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Drug Interventions Programme

Volume 461: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 803W, on the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP), what the DIP budget allocation was for each intensive DIP area in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06. (140107)

My reply of 16 May referred to the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) Main Grant allocations for 2007-08. As the DIP has evolved, there have been changes to the funding mechanisms each year. These changes have reflected some short-term funding streams and also some integration of separate funding streams to make administration easier at local level.

Similarly, unlike the constituency of my hon. Friend, not all the areas named in my reply have been part of the programme since 2003. It is accordingly not possible, except at disproportionate cost, to provide DIP budget allocations for each intensive area for (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06 comparable to that in my reply of 16 May.

But allocations to areas such as the constituency of my hon. Friend have been based on the same criteria and I shall be writing to her with a more detailed explanation of the processes and to see if my officials are able to assist her with the purpose of her inquiry.