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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 22 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for bringing drugs into the UK from (a) Jamaica, (b) Trinidad and Tobago, (c) Nigeria, (d) Ghana and (e) elsewhere in the world in each of the last three years. (197459)

[holding answer 31 March 2008]: I understand that the Ministry of Justice provides data on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, by age group, gender, ethnicity, and main offence group, i.e. robbery, burglary, drugs offences etc. From data reported centrally they are not able to identify specific offences from within the main offence groups nor the circumstances behind an arrest.