To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Drug Rehabilitation Requirements granted in courts in (a) England and (b) Wales have had a condition for testing cannabis in each of the last five years.
Drug Rehabilitation Requirements (DRRs) ordered in courts include a condition for regular drug testing, however these are not specific to a drug. Therefore, the available data is for the number of such treatment requirements granted at courts.
The table below shows the number of DRRs commenced under community orders and suspended sentence orders in England and Wales since 2013.
There is no available data with a separation of figures for the two countries.
Number of DRRs commenced
We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England to develop a protocol to support greater use of community sentences with treatment requirements (CSTRs) in courts, including DRRs.
The CSTR protocol sets out what is expected from all relevant agencies to ensure improved access to treatment for offenders who need it. It focuses on reducing reoffending by addressing the health needs of offenders that may be contributing to their offending behaviour.
The protocol is operating across five courts within England (as health is devolved in Wales). These sites are Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham, Sefton and Plymouth.