On 7 February I had an Oral Question in the House of Lords on departmental responsibility for drugs policy, and rehabilitation of drug users.
This can be found at cols 1594 – 1596 of Hansard.
While the Government response was on the lines of no change, they are keen to reduce the harm caused by drugs and to prevent people starting to use them. All sides of the House joined in the Question. The point of moving responsibility from the Home Office to the Department of Health is to make possible more major reforms, such as decriminalising illegal drugs and getting the supply removed from the hands of criminal groups.