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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the provision of health services to prisoners in England in each financial year between 1997-98 and 2010-11; and how much was spent on methadone and the treatment of addiction to banned substances in each such year.
Information is not available in respect of health service funding for prisoners before 2003-04, following the transfer of funding responsibility for health services in the publicly run prisons in England from the Home Office to the Department. This transfer process was completed in April 2006, when commissioning responsibility for prison health services was fully devolved to the national health service from the Prison Service.
Information on total expenditure on medical and psychiatric care for prisoners in the publicly run prisons in England between 2003-04 and 2010-11 is shown in the following table.
|Expenditure on medical and psychiatric care for prisoners in the publicly run prisons in England 2003-04 to 2010-11|
|Health care||Escorts and bedwatch||Annual total|
|n/a = not available (1 )Excludes dental Source: Department of Health|
Data are not available on specific expenditure on methadone treatments, but in 2006-07 £11 million was invested by the Department in the prisons Integrated Drug Treatment System (IDTS), which incorporates methadone treatment. IDTS investment increased to £11.5 million in 2007-08, £23.12 million in 2008-09, £39.9 million in 2009-10 and £44.5 million in both 2010-11 and 2011-12.
In 2011-12, the Department took over responsibility for all drug treatment in prisons across England. £120.4 million has been allocated for 2011-12 for all drug treatment to adult prisoners.