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Volume 78: debated on Wednesday 1 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with other Foreign Ministers regarding concerted action to prevent raw drugs entering Europe from other parts of the world; and if any initiatives are planned in conjunction with Third world Governments.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister and my right hon. and learned Friend had discussions with other Heads of Government and Foreign Ministers at the economic summit on 3 May about the misuse of drugs. As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House yesterday, it was clear that almost every country was deeply concerned about the effects of drugs and anxious to ensure that we could do more to combat drug trafficking. It was agreed to set up an expert committee to see what further could be done. These discussions were part of our continuing co-operative efforts, both bilateral and multilateral, in this field. These efforts are described more fully in the recent published summary of our strategy "Tackling Drug Abuse".