[holding answer 7 December 2006]: The Home Office and the Department of Health are funding £12 million in 2006-07 for improved clinical drug treatment for prisoners. A first wave of 17 prisons was selected to implement the full IDTS programme; and a further 28 prisons selected to utilise the funds to improve drug services. HMP Peterborough was not included in these first 45 prisons.
The first-wave prisons were selected to ensure a spread between geographical areas, male and female prisons and public and contracted prisons; to involve all Government Office and Prison Service regions; and thereby provide a broad base for evaluation. These prisons were also chosen because evidence showed an overriding need to improve the quality of their clinical drug services.
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary explained on 9 October to the House that the director general of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate had written to the Home Affairs Committee on that date. In that letter, the director general provided the latest breakdown of the most accurate and robust information that the Department holds on the 1,013 prisoners released without consideration of deportation.
A copy of the letter is available from the Library of the House and a further update will be provided to the Home Affairs Committee early next year.