§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many statutory instruments have been issued by his Department in each calendar year since 1979. 
§ Mr. Lammy
The Department of Health was formed in July 1988. Information for the period between July 1988 and December 1998 could be provided only at disproportionate cost, but is available on the website of Her Majesty's Stationery Office at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/stat.htm and in the Library.
Information for the years 1999–2002 is shown in the table.
Number of Statutory Instruments issued 1999 170 2000 216 2001 399 2002 392