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Foreigners: Drugs

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alien persons and what quantity and type of narcotic intended for the UK were intercepted by (a) HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency and (b) Royal Navy vessels in UK territorial waters in each of the last 10 years. (288547)

From April 2008, the UK Border Agency took on responsibility for maritime operations which had previously been undertaken by HM Revenue and Customs.

Prior to the creation of the UK Border Agency, people trafficking and illegal immigration did not feature as Maritime operational targets. Our crews are now actively briefed and alert to the risk of illegal immigration. Policy and legislative guidance on this matter is presently subject to review.

Seizure results and outcomes arising from Maritime operations are not distinguished from other border operations.

UK Border Agency assets work regularly in support of operations by other agencies. We do not record details of seizures resulting from operations carried out by other agencies involved in border patrols.