§ Tim Loughton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many(a) girls and (b) boys aged between five and 15 years suffered from asthma in 2003. 
§ Dr. Ladyman
The data available are shown in the table.
Finished admission episodes by sex for asthma in children For children aged five to 15 years NHS hospital trusts in England, 2002–03 Female 4,383 Male 7,011 Total 11,394
1. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (7 prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
3. Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2001–02 and 2002–03, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.