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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure was by his Department on drug and alcohol treatment in 2007-08; and what percentage of the overall budget was spent on monitoring and management of the commissioning process. (241689)

The Department, in association with a small contribution from the Home Office and subsequently the Ministry of Justice, has provided specific resources to local partnerships for drug treatment since 2001. This has been through the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB), with £398 million of funding provided in 2007-08. At a local level, partnerships also make available funding for drug treatment from mainstream allocations in addition to the PTB.

The cost of alcohol treatment is met through NHS mainstream expenditure in line with local needs and priorities and is not collected centrally. However, access to treatment is reported through a national alcohol treatment monitoring system. There is also an NHS vital signs indicator to reduce the rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions, which has been adopted by 99 primary care trusts in their operating plans for 2008-09 to 2010-11.

Information on the percentage of the overall budget spent on monitoring and management of the commissioning process locally is not collected centrally.

However, £11.457 million was allocated by the Department in 2008-09 to the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) a special health authority with responsibility for improving the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for drug misuse in England.