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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he intends to accept the offer by the Salt Manufacturers Association to part-fund a review of the scientific evidence on dietary sodium intake; 
Yvette Cooper: [holding answer 24 July 2000]: The evidence on the relationship between sodium consumption and blood pressure was considered by the Government's advisory committee, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food and Nutrition Policy in its 1994 report entitled "Nutritional Aspects of Cardiovascular Disease." COMA concluded that sodium intake appears to be an important determinant of blood pressure in the population as a whole at least partly by influencing the rise of blood pressure with age. A diet lower in common salt, which is a major source of sodium, and higher in potassium would be
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expected to result in lower blood pressure and a smaller rise in blood pressure with age. COMA recommended a reduction in the average intake of common salt by the adult population from the current level of about nine grams per day to six grams per day.
Recognising that there are differences of opinion in this area, a workshop was organised at the Department's request by the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (FPHM) in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation in December 1997 to consider the issues surrounding salt consumption and its effect on blood pressure and subsequent cardiovascular disease. The workshop endorsed COMA's advice, concluding that salt intake was one of a number of dietary and other lifestyle factors influencing blood pressure and that reducing salt intake would be an appropriate public health measure. We do not intend to review the evidence at this stage and therefore will not be accepting the offer of the Salt Manufactures Association.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken to co-ordinate the various specialties which are relevant to the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis; and what action is being taken to improve access to densitrometry and appropriate follow-on treatment. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The launch of the Department's Osteoporosis Strategy in June 1998 provided evidence-based clinical guidelines for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. These should provide the basis for health authorities wishing to develop their own strategies. It is for local health authorities to decide what services to provide taking into account resources available and the needs of the local population.
Ms Stuart [holding answer 27 July 2000]: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 27 July 2000, Official Report, column 895W.
Mr. Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money will be allocated to the NHS Management Training Scheme (a) in the next year and (b) for each successive year for the spending review period. 
The increase in cost between 1999-2000 and 2000-01 reflects the introduction of a new contract for management education and a re-focusing of the Scheme to better address current service modernisation issues.
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Mr. Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many entrants were recruited on to the NHS Management Training Scheme and within these totals, broken down by (a) the number and percentage of university graduates, (b) the number and percentage who are graduates of Oxford and Cambridge universities and (c) the number and percentage with HND and equivalent qualifications in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people took management positions in the NHS following completion of the NHS Management Training Scheme in each of the last three years. 
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Mr. Denham: Posts taken by ex-trainees on leaving the Scheme could be considered as training positions in which they further develop their management skills, but most ex-trainees take on real management roles within the National Health Service on leaving the Scheme. Of the 1997 intake who completed the Scheme last year, all bar one hold posts in the NHS. Of the 1995 intake 77 per cent. are still working in the NHS as are 83 per cent. of the 1996 intake. The majority of trainees take on posts reporting to chief executives or executive directors in NHS trusts or health authorities.
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Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The cost of the Management Training Scheme in the year 1999-2000 was £4,723,000. Central figures are not immediately available, but this figure is indicative of the cost of the Scheme in each of the previous three years.
Mr. Healey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health where graduates of the NHS Management Training Scheme went on completion of the scheme, broken down by region, in each of the last two years. 
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