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Volume 406: debated on Friday 23 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on regional variations in the incidence of (a) childhood allergies and (b) asthma; [112507](2) what assessment he has made of the number of children diagnosed with

(a) allergies and (b) asthma in

(i) the United Kingdom and (ii) other European Union member states. [112508]

That information is not available centrally as many child cases of asthma and allergies are diagnosed via out-patient and general practitioner practices. However the following table shows the number of finished consultant episodes for asthma and other allergies for 2001–02 in England for people up to 17 years.Additionally we do not hold centrally information relating to the numbers of children suffering asthma in the European Union.

Primary diagnosis asthma and other allergies, age on admission

0–17 years—NHS hospitals, England by region of treatment,


Y01Northern and Yorkshire regional3,603397
Y02Trent regional office2,253374
Y07West Midlands regional office2,686924
Y08North West regional office4,862613
Y09Eastern regional office2,497130
Y10London regional office3,735612
Y11South East regional office3,493225
Y12South West regional office2,271281