§ Mr. Cox
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convicted drug dealers now serving prison sentences in England and Wales who have been convicted in the last five years, and were ordered by the trial judge to hand over financial assets thought to have been acquired as a result of dealing in drugs, have not done so to date; and if he will make a statement. 123W
§ Mr. Boateng
The information requested is not collected centrally to the detail required.
The available information, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, shows that between 1993 to 1997, 22,959 offenders were sentenced to immediate custody at the Crown Court for drug trafficking offences. Out of these, a confiscation order was imposed on 5,322 (23 per cent.).