§ Mr. Keith Bradley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received reports of regional variations in the incidence of skin cancer in England. 
§ Ruth Kelly
I have been asked to reply.
The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Len Cook to Mr. Keith Bradley dated 25 May 2004:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question concerning reports of regional variations in the incidence of skin cancer in England. .
Information on newly diagnosed cases of cancer is collected by nine regional cancer registries in England, and a standard data set based on registrations for residents of their areas is submitted to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Regional data on the incidence of skin and other cancers is published annually by ONS in the "Cancer Statistics Registrations" series (MB.1). The most recent data available are for the year 2000. Copies are available in the House of Commons Library and on the National Statistics website at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=8843&Pos = &Co!Rank=1&Rank = 240