Prisons: Drugs

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2010.

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Photo of Philip Davies Philip Davies Conservative, Shipley

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of prisoners receiving methadone treatment are serving sentences of (a) less than three months, (b) between three and six months, (c) between six months and one year, (d) between one and two years and (e) more than two years.

Photo of Phil Hope Phil Hope Minister of State (the East Midlands), Regional Affairs, Minister of State (the East Midlands), Department of Health

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The information requested is not yet available.

A joint Home Office, National Offender Management Service, National Treatment Agency and Department project has redesigned the Drug Information Record (DIR) and Prison Activity Form which came into use on 1 April 2009, therefore mechanisms are now in place for prisons to collect baseline data on the number of drug users in effective treatment.

Section 5.2 of the new DIR collects the following information:

If the length of sentence is:

less than one year; between one to four years; and more than four years.

As this data collection only began in April 2009 it will not be until 2011-12, when the data improvement project has had a chance to take effect, that data on methadone prescription by sentence length is likely to be sufficiently robust to produce reliable data.

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