HC Deb 22 January 2002 vol 378 c846W
Mr. Randall

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences were committed in the Uxbridge constituency in each of the last five years. [28535]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth

Recorded crime figures include statistics on drugs offences, such as possession, but do not record whether other offences are related to offenders' drug habits. Furthermore, the information that is collected on the number of drug offences is only available for the Metropolitan police force area as a whole and would therefore not be a useful guide to the number of drug offences in Uxbridge.

The NEW-ADAM research programme of interviewing and drug testing those arrested by the police sheds some light on the links between drugs and crime, although again the conclusions do not relate specifically to Uxbridge. Research so far, based on eight locations in 1999–2000, indicates that more than three-fifths (by value) of acquisitive crime is committed by users of both heroin and cocaine/crack.