HC Deb 13 July 1998 vol 316 cc60-1W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on co-operation between Colombia and the West Midlands police on drug problems. [48633]

Mr. Michael

Colombia is the world's largest producer and distributor of refined cocaine. Western Europe and the United Kingdom are major targets for this illicit trade. We believe that constructive anti-drug co-operation and assistance can help their law enforcement authorities counter the problem more effectively. Law enforcement co-operation between the United Kingdom and Colombia is excellent. Since 1989 we have provided £15 million of equipment and training to Colombia. I am not aware of any current links between West Midlands Police and Colombia on drug problems.