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Courts (Ministerial Visits)

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he has visited the magistrates court at Pontefract; and how many other (a) magistrates' courts and (b) Crown courts he has visited since he became Minister with responsibility for drugs policy. [85899]

Dr. Jack Cunningham: I have not visited the magistrates court at Pontefract in my capacity as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster. I visited Stockport magistrates court on Friday 5 February 1999.

Responsibility for Crown courts rests with my right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor.

National Minimum Wage

Mr. Rowlands: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in his Department and its associated bodies and agencies have benefited from the introduction of a national minimum wage. [86096]

Mr. Kilfoyle: The Cabinet Office, along with its Agencies (including the Central Office of Information), have no staff who benefited from the National Minimum Wage (NMW). The Department's lowest rates of pay are above the threshold required by the NMW.

Cabinet Committees

Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the dates on which MISC 6 has met since 21 October 1998; what was discussed; and who attended. [86068]

Dr. Jack Cunningham: The Government does not reveal when Cabinet Committees meet or the issues which they discuss. Previous Governments followed the same practice.

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Genetically Modified Food

Mr. Alan Simpson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will place in the Library the initial draft of the paper on GM foods prepared by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser. [85930]

Dr. Jack Cunningham: The Government took the unusual step of publishing the report by the Chief Scientific Adviser and the Chief Medical Officer on GM foods. The initial draft which Ministers considered was revised by the authors to ensure that it was easily comprehensible for the lay reader and to include specific recommendations for action.

Reports (Publication)

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make it his policy to publish all reports by the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser without amendment. [86118]

Dr. Jack Cunningham: I am not responsible for all reports of the Chief Medical Officer or the Chief Scientific Adviser. The Chief Medical Officer is accountable to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health, and the Chief Scientific Adviser to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Open Government

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for information she received under the Open Government: Code of Practice on Access to Government Information in the last parliamentary Session; and how many of these applications were granted. [83116]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 10 May 1999]: For monitoring purposes, this information is collected on a calendar year basis. Information for 1997 was published last year in the Open Government: Code of Practice on Access to Government Information 1997 Report. In 1998, my Department received 13 applications for information under the Code and granted 12 of them. The information needed to answer the remaining request is still outstanding; it is being pursued.

HIV/AIDS

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people with AIDS died in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland in each year from 1981 to 1998, and in 1999 to date. [84812]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following table. It should be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Services board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

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AIDS reportEastern boardNorthern boardTotal
1981------
19821--1
1983------
1984------
19851--1
1986------
19871--1
19881--1
19897--7
19909--9
19915--5
1992415
19934--4
19947--7
19958--8
1996617
1997112
1998------
1999------
Total55358

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people diagnosed with AIDS and now known to have died there were in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland in each year from 1981 to 1998, and in 1999 to date. [84811]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following table. It should be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Services Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

AIDS reportEastern boardNorthern boardTotal
1981------
1982------
19832--2
1984415
19859--9
19861--1
1987------
1988------
1989------
1990------
1991------
1992------
1993------
1994------
1995------
1996------
1997------
1998--11
Total16218


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Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the cumulative numbers of people with AIDS who died in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland in each year from 1981 to 1998, and in 1999 to date. [84813]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following table. It should be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Service Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

AIDS reportEastern BoardNorthern BoardTotal
1981------
19821--1
19831--1
19841--1
19852--2
19862--2
19873--3
19884--4
198911--11
199020--20
199125--25
199229130
199333134
199440141
199548149
199654256
199755358
199855358
199955358

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were newly diagnosed HIV positive (i) broken down by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland, for each year from 1981 to 1998, and for 1999 to date. [84815]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following tables. The data in respect of each Health and Social Services Board area have not specifically been broken down by exposure category as this would undermine the principle of preserving the anonymity of those who come forward for examination etc. It should also be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Services Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

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(a) Northern Ireland

Exposure category
123456
Sex between menSex between men and womenIDUBlood factorBlood/tissue transferOther/ undeterminedTotal
198411--9----11
198551--7----13
198682----1--11
1987441------9
19888--2------10
1989352------10
199082------111
1991152--1----18
199273--1----11
1993651------12
199410----------10
199565--------11
1996124--------16
199762--------8
199864--------10
1999--31------4
Total1054371811175

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(b) Each Health and Social Services Board area

HIV reportEasternNorthernSouthernWesternTotal
198411------11
198513------13
198611------11
19879------9
19889----110
198910------10
199011------11
199118------18
199211------11
199312------12
19948----210
199510----111
199616------16
19978------8
19989--1--10
199921--14
Total168115175


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Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the cumulative number of people who had been diagnosed HIV positive (i) broken down by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland, for each year from 1981 to 1998, and for 1999 to date. [84816]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following tables. The data in respect of each Health and Social Services Board area have not specifically been broken down by exposure category as this would undermine the principle of preserving the anonymity of those who come forward for examination etc. It should also be noted that information broken down by health and Social Services Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

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(a) Northern Ireland

Exposure category
123456
Sex between menSex between men and womenIDUBlood factorBlood/tissue transferOthers /undeterminedTotal
198411--9----11
198562--16----24
1986144--161--35
19871881161--44
19882683161--54
198929135161--64
199037155161175
199152175171193
1992592051811104
1993652561811116
1994752561811126
1995813061811137
1996933461811153
1997993661811161
19981054061811171
19991054371811175

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(b) Each Health and Social Services Board Area

HIV ReportEasternNorthern SouthernWesternTotal
198411------11
198524------24
198635------35
198744------44
198853----154
198963----164
199074----175
199192----193
1992103----1104
1993115----1116
1994123----3126
1995133----4137
1996149----4153
1997157----4161
1998166--14171
1999168115175

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Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the cumulative number of people who had been diagnosed HIV positive and not known to have died (i) broken down by probable means of transmission and (ii) in total in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland, for each year from 1981 to 1998, and for 1999 to date. [84817]

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Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following tables. The data in respect of each Health and Social Services Board area have not specifically been broken down by exposure category as this would undermine the principle of preserving the anonymity of

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those who come forward for examination etc. It should also be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Services Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

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(a) Northern Ireland

Exposure Category
1234
Sex between menSex between men and womenIDUBlood factorTotal
1984------66
19853----69
198652--613
1987541616
19881042622
19891172626
19901482630
19912492641
199228112647
199334152657
199442152665
199547202675
199659242691
199765262699
1998713026109
1999713336113

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(b) Each Health and Social Services Board Area

HIV ReportEasternNorthernSouthernWesternTotal
19846------6
19859------9
198613------13
198716------16
198821----122
198925----126
199029----130
199140----141
199246----147
199356----157
199462----365
199571----475
199687----491
199795----499
1998104--14109
1999106115113

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the cumulative number of people diagnosed with AIDS in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) each health authority area of Northern Ireland in each year from 1981 to 1998, and in 1999 to date. [84814]

Mr. McFall: The information is set out in the following table. It should be noted that information broken down by Health and Social Services Board area relates to the Board in which diagnosis was first made. It does not necessarily reflect the Board of residence.

AIDS reportEastern boardNorthern boardTotal
1981------
19821--1
19831--1
19841--1
19852--2
19863--3
19874--4
198811--11
198919--19
199025--25
199131--31
199238139
199346248
199457360
199570373
199671374
199771475
199871576
199971576

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