HC Deb 16 May 1994 vol 243 c321W
Mr. Denham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the expenditure by her Department in the last year for which figures are available for(a) drug rehabilitation and (b) health education in relation to drug abuse; and what proportion of that funding was spent in Hampshire.

Mr. Sackville

Health authorities were allocated £20.043 million in 1992–93—towards the costs of developing services for drug misusers. The Wessex regional health authority "AIDS (Control) Act" Report for that year shows expenditure of £1.437 million, of which £665,014 is recorded for Southampton, Portsmouth, Basingstoke and Winchester district health authorities. Copies of the "AIDS (Control) Act" report are available in the Library.

The specific grant for alcohol and drug misuse services was £2.3 million in 1993–94, of which £42,841 was awarded to four schemes for drug misusers in Hampshire.

Section 64 grants to support the work of the voluntary sector nationally in the drugs field in 1993–94 totalled £788,970. A further £92,803 was paid in 1993–94 to voluntary agencies and other organisations concerned with services for drug addicts.

The Department spent £5.47 million in 1993–94 on national anti-drug and solvent misuse publicity campaigns.

Mr. Denham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the number of deaths in Hampshire that were drug related for the last year for which figures are available.

Mr. Bowis

The number of deaths due to drug dependence and non-dependent abuse of drugs, excluding alcohol and tobacco, in Hampshire in 1992 was 10.

In addition there were 56 deaths due to poisoning by drugs, medicaments and biological substances.