§ Mr. Martyn Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many(a) cases of heart disease and (b) deaths due to heart disease were recorded for each year since 1990. 
§ Mr. Richards
Available information on mortality from heart disease is as follows:
Number 1990 10,972 1991 10,974 1992 10,751 19931 11,873 Note: 1 Due to changes in coding practice, 1993 data are not strictly comparable with earlier years.
Information on the number of cases of heart disease is not available. However, the following table shows latest estimates of hospital in-patient or day case activity in Wales where heart disease was recorded as the principal diagnosis.
Number 1990–911 24,493 1991–922 29,754 1992–932 32,590 1993–942 33,413 1 Deaths and discharges. 2 Completed consultant episodes.
Heart disease is defined as international classification of diseases, injuries and causes of death, ninth revision codes 390–429.