§ Mrs. Curtis-Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in(a) the UK and (b) Sefton are taking anti-depressant drugs. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
Information on the number of people taking anti-depressant drugs is not available. However, information is provided on the number of prescription items of anti-depressant drugs dispensed in the community.
In 2002, 26.3 million prescription items of anti-depressant drugs were dispensed in the community in England and 186,500 prescription items of anti-depressant drugs were dispensed in the community in Sefton.
Information relating to Wales and Scotland is a matter for the revolved Administrations to respond to. While the institution for Northern Ireland is dissolved, responsibility rests with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office.