HC Deb 27 March 1996 vol 274 cc645-6W
31. Mr. Hood

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the number of legitimate businesses which are used for the laundering of money from illegal drug trafficking; and if he will make a statement. [21350]

Lord James Douglas-Hamilton

It is not possible to estimate the number of businesses which are currently being used for the laundering of money from drug trafficking. Where, in the course of their investigation, the police have reason to believe a business has been used as a front for money laundering activities, they will bring the matter to the attention of the procurator fiscal.

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