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Thalidomide

Health written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how many people affected by thalidomide were alive in (a) the UK, (b) East Sussex and (c) Hastings and Rye constituency in the latest period for which figures are available;

(2) what the average age was of people affected by thalidomide in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

We understand that the Thalidomide Trust supports 435 people in the United Kingdom whose health has been affected by Thalidomide. This breaks down per country as follows:

UK beneficiaries by country
Country Number
England 327
Northern Ireland 18
Scotland 59
Wales 31

We do not have data on the number of those affected by Thalidomide at county or constituency level.

As Thalidomide was licensed for use in the UK in April 1958 and withdrawn from the UK market on 2 December 1961, the age-range of anyone affected would be between 51 and 54.

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