To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of women aged under 30 who are smokers; what the figure was (a) five years and (b) 10 years ago; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 12 June 2003]: The available data are shown in the table.
|Prevalence of cigarette smoking among women aged 16 to 29, England, 1992, 1998 and 2001|
|Cigarette smoking status||Current cigarette smoker (Percentage)|
1. Up until 2000, data on smoking prevalence from the General Household Survey were only available every two years.
2. Data for 1998 and 2001 were weighted to compensate for under-representation of people in some groups: data for 1992, which were based on unweighted data, are not therefore directly comparable.
Office for National Statistics: General Household Survey 2001, published as "Living in Britain: Results from the 2001 General Household Survey". Available from the internet at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/lib2001/index.html