§ Mr. Don Foster
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases were issued by his Department in the financial years(a) 1996–97, (b) 1997–98, (c) 1998–99 and (d) 1999–2000; how many have been issued in the current financial year; and what his estimate is of the total number for the current financial year. 
§ Ms Stuart
The number of press releases issued in each of the financial years requested is in the table.662W
Financial year Total 1996–97 296 1997–98 330 1998–99 559 1999–2000 743
In the current financial year 565 press releases have been issued to date. It is estimated the total for 2000–01 will be 715.