§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to ensure appropriate medication is provided for children suffering from asthma. 438W
§ Jacqui Smith
We commissioned the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to produce guidance on inhalers for children under five with chronic asthma. Guidance on that topic was issued in September 2000. Further guidance was commissioned from NICE on the clinical and cost effectiveness of inhalers in older children. This appraisal will be available on the NICE website (www.nice.nhs.uk) from 11 April.