§ Mrs. Gorman
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of resources his Department is committing to making women aware of the preventive effects of hormone replacement therapy with respect to osteoporosis.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
The Department provided in 1989–90 funding totalling £63,000 to three voluntary organisations which inform women about hormone replacement therapy (HRT)—Women's Health Concern, the National Osteoporosis Society, and the Amarant Trust. The Health Education Authority has also produced a booklet on the menopause, which includes information162W on HRT and osteoporosis. The Department is also providing funding for research and recently gave funds to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists towards holding a study group of experts on HRT and osteoporosis. The Department and health authorities allocate funds for the provision of courses and other educational activities for general practitioners, including courses on HRT and osteoporosis.