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Lord Advocate and Scottish Minister questioned on problem drug use in Scotland

08 July 2019

The Scottish Affairs Committee continues its inquiry into problem drug use in Scotland with a session hearing from James Wolffe QC, Lord Advocate and Scottish Government Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP.

Focus of the session

As part of its into problem drug use in Scotland, the Scottish Affairs Committee will question the Lord Advocate (Scotland’s chief public prosecutor) on his decision to refuse to allow a safe drug consumption facility to open in Glasgow. The Committee will also question the Lord Advocate on whether drug dealers should be charged with harsher offences.

In the second panel, the Committee will take evidence from Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, the Scottish Government Minister responsible for drugs. The Committee will question the Minister on the Scottish Government’s approach to problem drug use, and the extent to which reserved policy is restricting the Scottish Government’s ability to take its preferred ‘public health’ approach. The Committee will also question whether the Scottish Government could do more within its existing powers to address Scotland’s drug crisis, or whether the devolution of further powers is necessary to address the drivers of problematic drug use in Scotland.

Witnesses

Tuesday 9 July 2019, Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

At 10.15am:

  • James Wolffe QC, Lord Advocate
  • Iain Logan, Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, Policy Unit, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

At 10.45am:

  • Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, Minister for Public Health, Sport and Wellbeing, Scottish Government 
  • Beverley Francis, Drug Law and Health Harm Lead, Scottish Government

Further information

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