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Drug Smuggling (Caribbean)

Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what action Her Majesty's Government are taking to help the United States authorities combat drug smuggling in the Caribbean.

An exchange of notes between my right hon. and noble Friend and the American Ambassador in London took place on 13 November. A copy of the exchange has been placed in the Library.

Her Majesty's Government are happy to extend our cooperation with the United States authorities in their attempts to suppress the serious problem of the trafficking of narcotic drugs, as set out in the exchange. I should emphasise, however, that this agreement should not be regarded as a precedent for the conclusion of any further agreement affecting British vessels on the high seas.