In earlier posts, I raised the issue of drug use and whether or not we should consider its decriminalisation. As a result of the many comments made by readers, I came to the conclusion that there was a case to establish a Royal Commission, or a committee of inquiry, to examine our drug laws. I was reminded of this earlier today in talking to a colleague in the Lords, who is an advocate of a change in the law. He reported that the principal resistance he encounters to change is in the Home Office.
As a result of our discussion, I decided it was appropriate to seek to pursue the matter in the House. I am therefore planning to table a question for short debate (QSD) to ask the Government what consideration they have given to establishing a committee of inquiry. Given the number of questions for short debate already on the Order Paper, it may be some time before time is found for the question, but as we are in for a long session it should be reached. When it is, I may be seeking further comments and input from readers.