HC Deb 25 June 2003 vol 407 c830W
Chris Grayling

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 June 2003,Official Report, column 831W, on the Communicable Disease Report, what the previous circulation of paper copies of the report was. [119910]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The geographical distribution figures for the circulation of paper copies of the Communicable Disease Report (CDR) for 1999 (the latest available) were:

England and Wales 3700 copies
Scotland 100 copies
Northern Ireland 80 copies
Irish Republic 100 copies
Europe (EU) 100 copies
Europe (non-EU) 60 copies
Rest of World 200 copies

The distribution policy was that copies were distributed to the following organisations and personnel:

  • Public health laboratories
  • Other reporting microbiology laboratories
  • Consultants in Communicable Disease Control DCs
  • Directors of Public Health
  • Environmental health departments
  • UK armed forces laboratories
  • Other reporting and collaborating physicians
  • Veterinary investigation centres
  • Appropriate academic departments
  • Appropriate Government departments

Distribution of paper copies of the CDR stopped at the end of 2000.