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Prison Drug Treatment Funding

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

On 17 March, by way of a written ministerial statement (Official Report, Col. 49WS), together with my right hon. Friend the Minister of State, Department of Health (Dawn Primarolo) and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Health (Mr. Ivan Lewis), I announced: additional Department of Health funding for prison clinical drug treatment; a national prison drug treatment review group, to be chaired by Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel; and publication of the executive summary of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report, “A Review of Prison Based Drug Treatment Funding, December 2007”.

Following considerable interest in the report, I am today with my right hon. Friend the Minister of State and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State announcing publication in full of the PwC report. The report provides a more detailed analysis of the PwC conclusions. Professor Lord Kamlesh Patel will now consider the PwC recommendations, agree a single set of priorities and compile national guidance around the streamlining of the commissioning, delivery funding and performance management of drug treatment for offenders.

Copies of the PwC report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and the Printed Paper Office.