§ Dr. Palmer
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients, by age group, have received kidney dialysis in the last five available years; and what proportion of these are kidney patients in each age group. 
§ Mr. Denham
The information available is derived from the United Kingdom Renal Registry and from provisional data collected in the renal survey commissioned by the Department of Health. It is estimated that 21,150 new adult patients were accepted for kidney dialysis between 1995 and 1999, although a small percentage of these patients will not have started dialysis. The age distribution of these patients at the time they were accepted for kidney dialysis is shown in the table:
Age range Percentage of patients 18–24 3 25–34 6 35–44 10 45–54 14 55–64 21 65–74 29 75–84 16 over 85 1
In addition, there were 420 new patients who were under 18 years old when they were accepted for kidney dialysis between 1995 and 1999.