To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures the Government are taking to reduce the incidence of solvent abuse among juveniles; what representations she has received about the work of Re-Solv in this field; and if she will make a statement.
In February of this year the Government launched a national publicity campaign on solvent misuse consisting of television and press advertising. The objective of the campaign was to raise parental awareness of the problem, and to make further information available by means of a booklet. Re-Solv played a valuable part in the development of the publicity campaign. The Department has recently awarded Re-Solv a grant of £33,000 per year for the next two years towards their central administration costs. The Department of Trade and Industry contributed £37,000 earlier this year towards the cost of producing a new training package developed by Re-Solv to help retailers identify and deal with solvent abusers. An exhibition of Re-Solv's work in combating solvent misuse was held recently in the Upper Waiting Hall.