§ Dr. Murrison
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 June 2002,Official Report, column 247W, on NICE, what assessment he has made of the level of non-compliance by healthcare professionals with the recommendations of NICE. 
§ Ms Blears
Detailed audit of the implementation of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's guidance is only feasible at local level. The Institute has however commissioned a research project through the national health service research and development methodology programme to evaluate the impact of its guidance on clinical and managerial practice. A team from York University has been appointed to carry out this project. Preliminary results are expected in December 2002.