HC Deb 04 July 1985 vol 82 c236W
59. Mr. Ashdown

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has had about the measures currently being taken to inhibit drug trafficking.

Mr. Mellor

We have received a number of letters expressing concern about drug trafficking and drug misuse. In reply we have emphasised the priority which the Government attaches to this problem and the range of measures which we have taken, including the provision this year of 160 new permanent Customs preventive posts and 50 more Customs specialist drugs investigators.

Mr. Lawler

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the numbers of persons charged with offences relating to drug trafficking in the Yorkshire and Humberside region during the past five years; and if he will break down this figure into areas within the Yorkshire and Humberside region.

Mr. Mellor

The available information is given in the following table. Corresponding figures for 1984 are not yet available.

Persons proceeded against in the Yorkshire and Humberside region for trafficking* in controlled drugs
Police force area 1980 1981 1982 1983
Humberside 10 22 20 11
North Yorkshire 8 20 10 16
South Yorkshire 14 24 43 27
West Yorkshire 63 60 66 78
Total 95 126 139 132
* Offences of unlawful production of drugs other than cannibis, unlawful supply, possession with intent to supply unlawfully and unlawful import or export.