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The Government initiated in 1998, a 10 year national Drug Strategy which introduced a comprehensive and multi-faceted approach to tackling
the harms caused by drugs through a focus on prevention, education, early intervention, treatment and strong enforcement. This approach has delivered results.
British Crime Survey data collected since 1996 shows that, at 10.0 per cent. overall, use of any illicit drug in the last year by 16 to 59-year-olds is at its lowest level since the British Crime Survey (BCS) started measurement.
The Young People and Drugs Programme has been established which provides a range of universal, targeted and specialist services for young people, including vulnerable groups. The FRANK campaign has been launched to inform young people and their parents and carers about the dangers and risks involved with drug use. The Positive Futures Programme has been established to provide diversionary activities for young people at risk of drug misuse.
The Government have significantly increased investment in treatment services which has seen record numbers of drug users accessing structured treatment. A national target to double the number of users in treatment by 2008 has already been achieved two years earlier than anticipated.
New innovative approaches to tackle the link between drugs and acquisitive crime and promote treatment including new legislation, new sentencing measures and the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) have been introduced. Over 3,000 drug misusing offenders per month are now entering treatment through the programme. Since the introduction of DIP, recorded acquisitive crimeto which drug-related crime makes a significant contributionhas fallen by 20 per cent.
Tough legislation has also been introduced to reduce the incentives for individuals and organised criminal groups to become involved in dealing and trafficking. Increasing quantities of drugs are being seized and organised crime groups and dealers disrupted.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reach a decision in the cases of Mr. T.S. (Home Office ref S1119245) and Mr. T.M. (Home Office ref M1128325) who have been refused leave to remain but whose wives and children have subsequently been granted asylum. 
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2007, Official Report, column 346W, on entry clearances, whether she intends to collect and collate data on applications for indefinite leave to remain for individuals on a (a) constituency basis and (b) local authority area basis; and if she will make a statement. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many student visas were revoked in each of the last five years because students failed (a) to register at the beginning of the academic year and (b) to attend classes. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the brief was for the report on EU migration flows commissioned by her Department from Christian Dustmann et al of University College; what the value was of the commission; what the basis was for selecting the team; which other teams were considered; and which other studies were analysed by the Department as part of its analysis of EU migration flows. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to page 35 of the National DNA Database Annual Report 2005-06, whether any of the 165,099 separate individuals who have been matched with a crime scene profile since May 2001 had any previous criminal convictions. 
Jacqui Smith: The National DNA Database records the DNA profile for a particular individual. It does not hold data on arrest and criminal records. This information is held on the Police National Computer (PNC). Obtaining the information sought would require cross searching of records held on the PNC against the NDNAD, which could be done only at disproportionate cost.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profiles were added to the National DNA Database by each police force in (a) each year since it was launched and (b) each month in 2007; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier: The number of profiles relating to individuals added to the Database by each police force in England and Wales in each year since its foundation in 1995, and each month in 2007, is shown in the following tables.
A certain number of profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates, i.e. a profile for a person has been loaded on more than one occasion (one reason for this is that the person gave different names, or different versions of their name, on separate arrests). At present the replication rate is 13.7 per cent. i.e. the number of people whose details are loaded is 13.7 per cent. less than the number of profiles. However, as the replication rate has varied over time, an exact figure for the number of people who have been added to the database in each year since 1995 cannot be given.
|NDNADprofiles relating to individuals by forceEngland and Wales|
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