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Drugs Education

Volume 115: debated on Thursday 7 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will make a statement on the latest developments regarding the drugs education programme in Welsh schools.

Responsibility for developing drugs education programmes in schools rests with the local education authorities. The Department has given assistance through the education support grants scheme to enable LEAs to appoint advisers to promote and co-ordinate activity aimed at preventing drug misuse. This funding amounts to £169,000 in 1987–88. All LEAs in Wales have benefited from this scheme. The education advisers work closely with county health education officers for drugs, who are also funded by the Department. In addition all LEAs in Wales have received copies of the joint Welsh Office/Department of Education and Science publication "Drug Misuse and the Young" and the Department has made available to all secondary schools a video package entitled "Double Take". The Department has also made grant of £127,000 available in 1987–88 for the in-service training of teachers in drug education.