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Dangerous Drugs (Imports)

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is satisfied with the operation of the present law regarding the import of dangerous drugs into the United Kingdom, and whether he has any proposals for changing it.

Yes, Sir. We have no proposals for changing the present law controlling the importation of dangerous drugs.

May I congratulate the Merseyside drugs squad and Customs and Excise on intercepting several large quantities of smuggled drugs in Liverpool? Will the Minister assure us that constant vigilance at our ports will be maintained in an effort to control the evil of drug smuggling?

I echo the hon. Gentleman's congratulations to the Merseyside police and Customs and Excise. They have given an excellent example of co-operation in their recent successful operations. I can give the hon. Gentleman the assurance for which he asks.