Mexico: Overseas Aid

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 14th September 2010.

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Photo of Mark Pritchard Mark Pritchard Conservative, The Wrekin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will increase the level of assistance the Government is giving to the Government of Mexico to combat (a) drug trafficking, (b) human trafficking and (c) narco-terrorism.

Photo of Nick Herbert Nick Herbert Minister of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office) , The Minister for Policing and Criminal Justice

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Her Majesty's Government support the efforts of the Mexican Government to combat trans-national organised crime. We have done so on a bilateral basis, providing support through various law-enforcement exchanges and projects. These include expert visits from the National Police Improvement Agency and the Metropolitan Police, as well as various projects supporting Mexico to reform its criminal justice system. The Serious Organised Crime Agency has also offered specialist assistance.

We have also provided support alongside European Union partners, through the formal EU-Mexico Strategic Partnership. Within this Partnership, we have worked with the Mexican Government on improving the capacity of their federal police force on forensics, police intelligence, interview techniques, surveillance, trial testimony and the methodology of investigation.

We will continue to work with the Mexican Government.

There is no evidence to suggest that Mexico has a direct impact on the United Kingdom in relation to human trafficking or that Mexican organised crime groups are linked with terrorism.

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