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Young People: Drugs

Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of his Department's measures to tackle drug taking by young people. [295138]

Dawn Primarolo: Reducing the number of young people misusing drugs or alcohol is one of the Government's national priorities and progress is measured through National Indicator 115 and through delivery of the commitments set out in the National Drug Strategy (2008).

Drug use among young people (11-15) has fallen significantly from 20 per cent. in 2001 to 15 per cent. in 2008. Drug use among 16 to 25-year-olds has also decreased significantly from 29.7 per cent. in 1996 to 22.6 per cent. in 2008/09. At the same time as these falls, there are a record number of treatment places available for those young people (under 18) who need them.

Youth of Today Programme

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families which organisations were involved in the consultation for his Department's Youth of Today programme for; how long the consultation programme was open; how much the consultation cost; if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of all meetings where the consultation was discussed; when the programme will be reviewed; by whom; and at what projected cost. [293645]

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Mr. Coaker: A feasibility study for a possible National Institute for Youth Leadership commenced in December 2007 and was completed in April 2008. A list of organisations that participated is at Annex A. A roundtable for stakeholders, chaired by my right hon. Friend the Member for Stretford and Urmston (Beverley Hughes), took place in July 2008 with the following organisations: British Youth Council; the Citizenship Foundation Changemakers; Commission for Youth Social Enterprise; Council on Social Action; the Duke of Edinburgh Awards; National Youth Agency; the Prince's Trust; UK Youth Parliament; V; Young Advisors and the Young Foundation. The cost of the consultation process was £24,728.

A copy of the minutes of feasibility discussions and the ministerial roundtable will be placed in the Library.

The programme will be externally evaluated over the remainder of the contract period till March 2011. The Department will shortly be signing a contract with the approved evaluators with a projected cost of £115,000.

Annex A

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