asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why "Health and Personal Social Services Statistics for England" was not published in 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983 or 1984 and if there are any plans to publish it in 1985 or subsequent years.
[pursuant to his reply, 25 April 1985 c. 557]: The 1978 edition of "Health and Personal Social Services Statistics for England" was published in 1980. Subsequently, the publication was put on an ad hoc, rather than annual, basis and a volume was published in 1982. The possibility of further publications in this series is under consideration. The formal volumes of statistics produced by the Department have recently been complemented by the introduction of "Statistical Bulletins," four of which have been published to date. These allow a particular topic area to be covered in greater depth than is practicable in a volume of statistics such as "Health and Personal Social Services Statistics".