§ Mr. Nigel Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving dialysis treatments in(a) Lancashire, (b) the North West of England and (c) England. 
§ Jacqui Smith
The figures in the able are for 2001. They have been collated from estimates provided by the United Kingdom renal registry and from local National Health Service sources and should therefore only be used only as a guide. Activity information on hospital attendance for dialysis is being collected centrally for the first time in 2002–2003.
Haemodialysis Peritoneal Dialysis Total Lancashire 181 123 304 North West 1,090 712 1,802 England 11,076 5,187 16,263
The Department at the moment does not centrally collect information on dialysis patients. However, information is being collected for the first time in 2002–03 as part of the new 'regular day or night attenders' dataset.