Drugs: Crime

Home Office written question – answered on 10th December 2018.

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Photo of Joan Ryan Joan Ryan Labour, Enfield North

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5 November 2018 to Question 185472 on Drugs: crime, whether he has plans to gather specific information on children under 10 years of age involved in county lines.

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

We have no specific plans to collect information on under 10s.

However, the criminal exploitation of children in county lines drugs dealing is of significant concern to us. We have supported the formation of the National County Lines Co-ordination Centre to provide a greater law enforcement focus on county lines. We also keep the situation under regular review through the annual reports on county lines that we commission from the National Crime Agency. The next report will be published shortly.

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