HC Deb 19 February 1975 vol 886 c429W
Mr. Shepherd

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many hospital beds are currently occupied by patients with diseases attributable to smoking;

(2) if she will give an estimate of the cost to the National Health Service of treating diseases attributable to smoking in the last 12 months;

(3) what are the numbers and types of diseases diagnosed in the last 12 months as being attributable to smoking and which as a result occupied hospital beds.

Dr. Owen

I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the hon. Member for Woking (Mr. Onslow) on 29th November 1974.—[Vol. 882, c.302–3.] A proportion of the estimate was attributable to hospital in-patient costs, but it is not possible to say precisely how many individual diseases were caused by smoking in any particular period.

Forward to