HC Deb 09 June 1995 vol 261 c351W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give an undertaking that the new NHS number will be used only with respect to the provision of health-related services; and if he will make a statement. [26442]

Mr. Moss

New NHS numbers are not being issued in Northern Ireland as a suitable unique patient and client identifier already exists in the form of a community health index number. This identifier is used only for health and personal social services purposes.