HC Deb 16 April 1981 vol 3 c266W
Mr. Field

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on his response to the recommendations in the report on drug dependants within the prison system: their treatment and rehabilitation.

Mr. Mayhew

This report by the advisory council on the misuse of drugs recommends a number of initiatives in clinical practice, in the provision of special facilities in both the prison system and the community, and in extending information and research. The recommendations have been drawn to the attention of prison medical officers, who will, we are sure, take into account in the treatment of drug dependants in prison those which are essentially matters of clinical judgment. Proposals arising under the other recommendations will be considered as resources allow. The need to pay continuing attention to the effectiveness of their services is accepted by all those involved in the treatment and rehabilitation of drug-dependent offenders.