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Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died through food poisoning where the cause of the illness has been traced to the consumption of untreated milk in the last five years for which records are available.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : Confirmed reports to the public health laboratory service show that during the last five years in England and Wales there has been only one outbreak of food poisoning resulting in deaths where the consumption of raw milk was responsible for or contributed to the deaths. This was in 1984 when there were eight deaths.
Mr. Martlew : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what are the provisional 1988 figures for the number of people suffering food poisoning where the cause of the illness has been traced to the consumption of untreated milk ;
(2) how many people have suffered food poisoning in each of the last five years for which final records are available where the cause of the food poisoning has been traced to the consumption of untreated milk.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : Confirmed reports to the PHLS show that numbers of cases of food poisoning associated with the consumption of raw milk in England and Wales in the years from 1982 to 1988 are as follows :
0 Year |Number of cases ------------------------------------------------ 1982 |612 1983 |283 1984 |406 1985 |233 1986 |347 1987 |366 <1>1988 |22 <1> Provisional.
Column 810Loch, (d) Rosyth, (e) Southampton, (f) Plymouth, (g) Portsmouth, (h) Cardiff and (i) Barry ; and if he will make a statement.
Data are readily available for county/metropolitan county districts, and the table shows data for those districts containing the requested locations in England and Wales. Registration data are given for 1984, which is the latest available, and mortality data are shown for that year and for 1987.
Data for areas in Scotland are the responsibility of my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland.
Number of (a) newly diagnosed cases, (b) death registrations (underlying cause of death) for malignant neoplasm of the thyroid ICD (9) 193<1> by area of usual residence and sex, 1984, 1987 County 1984 1984 1987 district/Metropolitan county district of usual Registrations Deaths Deaths residence |Male |Female|Male |Female|Male |Female ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Liverpool |4 |8 |1 |2 |1 |5 Southampton |0 |0 |0 |0 |0 |1 Plymouth |1 |1 |0 |1 |2 |1 Cardiff |0 |2 |0 |1 |1 |0 Vale of Glamorgan (includes Barry) |1 |2 |1 |0 |0 |0 <1> International Classification of Diseases (ninth revision). Figures are for all ages except 1987 (at age 28 days and over).
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 20 January 1989] : No. As explained in the White Paper "Working For Patients" it is for district health authorities to ensure that their population has access to a comprehensive range of high quality services. Regional health authorities are responsible for monitoring the performance of their DHAs.
43. Miss Widdecombe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women presenting for abortions in England and Wales in the latest year for which figures are available had already had previous abortions.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 24 January 1989] : The notification form for abortions carried out under the Abortion Act 1967 requires information about previous abortions to the woman concerned to be recorded, distinguishing between spontaneous miscarriages and legal terminations.
Column 810The number of notifications for England and Wales in 1987 (the latest available year) where at least one previous legal termination to the woman had taken place is 33,294. This represents 19.1 per cent. of all notifications for that year. These previous legal terminations, which include previous legal abortions under the 1967 Act, also include those which occurred outside Great Britain and were therefore not carried out under the Act.
The number of notifications for England and Wales in 1987 where at least one previous spontaneous miscarriage to the woman had taken place is 12,249. This represents 7 per cent. of all notifications for that year.
Notifications having at least one previous spontaneous miscarriage and also at least one previous legal termination, and women having more than one abortion under the Act in 1987 will be counted more than once in the statistics.