§ Mr. Wilshire
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many death certificates have given MRSA as(a) the primary and (b) a contributory cause of death in each of the past five years. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. David Wilshire, dated 23 April 2001:As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question on the number of death certificates which have given MRSA as the primary and contributory cause of deaths in each of the last five years (158285).I refer you to the answer given to a question from Tony Wright in Hansard of 10 January 2001 (Number 15, Volume 360, Column 571).