§ Mr. Sheerman
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons now serving sentences in British prisons have been convicted of crimes related to drug trafficking.
§ Mr. Mellor
The available information on the type of drugs offence for England and Wales is published annually596W in "Prison statistics England and Wales" (Table 1(a) of the volume for 1988, Cm 825). Information on custodial sentences imposed in the United Kingdom for drug trafficking offences is published annually in "Statistics of the misuse of drugs: seizures and offenders dealt with. Supplementary tables" (Table 2.6 of the issue for 1988). Copies of both volumes are in the Library.