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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on funding drug treatment services in each year since 1997; and what the projected expenditure on drug treatment services is in each year to 2010-11. (227509)

Since 2001, the Department and the Home Office have provided specific resources for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB). This funding is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide for treatment and services according to the specific needs of each locality. We do not hold information on drug treatment spend prior to 2001.

PTB allocations and local investment in drug treatment is shown in the following table:

£ million

PTB

Local funding (figures sourced from the National Treatment Agency1)

Allocation

Amount

2001-02

142

145

2002-03

191

131

2003-04

236

200

2004-05

253

204

2005-06

300

208

2006-07

385

212

2007-08

398

206

2008-09

398

206

2009-10

2398

2206

2010-11

2398

2206

1 Figures collated by the NTA, via the treatment planning process. 2 Estimated spend for 2009-10 and 2010-11 includes contribution to funding of under-18s treatment. Note: In addition to the money spent directly on delivering treatment, central and local government funding is also spent on improving access to treatment (e.g. for offenders via Drugs Interventions Programme) and supporting drug misusers after they come out of treatment (e.g. aftercare and Supporting People).