§ Mr. Cousins
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sight tests were carried out as part of NHS services each year since 1987–88 in the family health service authority areas of Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland, the area of the Northern regional health authority and England as a whole.
§ Dr. Mawhinney
The number of national health service sight tests paid for by each of the family health services authorities is shown in the table.
§ Mr. Sackville
Information on the underlying cause of death is available in the International Classification of Diseases (9th Revision).
The table shows deaths from 1987–92 where the underlying cause was coded to accidental, self-inflicted, undetermined, whether accidental or purposeful, poisoning and adverse effect of correctly administered drugs in the broad classes of drugs, analgesics, antidepressants, agents acting primarily on the cardiovascular system, sedatives, hypnotics, tranquilisers and central nervous system/psychostimulents. It excludes death due to homicides and the adverse effect of agents correctly administered.
In addition, a detailed table showing all substances mentioned on the death certificates assigned to accidental and other poisoning by solid or liquid substances is published by the Office of Population, Censuses and Surveys in "Series DH4: Injury and Poisoning Table 10" for each year. Copies of these are available in the Library.