HC Deb 18 July 1980 vol 988 c740W
Mr. Carter-Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his estimate of the percentage of adverse reactions to Depo Provera; and on what statistical analysis his reply is given.

Dr. Vaughan

The yellow card system does not allow incidence figures to be calculated with any accuracy; nor is Depo Provera licensed for long-term use in the United Kingdom. Therefore, to answer the question, reference has had to be made to published papers. The reported incidence of adverse reactions to Depo Provera in the research literature varies considerably. The following approximate figures of the incidence of the most commonly reported adverse reactions are drawn from two different papers*. For this reason it is important to bear in mind that they may not be statistically comparable with each other.

date his reply to the hon. Member for Norfolk, North, Official Report, 10 June, column 138, showing the net weekly spending power in and out of work and working part-time, of a lone mother with two children, taking into account the new benefit levels and disregards which will come into effect in November.

Mrs. Chalker

I shall let my hon. Friend have a reply as soon as the November 1980 needs allowances for housing benefits are known.

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