Police: Drugs

Home Office written question – answered on 10th July 2015.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what additional resources will be made available to police forces to enforce the ban on psychoactive substances.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Home Department, The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

We have worked closely with a range of partners, including the National Police Chiefs’ Council, in the course of the drafting of the Psychoactive Substances Bill and will continue to do so to ensure that the Bill is effectively implemented. This will include the police, supported by the Home Office, producing guidance and setting up workshops for their officers on the enforcement of the legislation.

As set out in the Impact Assessment to the Psychoactive Substances Bill, the police already employ some resources in tackling new drugs and, while there may be some additional costs attached to the enforcement of the new legislation in the short term, we do not anticipate any long term increase.

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