§ Mr. Duncan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of violent incidents against nurses in accident and emergency wards were attributable to(a) substance and (b) alcohol abuse in the last five years for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Denham
[holding answer 11 March 1999]: Information on the number and specific causes of violent attacks on nursing staff is not available centrally. National Health Service trusts and health authorities collect information locally.