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Slavery — Question for Short Debate (30 October 2014)

Baroness Hamwee: ...save that we cannot avoid the unpalatable facts of what happens in our own country. As the noble Baroness mentioned, there is a national and international list—and it is a much longer list than I will give. It includes cannabis farms, block paving, domestic servitude, agriculture and fishing, the sex trade and the manufacture of clothing, electronics and surgical instruments. I was...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — UK Drugs Policy (30 October 2014) See 27 other results from this debate

Norman Baker: ...That is an important finding that we ought to bear in mind as we go forward. My right hon. Friend the Member for Hitchin and Harpenden (Mr Lilley), who is not in his seat, made an interesting case for legalising cannabis. That is not Government policy, I have to tell him, but his case was coherent and others may or may not want to take it forward. The report’s stated...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Drugs: Psychoactive Substances (30 October 2014)

Lord Bates: ...in general, instead of on a substance by substance basis. I have also commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to provide advice on a cutting edge way of basing legal controls for future synthetic drugs that mimic cannabis on the effects these substances have on the brain rather than their chemical structure. The expert panel highlighted a number of factors that will need...

Written Ministerial Statements — Home Department: Drugs Policy (30 October 2014)

Norman Baker: ...; highs in general, instead of on a substance by substance basis. I have also commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to provide advice on a cutting edge way of basing legal controls for future synthetic drugs that mimic cannabis and on the effects these substances have on the brain rather than their chemical structure. The expert panel highlighted a number of factors that...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: National Crime Agency (22 October 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Naomi Long: ...been a number of occasions in which the PSNI has sought financial investigator assistance from the NCA in relation to money-laundering investigations, but because they were predicated on a crime of cannabis cultivation, it was unable to access the assistance because it was a devolved matter.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: West Africa (21 October 2014)

Tobias Ellwood: West Africa is a significant transit point for Latin American cocaine bound for Europe. Cannabis is trafficked from Morocco through the Sahel. There is some indication that terrorist cells in the Sahel may tax cannabis drug convoys. There is very little evidence to indicate that terrorist groups in West Africa are involved in cocaine trafficking.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: Drugs:  South Belfast (29 September 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Michael McGimpsey: ...does he believe that we need further investment and more resources, given that, in South Belfast, as in other constituencies, we have had a series of issues with drugs, including the discovery of cannabis factories; a drug supplier — so-called “Andre” — riding his bicycle around, which has been well-documented in the ‘Sunday World’; and deaths as a...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Oral Answers to Questions: National Crime Agency (29 September 2014)

David Ford: ...Notarise, which was UK-wide but had to be carried through by the PSNI whereas NCA expertise was used in England, Wales and Scotland.  There was a recent example of money laundering, when the root offence involved cannabis growing, but it could not be considered by the NCA because cannabis cultivation is a devolved issue.  There are cases of drug importation into the UK in which...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 39 - Defence of slavery or trafficking victims compelled to commit an offence (11 September 2014) See 8 other results from this clause

Karen Bradley: ...that they are brought to justice. We all know the kinds of criminality we are talking about. For example, law enforcement officials tell us time and again about Vietnamese children who are locked in cannabis farms and forced to live in the same room as the plants, which they cultivate day and night. Those children are clearly victims and should be treated as such by the criminal justice...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Ministerial Statements: British-Irish Council:  Misuse of Substances (8 September 2014)

Edwin Poots: ...Isle of Man was represented by the Minister for Home Affairs, Juan Watterson. The main thematic discussion at the meeting focused on "Changing Trends in Drug Use — Current Patterns and Responses" with a particular emphasis on cannabis, new psychoactive substances and the misuse of prescribed and illicit medicines.  We noted the importance of addressing the supply of such...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 3 - Meaning of exploitation (4 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...of prosecuting authorities across Europe. There is, for example, the pattern of charity bag collections. The amazing house that I live beside, which is used for nefarious purposes—the last being a cannabis factory—was previously used by a company with big white vans that took people from various parts of the expanded A8 EU to steal every charity bag for the British Heart...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human Trafficking (4 September 2014)

Diana Johnson: ...means—or what kind of evidence is needed. They particularly do not understand the movement part of being trafficked to the situation of exploitation; because they may well have been duped by their elders—by their parents….Many of the children we hear about who are kept in cannabis cultivation houses actually escape from the first house. Somewhere along the line they fall...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 2 - Human trafficking (2 September 2014)

Michael Connarty: ...with which he has tried to draft a number of amendments, giving us some substantive points to debate. Mr Pritchard, I said earlier—when you were not in the Chair—that in fact there had been a cannabis factory in the house neighbouring mine. It had been a children’s home, but it fell into disrepute in a number of ways and eventually ended up with its windows permanently...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Clause 1 - Slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour (2 September 2014) See 2 other results from this clause

Michael Connarty: ...seriously. We have a long way to go in these matters. There was the magistrate’s comment—I think this is what the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate was trying to get at—about a 14-year-old youth who was found in a cannabis factory. He had previously been found in another situation where he was involved in criminality. The magistrate said that he had obviously made a...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland and Malawi (5 August 2014)

Stewart Stevenson: ...mode of agriculture. They are essentially self-sufficient when it comes to food for themselves, but we are already seeing a danger that tobacco farmers, in the face of reducing profits, move across to grow cannabis. That will not be helpful in the long term for people who are in desperate need in countries such as Malawi. Climate change is making agriculture a more formidable challenge in...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 July 2014)

The Earl of Listowel: .... Her inquest has not yet taken place but we know that she was discovered dead in a garden in December 2013, after being arrested and held in a police cell for three days. Kesia was arrested for possession of cannabis and criminal damage. She was kept in custody at Ashton police station over the weekend before being sent to Tameside magistrates’ court on the Monday morning. She was...

Public Bill Committee: Modern Slavery Bill: Examination of Witnesses (21 July 2014)

...they have been kept in domestic servitude or sexual exploitation, but they are not able to explain who brought them to that house, and therefore no prosecution happens. Many of the children we hear about who are kept in cannabis cultivation houses actually escape from the first house. Somewhere along the line they fall back into exploitation, but the only person they come across is the...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (17 July 2014)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps her Department is taking to reduce the number of cannabis factories across the UK.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (1st Day) (14 July 2014)

Lord Patel of Bradford: ...the situation in prisons. Mandatory drug testing was introduced to test prisoners for heroin in particular. However, following the introduction of mandatory drug testing, many prisoners who had been using cannabis, which stayed in the system for longer, started to use heroin, which stayed in the system for a shorter time. We got over that problem through introducing into the prison estate...

Written Answers — Home Department: Cannabis (9 July 2014)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cannabis factories have been discovered and abolished in the last three years.

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