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Drug Misuse

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on tackling drug misuse in each of the last 10 years. (93760)

Since 2001, the Department of Health and the Home Office have provided for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB). This funding is then allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide for treatment and services according to the specific needs of each locality. We do not have information on drug treatment spend prior to 2001.

Expenditure on drug treatment (excluding prison-based treatment) since 2001 is shown in the table.

Central Government funding (pooled treatment budget)Local funding (local authorities, primary care trusts, police and probation)

Allocation (£ million)

Percentage increase

Allocation (£ million)

Total funding (£ million)

2001-02

142

n/a

145

287

2002-03

191

37

131

322

2003-04

236

23

200

436

2004-05

253

7

1, 2204

457

2005-06

300

18

1, 2208

508

2006-07

385

28

1, 2212

597

1 Estimated. 2 Local funding increases based on 2 per cent. inflation increase.