§ Mr. Hancock
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug arrests there were in the Portsmouth, South constituency in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Bob Ainsworth
Information on the number of persons arrested for notifiable offences is collected by police force area only. Available data on the number of persons arrested for drugs offences within the Hampshire police force area are given in the table for the years 1999–2000 and 2000–01. Statistics for 2001–02 will be available in the autumn.
Number of persons arrested, for drug offences in Hampshire police force area Number of persons 1999–2000 3,768 2000–01 3,059