Health written question – answered on 30th March 2006.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Chair, Trade & Industry Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) why the NHS colorectal screening programme will not now start on 1 April; when she expects the programme to start; and if she will make a statement;

(2) what funding she has made available for the NHS colorectal screening programme; when the funding will start; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Rosie Winterton Rosie Winterton The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Government have stated their commitment to a national bowel cancer screening programme, for which funding has been agreed. On 30 January 2006, the new Health White Paper Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services" reaffirmed that the programme will be rolled out from April 2006.

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