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Volume 508: debated on Monday 29 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the (a) gender, (b) age, (c) postcode, (d) ethnicity and (e) sexual orientation of cancer patients undergoing treatment. (323690)

Cancer registries hold information on age, gender, postcode and ethnicity. Coverage of age, gender, and postcode is 100 per cent. Coverage of ethnicity is around 75 per cent. The National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) has already published a number of reports relevant to inequalities, including those on ethnicity, gender, age and deprivation.

The NCIN will continue to work with cancer services to support improved recording of ethnicity. No data are currently held on sexual orientation. However, the NCIN will continue to collect and analyse data which will further develop the evidence base on equality issues.

The National Cancer Equality Initiative report on “Reducing cancer inequality: evidence, progress and making it happen” was published on 19 March. Annex 1 of the report includes a summary of the evidence base on inequalities in cancer in England according to deprivation, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and religion.

The report is available on the Department’s website at:

A copy of this report has been placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey to be conducted; and if he will make a statement. (323691)

We have appointed an expert supplier to conduct the survey. We expect the survey to commence in spring 2010 with national and trust level reports due in autumn 2010.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to extend the Cancer National Awareness and Early Diagnosis programme to include all cancer (a) networks and (b) types. (323717)

Through the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative we have allocated over £6 million to the national health service to implement services that will improve awareness of cancers and promote early diagnosis.

We recently announced that a further £8 million in 2010-11 will be available nationally to support primary care trusts (PCTs), building on progress achieved in 2009-10. This funding will help to accelerate and sustain work in this area and focus on the biggest cancer killers—breast, lung and bowel. PCTs are being encouraged to develop community based initiatives.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to publish one-year survival figures for cancer by primary care trust for (a) 2006, (b) 2007 and (c) 2008. (323917)

The “Cancer Reform Strategy: Achieving local implementation—second annual report” published on 1 December 2009 includes one-year survival figures for breast, colorectal and lung cancer, by primary care trust (PCT). A copy has been placed in the Library. 2006 was the latest period for which PCT survival data were available.

The National Cancer Intelligence Network will produce annual primary care trust updates on one-year survival. 2007 data will be published in the 2010 “Cancer Reform Strategy” annual report.