§ Mr. Greg Knight
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many customs officers were employed in drug detection duties over the past 12 months; and what number he estimates will be so engaged over the forthcoming year.
§ Mr. Brooke
[pursuant to his reply, 11 December 1985]: The number of customs preventive officers, whose main priority is drugs detection, is as follows:
1 April Number 1985 2,823 1986* 3,000 1987* 3,300 * Estimated.
In addition, the number of specialist drugs investigators is as follows: 771W
1 April Number 1985 212 1986* 262 1987* 297 * Estimated.