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Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 23 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government through the United Nations and other international bodies to bring about the banning of all illicit international traffic in cocaine and opium based drugs.

The illicit trafficking in drugs and psychotropic substances is banned by two existing United Nations conventions, namely the United Nations single convention on narcotic drugs 1961 and the United Nations convention on psychotropic substances 1971. The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs is responsible for overseeing the effective application of these conventions. We play an active and constructive role in the work of the Commission. We also support efforts to draw up a third United Nations convention whose aim would be to improve controls on international drug trafficking, including measures to facilitate the extradition of drug traffickers and the tracing, freezing and forfeiture of the proceeds of drug trafficking, wherever in the world such trafficking occurred.