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Drugs: Ferries

Home Department written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Keith Vaz Keith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many passengers entering the UK on ferries have been (a) found in possession of a Class A drug and (b) fined in each year since 2006.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

The Home Office does not hold data on the number of ferry passengers entering the UK each year who are found in possession of a class A drug; only the number of seizures that occur and the quantity seized are recorded. National quarterly drug seizures are reported on the UK Border Agency website, please see following link:

http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/documents/aboutus/drug-seizures/

Passengers in possession of Class A drugs are normally arrested. It is then a matter for the courts to decide the appropriate penalty upon conviction. We do not hold data on penalties issued by the courts to individuals.

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