§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will list the recommendations of the report of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs: Treatment and Rehabilitation, indicating what action has now been taken on each point.
§ Mr. John Patten
Many of the recommendations in the advisory council's report (which is available in the Library) are not intended for implementation by central Government. The council recommended that prime responsibility for the provision and development of services should remain at local level.
For action by the Department taken or in hand, I refer the hon. Member to my right hon. Friend's replies to my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley (Mr. Soames) on 9 February, at columns 756–60, and my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Sir B. Braine) on 6 June, at column 200.
In addition, the Department is funding two new research projects to start this year.