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SUPPLY OF HARM REDUCTION PRODUCTS TO DRUG USERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1273: tabled on 01 April 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that section 9A of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 was intended to prevent the commercial sale of kits and equipment for the preparation and consumption of illicit drugs; further notes that there have only ever been a handful of prosecutions for the commercial sale of drug kits and paraphernalia since 1986 due to the ambiguous nature of section 9A, leading many police forces to abandon enforcement; further notes that on each of the two occasions that the Act has been amended since the insertion of section 9A in 1986 to incorporate newly-developed harm reduction interventions, each amendment has involved a lengthy process of campaigning and legislative change; is concerned that section 9A currently prevents legitimate harm reduction services from providing a number of otherwise innocuous products to their drug-using clients because these items are not explicitly permitted in the legislation; and therefore calls on the Government to consider either a general exemption for all harm reduction products supplied by drug treatment providers and healthcare professionals, or the repeal of section 9A.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 2 April 2009
Worthing West
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 12 October 2009
Birmingham, Northfield
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Gower
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2009
Barnsley West and Penistone
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 2 April 2009
Keighley
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 17 June 2009
Blaenau Gwent
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2009
Sunderland North
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 27 April 2009
Walthamstow
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 May 2009
Oxford West and Abingdon
Havard, Mr Dai
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2009
Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney
Hemming, John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 April 2009
Birmingham, Yardley
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 2 April 2009
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 November 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2009
Bolton South East
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 2 April 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2009
Cardiff North
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 May 2009
Montgomeryshire
Rennie, Willie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 May 2009
Dunfermline and West Fife
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2009
Halifax
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2009
Glasgow Central
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 6 May 2009
Nottingham South
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 6 July 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 22 April 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 24 April 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Willott, Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 June 2009
Cardiff Central

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.