§ Mr. Maclean
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what initiatives his Department will take to promote U.N. International World Diabetes Day on 27 June. 
§ Ms Jowell
The Department was not aware that such an event was planned for 27 June, in addition to the annual World Diabetes Day, which is co-sponsored by the World Health Organisation and the International Diabetes Federation and which takes place on 14 November each year. World Diabetes Day is a reminder of the importance and seriousness of this condition worldwide, and of the need to continue to strive to improve the care of people with diabetes and their quality of life. We recognise that need, and are pledged to work in partnership with the National Health Service, health professionals, the British Diabetic Association and all those with an interest to secure these improvements.