HC Deb 08 June 2000 vol 351 c327W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the policies adopted following the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer's Expert Advisory Group on screening for chlamydia trachomatis; what has been the outcome of the two pilot studies which were set up; and if he will make a statement. [123779]

Yvette Cooper

After considering the expert advice, we strengthened our national health promotion on chlamydia and set up a pilot screening programme to investigate the feasibility and acceptability of opportunistic screening. The pilot is under way and will run until 31 August. The results will be used to develop future policy on national screening programmes and we aim to identify possible policy options by the end of this year. These data will also be considered as part of the national sexual health strategy currently under development.