HC Deb 13 April 1984 vol 58 cc432-4W
Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales what is the annual allocation for drug addiction problems in Wales each year from 1980–81 to 1983–84; how many centres for heroin addiction exist in Wales; what is their funding; and what are their age groups.

Mr. John Stradling Thomas

There are no regular earmarked funds allocated by the Welsh Office specifically to combat drug addiction. It is for health authorities and other service providers to make provision as they see fit in the light of local needs, but there are central funds they can bid for to help them meet these.

Welsh Office financial support has been given since 1975 under the urban programme for the Drugs Advisory Centre in Cardiff. This amounts in the current financial year to £9,292 and support has been given at a similar level annually since 1980–81, after allowances are made for pay and price changes.

Comprehensive information is not available centrally on units specifically devoted to assist heroin or other drug misusers. Most misusers are treated by General Practitioners or at general or psychiatric hospitals.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend, the Member for Staffordshire Moorlands on 9 February 1984 which explained the measures being taken following public consultation in Wales on the report of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs on the treatment and rehabilitation of drug misusers, including additional sources of central funding and to improve understanding of the nature and extent of drug misuse in Wales. Health authorities have been asked to undertake the review indicated in that reply.

Maintained Secondary Schools teaching Welsh 1977–78
Clwyd Dyfed Gwent Gwynedd Mid Glamorgan Powys South Glamorgan West Glamorgan
Percentage of schools where Welsh:
(a) Is taught as a first language only 2.8 4.3 3.4
(b) Is taught as a second language only 63.6 16.7 32.5 83.0 16.7 79.3 82.8
(c) Is taught as both a first and second language 36.4 75.0 96.0 4.3 75.0 10.3 13.8
(d) Is not taught at all 5.5 67.5 4.0 8.5 8.3 10.3

Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list, for the most recent available date, how many children in secondary schools in each county in Wales are receiving some or all of their education through the medium of the Welsh language; and how this compares with the figures for five and 10 years previously.

Mr. John Stradling

Thomas: Information is not available in the form requested. Statistics on the numbers of pupils being taught through the medium of Welsh are available in respect of individual subjects only. Table 5.09 of "Statistics of Education in Wales No. 8, 1983" and Table 5.11 of "Statistics of Education in Wales No. 4, 1979", copies of which have been placed in the Library, show for Wales as a whole the number of pupils studying certain named subjects through the medium of Welsh in 1982–83 and 1978–79 respectively. Statistics for earlier years are not available.

Information on numbers of notified misusers of controlled drugs is a matter for my right hon. and learned Friend, the Secretary of State for Home Affairs.—[Vol. 53, c. 787–788]