§ Ms. Glenda Jackson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contribution the Home Office makes to the Government's overall strategy for tackling drug and alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Jack
The Home Office works closely with other Government Departments to ensure that the law and the wide range of Government policies for tackling the misuse of drugs and alcohol are effective. It has responsibility for the national criminal intelligence service whose drugs division provides intelligence on drug trafficking to Customs and the police. The Government's drug prevention initiative is co-ordinated by the Home Office through a central drugs prevention unit which manages and supports 20 local drugs prevention teams in England, Scotland and Wales. The work of the prison and probation services includes helping offenders with drug and alcohol problems.