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Alcohol Concern

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has given to Alcohol Concern in each of the last five years. [10869]

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Mr. Burns: The information requested is shown in the table:

Core grantGrants programmeLocal councils on alcohol

Dental Caries

Mr. John Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on trends in the incidence of dental caries among schoolchildren in Barnet since 1979. [10776]

Mr. Malone: The British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry conducts annual surveys of dental caries prevalence in different aged children within a four-yearly cycle comprising those aged five, 12, five, and 14, throughout Great Britain. BASCD began these surveys in 1985-86 in England and Wales. Tables showing the mean number of decayed, missing and filled in the deciduous teeth only of five-year-old children, and in the permanent teeth only of 12 and 14 year old children in Barnet are:

Mean number of decayed, missing and filled teeth (DMFT) of five-year-olds(6) in Barnet since 1985-86


(6) Deciduous teeth only.

Mean number of DMFT of 12-year olds(7) in Barnet since 1988-89


(7) Permanent teeth only.

Mean number of DMFT of 14-year-olds(8) in Barnet since 1990-91


(8) Permanent teeth only.

No figures for 14-year-olds are available for 1986-87.

St. George's Hospital NHS Trust

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the members of the St. George's Hospital NHS

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trust; where they reside; what are their professions; and if he will make a statement. [10889]

Mr. Malone: The information requested is:

Postal townOccupation
Dr. Elizabeth VallanceLondonAcademic
Non-executive directors:
Mr. Bernard AsherLondonBanking
Mrs. Kay SonnebornLondonNot categorised
Miss FIona ColquhounLondonPersonnel management
Mr. Peter MumfordLondonHealth management
Professor Robert BoydLondonAcademic


Mr. Etherington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates since 1990 public warning notices have been issued on the consumption of shellfish from the North sea between Amble and Marske. [10902]

Mr. Horam: The information requested is not held centrally. The responsibility for posting warning notices lies with local authorities.

Motor Neurone Disease

Mr. Chris Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what drug treatments are available on the NHS for those suffering from motor neurone disease; and what assessment he has made of the differences in availability between health authorities in this respect; [11244]

Mr. Horam: A wide range of treatment, including drug treatment, is available on the national health service for those who suffer from motor neurone disease.

No assessment has been made of the differences in availability between health authorities in respect of treatment for motor neurone disease. It is for health authorities to determine the local needs of their populations and then purchase services to meet those needs within their available resources.


Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the report of the advisory group on the ethics of xenotransplantation will be published. [11764]

Mr. Dorrell: "Animal Tissue into Humans", the report of the advisory group on the ethics of xenotransplantation, was published today. The Government response to the report was also published for a three-month consultation period. Copies of the report and response are available in the Library.

I also announce the establishment of the UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority which will regulate this area until a suitable opportunity for primary legislation arises. I am very pleased that Lord Habgood of Calverton has agreed to chair this interim authority.

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Community Care (Residential Charges)Bill

Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place a copy of the current draft of the Community Care (Residential Charges) Bill in the Library. [11765]

Mr. Dorrell: Copies of the preliminary draft of the Community Care (Residential Charges) Bill have been placed in the Library. This draft has served as a basis for informal discussions with the financial services industry, local authority associations and other interested bodies. The Government will be publishing a final draft together with a policy statement in the near future: the current draft is purely a working draft and policy details will be given in the statement.

Deaf-blind People

Mr. Alfred Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners are able to provide communication support to deaf-blind patients. [9472]

Mr. Malone: This information is not available centrally.

Mr. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training ambulance paramedics receive in communicating and making contact with deaf-blind people. [9473]

Mr. Malone: Ambulance paramedics do not receive specific training in communicating with deaf-blind people but are trained in communicating with, and handling, deaf people and blind people. They are trained to have good communication skills with all types of patients and trained in how to deal with patients sensitively.

Mr. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community care assessments have been made by local authorities in England and Wales under the Carers Recognition and Services Act 1995 for carers of deaf-blind children and adults since 1 April 1995. [9475]

Mr. Burns: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Morris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to develop and expand the communicator guide service within local authorities for deaf-blind people. [9480]

Mr. Burns: Many local authorities are developing communicator guide services for deaf-blind people, often in partnership with deaf-blind organisations. The Department of Health has sought to promote the development of these services by raising awareness of the needs of deaf-blind people, and by making grants to voluntary organisations under the section 64 general scheme.

In 1996-97, the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People received a further award for the "Touch and Go" project, which has successfully developed accredited training courses for the communicator guides, and Sense and the Royal National Institute for the Blind are receiving project grants to develop communicator guide schemes. Deaf-blind United Kingdom and Sense--the National Deaf-blind and Rubella Association--both receive core funding under the section 64 scheme.

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In seeking to promote awareness of deaf-blindness, the Department of Health works closely with the Association of Directors of Social Services. Particularly significant are the "Think Dual Sensory" draft good practice guidelines for social services and health professionals who provide or commission services for the increasing number of older people with dual sensory loss. The guidelines are currently being piloted in several local authorities.

Blood Stocks

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the current levels of blood stocks; and what recent representations he has received about their adequacy. [11228]

Mr. Horam: No representations have been received recently about the levels of blood stocks.

Blood stocks are often low over the Christmas and new year period, because of seasonal and other fluctuations in supply and demand and this winter has been no exception. Current levels of donations are encouraging, but the National Blood Authority has appealed for more donors to come forward in two out of its three zones, and in keeping the position under review.

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