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Research and Development concerning female genital mutilation in the UK; and if the findings will be published. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The Department has undertaken no research on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with the Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development. The Department does however provide funding through the Section 64 scheme to help them with their work in educating and informing the communities practising FGM about the brutality of the practice and the clear health risks associated with it.
This support includes core grant funding of £25,000 for 1999-2000 to 2001-02, to help meet the organisation's running costs. Over the last few years the Department of Health has provided funds totalling nearly £280,000 for projects developed by FORWARD in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what proportion of cochlear implants were undertaken in each of the last three years on the basis of (a) extra contractual referral, (b) long term service agreements and (c) out-of-area treatments; 
(3) what mechanisms his Department uses to monitor the number and proportion of cochlear implants undertaken in each of the last three years on the basis of (a) extra contractual referral, (b) long term service agreements and (c) out-of-area treatment. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The Department collects information on cochlear implant operations by the hospital episode statistics (HES) system. HES contains details of patients admitted to, and treated in NHS hospitals in England. More detailed information about extra-contractual referrals, long term service agreements and out of area treatments is collected locally. Guidance in Health Service Circular 1998/198 and Health Service Circular 1999/244 set out arrangements for commissioning specialised services through service agreements. These new arrangements for specialised services require National Health Service trusts and commissioners to draw up service agreements with agreed levels of activity and funding. By March 2001, there should be no cochlear implant operations funded as out of area treatments (OATs) because OATs are primarily intended to cover situations where a patient requires emergency treatment away from home.
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Mr. Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer given by the Minister for Women on 11 July 2000, Official Report, column 458W, what types of operation were provided by the NHS for bladder weakness in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99; what the average cost of each type of operation was; and how many women underwent each operation in the same periods. 
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists were registered with the National Health Service in each of the last 10 years in the area covered by North Yorkshire Health Authority. 
|Year||Number of dentists(1)|
(1) Dentists include principals on the HA or FHSA list, their assistants and vocational dental practitioners. Number at 30 September each year.
Before April 1996, the area was covered by North Yorkshire Family Health Services Authority (FHSA).
Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were registered with National Health Service dentists in each of the last 10 years in the area covered by the North Yorkshire Health Authority. 
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Ms Stuart: The number of recorded child and adult registrations in the General Dental Service (GDS) in the North Yorkshire Health Authority area is shown in the table at 31 March in each of the years 1993 to 2000. Data for March 1991 and 1992 are not comparable because registration numbers were building up following the introduction of the new dental contract in October 1990.
Changes in administration procedures by the Dental Practice Board throughout the period, in particular improvements in the removal of duplicate registrations, have acted to reduce recorded registration numbers.
Registration numbers from December 1997 are affected by the shortening of the registration period to 15 months. Previously the period was 24 months for adults while children's registrations expired at the end of the following calendar year if the patient had not visited their dentist in the meantime.
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(1) Area covered by North Yorkshire Family Health Services Authority (FHSA) before April 1996.
Expenditure on the General Dental Services is non-cash limited and is mainly determined by the level of demand for NHS care and the volume and type of treatments provided by dentists. Funding for the community and hospital dental services is not determined centrally, but by individual health authorities in the light of their local priorities and circumstances.
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Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of NHS hospital beds were occupied by patients who have had road accidents, in the latest year for which statistics are available. 
Ms Stuart: The proportion of bed days attributable to patients in National Health Service hospitals in England in the year 1 April 1998 to 31 March 1999, who were injured in collision with a pedal cycle or motor vehicle was 0.35 per cent.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the dates of (a) compilation and (b) publication were of the population data which he used to make his allocations to health authorities for 2000-01; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham: The starting point for populations used in the 2000-01 weighted capitation formula are the 1996 based sub-national population projections for residents in mid year 2000 produced by the Office for National Statistics.
The data used to adjust these populations to take account of GP patient registrations were validated with health authorities during June and July 1999. Adjusted populations were shared with health authorities in September 1999.
The final adjusted population figures used in the health authority weighted capitation formula were published in the 2000-01 Health Authority Revenue Cash Limits Exposition Book on 19 January 2000, copies of which are available in the Library.
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