Drugs: Internet

Home Office written question – answered on 5th February 2018.

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Photo of Ross Thomson Ross Thomson Conservative, Aberdeen South

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent steps her Department has taken to prevent the sale of illegal drugs online.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

We want the UK to be the safest place in the world to be online. Anything that is illegal offline should be illegal online.

The Government and law enforcement agencies take the unlawful advertising and sales of drugs on the internet very seriously. Tough enforcement is a fundamental part of the Government’s drug strategy and we are taking coordinated action to tackle illegal drugs alongside other criminal activity.

Law enforcement agencies continue to work with internet providers to shut down UK-based websites found to be committing offences, building on work already underway to tackle the sale and supply of illegal drugs in the UK and overseas and tackle associated organised crime.

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