§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will include asthma in the "Health of the Nation" strategy; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Sackville
An ad hoc expert group has recently reported to the Chief Medical Officer on possible interventions and targets for asthma, so that it might be reconsidered for "Health of the Nation" key area status. The report will be considered together with others on asthma which are expected soon from specialty committees in the Department of Health.
§ Mr. Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions were made for the treatment of asthma, per family health service authority, for each of the last three years for which figures are available.