719. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice the number of persons that were convicted under section 15(a) of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 in 2020; the number to receive a suspended sentence and a term of imprisonment up to one year; the term of imprisonment between one and two, two and five, five and seven and seven and ten years; the sentences imposed on those who received prison terms of ten years and more; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9800/21]


Minister for Justice (Deputy Helen McEntee): As the Deputy will be aware, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977 (as amended) is the responsibility of my colleague the Minister for Health.
In regards to the information requested of the number of persons convicted under Section 15A of the Act (as inserted by the Criminal Justice Act 1999), "Offence relating to possession of drugs with value of €13,000", I have been advised by the Courts Service that the figures for 2020 are currently unavailable. The Courts Service is presently compiling their Annual Report for 2020 and the figures will be available later this year on publication of same.