§ Sir Teddy Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons were suffering from arthritis in each of the last 10 years. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 28 October 2002]: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, Arthritis Care estimates that there are more than 200 types of arthritis and rheumatic disease, and more than 8 million people in the United Kingdom have long-term health problems due to arthritis or a related condition.