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Volume 490: debated on Monday 23 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the supply of cocaine in the UK. (264818)

The Government’s strategy to tackle the supply of all illegal drugs is to bear down on all points in the drug supply chain, to disrupt criminal gangs, stifle drug supply and reduce the harm caused to communities in the UK.

The importation of drugs is targeted through strong border controls, including those operating in drug transit countries, international co-operation, intelligence from a network of overseas liaison officers, and the use of detection technology.

Within the UK, innovative approaches to intelligence gathering, the use of new powers such as crack house closure orders, seizing more assets from drug dealers, and measures to prevent drug dealers from re-establishing their businesses are all used to reduce the supply of drugs. The extension of Neighbourhood Policing is also enabling the police to tackle the drug issues of concern to local communities, providing a visible local response.