HC Deb 10 July 2002 vol 388 cc1061-2W
Mr. Laws

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the total amount of money seized from drug barons and put back into anti-drug programmes in each year since 1996; and if he will make a statement. [66291]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth

[holding answer 4 July 2002]: The receipts remitted to the Secretary of State from confiscation orders made under the Drug Trafficking Acts 1986 and 1994, for each year from 1996 were:

  • £7,415.000 for 1996–97;
  • £9,458,000 for 1997–98;
  • £ 10,476,000 for 1998–99;
  • £9,333.000 for 1999–2000; and
  • £11,757,000 for 2000–01.

The figure for the year 2001–02 is not yet available.

Between April 1999 and March 2002 a total of £12 million was recycled through the Confiscated Assets Fund (CAF) and disbursed on anti-drug programmes.

The amounts disbursed in each year were £3 million in 1999–2000, £5 million in 2000–01 and £4 million in 2001–02.

No recycling of confiscated assets to anti-drugs programmes occurred during the period between 1996 and 1999, the year when the Confiscated Assets Fund was established.

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