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Drugs Seizures

Volume 408: debated on Tuesday 1 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much illegal drugs were seized by the police during the latest 12 months for which figures are available; and what the cost was of such operations. [122013]

It is not possible to separate out the cost of seizing illegal drugs from police expenditure data available centrally.Numbers of drug seizures and quantities seized by police in the United Kingdom during 2001 are shown in the table. The data are taken from Home Office Findings 202 "Seizures of drugs in the UK 2001". This is available on the RDS website, http://, and in the Library.

Number of drug seizures and quantity seized by police in the United Kingdom during 2001, by class and drug type.

Drug class and type

Number of seizures

Quantity (kg)

Class A

All Class A36,083-3

Class B

Cannabis (herbal)29,9747,243.1
Cannabis plants1,87471,491.2
Cannabis resin62,87322,518.3
All Class B95,471-3

Class C

Benzodiazepines (exc.Temazepan)1,66410.2
Anabolic steroids931.3
All Class C2,180-3
Total seizures125,912-3


1. Thousands of doses/tablets.

2. Number of plants.

3. It is not meaningful to calculate total drug weights, as measures other than kilograms are used for quantities of LSD, Ecstasy-type drugs and Cannabis plants (see notes 1,2).


Home Office Findings 202 Seizures of drugs in the UK 2001