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Volume 81: debated on Tuesday 25 June 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he intends to take to tackle the educational aspects of the problem of drugs in schools.

My right hon. Friend has announced a number of relevant measures in recent months.

  • —the Department has prepared a booklet of general advice on the question of the misuse of drugs for the use of teachers and others in the education service. This will be distributed through local education authorities in the near future;
  • —among other projects in this field, the Department has commissioned, through the agency of the Health Education Council, the preparation of a range of curricular and teaching materials which will be of use to educational planners, teachers and those concerned with teacher training;
  • —drug misuse has been identified as an area for attention with the Education Support Grant programme for 1986–87 and grant to support activities costing up to £2 million will be available for the appointment of staff by local education authorities to promote and co-ordinate local programmes of action aimed at drug misuse. The funding available will be sufficient to enable each local education authority to take action along these lines.