§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the number of Customs officers specialising in the prevention of drug trafficking in 1979; and what is the number in 1984.
§ Mr. Hayhoe
The number of specialist Customs officers engaged exclusively in the investigation and prevention of drug trafficking was 121 in 1979 and is 196 in 1984. In addition, a further 52 specialist staff were so engaged as part of their duties in 1979, and 85 in 1984.