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Vitamin B6 Supplements

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: Since the beginning of July the Government has received approximately 6,500 items of correspondence concerning its proposed control on dietary supplements containing Vitamin B6. Much of this has been in the form of standard letters. No record has been kept of those supporting or opposing the proposed controls. However, almost all of the letters received have either opposed, questioned the basis of, or expressed reservations about the proposed controls.

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Donoughue: The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) has reviewed the data on the toxicity of Vitamin B6 on two separate occasions. The Government have every confidence in the rigour with which the COT reviewed the data and in the robustness of the recommendation it made. We see no reason to undertake a further review.

Since the statement from the COT regarding Vitamin B6 was published, the Chairman of the COT and his colleagues have heard arguments put forward which question their decision but have not been persuaded that this issue needs to be looked at for a third time.

Vitamin B6: Letters to MPs

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Donoughue: The reply to Lord Kitchener's written Question of 30 July 1997 [Official Report, col. WA 54] and the letter sent on 21 August by the Minister of State at the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to MPs in England were prepared for different purposes and contained different information. However, both noted that the adverse reactions reported under the UK Yellow Card Adverse Drug Research (ADR) reporting scheme were associated with products containing Vitamin B6 and, in some cases, other constituents. As the reply to Lord Kitchener correctly notes, the inclusion of a reaction on the ADR database does not necessarily mean that Vitamin B6 caused the reaction.

Health Authority Revenue Allocations

Baroness Hilton of Eggardon asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will announce the 1998-99 hospital and community health services revenue allocations for health authorities.

The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The 1998-99 hospital and community health services revenue allocations for weighted populations are given, by health authority, in the following table.

1998-99 Health authority general allocations (£'000s)

Health AuthorityAmount
Avon429,674
Barking and Havering190,213
Barnet155,454
Barnsley110,005
Bedfordshire224,367
Berkshire310,601
Bexley and Greenwich222,784
Birmingham506,138
Bradford229,200
Brent and Harrow239,173
Bromley134,830
Buckinghamshire263,789
Bury and Rochdale183,925
Calderdale and Kirklees272,948
Cambridge and Huntingdon170,382
Camden and Islington251,800
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly227,525
County Durham298,927
Coventry142,724
Croydon152,812
Doncaster138,789
Dorset327,559
Dudley 134,546
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow359,671
East and North Hertfordshire205,436
East Kent289,217
East Lancashire253,100
East London and the City366,867
East Norfolk270,403
East Riding261,793
East Surrey182,949
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove372,547
Enfield and Haringey248,639
Gateshead and South Tyneside187,624
Gloucestershire242,648
Herefordshire72,096
Hillingdon118,252
Isle of Wight67,949
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster212,220
Kingston and Richmond156,580
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham442,521
Leeds339,927
Leicestershire378,967
Lincolnshire278,608
Liverpool253,814
Manchester250,313
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth322,343
Morecambe Bay151,742
Newcastle and North Tyneside248,792
North and East Devon221,388
North and Mid Hampshire215,612
North Cheshire151,836
North Cumbria144,729
North Derbyshire167,949
North Essex370,351
North Nottinghamshire174,754
North Staffordshire221,771
North West Anglia180,010
North West Lancashire234,450
North Yorkshire318,712
Northamptonshire252,747
Northumberland141,701
Nottingham286,648
Oxfordshire234,530
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire240,760
Redbridge and Waltham Forest231,328
Rotherham119,916
Salford and Trafford224,171
Sandwell146,261
Sefton145,852
Sheffield271,140
Shropshire178,325
Solihull83,831
Somerset210,919
South and West Devon280,719
South Cheshire292,831
South Derbyshire246,395
South Essex303,047
South Humber145,527
South Lancashire138,391
South Staffordshire239,424
Southampton and South West Hampshire235,558
St. Helens and Knowsley162,218
Stockport126,212
Suffolk280,922
Sunderland147,757
Tees269,175
Wakefield152,248
Walsall120,285
Warwickshire218,459
West Hertfordshire235,060
West Kent406,653
West Pennine225,704
West Surrey274,394
West Sussex342,161
Wigan and Bolton273,219
Wiltshire251,545
Wirral163,688
Wolverhampton118,036
Worcestershire222,806
England22,895,307

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