§ Angela Watkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of reported cases of tuberculosis in(a) London and (b) the London Borough of Havering in each of the past five years. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is responsible for the number of cases reported to its statutory notifications of infectious disease (NOIDS) database. Therefore, the following table provides data of tuberculosis notifications from the NOIDS database, which collects surveillance data on all cases of clinically diagnosed tuberculosis, whether or not microbiologically confirmed. 2002 data is not yet available.
TB Notifications (NOIDS) for London and Barking and Havering HA 1998–2001 1998 1999 2000 2001 London 2,444 2,509 2,938 2,917 Havering 12 25 62 49