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Solvents: Misuse

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the number of children who have (a) died and (b) been brain damaged by volatile substance abuse in each of the last 10 years. (150335)

The number of young people under the age of 18 who have died from volatile substance misuse in the last 10 years is shown in the following table.

Number of children

1996

35

1997

29

1998

26

1999

25

2000

17

2001

25

2002

24

2003

10

2004

13

2005

8

Total

212

Source:

Statistics from St. George’s University of London

Information regarding young people who have been brain damaged by volatile substance abuse in the last 10 years is not collected centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health who sits on the stakeholder group set up under the Volatile Substance Abuse Framework. (150375)

A stakeholder group made up of key players in the field, was set up in December 2004 to develop and implement the National Framework for Volatile Substance Abuse. The group was revised in December 2006 to include key departments across Government. It is chaired by the Department.

Prior to the Government machinery of changes, stakeholders included:

Department of Health

Home Office

Department for Education and Skills

Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

Department of Trade and Industry

National Treatment Agency

Local Government Office—Young People Lead

Plus the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Executive

ReSolv

Solv-It

National Children’s Bureau

Drug Education Forum

St. George’s University of London

British Aerosols Manufacturing Association

Trading Standards

SC Johnson

Swan

Ronson

LP Gas Association

Shell UK