Drug Crime

Wales – in the House of Commons on 17th March 2021.

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Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

What steps he is taking with the Home Secretary to help reduce drug crime in Wales.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

Cutting crime is an absolute priority for the UK Government. We are working cross-Government with local partners to address the drivers behind drug-related crime, to help prevent further substance misuse and offending.

Photo of Alexander Stafford Alexander Stafford Conservative, Rother Valley

From the village of Wales in Rother Valley to the great country of Wales, drug usage, including in the form of nitrous oxide capsules, is a huge blight on our communities. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure that the law is rigorously enforced, and even tightened, in regard to nitrous oxide so that everyone, particularly young people, is protected from this noxious substance?

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

My hon. Friend points to a crucial approach, and it is worth pointing out that these awful crimes do not respect political or geographical borders; they are international problems and UK problems. Therefore, one way of approaching this is to make sure UK police forces can collaborate effectively cross-border, and that is what they are doing. My hon. Friend might have heard of Project Adder, the trial in Swansea bay, and of course seen some of the benefits from the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016.