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Drug addicts. Barrister Roger Warren Evans, a member of Mumbles Community Council, has published a pamphlet calling for illegal drugs including cocaine and ecstasy to be decriminalised. The leaflet argues that taking some drugs is statistically safer than playing football. It also claims that removing the criminal element from drug dealing would raise huge amounts of revenue for the government purse.

Law firms. Ministers believe that the Government may be forced to hire private sector lawyers to draw up legislation because it is concerned about Whitehall delays in drafting bills. Most legislation is drafted by 40 government lawyers that make up the Parliamentary Counsel. The counsel has had a virtual drafting monopoly since it was formed in 1869. But in 1995 Freshfields was called in to draft legislation to simplify the way banks and stockbrokers account for tax deductions from foreign dividends and interests. It now looks as if more drafting will be farmed-out to firms in the future.