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Communities Against Drugs Initiative

Volume 402: debated on Thursday 3 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) those schemes which have received funding under the Communities Against Drugs Initiative in the Buckingham constituency, (b) the amount received and (c) targets set to reduce crime under the scheme. [106367]

The schemes that have been funded under the Communities Against Drugs (CAD) funding stream in the Buckingham Constituency comprise of Sound Studio workshops for young people, youth diversionary activities equipment, a surveillance vehicle, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and a 'Handy Man' scheme. It has also paid for a Proactive Unit police sergeant and Drugs Outreach Workers which link young people into an arrest referral weekend project.The CAD funding allocation to Aylesbury Vale totalled £127,200 in each of the years 2001–02 and 2002–03. For 2003–04, the total partnership allocation of proposed combined CAD and Safer Community Initiative funding will be £176,346, of which the CAD element remains £127, 200. The total allocation over the three year period is therefore £430,746.To reduce crime under CAD, the broad aims are to disrupt local drugs markets, to tackle drug related crime and to strengthen communities. The Home Office does not set any specific target for partnerships for this funding in terms of reduction in crime they should achieve, but their work using CAD funds should contribute to the various targets for reducing crime and drugs set out in the Home Office business plan. In relation to supply of drugs their work under CAD funding should contribute to a police target of a 10 per cent. increase per annum of persons charged, summonsed or cautioned for supply of Class A drugs.