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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on drugs crimes. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Related material is available on drugs misuse.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    09.11.2016Drug seizures and offending: Social Indicators page
    A summary of statistics on drug use, drug seizures and drug offences.
    15.01.2016The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015-16: Report on Committee Stage
    This briefing paper is produced prior to the Report Stage of the Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015-16.
    15.10.2015The Psychoactive Substances Bill 2015
    This briefing paper is prepared for the Second Reading of the Psychoactive Substances Bill on 19 October 2015.
    12.03.2015Driving: drugs
    This note provides information on the offences for drug driving and their enforcement.
    08.03.2013Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
    The Crime and Courts Bill would, amongst other things, establish a new National Crime Agency, change the law on self defence for householders defending themselves from intruders, make changes to community sentences and immigration appeal rights and introduce a new drug driving offence. The Government made a number of substantive amendments in Committee, including on bailiffs, proceeds of crime and extradition.
    23.02.2005Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill (Bill 21 of 2004/05)
    The Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill. (Bill 21 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/16.
    13.01.2005Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05)
    The Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/07.
    Cannabis. House of Commons Library Reasearch Paper 00/74.

    Lords Library Notes

    14.10.2013Debate on 17 October: Drugs Policy
    This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 17 October on drugs policy.
    24.05.2012Crime and Courts Bill (HL Bill 4 of 2012-13)
    The Crime and Courts Bill would establish a new National Crime Agency to combat organised crime, and contains provisions for reforms of the courts system (including judicial appointments and to allow broadcasting of certain court proceedings) as well as provisions on immigration, drug driving and community sentencing. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.


    09.03.2015The darknet and online anonymity
    A very small proportion of websites use sophisticated anonymity systems, which allow their operators to conceal their identity if they wish to. This part of the web is commonly referred to as the darknet. The darknet helps citizens to protect their security and privacy and to circumvent censorship. It also facilitate organised crime, such as the billion dollar drug market known as Silk Road. This POSTnote discusses the challenge of preventing such crimes without compromising the other uses of anonymity technologies.
    21.11.2013Minimising the harms of khat
    This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.
    This POSTnote examines the drug screening devices available for detecting drug drivers and options for the setting of drug limits for the new offence.

    Select Committee Reports

    06.03.2012EU drugs strategy.
    European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
    26.07.2010Cocaine trade.
    Government response. Home Office; Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
    23.02.2010The Cocaine trade.
    Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
    23.02.2010The Cocaine trade.
    Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    That this House welcomes the report by the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) on the death penalty and international support for drug enforcement policies; notes with alarm ...
    17.06.2009SAMANTHA OROBATOR (No. 2)
    That this House notes the decision by the Laotian court in Vientiane on 3 June 2009 to sentence Samantha Orobator to life imprisonment; further notes that Samantha pleaded guilty to ...
    That this House welcomes National Tackling Drugs Week 2009 from 8 to 12 June; supports the purpose of the week to increase public confidence and awareness of the work being carried ...
    That this House welcomes the news that the international cocaine market is under pressure; recognises the Organised Crime Agency's success resulting in dramatically increased wholesale ...
    That this House is concerned about the increasing use of gamma-butyrolactone, GBL, as a date-rape drug; notes that the drug increases libido, euphoria, passivity and amnesia and renders ...


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    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
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