§ Mr. Dobson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his reply of 16 January,Official Report, column 34, if he will list the numbers, grades and hours of staff working in the unit set up to monitor the health of the nation; and if any additional resources are planned to collect new forms of morbidity data.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The central health monitoring unit is in the process of being established. A full-time director has been appointed at senior medical officer level but the final staffing arrangements have not yet been completed. The need for the collection of new forms of morbidity data is one of the issues the unit will address during the course of its work. The question of resources for any new data collection will be dealt with as issues arise.