§ Mr. Stinchcombe
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many places are available in residential drug treatment services in England; and how many were available in each of the previous five years. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
I have been asked to reply.
The Department does not collect annual figures centrally on the number of places available in residential drug treatment in England.
However, as part of the consultation exercise leading up to the implementation of the National Minimum Care Standards, a survey was commissioned by the Department at the end of 2000 to establish the number of places within the residential drugs and alcohol sector collectively. This survey showed that at the end of 2000 there were approximately 3,100 residential care places in England.