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Crime: Drugs

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland spent on combating illicit drugs in each of the last two years. (186982)

Information in the form requested is not readily available and to attempt to provide it would incur disproportionate cost. Police enforcement regarding drug-related crime spans all business areas of the organisation. It is not only the drugs squad within crime operations that combat ‘illicit drugs’. Tactical Support Groups, organised crime operations, districts, special operations and roads policing all have their part to play and a breakdown of the costing within each of these areas for this particular aspect of the roles they provide is not readily available.