Misuse of Drugs Ministerial Group

Home Department written question – answered on 9th July 2012.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Shadow Minister (Home Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department

(1) which Ministers sit on the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs; and how many times each Minister has attended the Group since May 2010;

(2) how many times the Inter-Ministerial Group on Drugs has met since 2010; how many times drug prevention has been discussed by the Group since 2010; how many times the Group has discussed drug education in schools; and whether the Group has discussed the closure of the drugs education forum.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Ministerial membership of the Inter-Ministerial Group (IMG) on Drugs is defined by its Terms of Reference:

Home Office;

Department for Education;

Department for Health;

Ministry of Justice;

Department for Work and Pensions;

Department for Communities and Local Government;

Cabinet Office; and

HM Treasury

Ministerial attendance varies according to the agenda of the meeting and their availability. Other Ministers or senior officials and advisers may attend subject to the agenda. The IMG on Drugs has met 15 times since May 2010.

Prevention and education forms a key part of the drug strategy as part of the reducing demand theme. The IMG regularly discusses progress at its meetings on each of the themes of the strategy. Ministers have not discussed the closure of the Drug Education Forum.

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