Financial implications of the Bill
195 The figures set out in the paragraphs below are based on a number of assumptions about implementation which are subject to change. Further details of the costs and benefits are set out in the impact assessment.
196 Clauses 4 to 8 provide for offences of production, supply, offering to supply, possession with intent to supply, importation and exportation of psychoactive substances. The estimated average cost for criminal justice agencies is £8,900 per defendant. It is estimated that there will be some five prosecutions per year resulting in an annual cost of £44,000.
197 Clauses 16 to 19 provide for prohibition orders and premises orders. It is estimated that 50, 25 and 5 prohibition orders and premises orders will be applied for in 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19 respectively at a cost of £20,000, £10,000 and £2,000 for criminal justice agencies.
198 It is not expected that police forces and local authorities will incur additional costs as resources are already employed in dealing with the problems caused by psychoactive substances. The general ban is not expected to increase the resources dedicated to the issue, but instead give those currently working on the problem bespoke additional powers to tackle it.