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Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acknowledgement letters and cards were dispatched by his Department in each year since 1997, for which figures are available: and what the estimated average cost was per letter and card. [111868]

Figures for 1997 are not available.Between 1 January 1998 and 31 December 2002, 84,715 acknowledgements were sent.Costs were minimal, with replies generated electronically and most sent to hon. Members by internal courier.