Written Answers. - Drug Prosecutions.

Máirín Quill

Ceist:

143 Miss Quill asked the Minister for Justice the number of adolescents-teenagers prosecuted for drug use in each of the years 1990 and 1991.

Máirín Quill

Ceist:

144 Miss Quill asked the Minister for Justice the number of prosecutions of adolescents/teenagers for the possession of drugs for each of the years 1990 and 1991; the number of adolescents/teenagers prosecuted for dealing in drugs; and if she will give details of the age groups and court sentences for each of the years 1990 and 1991.

Máirín Quill

Ceist:

145 Miss Quill asked the Minister for Justice the number of raids on licensed premises by Garda drug squads and details of the prosecutions, and the numbers thereof, for each of the years 1990 and 1991.

I propose to take Questions Nos. 143, 144 and 145 together.

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to the number of adolescents-teenagers prosecuted for drug offences in 1990 and 1991 is set out in the tabular statement below:

Year

Age 0 — 17

Age 17 — 21

Age 21 and over

1990

32

470

1,569

1991

48

721

2,319

The information sought by the Deputy in relation to court sentences and Garda raids on licensed premises is not readily available and could be obtained only by the expenditure of a disproportionate amount of time and resources.