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Opium

Volume 498: debated on Monday 26 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sites are authorised to grow poppies for the production of opium in (a) England and (b) the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire; and what the total area of such sites is in each case. (287766)

Poppies are not grown in England for the production of opium but rather for the extraction of morphine. There are currently 38 sites growing poppies for such purposes in England with 19 in the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire. The total area under cultivation amounts to 4,422 acres with 2,021 acres being grown in the non-metropolitan county of Hampshire.