HC Deb 03 December 2003 vol 415 cc73-4W
Mr. Ben Chapman:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in meeting targets set by the National Cancer Plan. [140545]

Miss Melanie Johnson:

Thanks to major additional investment and the hard work of those working in the national health service, we are making real progress in

Drinking last week among women aged 16 to 24, England, 1998 to 2001
1998 2000 2001
Drank nothing last week 38 41
Drank up to three units on at least one day 20 23 20
Drank more than three and up to six units on

at least on day

19 13 13
Drank more than six units on at least one day 23 26 26


Derived from Office for National Statistics: General Household Survey, published as "Living in Britain, Results from the 2001 General Household Survey", available at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/lib2001/index.html

Alcohol use and misuse among young women will be examined as part of the work on the development of the Government's Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England. The strategy will be published in time for implementation to begin in 2004, in line with the commitment given by the Government in the NHS Plan.