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Health Index

Volume 131: debated on Wednesday 13 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Livingston, of 17 March, Official Report, column 679, when he expects to receive the result of the feasibility study of creating a health index; and what arrangement he is making to publish it.

We hope to receive advice from officials, based on their initial consideration of the feasibility of this idea, in the next few weeks. Such advice is not intended for publication, but rather to enable consideration to be given to what further action if any, including a statement or publication, is appropriate.