§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The consultation document "Health Education in Scotland: A National Policy Statement", which I issued in October 1990, proposed the following targets for Scotland over the period 1986 to 2000A reduction of 25 per cent. in mortality from heart disease in people under age 65;a reduction of 15 per cent. in mortality from cancer in people under age 65;a reduction of 30 per cent. in the number of smokers in the age range 12 to 24; and of 20 per cent. in the age range 25 to 65;a reduction of 20 per cent. in the proportion of the population exceeding the recommended sensible limits of alcohol consumption.
I hope to publish the final version of the policy statement shortly in the light of comments on the consultation document.