HC Deb 20 May 2003 vol 405 cc737-8W
John Mann

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultant time is commissioned by each DAAT in England and Wales in the current year. [113982]

Ms Blears

This information is not available centrally. Psychiatric consultant time is commissioned by primary care trusts (PCTs), which have access to mainstream funds and the drug treatment pooled budget, which stands at £243.6 million for this year. Each PCT, in consultation with its drug action team partners, must decide how much consultant time is required, according to the needs of the local community. Commissioning should be in accordance with these needs.