§ Mr. Dhanda
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the local surveillance of accidental injury. 
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
[holding answer 30 October 2003]: The South West Public Health Observatory is working on a pilot basis with the national health service-wide clearing service to run quarterly extracts of specific variables from the accident and emergency minimum data set in the South West. There are currently problems with the quality of the data, and with the level of participation by individual trusts. If these problems can be resolved, it may be possible to replicate the system in other regions.