§ Mrs. Clwyd
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what research he has initiated to examine the reasons for the higher rates of mortality from breast cancer in Wales relative to the rest of the United Kingdom. 
§ Mr. Richards
Whilst a number of factors influence the mortality rate from breast cancer, the higher rate in Wales may partly be a reflection of its higher incidence in Wales. The Government's priorities in this area have78W been directed at achieving a reduction in the overall mortality rate from this disease, through improved diagnosis and treatment.