the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drugs Misuse, with a clear remit to oversee the successful implementation of the drugs strategy. The new body would be named the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission and would have a greater degree of independence from government, with an independent chair. People would be invited to sit on the Drugs Strategy Delivery Commission because of their personal expertise and experience; these would be unpaid appointments.

We are currently finalising arrangements for the new commission; no meetings have yet taken place. It will be for the new commission to decide its plan of work and how that work will be reported (including the publication of minutes and findings). It is envisaged that the commission will meet approximately quarterly and that it will be able to establish sub-groups on specific subjects, as well as developing appropriate links with existing groups including the National Evidence Group and the Drug-Related Deaths Group.

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