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Select Committee on Home Affairs Second Special Report



SECOND SPECIAL REPORT

The Home Affairs Committee has agreed to the following Special Report:—

REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO THE MISUSE OF DRUGS ACT 1971 - DRUGS AND THE LAW

In March 2000 the Police Foundation published the Report of the Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 chaired by Dame Ruth Runciman and entitled Drugs and the Law. Since the report raised issues of controversy we took oral evidence from Dame Ruth and some of her colleagues on 8 June 2000 (published as HC 561-i). We also invited the Home Office to produce a full response to the report in the same way that they would reply to a select committee report. A reply was sought by the beginning of November 2000 - some seven months after the report was published. We have now received a memorandum in response to the report and this is published as the Appendix to this Special Report.


 
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