HC Deb 11 January 2000 vol 342 c141W
Dr. Iddon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government-funded needle exchange services are available for drug addicts(a) in the North-West region and (b) in England and Wales. [102699]

Yvette Cooper

This information is not available centrally for England or the North-West region.

Information from local sources is that there are about 45 Government-funded needle exchange schemes based in agencies in the North-West region. In addition, there are pharmacy schemes and mobile outreach teams (which may be Government-funded needle exchange services); no reliable information on these is available.

Information for Wales is the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the First Secretary for Wales.

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