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Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the Information Centre to publish proposals for the use of practice-level prescribing data, as announced in the Information Centre's presentation to the Inaugural Supplier Forum of 7 November 2007; whether he intends to ask the Information Centre to consult on these proposals; and if he will make a statement. (195270)

The Information Centre for health and social care agreed to produce a review document seeking to determine whether it will be possible to make practice-level prescribing data more accessible to the private sector with due regard to appropriate legislation, current departmental policy and the professional regulations of those involved in the supply of prescriptions.

This review is ongoing and there are currently no proposals for the release of practice-level prescribing data or any anticipated dates for changes to the current position.