Prisons: Drugs

Wales written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Justice)

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when he next plans to discuss the matter of drugs in prisons in Wales with ministerial colleagues and the Welsh Assembly Government.

Photo of Wayne David Wayne David The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales

My right hon. Friend and I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues and Welsh Ministers on a range of issues affecting Wales including prisons.

Since 1997, we have increased investment in drug treatment in prisons tenfold and greatly strengthened enforcement. As a result of this, results in mandatory random drug tests have improved from over 20 per cent. testing positive 10 years ago to 9 per cent. now.

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