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Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 343W, on incontinence, how many letters his Department received commenting on the proposed changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff from (a) right hon. and hon. Members and (b) others in each year since 2004; and whether the views expressed in those letters will be taken into account when he considers the options for Arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services to primary care. (188411)

[holding answer 22 February 2008]: The Department has received a large volume of correspondence on stoma and incontinence issues, however due to the way in which correspondence is recorded the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The views expressed in these letters have been and will continue to be considered by the Department in its review of the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff.