We received a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for a consultation document on the system of drug classification, which was announced on 19 January 2006 (but which was not subsequently taken forward).
We released the draft document on 9 July 2010.
As part of his statement on cannabis classification to the House of Commons on 19 January 2006, Charles Clarke, then Home Secretary, made clear his intention to review the current drug classification system under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and announced the future publication of a “consultation paper with suggestions for a review of the drug classification system”. On 13 October 2006, Mr Clarke’s successor as Home Secretary, John Reid, announced that the then Government would not be proceeding with the review.
The text of the draft consultation paper represented one official’s suggestions, undertaken for a former Home Secretary, which have since been discarded. The text was never agreed by Ministers and should therefore not be taken to represent government policy as it was at the time the draft was compiled in 2006 or subsequently.
Date: Tue Jul 13 15:54:51 BST 2010
In response to a Freedom of Information request about an unpublished draft consultation document from 2006, about drug classification.