HC Deb 21 May 1993 vol 225 cc336-7W
Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered drug addicts there were in Wales in each year since 1987; and how many(a) registered heroin addicts, (b) new heroin addicts in each year, (c) cocaine addicts and (d) new cocaine addicts there were in each year.

Mr. Jack

The information requested is given in the table.

Drug addicts notified in Wales to the Home Office during the year 1987–91
Number of persons
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
All notified addicts 230 253 299 366 528
All heroin addicts 154 186 196 231 208
New heroin addicts. 53 66 70 77 106
All cocaine addicts 8 13 20 17 12
New cocaine addicts 2 10 10 8 10

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he has on(a) the real street price after accounting for inflation and (b) the purity of hard drugs in the United Kingdom since 1987.

Mr. Jack

As drug dealing is an illegal and clandestine activity, it is not possible to obtain more than a very general indication of the street prices of drugs. Information obtained by the National Criminal Intelligence Service and set out in the table suggests that over the period 1987–92, the street prices of drugs such as heroin, cocaine and amphetamines have remained relatively steady.

Price per gramme
Heroin Cocaine Amphetamine
1987 £75–90 £60.90 £10.20
(£102–122)1 (£81–122)1 (£14–27)'1
1988 £80–100 £60–80 £10–15
1989 £70–90 £60–80 £10–15
1990 £60–90 £50–100 £12–15
1991 £50–100 £50–100 £12–15
1992 £50–100 £50–100 £10–15
1 Expressed in 1992 prices.

The purity level of drugs as ascertained by scientific analysis will depend on at what point the sample is intercepted in the chain between dealers and misusers. Average street level purities for the period in question are contained in the table.

Proportion of the weight of heroin and cocaine seized by Her Majesty's Customs, Police and other agencies, United Kingdom, 1987–91
United Kingdom Percentages
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
Her Majesty's Customs 80.7 90.5 94.1 95.6 77.8
Police and other agencies 19.3 9.5 5.9 4.4 22.2
Her Majesty's Customs 89.1 82.6 85.5 91.9 98.4
Police and other agencies 10.9 17.4 14.5 8.1 1.6

Mr. Ieuan Wyn Jones

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was(a) the total quantity and (b) the estimated street value of (i) heroin, (ii) cocaine, (iii) synthetic category A drugs and (iv) all category A drugs seized within (1) the United Kingdom and (2) Wales in each year from 1987.

Mr. Jack

The available information on the quantity of class A drugs seized in the United Kingdom is published in table 2.4 of the Home Office statistical bulletin "Statistics of drugs seizures and offenders dealt with, United Kingdom, 1992", a copy of which is in the Library.

Information on estimated street value is not collected centrally, and estimates of the quantity of controlled drugs seized are compiled only for the United Kingdom as a whole.

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