Review ordered into drug advisory council

Author: By Jack Doyle, Press Association

A former Home Office civil servant, Sir David Omand, has been asked to look at
the work of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and report by
next year.

His review will look at whether the ACMD is accountable, if it is “discharging
its functions” properly and if it continues to represent value for
money.

It was ordered on October 13, before Home Secretary Alan Johnson sacked
Professor David Nutt, but emerged only today.

A Home Office spokesman said the review was “unrelated” to the
continuing row.

Mr Johnson was due to answer an urgent question on Prof Nutt’s sacking in the
House of Commons today.

Two other scientists quit over the weekend in fury at the Home Secretary’s
decision.

Dr Les King quit yesterday, accusing the Government of denying Prof Nutt’s
right to free speech. He was followed by pharmacist Marion Walker.

It is understood other members of the 28-strong committee are also considering
their positions, and are planning to meet in the coming days.

A source close to the committee said: “No action is not an option. They are
very unhappy, all of them.”

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