HC Deb 01 May 1990 vol 171 c530W
57. Dr. Twinn

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he proposes to take to assist asthmatics.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

It is for district health authorities to ensure that a comprehensive range of services is provided for their resident populations, including asthmatics. As announced on 21 March, we intend to make peak flow meters available on prescription by general practitioners. Suppliers of these meters are being consulted and the date from which they will become available from general practitioners will depend upon the discussions between the Department and interested parties, including suppliers. A further announcement will be made as soon as a firm date can be established.