Home Department written question – answered on 4th May 2004.

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Photo of Michael Clapham Michael Clapham Labour, Barnsley West and Penistone

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated total annual cost to the UK economy was of dealing with the drug problem in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what factors the calculation includes.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Total direct annual Government expenditure on preventing and tackling drug misuse is as follows:

Total direct annual Government expenditure
2000–01 695
2001–02 870
2002–03 1,026
2003–04 1,244
2004–05 1,344

These total figures reflect the cross Government spend on the four core strands of the Drug Strategy: protecting young people, reducing supply, safe guarding communities and treatment.

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