HC Deb 19 December 1989 vol 164 cc156-7W
Mr. Sheerman

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been spent on research into drug addiction, other than on the campaign Heroin Screws You Up and its evaluation, in the past five years or for any other period of years for which the information is available, by(a) his Department, (b) the Department of Education and Science and (c) the Department of Health.

Mr. Mellor

Estimated expenditure on research into drug addiction in the current and preceding four financial years, excluding evaluation studies, is as follows:—

Financial year Home Office Department of Health
1985–86 8,769 1
1986–87 26,331 1
1987–88 56,525 1
1988–89 32,182 £311,222
1989–90 28,259 £225,406
Total 152,066
Sub-total £536,628
5 year DH total £1.2 million

1 Separate figures for these years are not readily available, but an average of £221,124 was spent in each year.

The Department of Education and Science has no responsibility for research into drug addiction, but has funded a number of projects related to the development and evaluation of education about substance misuse.

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