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Margot James (Stourbridge, Conservative)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on (a) Public Health England's new responsibility for all drug recovery budgets and (b) placing a duty on Public Health England to reduce crime rates.

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James Brokenshire (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department; Old Bexley and Sidcup, Conservative)

Home Office Ministers regularly meet colleagues across Government as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous administrations, it is not Government's practice to provide details of all such meetings.

Drug recovery is an important priority for the Government and both the Home Office and the Department of Health are keen to ensure that the intrinsic links between health issues and crime and reoffending rates are accounted for in the new local landscape.

Under the health reform proposals it is local authorities that will have responsibility for commissioning and delivering public health services for their community, which will include drug and alcohol treatment services. We are therefore working to ensure local partners are fully supported in their delivery of public health outcomes from April 2013, including those that contribute towards drug recovery.

The Public Health Outcomes Framework also includes specific crime-related indicators on violent crime reduction, reducing reoffending and reducing the number of first time entrants into the youth justice system. These indicators should encourage integrated working with criminal justice system partners and local ownership of joint outcomes.

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