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Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultant time is commissioned by each DAAT in England and Wales in the current year. [113982]

This information is not available centrally. Psychiatric consultant time is commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs), which have access to mainstream funds and the drug treatment pooled budget, which stands at £243.6 million for this year. Each PCT, in consultation with its drug action team partners, must decide how much consultant time is required, according to the needs of the local community. Commissioning should be in accordance with these needs.