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Cannabis

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the percentage of boys aged 14 and 15 years using cannabis in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [108061]

Since 1982, the Department of Health has commissioned a series of national surveys of secondary school children in England. The information available is shown in the tables.

Percentage of pupils who have used cannabis in the last year: England
Boys
All aged 11–15Age 14Age 15
1998111528
1999111529
2000131830
20011141932
20021,2143n/a3n/a
Girls
All aged 11–15Age 14Age 15
199891324
1999101425
2000111625
20011121930
20021,2123n/a3n/a
Boys and Girls
All aged 11-15Age 14Age 15
1998101426
1999111528
2000121728
20011131931
20021,2132031
Total time spent in major A&E departments, NHS Trusts in England, 2002–03 October to December (Q3)
YearQuarterSTHAOrgIDNameTotal attendances at major A&EPercentage of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E
2002–033England 2,882,50078
2002–033Q01RGQIpswich Hospital NHS Trust13,35780
2002–033Q01RGRWest Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust8,94581

Source:

Department of Health dataset QMAE

Status:

Published 12 March 2003

Total time spent in major A&E departments, NHS Trusts in England, 2002–03 July to September (Q2)

Year

Quarter

Dataset

STHA

OrgID

Name

Total attendances at major A&E

Percentage of patients who spent less than four hours in A&E

2002–032QMAEEngland3,095,65077
2002–032QMAEQ01RGQIpswich Hospital NHS Trust14,08381
2002–032QMAEQ01RGRWest Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust10,24683

Source:

Department of ealth dataset QMAE

Status:

New dataset

1 Estimates from 2001 onwards are not comparable with estimates from previous years because of the change in the way that drug use were measured.

2 2002 estimates are preliminary results. Final estimates for 2002 are planned to be published in summer 2003.

3 The percentage of pupils who have used cannabis in 2002 are not vet available by age group for boys and girls separately.

Sources:

"Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2000"—(Department of Health) published by The Stationery Office ISBN 0 11 322562 8 http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/ englandsmoking.pdf.

"Drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England in 2001"—(Department of Health) published by The Stationery Office ISBN 0 11 322591 1 http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/ sddsurvey01.pdf

The Department of Health Statistical Press Notice "Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2002: Provisional Results" http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/spnmar03-smoking. pdf