§ Mr. Flight
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been diagnosed with tuberculosis in Arundel and South Downs in each year since 1990. 
§ Ms Blears
Information on statutory notifications of tuberculosis (excluding chemoprophylaxis) is available from the Public Health Laboratory Service.718W
The Department collects information on tuberculosis as part of the hospital episodes statistics (HES) system, which contains details of patients admitted to and treated in national health service hospitals in England.
The nearest available data for Arundel and South Downs are for local authority district, Arun. The numbers of patients treated in Arun is shown in the table.
Finished consultant episodes (FCES)1 by main diagnosis NHS hospitals England 1990–91 to 2000–01 Arun (local authority district—area of residence) Tuberculosis Number 1990–91 2— 1991–92 9 1992–93 2— 1993–94 2— 1994–95 2— 1995–96 10 1996–97 10 1997–98 2— 1998–99 2— 1999–2000 9 2000–01 2— 1An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within a year. 2Means a figure between 1 and 5.
Notes:The main diagnosis is the first of seven diagnosis fields in the HES data set, and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
The table uses ICD9 codes: 010–018 (1990–91 to 1994–95) and ICDIO codes A15–A19 (1995–96 to 2000–01).
Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES) Department of Health