§ Mr. Nicholas Winterton
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prescriptions were issued in Northern Ireland for the following categories in 1980 and so far in 1981; tranquillisers, non-barbiturate hypnotics and anti-depressants.
§ Mr. John Patten
I regret the information is not available in the form requested. Prescriptions dispensed for tranquillisers, non-barbiturate hypnotics and antide-pressants are included in the groups below:
Group Prescriptions Dispensed (Thousands) 1980 1981 (to 30 April) Sedatives and Tranquillisers 749 248 Hypnotics 445 152 Anti-depressants 159 55 Anti-depressants and Sedative/ Tranquilliser Combinations 28 9