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The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) was pleased to learn, in November 2005, of the decision of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee to hold an inquiry “To examine the way in which the Government obtains and uses scientific information and uses scientific advice in the development of policy.”
The Council was further encouraged by the Committee’s statement that “the inquiry will focus upon the mechanisms in place for the use of scientific advice (including the social sciences) and the way in which the guidelines governing the use of such advice is being applied in practice. It will test the extent to which policies are evidence-based.