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Offenders: Rehabilitation

Volume 459: debated on Tuesday 1 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what accredited alcohol treatment programmes with ring-fenced funding there are in prisons in England and Wales. (133974)

NOMS is piloting two alcohol treatment programmes in prisons with a view to accreditation. While no accredited programmes targeted solely at alcohol misuse are currently in place, prisons deploy a range of measures to support those with an alcohol problem:

detoxification is available in all local and remand prisons;

where alcohol is part of a wider substance misuse problem the full range of drug interventions are available;

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) run groups in about 50 per cent. of prisons;

some prisons run alcohol awareness courses;

an alcohol information pack and awareness video is available for all prisoners; and

the young persons substance misuse service for 16 to 18-year-olds has a particular focus on alcohol.

Funding for alcohol treatment is not ring fenced.