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Prisons: Drugs

Volume 458: debated on Monday 26 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drugs treatment programmes were in operation in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last six years. (128014)

The Prison Service has contracts with three voluntary support groups, one in each of the establishments, to provide counselling and education services to prisoners who have abused substances.

The number of drug and/or alcohol misuse programmes provided is as follows:

Number

2002-03

17

2003-04

32

2004-05

28

2005-06

35

2006-07 (to end February)

57

Total

169

In addition there are very many counselling sessions with individual prisoners.