Drug-related Crime

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 2018.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales) 12:00 am, 5th December 2018

As police numbers have plummeted, drug-related crime has rocketed, especially on county lines. Drug lords enforce their vile trade with knives and guns. Knife crime is half the level in Wales that it is in England; nevertheless, in the past year alone, there has been a 30% increase in knife crime in Wales. Do the Minister, the Secretary of State for Wales and his Cabinet colleagues share any responsibility for that, and what will they do about it?