HC Deb 16 January 2003 vol 397 cc800-1W
Dr. Cable

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered drug addicts there were in the(a) Twickenham constituency, (b) London borough of Richmond upon Thames and (c) London in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement. [88830]

Mr. Hutton

Following the closure of the Home Office Addicts Index in 1997, the regional drug misuse databases were the main source of information on persons presenting to drug treatment services with a drug problem. Information is available by health authority and regional office area and is shown in the following table:

Number of users reported as presenting for treatment for drug misuse in Kingston and Richmond health authority and the London regional office area, April 1995 to March 2001
Six month period ending Kingston and Richmond health authority London regional office area
September 1995 207 5,727
March 1996 201 5,867
September 1996 235 5,690
March 1997 219 5,684
September 1997 143 4,057
March 1998 137 4,292
September 1998 157 6,564
March 1999 164 5,748
September 1999 195 6,294
March 2000 244 6,713
September 2000 225 6,626
March 2001 247 6,730


1. Reporting to the Regional Drug Misuse Databases was voluntary; changes in numbers of users presenting may, at least in part, be due to changes in reporting practice.

2. Following NHS reorganisation in 2002, Kingston and Richmond health authority became part of the South West London Strategic Health Authority.


The Department of Health series of Statistical Bulletins "Statistics from the Regional Drug Misuse Databases. Bulletins for the six months ending March 1998 onwards are available on the internet at http://www.doh.gov.uk/public/work public health.htm#SDD