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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his predecessor's statement of 28 September 2004 on extra funding for drug treatment, what additional funding has been spent on extra facilities and counselling for prisoners with drug problems; and how many and what proportion of the prisoners requiring drug treatment received such treatment. (127240)

Further to the statement of 28 September 2004, the funding currently allocated for 2006-07 for delivery of the collaborative Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) is £12 million from the Department of Health and £5 million from NOMS.

The following table shows details of funding allocated for the totality of prison drug treatment for the years 2004-05 to 2006-07:

£ million

Intervention

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Clinical Services (maintenance-prescribing, detoxification)

11.3

11.3

23.3

CARATs (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice & Through-care services)

23.2

26.7

31.7

Drug Rehabilitation Programmes

13.8

19.4

19.4

YPSMS (Young Persons Substance-Misuse Service)

2.3

2.9

2.9

Total Drug Treatment

50.6

60.3

77.3

Data on the number of prisoners requiring drug treatment are not recorded in the way requested. Instead, prisons rely on epidemiological data which show that, on average, approximately 55 per cent. of prisoners report a serious drug problem prior to prison, with 80 per cent. reporting some prior misuse.

The following table shows the number of prisoners who engaged in drug treatment over the past two years (individual prisoners may engage in more than one form of treatment):

Intervention

2004-05

2005-06

Clinical Services

53,903

53,323

CARATs

59,025

174,588

Drug Rehabilitation Programmes

7,621

10,743

1 Of which: 8,709 juvenile/YPSMS element.