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Afghanistan: Drugs

Volume 472: debated on Monday 18 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much funding the UK allocated to (a) the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, (b) the Afghan Special Narcotics Force and (c) the Counter Narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force in each of the last three years. (186721)

The information requested by the hon. Member is as follows:

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan

8.9 million

12.1 million

8.4 million

Afghan Special Narcotics Force

6.23 million

9.4 million

32.5 million

Counter Narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force

572,000

1.1 million

1 million

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the division of responsibilities is between (a) the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan, (b) the Afghan Special Narcotics Force and (c) the Counter Narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force. (186723)

The Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan is the leading agency for counter narcotics law enforcement in Afghanistan.

The Afghan Special Narcotics Force's primary purpose is to assist the interdiction effort against trafficking networks throughout Afghanistan.

The primary purpose of the counter-narcotics Criminal Justice Task Force and the Central Narcotics Tribunal is to investigate and try those arrested on drugs-related charges, based on the processes defined in the Counter-Narcotics Law of Afghanistan (2006). Article 34 of the Counter Narcotics law defines the mandate of the Counter Narcotics Tribunal under the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.