HC Deb 30 June 1997 vol 297 cc30-1W
Mr. Dobbin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the most recent figures available on deaths associated with volatile substance abuse; and if he will make a statement. [5991]

Ms Jowell

Statistics collected by St. George's Hospital Medical School and published today show that there were 68 deaths in the United Kingdom in 1995 associated with Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA). This is an increase over the 58 deaths in 1994 which had been the lowest level of mortality since 1981. We take any death associated with VSA very seriously and are committed to taking action to prevent further tragedy occurring.

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