HC Deb 21 October 1994 vol 248 cc371-2W
Mr. Ron Davies

To ask the Secretary of Stale for Wales (1) what proposals he has to secure the future of existing drug prevention initiatives in Wales;

(2) what proposals he has to fund the continuation and improvement of drug prevention projects in Wales; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Redwood

Drug prevention work is undertaken by a number of agencies form both the statutory and voluntary sectors, which receive funds from various sources. The Government have reaffirmed their commitment to tackling the problems of drug misuse. I have in the past made funds available in Wales for a range of initiatives, and will continue to do so in future.

Mr. Morgan

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what provision he has made for extending the work and funding of the drugs prevention initiative.

Year Number of companies relocated with compensation Number of companies relocated with compensation and grant aid Total
1988–89 8 8
1989–90 9 4 13
1990–91 28 5 33
1991–92 48 11 59
1992–93 19 5 24
1993–94 8 4 12

Mr. Redwood

The drugs prevention initiative team in Swansea is part of a Home Office-funded pilot project.

I announced on 19 October that I am establishing a Welsh drug and alcohol unit based within the Welsh Office. This will be a small team composed mainly of professionally qualified staff with experience of treatment and prevention work. The task will be to raise the standards of services throughout Wales by investigating the effectiveness of treatments and initiatives, and publishing the results; by developing programmes of prevention for use at national and local level; and by helping train those involved in prevention and treatment.

I have already made available substantial funds for drug and alcohol prevention work and I will consider the need for any change in the level of support in the light of advice from the unit.

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