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Armed Forces: Drugs

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many drugs tests on (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF personnel produced positive results in each quarter since January 2006, broken down by the (i) class of drugs and (ii) regiment concerned. (158359)

The following tables show the results of drug tests in the armed forces since January 2006, broken down by quarter, class of drug and service. A breakdown by regiment could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Royal Navy

Positive results

Class A

Class B

Class C

Period

Number of Tests carried out

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2006

1 January to 31 March

3,619

13

0.35

10

0

0

3

1 April to 30 June

2,939

8

0.27

2

0

0

6

1 July to 30 September

3,343

19

0.56

17

0

0

2

1 October to 31 December

3,037

17

0.55

17

0

0

0

2007

1 January to 31 March

2,822

7

0.24

3

0

0

4

1 April to 30 June

2,994

14

0.46

8

0

0

6

1 July to 30 September

2,887

10

0.35

10

0

0

0

Total

21,957

88

0.40

67

76

0

0

21

24

Army

Positive results

Class A

Class B

Class C

Period

Number of Tests carried out

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2006

1 January to 31 March

32,449

261

0.80

156

12

117

1 April to 30 June

26,105

190

0.73

119

11

82

1 July to 30 September

19,477

152

0.78

220

8

63

1 October to 31 December

26,468

234

0.88

205

9

56

2007

1 January to 31 March

25,230

228

0.90

166

8

80

1 April to 30 June

17,537

189

1.08

148

5

54

1 July to 30 September

16,734

1143

10.85

108

7

42

Total

164,000

1,397

0.85

1,122

67

60

3.6

494

30

1 Awaiting results of 1,250 tests conducted during September 2007.

Royal Air Force

Positive results

Class A

Class B

Class C

Period

Number of Tests carried out

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

2006

1 January to 31 March

3,105

7

0.23

6

0

0

1

1 April to 30 June

3,062

6

0.20

5

0

0

1

1 July to 30 September

3,545

2

0.06

1

0

0

1

1 October to 31 December

3,172

3

0.09

0

0

0

3

2007

1 January to 31 March

2,785

3

0.11

2

0

0

1

1 April to 30 June

3,606

5

0.14

3

0

0

2

1 July to 30 September

2,279

1

0.04

1

0

0

0

Total

21,554

27

0.13

18

67

0

0

9

33

Notes:

1. A single test sample may contain more than one class of drug; the sum of positive test results for class A, B and C drugs may therefore be greater than the overall number of positive results.

2. The percentages in the totals for class A, B and C drugs are the percentages of each class total against the sum of the class totals.