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Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what moneys were attached to the alcohol harm reduction strategy (a) at its inception and (b) for the 2006-07 financial year; and what moneys have been announced for the future strategy. (100654)

The health commitments in the alcohol harm reduction strategy for England were reinforced by the “Choosing Health” White Paper. As with other health commitments, primary care trusts (PCTs), working in partnership with other local agencies, are responsible for assessing local need and for funding service provision. The Department has supported primary care trusts through guidance on local programmes of improvement, published in November 2005.

The Department is spending £1.7 million in 2006-07 on the “Know your Limits” campaign, which seeks to prevent binge drinking. The Home Office is contributing additional funding.

The Department plans to spend £1.5 million in 2006-07 and £1.7 million from 2007-08 on trailblazer projects to develop interventions and brief advice for hazardous and harmful drinkers in primary care, accident and emergency, and criminal justice settings.

We estimate that £217 million was spent on alcohol treatment by PCTs and local authorities in 2003-04.

We have previously announced that £15 million has been included in PCTs’ general allocations from 2007-08 to help improve local arrangements for commissioning and delivering alcohol interventions.

Spending on prevention of alcohol-related disorder is a matter for the Home Office. Funding for school and college-based education is a matter for the Department for Education and Skills.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on advertising the risks associated with alcohol addiction in each year since 1997. (110319)

There has been no major campaign expenditure on safe alcohol consumption in the financial years 1997 to 2005, so costs given relate to literature and website activity only. However, the Department and Home Office developed a joint alcohol communications campaign in October 2006. The Department is contributing £2 million to the cost of this campaign.

We have financial information on safe alcohol consumption expenditure only for the last four years, as figures pre-2002-03 were held on an old financial system which is no longer accessible.

Alcohol campaign (£ million)

2002-03

0.097

2003-04

0.045

2004-05

0.342

2005-06

0.064