The House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has voiced his “deep concern” of reports there is drug misuse in Parliament and will raise the illegal matter with the Metropolitan Police as “a priority.”
There has been reports that traces of cocaine was found in areas which is only accessible to those who hold a parliamentary pass.
The Speaker said in a statement, that he expects to see the “full and effective enforcement of the law” on the estate.
Senior Conservative MP Sir Charles Walker, who chairs the administration committee, has suggested drugs sniffer dogs could be deployed across the parliamentary estate.
“The House of Commons has a long history of using sniffer dogs to detect explosives,” he told the Sunday Times.
“It may be that we now need to broaden the range of sniffer dogs … to include those which can detect drugs.”
The Sunday Times report said that detection wipes found cocaine traces in 11 out of 12 locations which were tested as there has been claims that a group of MPs are using the the class A drug casually.
In an open space between Portcullis House and 1 Parliament Street, Commons officials received reports in November that cannabis was smelt.
In a statement, Sir Lindsay said, “The accounts of drug misuse in Parliament given to the Sunday Times are deeply concerning – and I will be raising them as a priority with the Metropolitan Police this week.
“I expect to see full and effective enforcement of the law.
“While Parliament provides extensive support services for any staff or Members who may need help with drug misuse – and I would encourage anyone struggling with such issues to take up such help – for those who choose to flout the law and bring the institution into disrepute the sanctions are serious.”