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Column 161BPC--Committee C. General Chemicals
BPC--Committee D. Steroids
BPC--Committee E. Antibiotics
BPC--Committee F. Pharmacy
BPC--Committee G. Crude Drugs and Galenicals
BPC--Committee H. Biological Materials
BPC--Committee J. Immunologicals
BPC--Committee K. Blood Products
BPC--Committee L. Surgical Dressings
BPC--Committee M. Nomenclature
BPC--Sub Committee N. Medicines and Doses (Veterinary)
Building and Engineering Research and Development Committee Building Legislation Working Group
Building Notes Consultative Group
Cardiology Liaison Committee
Central Manpower Committee
Chief Scientists Organisation (CSO)--Childcare Research Liaison Group
CSO--Physical Disablement Research Liaison Group
CSO--Procurement Directorate Research Liaison Group
Committee for Monitoring Agreements on Tobacco Advertising Committee on Carcinogenicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment
Committee on Dental and Surgical Materials
Committee on Gynaecological Cytology
Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA)
COMA--Committee on Recommended Daily Amounts of Nutrients COMA-- Contamination of Air, Soil and Water
COMA--Panel on Child Nutrition
COMA--Panel on Sugar
COMA--Radiation in the Environment
COMA--Sub Committee on Nutritional Surveillance
Committee on Mutagenicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment.
Committee on Research into Behavioural Aspects of Smoking and Health
Committee on the Review of Medicines
Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM)
CSM--Sub Committee on Adverse Reactions to Vaccines and Immunisations
CSM--Sub Committee on Biologicals
CSM--Sub Committee on Chemistry Pharmacy Standards
CSM--Sub Committee on Safety, Efficacy and Adverse Reactions Committee on Toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment
Dental Advisory Committee
Dental Auxiliaries Committee
Dental Estimates Board
Dental Formulary Sub Committee
Dental Rates Study Group
Elderly Research Liaison Group
Expert Advisory Group on AIDS
Health Advisory Service
Hospital Engineering Technical Support Group
Hospital Infection Working Group
Independent Scientific Committee on Smoking and Health Information Advisory Group
Joint Monitoring Group for "Achieving a Balance"
Joint Planning Advisory Committee
Legionnaires Disease : Code of Practice Working Party
Maternal Mortality Committee
Medical Advisory Committee
Medical Practices Committee
Mental Handicap Research Liaison Group
Microbiology Advisory Committee
National Biological Standards Board UK
National Development Team for People with a Mental Handicap National Fire Policy Advisory Group
Neurosciences Liaison Committee
Ongoing Review Panel on Diet and Cardiovascular Disease Panel on Leprosy Opinion
Panel on Novel Foods
Physical Disablement Research Liaison Group
Prescription Pricing Authority
Column 162Radiological Advisory Committee
Rural Dispensing Committee
Standing Committee on Postgraduate Medical Education
Standing Dental Advisory Committee
Standing Medical Advisory Committee
Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee
Standing Panel on Hazards from Microbial Contamination of Food Standing Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee
Standing Sub-Committee on Cancer
Supra Regional Services Advisory Group
Training Allowance Advisory Committee
Transplant Advisory Panel
UK Transplant Management Committee
Working Party on Continuing Education of GPs
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct clinical staff to ensure that perinatal deaths, still births and miscarriages are examined for the presence of listeria monocytogenes.
Mr. Kenneth Clark [holding answer 27 February 1989] : My Department has already drawn the attention of the president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to possible under-reporting of materno-foetal listerial infection. Further advice to doctors was given by the Chief Medical Officer on 16 February 1989.
Mr. Freeman [holding answer 2 March 1989] : The total number of abortions performed in a particular area is not released for reasons of confidentiality. However, information on the number of abortions performed upon usual residents of Basildon and Thurrock district health authority (Basildon urban district (including Basildon new town) plus Thurrock urban district 1968-74 ; Basildon and Thurrock health district 1975-81 ; Basildon and Thurrock district health authority 1982-87.) from 28 April 1968 to 31 December 1987 was 12, 179.
Mrs. Mahon : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage proportion of (a) a weekly income of £814.56, and (b) a single basic state weekly pension of £41.15 would have to be used in order to pay for an eye test from 1 April.
Mr. Mellor [holding answer 13 March 1989] : The question gives insufficient information about the personal circumstances of the individual concerned to allow me to answer. Furthermore, questions as to whether there will be or will not be an eye test charge will be determined by the retailer. It is possible no charge may be made at all.
Mr. John Marshall : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of food poisoning during 1988 were traced to (a) food eaten outside the home, (b) chilled prepared meals eaten in the home and (c) retail packs of food ;
Column 163(2) how many outbreaks of food poisoning were reported in 1988 ; how many were caused by chilled prepared meals ; and how many by food eaten in restaurants and so on.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke [holding answer 13 March 1989] : Provisional data show that there were 472 outbreaks of food poisoning reported to the public health laboratory service in 1988. Information on the number of reported outbreaks associated with the consumption of food in the home or elsewhere is not yet available. Reports to the public health laboratory service do not usually provide information on the way a suspect food was processed or sold.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scientific evidence he has suggesting that listeria monocytogenes can be eliminated by cook-chill catering that operates within his Department's 1980 guidelines.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke [holding answer 13 March 1989] : Studies by the Camden Food and Drink Research Association and the agriculture and food research council, Institute of Food Research, Norwich have shown that the heating and reheating temperature recommended in the 1980 guidelines will destroy listeria monocytogenes.
Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has studied the survey of the microbiological quality of airline meals carried out jointly with the food hygiene laboratory, Colindale and the health departments of the London borough of Hounslow and Spelthorne borough council ; and if he will make a statement.
Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient time will be available after the date of the first national curriculum orders being made for mathematics and science and before the start of the autumn term this year in order to permit (a) the preparation of in-service training courses for the teachers concerned and (b) the subsequent preparation by teachers of suitable schemes of work for their classes ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Butcher : My right hon. Friend is today laying the final National Curriculum Orders for mathematics and science. The general nature of the requirements has been known for some time, and a number of LEAs have already prepared in-service training courses. To support such courses, the National Curriculum Council has commissioned subject-specific in-service training materials which will be sent to all schools during the summer term. It is for local education authorities and schools to ensure that the non-teaching time available before the autumn, which may include two extra closure days, is used to best effect in helping teachers to prepare for the introduction of the new requirements.
Column 164by his Department in relation to the availability of non-contact time for primary school teachers in order to prepare suitable schemes of work for the national curriculum in mathematics and science ; if he will estimate the typical number of non-contact hours available to a primary school teacher for such work before the start of the autumn term this year ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Butcher : Results of the 1987 primary school staffing survey show that teachers in maintained primary schools in England have on average two hours of non-contact time within the average pupil's week of 22 hours of taught lessons. There is further non-teaching time available within teachers' annual 1,265 hours of directed time for tasks such as preparing or revising schemes of work. In addition to the five annual days available for in-service training, schools may close for two days in 1989 specifically to prepare for the introduction of the national curriculum. There should be plenty of scope over the coming six months for primary teachers to prepare, or revise as necessary, schemes of work to incorporate the national curriculum requirements in mathematics and science.
Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what number and proportion of primary school teachers expected to be concerned in the implementation of the national curriculum orders for mathematics and science this year have no formal training or qualification above O-level in either mathematics or science ; what assessment he has made of particular training needs for such teachers in the preparation of suitable schemes of work for their classes ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Butcher : In March 1987 there were an estimated 115,400 full- time and 26,100 part-time teachers in maintained nursery and primary schools in England who had no qualification above O-level in mathematics or science and had not attended an in-service course of at least one term's full-time duration or equivalent in the previous five years. These represent 72 per cent. and 78 per cent. respectively of the total number of full-time and part-time teachers in primary schools. However, initial training for primary teachers is designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to teach across the full range of primary subjects. It is for LEAs to assess the training needs of their teachers, including the particular needs of those teaching five-year-olds in September 1989 who will have to implement the national curriculum programmes of study and attainment targets in mathematics and science from that date, and to meet these needs using funds available through the LEA training grants scheme. My right hon. Friend has allowed for two extra closure days for in-service training in 1989, and the National Curriculum Council is preparing subject- specific training materials for use in schools.
Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what steps he is taking to ensure that salaries for academic and academic-related university staffs are adequate to maintain excellence in teaching and research in British universities.
Column 165Principals that limited additional funding will be available for pay increases for university staff after the staff's industrial action ceases. It is now for the vice-chancellors to reach a settlement with the Association of University Teachers.
Mr. Ronnie Campbell : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will make a statement on the implications for the working of the formal salary negotiating machinery of the university authorities' unilateral withdrawal from the machinery.
Mr. Jackson : The salary negotiating machinery for university non- clinical academic and academic-related staff is voluntary. Although the university authorities are not at present willing to operate it, I understand that they are in active, informal discussion with the staff representatives.