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Drug Or Alcohol Dependency

Volume 222: debated on Thursday 2 April 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she intends to issue new guidance regarding ordinary residence with respect to potential users of drug or alcohol dependency services.

Guidance on ordinary residence for people requiring social services, which includes this client group, was issued this week. A copy will be placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish a list of comparable costs of providing a residential place in (a) a residential unit for drug dependency, (b) a rehabilitation unit for alcohol dependency and (c) a local prison.

The standing conference on drug abuse produces a guide for services for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and has indicated that the costs of residential rehabilitation care range from £280 to over £1,000 per person per week depending on the locality and the type and level of care provided.I understand from my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department that the cost for a place in local prisons and adult remand centres is £437 per week and for the generality of all prisons £442 per week.