§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of oral cancer were diagnosed in each health authority in England in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Yvette Cooper
The number of cases of oral cancer diagnosed in each health authority in England in 1998, the latest year for which figures are available, are shown in the table.
The NHS Cancer Plan, published last year, provides a comprehensive strategy for improving cancer care linking prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and research.
Smoking is implicated in the cause of oral and many other cancers. The NHS Cancer Plan sets out a clear agenda for improving cancer prevention through changes in lifestyle related to smoking and diet. There have already been notable improvements in numbers of people giving up smoking. In 2000–01, over 64,000 people were helped by national health service cessation services to give up smoking.
Health authority Number Avon HA 73 Barking and Havering HA 21 Barnet HA 23 Barnsley HA 15 Bedfordshire HA 34 Berkshire HA 55 Bexley and Greenwich HA 37 Birmingham HA 85 Bradford HA 28 Brent and Harrow HA 34 Bromley HA 18 Buckinghamshire HA 51 Bury and Rochdale HA 48 Calderdale and Kirklees HA 48 Cambridge and Huntingdon HA 26 Camden and Islington HA 29 Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA 26 County Durham HA 42 Coventry HA 24 Croydon HA 26 Doncaster HA 29 Dorset HA 56 Dudley HA 20 Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA 48 East and North Hertfordshire HA 30 East Kent HA 39 East Lancashire HA 37 East London and The City HA 26 East Norfolk HA 53 East Riding HA 56 East Surrey HA 37 East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA 51 Enfield and Haringey HA 46 Gateshead and South Tyneside HA 41 Gloucestershire HA 32 Herefordshire HA 10 Hillingdon HA 13 Isle of Wight HA 11
Health authority Number Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA 38 Kingston and Richmond HA 24 Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA 54 Leeds HA 51 Leicestershire HA 55 Lincolnshire HA 43 Liverpool HA 50 Manchester HA 41 Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA 63 Morecambe Bay HA 22 Newcastle and North Tyneside HA 49 North and Mid Hampshire HA 29 North and East Devon HA 41 North Cheshire HA 19 North Cumbria HA 25 North Derbyshire HA 23 North Essex HA 47 North Nottinghamshire HA 28 North Staffordshire HA 36 North West Anglia HA 31 North West Lancashire HA 48 North Yorkshire HA 58 Northamptonshire HA 39 Northumberland HA 27 Nottingham HA 53 Oxfordshire HA 43 Portsmouth and South East Hampshire 30 Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA 21 Rotherham HA 10 Salford and Trafford HA 42 Sandwell HA 20 Sefton HA 19 Sheffield HA 32 Shropshire HA 34 Solihull HA 10 Somerset HA 36 South and West Devon HA 49 South Cheshire HA 54 South Derbyshire HA 49 South Essex HA 32 South Humber HA 26 South Lancashire HA 23 South Staffordshire HA 40 Southampton and South West Hampshire HA 54 St. Helen's and Knowsley HA 24 Stockport HA 29 Suffolk HA 55 Sunderland HA 24 Tees HA 52 Wakefield HA 18 Walsall HA 20 Warwickshire HA 32 West Hertfordshire HA 28 West Kent HA 64 West Pennine HA 44 West Surrey HA 57 West Sussex HA 54 Wigan and Bolton HA 40 Wiltshire HA 48 Wirral HA 42 Wolverhampton HA 19 Worcestershire HA 24 England 3,670