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Yvette Cooper: The final criteria for selection of joint pilot sites for human papilloma virus testing and liquid based cytology have not yet been agreed by the Project Steering Group. They will broadly cover areas such as population size, high quality audit and historical information, number of smears taken annually and meeting national population coverage targets.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 July 2000]: Studies carried out in a number of countries have shown that a percentage (generally about 1-5 per cent.) of individuals with chronic hepatitis C infection may progress to primary hepatocellular cancer. The Public Health Laboratory Service, in association with the British Association for the Study of the Liver, is setting up a surveillance system to monitor end stage liver disease attributed to hepatitis C.
As part of our modernisation programme for the National Health Service, we are taking action on a number of fronts to ensure prompt access to cancer diagnosis and treatment across the country. This will include improving liver cancer services.
Yvette Cooper: The number of cigarettes released for home consumption in the United Kingdom were in (a) 1997 81.0 billion (b) 1998 75.3 billion, and (c) 1999 34.2 billion. It is not possible accurately to estimate overall cigarette consumption because of the effects of smuggling and forestalling.
Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, before supporting the proposal for an EU Directive on the manufacture, production and sale of tobacco products he prepared a regulatory impact assessment on the proposal. 
Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which members of staff of Action on Smoking and Health (a) have been and (b) are to be seconded to his Department; and to whom they will be responsible and report. 
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Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he intends to continue to authorise the use of the product descriptions (a) low, (b) light, (c) ultra light, (d) mild and (e) other similar terms relating to tobacco products. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 July 2000]: As currently drafted, the Directive on Labelling, Manufacture and Sale of Tobacco Products would ban the use of such descriptions. The original European Commission proposal permitted member states to allow the terms to be used on tobacco products but the United Kingdom has argued strongly against any form of derogation.
Mr. Wareing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans Her Majesty's Government have to sign up to the European Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 July 2000]: The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine contains a wide range of complex ethical and legal provisions. The rights of patients, whether undergoing medical treatment or research, are central to the Convention. The provisions cover a mixture of devolved matters (such as consent to treatment) and reserved matters (such as embryo research). We are considering the most appropriate way forward in the light of devolution.
Mr. Denham: File DT 33/2055 contains records of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales (GNC). The decision whether or not to open the file for public inspection is a matter for the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, the successor body to the GNC.
Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the visits outside Britain made by his Department's Permanent Secretary on official business since 1 January 1999, indicating the date and purpose of the visit in each case. 
Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues to health authorities or trusts about employment contracts of senior administrative and managerial personnel employed by the NHS; and where they are published. 
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Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce legislation to require the General Medical Council to hold its inquiries in public and to put the conclusions of its inquiries into the public domain. 
The General Medical Council is undertaking a "Structural and Legal Review" of its fitness to practise procedures. The GMC will publish its proposals for modernisation later this year. We will need to consider how far they meet the rising expectations of the public and Parliament for fundamental changes to the way the GMC deals with doctors who do not meet the expected standards of conduct and performance set by the profession. If the Council cannot deliver the reform that is necessary we will act to put into place effective measures for the protection of the public.
Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues on non-judicial inquiries into events in the NHS; how many of such inquiries have been conducted; how many reports of such inquiries have been put in the public domain; and how many such inquiries have been carried out by employees of the NHS since May 1997. 
Ms Stuart: Non-statutory inquiries into events in the National Health Service are carried out at many levels of NHS management as part of the management process. They may be initiated internally by staff, through formal mechanisms such as the NHS Complaints Procedures, or through external agencies. Some inquiries may be staffed from within the NHS organisation while others will have the benefit of independent members. No general guidance
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has been issued, although specific information on the NHS Complaints Procedures was issued under cover of Executive Letter (96)19, copies of which are available in the Library.
Full details of these inquiries are not held centrally. For information on inquiries established by the Department since December 1997 I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for North Devon (Mr. Harvey) on 25 July 2000, Official Report, columns 499-500W. all those inquiries listed have either reported publicly or intend to do so.
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