To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) nature and (b) financial value was of counternarcotics assistance given to the Pakistan government in each of the last six financial years; and what the planned expenditure for each category is in the (i) current and (ii) next financial year.
The UK provides counternarcotics assistance to a range of international partners, including Pakistan. We do so to tackle the international drugs trade and minimise the threat it poses to the UK. It is important to protect activities which form part of the UK's contribution to the international counter-narcotics effort and to respect the principle that international partners are able to operate in secrecy on matters of national security against organised crime. As such, it is our policy not to disclose details of our counter narcotics work, as to do so risks reducing its effectiveness and damaging international relations.