§ Mr. Paul Marsden
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suffer from arthritis in(a) the UK and (b) Shropshire; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Hutton
It is estimated that between 8 and 10 million people suffer from one of the different types of arthritis in the United Kingdom. The disease strikes people of all ages but is more common in older people.
Figures are not available on the prevalence of arthritis on a county by county basis.