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Drugs: Crime Prevention

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department plans to spend in total on tackling drugs in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. (241538)

Labelled expenditure is defined as that which is included in budgets, is drug-specific and is proactive, in that it is linked to the achievement of specific policy aims. Home Office labelled expenditure for the current financial year is £160.39 million. While precise figures for Home Office labelled expenditure are not yet available for the financial years 2009-10 and 2010-11, it is expected that the figure will remain broadly stable.

In addition to labelled expenditure, the Home Office meets the costs of activity which is reactive, such as enforcement of the laws surrounding drugs.

Further details of the resources invested by Government departments are set out in an appendix to the drug strategy, which can be viewed at:

http://drugs.homeoffice.gov.uk/publication-search/drug-strategy/drug-strategy-2008?view=Standard&pubID=531716.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer of 22 October 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on drugs: crime prevention, when she expects data on crackhouse closure orders in 2007-08 to be available. (241873)

Data on crackhouse closure orders for the 2007-08 period will be published through the CDRP survey of antisocial behaviour tools and powers, which will be available early in 2009.