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Drug Trafficking

Volume 79: debated on Friday 24 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish, for consultation, a draft of his proposed legislation to provide for the seizure and confiscation of assets acquired through drug trafficking.

My right hon. and learned Friend intends to make particulars of his proposals available for comment before a Bill is introduced.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for reports from the chief constables of north, west and south Yorkshire police forces about the extent of drug trafficking in each area and the measures they are taking to combat it.

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Wells (Mr. Heathcoat-Amory) on 28 March at column 274.

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons arrested and charged with drug trafficking offences have absconded before trial (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each Yorkshire police force area in the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.