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Volume 670: debated on Monday 14 March 2005

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether the increase in the incidence of tuberculosis can be attributed to any of their policies; and, if so, which ones. [HL1633]

The Government's policies are firmly committed to tackling rising rates of tuberculosis (TB).The Department of Health launched the TB Action Plan in October 2004. The plan is a commitment to tackle rising rates of TB through 10 key areas of work, and identifies the underlying reasons for the rise in TB rates. Other factors underlying rising rates of TB were identified in a previous report from the Chief Medical Officer,

Getting Ahead of the Curve, published in 2002. Details of the plan, and of Getting Ahead of the Curve can be found on the DH website and 03/38/04060338.pdf respectively. Copies are also available in the Library.