Written Answers — Home Office: Nitrous Oxide - Online Sales Monitoring

Mike Wood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the compliance of internet suppliers of nitrous oxide with their obligations under the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985.


Sarah Newton (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department)

The Psychoactive Substances Act (PSA) 2016, which came into force on 26 May 2016, repealed the Intoxicating Substances (Supply) Act 1985. The PSA makes it an offence to offer to supply psychoactive substances and that includes advertising substances for sale on the internet. Since commencement of the PSA, action has been taken by law enforcement bodies to prevent such substances being sold by UK-based websites.