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Drugs: Prison

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her predecessor’s statement of 28 September 2004 on the integrated drug treatment scheme for prisons, what funding has been spent in each year since the annual £40 million budget was announced; how many and what percentage of prisoners have received drug treatment via the programme; and whether the March 2008 target for allocating effective treatment services will be met.

Caroline Flint [pursuant to the reply, 22 March 2007, Official Report, c. 1131W]: Implementation of the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) commenced in 2006.

The current year’s investment in IDTS totals £17 million. This comprises £12 million from the Department and £5 million from the Home Office. This will fund IDTS implementation in 45 prisons, allowing some 24,000 prisoners to receive treatment via the programme by March 2008. (127241)