Nitrous Oxide: Misuse

Home Office written question – answered at on 8 May 2024.

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Photo of Neil Hudson Neil Hudson Conservative, Penrith and The Border

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential impact of the ban on nitrous oxide canisters on levels of illegal nitrous oxide use.

Photo of Chris Philp Chris Philp The Minister of State, Home Department

The government controlled nitrous oxide as a Class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 on 8 November last year.

The government is aware of early successes by police forces in arrests and prosecutions as well as confiscating nitrous oxide canisters. It has committed to publish a review of the effect of the control of nitrous oxide under the 1971 Act.

The review will be a wide-ranging assessment of the effect of control with publication intended to be within three years of the ban coming into force.

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