§ Sir David Price
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his latest estimate of the increase in the number of people in England and Wales suffering from acquired immune deficiency syndrome; and what is his prognosis of the further spread of the disease.
§ Sir Kenneth Clarke
I refer my hon. Friend to my reply to my hon. Friend, the Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) on 18 January at column222. It is too early to predict the future spread of the disease with any accuracy. We hope that the rate of increase of cases will be less than that of the United States of America because we have evidence that some people in the at risk groups have been changing their behaviour in response to the threat of the disease.