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Afghanistan: Counter-narcotics

Volume 688: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How the United Kingdom has contributed to establishing counter-narcotics intelligence structures in Afghanistan. [HL902]

We work closely with the Afghan Government and other international partners in support of counter-narcotics operations in Afghanistan.

The UK is working with the Afghan Government to establish an operations directorate in the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan that will include a department of intelligence. This department will evaluate and analyse intelligence from the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan provincial offices. It will also share intelligence with other Afghan law enforcement agencies and international partners.

Between June 2005 and December 2006, the UK has delivered basic training to 93 intelligence and investigation personnel in Kabul and five of the key provincial Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan offices—Jalalabad, Kunduz, Mazar, Herat and Helmand.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have been given any indication by the Government of Afghanistan as to when the Ministry of Counter Narcotics will become operational; and how the Ministry's role will differ from that of the counter narcotics division of the Ministry of the Interior. [HL903]

The Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics has been operational since December 2004. Under the Afghan counter narcotics drugs law, the Ministry of Counter Narcotics is responsible for co-ordinating counter narcotics activities and programmes of the Government of Afghanistan as set out in the national drug control strategy. The counter narcotics division of the Ministry of Interior has the responsibility under the counter narcotics drugs law for the implementation of the law enforcement strand of the national drug control strategy.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who surveys, monitors and verifies the eradication of drugs in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. [HL904]

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) surveys, monitors and verifies the eradication of opium poppy in Afghanistan, including Helmand province. The UK and other international partners provide financial support to UNODC to do this work.