HC Deb 02 May 1995 vol 259 cc151-2W
Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action Her Majesty's Government are taking(a) directly, (b) through the EU and (c) through other organisations to assist the Government of Pakistan in combating drug trafficking; what assistance is being given to the supply of equipment to combat drug trafficking with particular reference to helicopters; and if he will make a statement. [22306]

Mr. Baldry

We have given considerable narcotics-related assistance to Pakistan, both bilaterally and through multilateral channels. Last financial year, bilateral assistance included the provision of law enforcement training by Her Majesty Customs and Excise. Multilaterally we have pledged over £8 million since 1985 to projects administered by the United Nations drug control programme to strengthen law enforcement control of the Pakistan/Iran/Afghanistan border area and to reduce the supply of opium through rural development.

Annual compensation payment to age 60 rate pa Superannuation lump sum Lump sum compensation payment Total in £
Year 1990–91
Compulsory None None None
Flexible 9674 29022 n/a 38,696
3564 1085 n/a 4,649
3332 9093 n/a 12,425
Year 1991–92
Compulsory None None None
Flexible 6088 16225 n/a 22,313
FSSU scheme member 6034 6,034
1628 4261 n/a 5,889
Year 1992–93
Compulsory 8206 21551 8154 29,757
Flexible 3591 10382 n/a 13,973
4094 10656 n/a 14,750
4199 12169 n/a 16,368
10876 31865 n/a 42,741
Year 1993–94
Compulsory None None None
Flexible 8685 23422 n/a 32,107
4418 13178 n/a 17,596
n/a n/a 3033 3,033
4950 12987 n/a 17,937

Mr. Madden

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what studies his Department has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in respect of financial inducements to people in Afghanistan to persuade them to cease growing poppies used in the production of drugs. [22304]

Mr. Baldry

Afghanistan is now believed by the United Nations drug control programme and others to be the largest producer of illicit opium in the world. Much of the production is trafficked in the form of heroin to western Europe, including the UK.

In present circumstances, action by UNDCP is likely to be more effective in combating illicit drug production in Afghanistan than that by individual countries. The Government have therefore recently contributed £100,000 to preparation by UNCP of a strategy to reduce illicit opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, and will consider further financial support in the light of the result.

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