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Drug Abuse

Volume 81: debated on Wednesday 19 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the health authorities that have applied for central funding to support initiatives concerned with drug abuse, indicating which applications have been successful; and if he will list those authorities which have not made an application.

The following health authorities have applied for funding under the central initiative to provide services for drug misusers. Funds have been made available to date to those marked with an asterisk.

Northern Region

  • Hartlepool
  • South Tees
  • *East Cumbria
  • South Cumbria
  • Darlington
  • Northumberland
  • *Newcastle
  • North Tyneside
  • *South Tyneside
  • Sunderland

Yorkshire Region

  • East Yorkshire
  • Hull
  • Scunthorpe
  • *York
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • *Leeds Western
  • Pontefract

Trent Region

  • Leicester
  • *North Lincolnshire
  • *Nottingham
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield

East Anglian Region

  • *Cambridge
  • *Peterborough
  • *Norwich
  • Great Yarmouth and Waveney
  • West Norfolk and Wisbech

North West Thames Region

  • *North Bedfordshire
  • South Bedfordshire
  • *North Hertfordshire
  • East Hertfordshire
  • North West Hertfordshire
  • Barnet
  • Harrow
  • *Hillingdon
  • Hounslow and Spelthorne
  • *Ealing
  • Brent
  • *Paddington and North Kensington
  • *Hammersmith and Fulham (now Riverside)
  • *Victoria

North East Thames Region

  • North East Essex
  • west Essex
  • *Southend
  • *Barking, Havering and Brentwood
  • *Bloomsbury
  • Islington
  • *City and Hackney
  • Tower Hamlets
  • *Enfield
  • Haringey
  • Redbridge

South East Thames Region

  • *Brighton
  • Hastings
  • South East Kent
  • Medway
  • Tunbridge Wells
  • Bexley
  • *Greenwich
  • *Bromley
  • *West Lambeth
  • *Bethlem and Maudsley
  • *Lewisham and North Southwark
  • Camberwell

South West Thames Region

  • North West Surrey
  • West Surrey and North East Hampshire
  • *Mid-Surrey
  • Chichester
  • *Mid-Downs
  • Worthing
  • *Kingston and Esher
  • Richmond, Twickenham and Roehampton
  • *Wandsworth

Wessex Region

  • *East Dorset
  • *Portsmouth and South East Hampshire
  • Swindon
  • *Isle of Wight

Oxford Region

  • *Oxford RHA
  • West Berkshire
  • Northampton

South Western Region

  • *Frenchay
  • *North Devon
  • Plymouth

West Midlands Region

  • Herefordshire
  • Kidderminster and District
  • *Worcester and District
  • *Shropshire
  • *Mid-Staffordshire
  • North Staffordshire
  • South Warwickshire
  • *West Birmingham
  • *Coventry
  • Sandwell
  • *Walsall
  • *Wolverhampton

Mersey Region

  • *Mersey RHA
  • Chester
  • *Halton
  • Macclesfield
  • Warrington
  • St. Helens and Knowsley
  • South Sefton (Merseyside)
  • *Wirral

North Western Region

  • *North Western RHA
  • *Lancaster
  • Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley
  • West Lancashire
  • Bolton
  • North Manchester
  • Central Manchester
  • Rochdale
  • Tameside and Glossop
  • Wigan

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much money has been allocated to each of the health regions to help in countering drug abuse; and on what criteria the money was allocated.

The following sums have been allocated to each of the health regions under the central funding initiative for the provision of services for drug misusers.



East Anglian295,569
North West Thames1,172,173
North East Thames1,398,131
South East Thames253,843
South West Thames428,996
South Western317,780
West Midlands669,627
North Western453,377

The sums include grants made to voluntary organisations. The criteria on which funds have been allocated include the merits of proposed projects and the extent of the local need for services and the development of a wide range of services.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) which health regions, in which there is a town or city with a population of over 200,000, have had central Government funding to help with the problem of drug abuse;(2) if he will list the health authorities in which there is a town or city with a population of over 200,000 which do not have a drug information and treatment centre;(3) what evidence he has of the relative size of the problem of drug abuse in the towns and cities in the United Kingdom that have a population of over 200,000.

Information on the prevalence of drug misuse and existing or planned services for drug misusers in English regions is contained in the report "Drug Misuse: Prevalence and Service Provision", which we have published today. Copies have been placed in the Library.Health services in other parts of the United Kingdom are the responsibility of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what evidence he has received regarding the incidence of drug abuse in North Staffordshire; and what information and treatment facilities are available.

North Staffordshire drug advisory committee is currently assessing the extent of drug misuse in the district. Patients with drug problems may be treated locally by consultant psychiatrists as part of their general case load or by primary heal the care teams, or may be referred to the regional addiction unit at Ass Saints hospital in Birmingham or the personality disorder unit at St. George's hospital, Mid-Staffordshire. Information for drug misusers and their relatives is available from the district's health education department.We have published a summary of health authority reports on the prevalence of drug misuse, existing services and plans for service development today.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will publish the results of the review of services for drug misusers; and if he will make a statement.

The report, entitled "Drug Misuse: Prevalence and Service Provision" has been published today. It contains information provided by health authorities and other agencies on the prevalence of drug misuse and on plans for improving services for drug misusers. The work carried out by health authorities indicates that they share the Government's concern that urgent action should be taken in this field. The Government are grateful to health authorities and other agencies for the effort they have devoted to seeking information on the prevalence of drug misuse and formulating plans for improving services.However, good services, whether in the statutory or voluntary sector, can never be the whole answer to the problem. The Government will continue to do all they can to restrict the quantities of illegal drugs coming into the country and their distribution here and to make provision for those in need of help. But it is ultimately up to the Community as a whole to help with quelling this evil, helping those who are addicted or might be tempted to experiment.For their part, the Government consider that the development of services for drug misusers must remain a high priority for the foreseeable future, and I shall continue to monitor their development, through regional health authorities. Ministers will be writing to regional health authorities individually to comment on the progress they have made and to encourage appropriate further action. They intend that there should be multi-agency drug advisory committees for every region and district by the end of 1985.