HC Deb 05 March 2003 vol 400 c1090W
Simon Hughes

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders(a) in prison and (b) in the community were receiving treatment for drug problems in each of the last five years. [99537]

Hilary Benn

Information on the number of prisoners receiving treatment for drug problems was not collected centrally until 2001–02 and is given in the following table.

Detoxification 40,865
Carats1 9,279
Rehabilitation 4,691
1 Counselling, assessment, referral, advice, throughcare

Powers to impose a drug and/or alcohol treatment requirement, as part of a Community Rehabilitation Order or a Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Order were contained in the Powers of Criminal Courts Act 1973, now the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. However, these statistics do not differentiate between alcohol and drugs. From October 2000, when the Drug Treatment and Testing Order was rolled-out to courts in England and Wales, the power to attach a drug treatment requirement to a Community Rehabilitation Order or Community Rehabilitation and Punishment order was removed.

The table gives figures for Community Rehabilitation Orders and Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Orders that contain a drug and/or alcohol element for the years 1997 to 2001 and the number of Drug Treatment and Testing Orders made between October 2000–December 2001.

Hilary Benn

[holding answer 28 February 2003]: Additional funding of £17.7 million and £40 million respectively over the next two financial years has been allocated for drug treatment and testing orders.