HC Deb 09 February 1998 vol 306 c60W
Mr. Flynn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 3 February 1998,Official Report, column 614, what are the percentages of(a) females and (b) males who have used an illegal drug by the age of (i) 16 and (ii) 24 years. [28195]

Ms Jowell

The information available centrally is given in the table.

Percentage of males and females who indicated that they had ever taken drugs, 1996, England and Wales
Age 16 to 19 Age 20 to 24
Males 48 57
Females 42 43
Persons 45 49


Percentages rounded to the nearest whole figure.


1996 British Crime Survey

For males and females aged 15 to 16 a schools based survey conducted by McMiller and Plant (British Medical Journal 1996, 313, 394–97) found that 45 per cent, of boys and 40 per cent, of girls aged 15 to 16 in the United Kingdom reported ever using illicit drugs.