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Tuberculosis

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were screened for tuberculosis at points of entry to the UK in the last year for which information is available; and what proportion of those were found to be carriers. [120406]

I have been asked to reply.In 2001–02, 59,749 people were x-rayed for tuberculosis at ports of entry to the United Kingdom. 146 of these people were identified as having TB.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were the subject of notifications to their local health bodies that they should be screened for tuberculosis following entry to the UK in the last year for which information is available; what proportion was undertaken; and in what proportion of the latter those persons were found to be carriers. [120407]

I have been asked to reply.The Department of Health does not collect this data centrally.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanism exists to ensure that persons requiring testing for tuberculosis but not tested at their point of entry to the UK are in due course so tested; and if he will make a statement. [120408]

I have been asked to reply.Medical inspectors working at ports of entry pass the contact details of persons requiring further examination or testing for tuberculosis to the national health service at their destination address. It is the responsibility of the NHS locally to follow up these contacts.