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Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what estimate he has made of the extent of production of illegal drugs in Burma for distribution in other countries. [117991]

Burma is believed to be the world's number one producer and trafficker of methamphetamine and the world's second largest producer and trafficker of heroin. Although there has been some progress on counter-narcotics fronts, these drugs continue to flow over the borders with China and Thailand. Outside of these countries there is believed to be wide distribution to the US, Australia and many other countries in South East Asia. We have no evidence to suggest there is any distribution to the UK.