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BPC--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

Medicines Commission

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

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Radiological 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. Amess : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of abortions performed in Basildon health authority area from April 1968 to the latest available date.

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.

Eye Tests

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.

Food Poisoning

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 ;

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(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.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke [holding answer 13 March 1989] : I have not yet received a copy of this survey.


Mathematics and Science

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.

Ms. Armstrong : To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what assumptions have been made

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by 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.

University Salaries

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.

Mr. Jackson : My right hon. Friend has recently informed the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and

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Principals 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.

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