HC Deb 19 July 2002 vol 389 c641W
Kevin Brennan

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what additional projects are planned for the Strategy Unit; and if he will make a statement. [72101]

Mr. Alexander

The Prime Minister has asked the Strategy Unit to carry out a project looking at how to tackle the problems associated with alcohol misuse.

The large majority of people who drink do so without causing themselves or others harm. The focus of the project will be the harm that can be caused by excessive drinking. It will pay particular attention to issues such as alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, problems faced by vulnerable groups such as children and what works best in tackling the problems of alcohol misuse.

My hon. Friend the Under Secretary of State for Public Health, will he Sponsor Minister for the project.

The scoping note for the project is available on the SU website (www.strategy.gov.uk). There will be a wide-ranging consultation on the issues, commencing from this announcement, during which all interested parties are encouraged to contribute their views. The Strategy Unit aims to complete its study by Spring 2003.