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EDM number 651 in 2001-02, proposed by Lynne Jones on 14/01/2002.

That this House notes that the United Kingdom has one of the biggest drug problems in Europe; believes it is unhelpful and inaccurate to bracket all illegal drugs together as equally harmful; further notes that there is evidence to show that the availability of criminal sanctions does not deter small-scale possession of cannabis for personal use; further notes that there is no evidence to show that imprisonment prevents small-scale possession of other drugs or is an effective measure in stopping problematic drug use longer term; therefore calls for an end to imprisonment for possession of any drug for personal use; further notes that according to extensive research carried out by the leading charity, DrugScope, such changes would be compatible with current UN treaty obligations; further notes the National Treatment Outcome Research Study's estimate that for every ú1 spent on treatment, ú3 is saved on the criminal justice system; welcomes the Home Secretary's decision to review heroin prescribing; calls on the Government to allocate significant new resources, over and above current provision, directed towards treatment services and the training of professionals to deliver the Government's drugs strategy; further notes that 38 per cent. of injecting drug users are thought to have Hepatitis C; and further calls on the Government to consider providing safe injecting rooms such as those run in Switzerland and The Netherlands for intravenous drug users to reduce the risk of fatal overdoses, transmission of blood borne diseases, dangerous injecting practices and abandoned needles.

This motion has been signed by a total of 30 MPs.

Lynne Jones14/01/2002Birmingham, Selly OakLabourProposed
Evan Harris14/01/2002Oxford West & AbingdonLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Iddon14/01/2002Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Jon Owen Jones14/01/2002Cardiff CentralLabour Co-operativeSigned
Oona King14/01/2002Bethnal Green & BowLabourSigned
Paul Flynn14/01/2002Newport WestLabourSigned
Neil Gerrard14/01/2002WalthamstowLabourSigned
Ian Gibson14/01/2002Norwich NorthLabourSigned
Brian White14/01/2002North East Milton KeynesLabourSigned
Nick Palmer15/01/2002BroxtoweLabourSigned
Paul Holmes15/01/2002ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Kevin McNamara15/01/2002Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
David Chaytor15/01/2002Bury NorthLabourSigned
Mike Hancock15/01/2002Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Jenny Tonge15/01/2002Richmond ParkLiberal DemocratSigned
Chris McCafferty16/01/2002Calder ValleyLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell16/01/2002Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Eric Illsley17/01/2002Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Matthew Green17/01/2002LudlowLiberal DemocratSigned
Desmond Turner17/01/2002Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Tony Lloyd18/01/2002Manchester CentralLabourSigned
Rudi Vis18/01/2002Finchley & Golders GreenLabourSigned
Jim Cunningham21/01/2002Coventry SouthLabourSigned
Nigel Jones22/01/2002CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer28/01/2002KeighleyLabourSigned
Julie Morgan30/01/2002Cardiff NorthLabourSigned
Diane Abbott31/01/2002Hackney North & Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Alan Simpson07/03/2002Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Tony McWalter11/04/2002Hemel HempsteadLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Austin23/04/2002Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned

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