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Volume 884: debated on Thursday 23 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether the Government have any plans for the setting up of detoxification centres for alcoholics, as envisaged in the Home Office report "Habitual Drunken Offenders" 1971; and if she will make a statement.

The building of an experimental detoxification centre at Withington Hospital, Manchester has started and is likely to be open in 1976. Consideration is being given to the possibility of setting up centres in London and Birmingham. The setting up of detoxification centres for alcoholics will be one of the matters to which the Advisory Committee on Alcoholism, shortly to be set up, will be asked to give particular attention.