To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community pharmacies in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Teesside, (c) the North East region and (d) England were (i) closed and (ii) opened in each year since 1997. 
The table shows information on the number of pharmacies opening and closing in each year since 1997 in Tees Health Authority. For the North East region and England, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave my hon. Friend, the Member for Jarrow (Mr. Hepburn), on 28 April 2003, Official Report, column 266–67W. Such information for Middlesborough South and East Cleveland is not held centrally.
|Tees Health Authority|
|Year1||Number of NHS pharmacies opening||Number of NHS pharmacies closing|
|1 Ending 31 March.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to publish an interim report at the end of June on the position of his Department in relation to the OFT report on pharmacy services. 
The Government intends to publish a progress report at the end of June and to come forward with proposals in response to the Office of Fair Trading's study on retail pharmacies before the summer recess.