Drugs crimes

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on drugs crimes. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Related material is available on drugs misuse.

Standard Notes

27.11.2013Driving: drugs
This note sets out the offences for drug driving and the evidential problems associated with their enforcement.
08.01.2013Drug use, seizures and offending: Social Indicators page
A summary of statistics on drug use, drug seizures and drug offences.

Research Papers

08.03.2013Crime and Courts Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
The Crime and Courts Bill would, amongst other things, establish a new National Crime Agency, change the law on self defence for householders defending themselves from intruders, make changes to community sentences and immigration appeal rights and introduce a new drug driving offence. The Government made a number of substantive amendments in Committee, including on bailiffs, proceeds of crime and extradition.
23.02.2005Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill (Bill 21 of 2004/05)
The Drugs (Sentencing and Commission of Inquiry) Bill. (Bill 21 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/16.
13.01.2005Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05)
The Drugs Bill (Bill 17 of 2004/05). House of Commons Library Research Paper 05/07.
Cannabis. House of Commons Library Reasearch Paper 00/74.

Select Committee Reports

06.03.2012EU drugs strategy.
European Union Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
26.07.2010Cocaine trade.
Government response. Home Office; Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
23.02.2010The Cocaine trade.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]
23.02.2010The Cocaine trade.
Home Affairs Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House welcomes the report by the International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) on the death penalty and international support for drug enforcement policies; notes with alarm ...
17.06.2009SAMANTHA OROBATOR (No. 2)
That this House notes the decision by the Laotian court in Vientiane on 3 June 2009 to sentence Samantha Orobator to life imprisonment; further notes that Samantha pleaded guilty to ...
That this House welcomes National Tackling Drugs Week 2009 from 8 to 12 June; supports the purpose of the week to increase public confidence and awareness of the work being carried ...
That this House welcomes the news that the international cocaine market is under pressure; recognises the Organised Crime Agency's success resulting in dramatically increased wholesale ...
That this House is concerned about the increasing use of gamma-butyrolactone, GBL, as a date-rape drug; notes that the drug increases libido, euphoria, passivity and amnesia and renders ...

Lords Library Notes

14.10.2013Debate on 17 October: Drugs Policy
This Library Note provides background reading for the debate to be held on 17 October on drugs policy.
24.05.2012Crime and Courts Bill (HL Bill 4 of 2012-13)
The Crime and Courts Bill would establish a new National Crime Agency to combat organised crime, and contains provisions for reforms of the courts system (including judicial appointments and to allow broadcasting of certain court proceedings) as well as provisions on immigration, drug driving and community sentencing. This Library Note provides background reading in advance of the Bill's second reading in the House of Lords.

POST Papers

21.11.2013Minimising the harms of khat
This POSTnote summarises the evidence on the impact of khat on health and possible social harms in the UK and comparable international experiences of legislation and control.
This POSTnote examines the drug screening devices available for detecting drug drivers and options for the setting of drug limits for the new offence.


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses