HC Deb 07 November 2001 vol 374 c278W
28. Mr. Mahmood

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the organised crime taskforce in Northern Ireland. [10876]

Jane Kennedy

The Government remain committed to tackling the organised crime problem in Northern Ireland. The organised crime taskforce and the agencies in NI are achieving good results.

This week has seen a number of successes against the organised crime gangs who operate in Northern Ireland. In the past two weeks, in two separate raids, £700,00 of drugs were seized and £80,000 of counterfeit goods were confiscated. Last week, a Customs and police operation seized 600,000 duty-free cigarettes, 150 kilos of tobacco, 6,000 litres of alcohol and a huge quantity of illegal fireworks, CDs, videos and counterfeit clothing.