HC Deb 15 February 1971 vol 811 c307W
44. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will take up with the relevant agencies of the United Nations the proposal to replace opium in the producing countries concerned by alternative cash crops.

Mr. Godber

The relevant United Nations agencies, principally the Narcotic Drugs Commission, International Narcotics Control Board and the Food and Agriculture Organisation, have, in response to a 1968 United Nations General Assembly Resolution, been developing plans for the termination of illegal and uncontrolled production of narcotic raw materials. The importance of crop substitution is well established as an essential part of the international effort to combat drug abuse.