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Drug Strategy

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government have spent on the Drug Strategy in each year since it was introduced; and how much of that sum was spent on (a) purchasing programmes of treatment and (b) staff systems and other costs relating to overseeing its expenditure in each year. (71993)

Annual direct expenditure for tackling drugs for the last five years for which figures are available is shown in the second column of table 1. We are unable to provide information regarding monies spent on purchasing programmes of treatment and staff systems in the format requested. However, the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB) since 2001, including yearly local mainstream spend, is shown in total in table 1. This money is spent directly on delivery treatment, as well as improving access to treatment, for example for offenders via drug intervention programmes, and supporting drug misusers after they come out of treatment.

Table 1

£ million

PTB and local funding

Annual direct expenditure for tackling drugs

2001-02

287

932

2002-03

322

1,026

2003-04

436

1,244

2004-05

457

1,344

2005-06

508

1,483