An explainer into the background of so-called legal highs in advance of a planned blanket ban of all legal highs in the Spring of 2016.

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Pre-release access list for Legal highs - an explainer

The phrase 'Pre-release Access' refers to the practice whereby official statistics in their final form, and any accompanying written commentary, are made available to an eligible person in advance of their publication. The rules and principles which govern pre-release access are featured within the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics Order 2008.

Besides ONS staff, the following persons are given pre-release access by the period indicated before release.

Access granted to Organisation Period
Briefing Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Chief Medical Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Senior Private Secretary to Chief Medical Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Private Secretary to Chief Medical Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Deputy Director, Drug & Alcohol Team Department of Health 24hrs
Economic Adviser, Health Improvement Analytical Team Department of Health 24hrs
Analyst Department of Health 24hrs
Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health Department of Health 24hrs
Private Secretary to Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health Department of Health 24hrs
Press Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Press Officer Department of Health 24hrs
Secretary of State for Health Department of Health 24hrs
Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Health Department of Health 24hrs
Senior Press Officer Home Office 24hrs
Press Officer Home Office 24hrs
Senior Policy Advisor Home Office 24hrs
Senior Executive Officer Home Office 24hrs
Principal Research Officer Home Office 24hrs
Research Officer Home Office 24hrs
Director – Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Division Public Health England 24hrs
Policy and Information Officer - Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco Public Health England 24hrs
Senior communications officer Public Health England 24hrs
Programme manager Public Health England 24hrs

Changes to this release date

  • Previous date:
    14 April 2016
    Reason for change:
    Further quality assurance needed.