§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what has been the effect of the 15 pilot needle exchange schemes set up in 1987 to counter the spread of AIDS; whether he intends to extend this scheme; and whether he intends to include the free supply of condoms to intravenous drug abusers.
§ Mrs. Currie
Our view of the benefits of the pilot needle exchange schemes was given in the reply of my right hon. Friend on 11 July to the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Mr. Strang) at column57. I understand that the majority of these schemes have condoms available for supply free of charge to injecting drug misusers.