§ 38. Mrs. Brinton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to remove regional variations in access to NHS-prescribed drugs. 
§ Ms Stuart
We recognise and will tackle unacceptable variations in access to care and treatment. That is why we have set up the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE will reduce post-code variations by issuing authoritative national guidance based on evidence of the clinical and cost-effectiveness of treatments.