§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what additional reserves have been made available to health authorities in Greater London to help cope with the recent increase in heroin addiction.
§ Mr. John Patten
Nearly £819,000 over a period of three years has been made available to health authorities within—or partly within—Greater London under the Government's central funding initiative for services for drug misusers.
In the circular announced in my right hon. Friend's reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point (Sir B. Braine) on 6 June, at column 200, health authorities have been asked as a matter of the highest priority to take early and urgent action within their resources to improve services for drug misusers and to report by 22 December on their plans tackling drug misuse.