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Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many people in the Afghan Government and Parliament are known by her Department to have had previous connections with or involvement in the drugs trade. (107325)

We know there are a number of individuals in both the Government and Parliament with links to the drugs trade. President Karzai is committed to acting against anybody with links to the trade including those in official positions. The UK is helping the Afghan Government to improve its capacity to bring those involved to justice.