HC Deb 01 July 2002 vol 388 c175W
Mr. Stinchcombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the key performance indicators for drugs in prisons seek to make a differentiation between opiates and cannabis; and if he will make a statement. [61778]

Hilary Benn

The Prison Service's key performance indicator based on random mandatory drug tests does not separate drug types found. It provides a composite figure and as such is the best measure of overall drug misuse in prisons. Separate figures relating to the nine drug types tested are available and are used locally and nationally for management purposes.

New figures for 2001–02 will be available shortly and will be placed in the Library.