§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons are suffering from relapsing-remitting MS in each health authority area in England; and what number and percentage have been prescribed beta interferon for the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Information on the number of people suffering from relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is not available. Information available is for in-patient treatment and is shown in the table and is based on finished consultant episodes, which represent the number of episodes of care under individual consultants. It is possible that a patient has more than one episode.702W
Information on the number of people receiving treatment with beta-interferon is not available. 806 prescriptions for the medicine were dispensed by community pharmacists in England during 1996, the latest whole year for which data are available. This does not include prescriptions prescribed and also dispensed in hospitals.
Ordinary admissions and day cases combined; completed episodes by primary diagnosis (ICD-10 code "G35": Multiple Sclerosis) and DHA of treatment NHS hospitals in England, 1995/96 DHA of treatment FCEs All Northumberland 10 A 16 Sunderland 142 A30 North Durham 84 A31 South Durham 34 A32 Tees 226 A33 Gateshead and South Tyneside 32 A34 North Cumbria 155 A35 Newcastle and North Tyneside 443 B11 East Riding 264 B16 Grimsby and Scunthorpe 58 B2I North Yorkshire 195 B31 Bradford 130 B51 West Yorkshire 59 B61 Leeds Health Authority 232 B7I Wakefield Health Care 206 COl North Derbyshire 65 CO2 South Derbyshire 146 CO3 Leicestershire 134 C08 Nottingham 170 C09 Barnsley 183 CIO Doncaster 64 C II Rotherham 71 C12 Sheffield 460 C14 North Nottinghamshire 60 CI5 Lincolnshire 300 DOI Cambridge 244 DOS North West Anglia 53 DI2 Suffolk 113 D13 East Norfolk 111 DI4 Bedfordshire 35 E05 NW Hertfordshire 27 E06 SW Hertfordshire 22 E07 Barnet 30 E09 Hillingdon 19 El8 East and North Hertfordshire 175 El9 Brent and Harrow 51 E20 Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow 142 E21 Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster 63 F31 North Essex 170 F32 South Essex 35 F33 Barking and Havering 89 F34 Redbridge and Waltham Forest 48 F35 East London and The City 86 F36 New River 106 F37 Camden and Islington 119 G12 Bromley 13 G21 East Sussex, Brighton and Hove 113 G22 East Kent 84 G23 West Kent 163 G24 Bexley and Greenwich 64 G26 South East London 174 H09 Croydon 13 H17 Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth 214 H19 Kingston and Richmond 7 H20 West Surrey 290 H2I East Surrey 53 H22 West Sussex 297 JI0 Dorset HA 283 J21 Portsmouth and South East Hampshire 129 J22 Southampton and South West Hampshire 208
Ordinary admissions and day cases combined; completed episodes by primary diagnosis (1CD-10 code "G35": Multiple Sclerosis) and DHA of treatment NHS hospitals in England, 1995/96 DHA of treatment FCEs J25 North and Mid Hampshire 40 J30 Wiltshire 57 J41 Isle of Wight 25 K13 Berkshire 195 K24 Buckinghamshire 254 K33 Northamptonshire 157 K41 Oxfordshire 364 L10 Bristol and District 270 L21 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 375 L35 Exeter and North Devon 228 L36 Plymouth and Torbay 107 L40 Gloucestershire 146 L51 Somerset 59 MO2 Herefordshire 38 M04 Worcester and District 61 M05 Shropshire 77 M07 North Staffordshire 171 M 17 Coventry 127 M 18 Dudley 20 M19 Sandwell 8 M20 Solihull 9 M21 Walsall 15 M22 Wolverhampton 86 M25 South Birmingham 422 M26 North Worcestershire 12 M27 South Staffordshire 127 M28 Warwickshire 54 M29 North Birmingham 161 N17 North Cheshire 28 N18 South Cheshire 43 N21 Liverpool 215 N31 St. Helens and Knowsley 21 N43 Sefton 27 N51 Wirral 48 P16 Stockport Health 14 P20 North West Lancashire 243 P21 East Lancashire 39 P22 South Lancashire 16 P23 Wigan and Bolton 37 P24 Bury and Rochdale 22 P25 West Pennine 29 P26 Manchester Health 845 P27 Salford and Trafford 201 P28 Morecambe Bay 31 Total 13,290
Data in this table are grossed for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data.