§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will make a statement on the drug command informant scheme;
(2) if he will require the drug command informant scheme to publish an annual report describing the general nature of cases handled and the level of reward given; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Mellor
I understand that the Community Action Trust, a registered charity, intends to launch in the near future an informant reward scheme entitled drug command. The scheme will be funded entirely by the trust but will be operated in close consultation with the enforcement agencies. Publication of reports about the operation of the scheme is a matter for the Community Action Trust.