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Thursday, 29 March 1979
Page: 1377

Mr James asked the Minister for Business and Consumer Affairs, upon notice, on 7 November 1978:

(   1 ) With reference to his answer to my question No. 1299 (Hansard, 4 October 1977, page 1613) what sum has been paid by the Narcotics Bureau for information relating to the suppression of the illegal drug trade during each year since 1974-75.

(2)   Will he note that I do not seek details of the persons to whom the moneys were paid.

Mr Fife -The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As indicated in my reply to Question No. 1299, the Narcotics Bureau pays rewards for information relating to the suppression of the illicit drug trade. In some instances the amounts paid are quite substantial.

(2)   It has not been the policy to publicly disclose any details of these payments.

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