Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a breakdown of expenditure on Government drugs strategy between spending on (a) courts, (b) prisons, (c) police, (d) the NHS, (e) social services and (f) other departments. [737]

    Mr. Denham: The Government have made available substantial resources for directly tackling the problem of drug misuse. These are planned to increase from ?700 million in 2000-01 to over ?1 billion in 2003-04. Information held centrally relates to the four main aims of the national anti-drugs strategy.

    Analyses by Department or function are difficult to calculate because drugs spending in many cases forms part of wider expenditure streams or functions. This is compounded by the increased use of pooled budgets, designed to maximise effective, flexible use of resources on the ground.

    Details of the planned expenditure for 2001-02 to 2003-04 are set out in the tables.

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