§ Mr. McMaster
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on his plans to discourage solvent abuse.
§ Mr. Allan Stewart
Solvent abuse is being tackled with particular emphasis on education and prevention and, where practicable, the restriction of sales of products containing volatile substances to young people. A £1.4 million GB-wide media campaign to inform parents was run during February this year. The impact of that campaign in Scotland is being evaluated. Schools will be encouraged to play their part. Re-Solv, the national charity, with Government support, recently launched a campaign to make retailers aware of the problem, the law and its requirements.