HC Deb 28 November 2001 vol 375 cc957-8W
Mr. Kidney

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was(a) the budgeted amount and (b) the actual spend for the drugs misuse allocation for England for each of the last three years. [16831]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth

The information is not available in the form requested. Government ring-fenced funding for the 10-year National Drugs Strategy is set to rise from £700 million in 2000–01 to over £1 billion for proactive work alone by 2003–04.

Funding for 2000–01—estimates of baseline spend in Department Expenditure limits—comprises:

  • £234 million for drug treatment (mainstream spending by Department of Health, local authorities and the pooled National Treatment Agency (NTA) budget);
  • £63 million for protecting young people;
  • £45 million for safeguarding communities;
  • £353 million for reducing availability.

In addition, funding awarded from the Budget 2001:

  • £50 million for strengthening communities;
  • £5 million for providing more help to find jobs;
  • £5 million strengthening Drug Action Teams;
  • £2million expanding Positive Futures.

I refer my hon. Friend to the publication "United Kingdom Anti-Drugs Co-ordinators Annual Report 2000–01" which is available in the Library.