§ Mr. Bercow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what trend data are available to measure progress against the PSA target for the reduction in the death rate from heart disease and stroke and related illnesses among people aged under 75 years. 
§ Yvette Cooper
[holding answer 10 April 2002]: Data to monitor the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the death rate from heart disease and stroke end related illnesses (all circulatory diseases) among people aged under 75 years are obtained from mortality data published by the Office for National Statistics. Data are for England.1189W
This PSA target is the target published in 2000 in the NHS Plan and previously in 1999 in the White Paper 'Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation' for a 40 per cent. reduction by 2010 against a baseline of the average age standardised mortality rate for the three years 1995ߝ97.
The trend data are as follows:
Three-year average age standardised mortality rate per 100,000 population Period 1995ߝ97 139.60 1996ߝ98 133.78 1997ߝ99 127.00 1998ߝ2000 120.53