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Drug Treatment (Essex)

Volume 401: debated on Wednesday 19 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been made available for the rehabilitation of drug offenders in Essex in each year since 1997. [103119]

Information is not available in the form requested.The pooled treatment budget, introduced in 2001–02 provides funding for the treatment and rehabilitation of people with drug problems, including offenders. Drug Action Teams (DAT) use their pooled treatment budget allocations, together with additional resources from health authorities and other sources to fund treatment provision in their areas.There are three drug action teams covering Essex: Southend, Thurrock and Essex, which covers the remainder of the county. The level of pooled treatment budget funding allocated to the three Essex DATs in 2001–02 was £4.056 million. This figure increased in 2002–03 to £5.306 million.In 2003–04, the pooled treatment allocation for the three Essex DATs will increase to £5.579 million.