HC Deb 20 May 2004 vol 421 cc1200-1W
Bob Spink

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what controls art available to prevent individuals importing drugs that are available in the UK by prescription only. [174472]

John Healey

HM Customs and Excise are responsible for detecting and preventing the illegal import of drugs controlled under section 3(1) of the Misuse of Drugs Act, 1971. There are no import prohibitions on prescription-only medicines unless they contain drugs that are controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, such as Valium. A Home Office drugs licence must accompany such drugs if they are to be imported legally. When Customs detect such drugs illegally imported, either in the post or at ports or airports, they seize them and prosecute the importers where appropriate.