Problem drug use in Scotland: Government response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2019

The Scottish Affairs Committee

The Scottish Affairs Committee is appointed by the House of Commons to examine the expenditure, administration, and policy of the Scotland Office (including (i) relations with the Scottish Parliament and (ii) administration and expenditure of the offices of the Advocate General for Scotland (but excluding individual cases and advice given within government by the Advocate General).

Current membership

Pete Wishart MP (Scottish National Party, Perth and North Perthshire) (Chair)

Mhairi Black MP (Scottish National Party, Paisley and Renfrewshire South)

Andrew Bowie MP (Conservative, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Deidre Brock MP (Scottish National Party, Edinburgh North and Leith)

Wendy Chamberlain MP (Liberal Democrat, North East Fife)

Alberto Costa MP (Conservative, South Leicestershire)

Jon Cruddas MP (Labour, Dagenham and Rainham)

Sally-Ann Hart MP (Conservative, Hastings and Rye)

John Lamont MP (Conservative, Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)

Douglas Ross MP (Conservative, Moray)

Liz Twist MP (Labour, Blaydon)


The Committee is one of the departmental select committees, the powers of which are set out in House of Commons Standing Orders, principally in SO No.152. These are available on the internet via


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Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website and in print by Order of the House.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Samir Amar Setti (Second Clerk), Samantha Colebrook (Committee Operations Officer), Deborah Courtney, (Committee Operations Manager) Nerys Davies (Committee Specialist), Simon Horswell (Committee Specialist), Alex Knight (Senior Economist, Scrutiny Unity), Leoni Kurt (Clerk), Rebecca Usden (Senior Specialist) and Tim West (Media Officer).


All correspondence should be addressed to the Clerk of the Scottish Affairs Committee, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general enquiries is 020 7219 8204; the Committee’s email address is

You can follow the Committee on Twitter using @CommonsScotAffs

Published: 7 September 2020