Drugs

Home Office written question – answered on 1st March 2017.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's press release of 29 December 2016, psychoactive substances ban six months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions, what the alleged offences were for each person arrested; and which police force carried out each arrest.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to her Department's press release of 29 December 2016, psychoactive substances ban six months on: almost 500 arrests and first convictions, of the 500 people arrested how many were (a) charged with an offence and (b) prosecuted with an offence under the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016; how many of those prosecutions were (i) unsuccessful and (ii) successful; and of the four prosecutions that resulted in prison sentences, if she will list for each case (A) the grounds for prosecution, (B) how the defendants pleaded, (C) whether those defendants were found guilty of any other offences and (D) what sentence was given by the court.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Co-Leader of the Green Party

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many premises and prohibition (a) notices and (b) orders have been issued since the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 came into force.

Photo of Sarah Newton Sarah Newton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The information requested is not collected centrally.

The figures in the press release of 29 December provided an early snapshot of enforcement activity since the commencement of the Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA). They were based on voluntary data returned to the National Police Chiefs’ Council by 44 police forces in the United Kingdom covering the period 26 May to 26 November 2016.

We are undertaking a formal review of the Act and the review will report its findings by late 2018.

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