§ Ms Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to investigate the relationship between poverty and ill health.
§ Mr. Sackville
"The Health of the Nation" White Paper noted that variations in health exist between different590W groups of the population and that these are associated with a wide range of factors—socio-economic, geographical, age, gender and others. The Chief Medical Officer has recently established a sub-group of his "Health of the Nation" working group to consider health variations in relation to the five key areas in the health strategy. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Sheffield, Brightside (Mr. Blunkett) on 12 May, Official Report, columns 217–18, which gives the terms of reference of the sub-group.