§ Mr. Sanders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether National Institute for Clinical Excellence guidance is available on the appropriate insulin to prescribe to a newly diagnosed insulin-dependent diabetic. 
§ Ms Rosie Winterton
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence issued advice in 2002 on the management of blood glucose in type 2 diabetes. This advice, while stating that there is no direct evidence to support the use or choice of any one insulin type or regimen over another, recognises that patient preference should form part of the choice of insulin type and regimen. Guidelines on the management of type 1 diabetes are due to be published in the near future.