HC Deb 14 January 1998 vol 304 c220W
Ms Rosie Winterton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made by the Government of Gibraltar to deal with illicit trafficking. [23453]

Mr. Doug Henderson

We and the Government of Gibraltar have taken decisive action to stop drugs and tobacco smuggling using Gibraltar-based boats. Effective regulatory mechanisms, including new bodies, have been established.

The Government of Gibraltar have also introduced tough legislation to UK and EC standards on an all crimes basis to deal with money laundering. This has transformed Gibraltar's international reputation in this context. EC Commissioner Gradin, for example, said in the European Parliament last year that there are no grounds for suspecting Gibraltar of tolerating money laundering.

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