HC Deb 21 October 2003 vol 411 cc547-8W
Mr. Hancock

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the national alcohol strategy. [131936]

Ms Blears

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister commissioned the Strategy Unit (SU) to undertake a project to develop an alcohol harm reduction strategy for England. I am the Sponsor Minister for the project.

The SU published its interim analysis on 19 September and it is available on the unit's website www.strategy.gov.uk. The final report, which will set out the cross-governmental alcohol harm reduction strategy for England, is due for publication later in the year. Implementation of the strategy will begin according to timetable in 2004.