To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with her counterparts at the Department for Health and the Ministry of Justice on the potential merits of establishing a drugs rehabilitation programme to divert drug users from the criminal justice system and towards health services and of deferring or withdrawing fines and custodial sentence upon the successful completion of a drug rehabilitation programme.
The Home Office worked with a range of government departments at official and ministerial level, including the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice, to develop the Government’s 2017 Drug Strategy, which was published on 14 July. The strategy sets out the action we are taking to develop health interventions for drug using offenders in the criminal justice system. This includes making effective use of community sentences with treatment requirements.
We will establish a new Drug Strategy Board, chaired by the Home Secretary and including representation from all the key departments, including the Department of Health and Ministry of Justice, to oversee delivery of the actions in the strategy.