HC Deb 13 December 1988 vol 143 cc555-6W
Mrs. Ray Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from interested groups concerning women and mental health.

Mrs. Currie

We have received several representations from a variety of sources, including, most recently, the report of the Women's National Commission.

I am particularly concerned about the problems some women experience with tranquillisers. There are a number of initiatives to encourage more careful prescribing on benzodiazepines, handle the problems of withdrawal, promote alternatives to tranquillisers, and to provide alternative help for those dependent upon them.

I am sure that the hon. Member is aware of the particular interest that I am taking in this topic.

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