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Prisoners (Drug Addiction)

Volume 990: debated on Monday 4 August 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will consider allowing voluntary agencies into prisons to provide help for drug addicts;(2) if he is satisfied with the present treatment of drug addicts in prison; and what plans he has to improve this;(3) if he will take steps to increase the preparation that drug addicts receive in prison before they are released.

Recommendations made by the Advisory Council for the Misuse of Drugs about the treatment of drug addicts in prison are presently under consideration, including suggestions for improving the arrangements for access to prisons by voluntary agencies and the preparation of addicts for release.