HC Deb 27 November 2003 vol 415 c404W
Vera Baird

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to create a specialist gender-specific drug treatment service for women in the community. [141623]

Caroline Flint

The National Treatment Agency is implementing Models of Care, which lays down a national framework for the commissioning and provision of local drug services. Models of Care sets quality standards, including on services for women and those with dependent children.

The NTA has also commissioned the University of Central Lancashire and Drugscope to work directly with drug services in three regions on meeting the needs of specific groups including women with dependants.

All Drug Action Teams are expected to review provision for under represented groups on an annual basis as part of their treatment planning.