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Mr. Win Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of providing healthcare in each (a) publicly and (b) privately administered prison in each of the last four years; and what the per prison costs were in each prison. 
Hilary Benn: Information is not available in the form requested, as costs of health care have not been identified separately in the past. A report by the Joint Prison Service and National Health Service Executive Working Group "The Future Organisation of Prison Health Care" in 1999, estimated that that Prison Service establishments spent about £85 million on prisoners'
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health care in 199798. A questionnaire completed by establishments in 200203 estimated that the cost of healthcare in English prison establishments in 200203 was about £113 million, although these two figures are not directly comparable. The following is a breakdown of questionnaire returns by prison establishment. For private prisons, payments are made for the contracted service and the health care element is not separately identified.
|East Sutton Park||99|
|Eastwood Park YJB||39|
|Hollesley Bay Colony||184|
|Lancs Farm YJB||265|
|New Hall YJB||201|
|North Sea Camp||131|
|Stoke Heath YJB||248|
|Thorn Cross YJB||83|
* included with Parkhurst prison
** included with Moorland prison
YJB = Youth Justice Board
Totals exclude security and bed watch costs within prisons and external escort costs.
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Hilary Benn: This information is not available in the form requested. Prison Service establishments have reported that between 1 April 2001 and 31 March 2002 41,916 drug and alcohol detoxifications have been carried out.
Mr. Wills: Those forms which private sector organisations are required to complete and return are listed. Forms are completed and returned as and when necessary, and therefore on an occasional basis, unless a specific frequency is mentioned.
Category 1 Precursor chemicals licence application to export outside the EU
Category 2 Precursor chemicals registration application for trading within the EU
Category 2 Precursor chemicals registration application to export outside the EU
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Application for Individual Export Authorisation to export precursor chemicals outside the EU
Application for a Licence/Authority under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
Application to renew a Licence/Authority under the Misuse of.Drugs Act 1971
Remittance form to accompany payment for licences issued under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
Application for Import Licence and corresponding import certificate under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
Application for Export Licence
Annual statistical return form for precursor chemicals
Annual statistical return form for controlled psychotropics
Annual statistical return form for controlled narcotics.
Forms related to employment, either with the Home Office or in other places.
Forms sent to private sector firms (in their capacity as previous employers) for completion for purposes of:
obtaining references on staff applying for employment with the Home Office
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how well equipped the National Probation Agency is to provide a drug-rehabilitation service to offenders on leaving prison, with specific reference to those offenders whose sentence length prevents them from attending drug rehabilitation courses while in prison; how much money has been allocated to provide this service; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn: When an offender with drugs problems leaves prison into supervision by the National Probation Service, the service will arrange with partner agencies for drugs rehabilitation treatment to be provided as part of a supervision plan. For offenders
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serving short sentences in prison, Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice and Throughcare (CARAT) services represent the main drug intervention and can include initial throughcare links into the community for up to eight weeks. The Government have made available £1 billion this year, rising to £1.483 billion by 200506, to meet the commitments to provide drug treatment and to tackle drug related offending outlined in the Updated Drugs Strategy.
Hilary Benn: The National Probation Service is making good progress with the implementation of the Offenders Assessment System (OASys). By the beginning of April 2003 every probation area will either have completed implementation or be in the process of implementation.
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