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Prisoners: Rehabilitation

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to fund the implementation of the integrated drug treatment system across all prisons in England and Wales. (199693)

On 17 March 2008, Official Report, columns 49-50WS, my hon. Friend, the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice the Member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson), my right hon. Friend, the Minister of State, Department of Health the Member for Bristol, South (Dawn Primarolo) and my hon. Friend, the Under-Secretary of State for Health the Member for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis), announced the Government's plans for drug treatment funding. This stated that the Department of Health will make £24.4 million available for clinical aspects of the Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS) in 2008-09—a rise of £11.7 million on 2007-08 levels. This will allow a roll-out of enhanced clinical treatment in around 38 more prisons.

Department of Health funding for prison clinical drug treatment will rise to £39 million (indicative) in 2009-10 and £43 million (indicative) in 2010-11 which will enable enhanced clinical services to be available in all prisons.

Decisions on funding for the psycho-social elements of IDTS have yet to be taken.