Ban on 'miaow miaow' party drug costs Britain £600,000 in lost import duty
The Treasury has released figures detailing the economic impact to the UK of criminalising miaow-miaow.
Official figures released yesterday show the import duty collected nearly £600,000 on consignments of mephedrone over the past three years.
Stephen Timms, the treasury minister, said £174,000 was collected in 2007, £158,000 in 2008 and £250,000 in 2009.
This figure will fall sharply as imports slow now that Home Office Alan Johnson has decided to follow his drugs advisers’ recommendation and make it a class B drug.
And they demonstrate that behind every Government policy decision – however, welcome in this case – there is a cost, however small, paid for by someone.
By Christopher Hope
Last updated: April 8th, 2010