Drugs: Breaking the Cycle - Home Affairs Committee Contents

Formal Minutes

Monday 3 December 2012

Members present:

Keith Vaz, in the Chair
Nicola Blackwood

James Clappison

Michael Ellis

Julian Huppert

Bridget Phillipson

Mark Reckless

Mr David Winnick

Draft Report (Drugs: Breaking the Cycle), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 125 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 126 read.

Amendment proposed, in line 9, at the end to add "We remain, however, of the view expressed in our predecessors' Report, namely that cannabis be reclassified from class B to C, and therefore regret the decision taken by the Government in 2008".—(Mr David Winnick.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

        Ayes, 3      Noes, 3

      Julian Huppert      Nicola Blackwood

      Mark Reckless      Mr James Clappison

      Mr David Winnick    Michael Ellis

Whereupon the Chair declared himself with the Ayes.

Amendment accordingly agreed to.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 127 to 129 read and agreed to.

On the proposal of the Chair, and with the leave of the Committee, a single Question was put on paragraphs 130 to 132.

Paragraphs 130 to 132 read.

Question put, That the paragraphs stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

        Ayes, 4      Noes, 3

      Julian Huppert      Nicola Blackwood

      Bridget Phillipson      Mr James Clappison

      Mark Reckless      Michael Ellis

      Mr David Winnick

Paragraphs accordingly agreed to.

Paragraphs 133 to 261 agreed to.

Annex and Summary agreed to.

A Paper was appended to the Report as Appendix 1.

Motion made and Question put, That the Report, as amended, be the Ninth Report of the Committee to the House.

The Committee divided.

        Ayes, 4      Noes, 1

      Julian Huppert      Michael Ellis

      Bridget Phillipson

      Mark Reckless

      Mr David Winnick

Question accordingly agreed to.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available, in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order No. 134.

Ordered, That the following written evidence relating to Drugs be reported to the House for publication on the internet: Transcript taken at conference on 10 September 2012.

Written evidence was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report (in addition to that ordered to be reported for publishing on 13 and 22 March, and 24 April 2012, in the previous session of Parliament, and 15 May, 19 June, 18 September, 16 October, and 13 and 27 November).

[Adjourned till Tuesday 4 December at 2.30 pm

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