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Drug Treatment

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page 38 of the 2003 Departmental Report, how many of the 5,500 probationers who entered drug treatment completed that treatment. [130504]

Government funding for drug treatment has more than doubled since 2000 to over £500 million pounds in 2003–04 and will rise further to £573 million by 2005–06. The number of problematic drug misusers entering treatment has also steadily increased over the last five years as treatment services have improved and become more widely available. The Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) is the main criminal justice disposal for drug addicts who commit crime and require treatment. The order can last between six months and three years and currently over 53 per cent. of DTTO offenders have either successfully completed their order or are still engaging positively with their treatment. Last year 6,140 DTTOs were made.