§ Chris Ruane
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered young drug addicts aged 16 to 24 years there are by region, expressed as(a) a percentage figure and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest date available. 
§ Mr. Bob Ainsworth
The term "registered addict" has no generally agreed definition in the United Kingdom. However, the Department of Health has published information on the number of drug misusers in treatment in England in 2000–01. The information available is in the following table. No comparable figures are available for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
Number and percentage of drug misusers aged under 25 years in treatment by the national health service regional office area 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2001 Number Percentage England 37,453 100 Northern and Yorkshire 8,031 21 London 6,512 17 North West 5,020 13 South West 4,552 12 West Midlands 3,918 10 Trent 3,784 10 South East 3,346 9 Eastern 2,290 6
Department of Health Statistical Bulletin 2001/33: Statistics from the Regional Drug Misuse Databases on drug misusers in treatment in England, 2000–01 (tables 5 and 6). Available at www.doh.gov/public/sb0133.pdf399W