HC Deb 26 June 1986 vol 100 c286W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has concerning the use of the cocaine derivative colloquially known as crack; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor

The smoking of cocaine in its alkaloid form is thought to be a particularly dangerous means of taking the drug, the effects of which can include more rapidly induced psychological dependence. It is not a common means of cocaine misuse in the United Kingdom, but a close watch is being kept on the situation. Our overall strategy against drug misuse includes a number of measures particularly relevant to cocaine, including the allocation of £1 million in support of programmes aimed at reducing cocaine production and trafficking in South America; deployment by Her Majesty's Customs and Excise of additional investigation staff against cocaine smuggling; and the posting of drugs liaison officers to South America and the Caribbean to improve liaison and intelligence.