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Food Labelling

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the work of the Food Standards Agency in previewing food labelling in respect of proposals that will provide consumers with accurate

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and comprehensive information about the contributions of some food products to the reduction of disease risk exposure; and if he will make a statement; [142707]

Ms Stuart: We have accepted the advice of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that in the interests of informed consumer choice, European Union legislation should allow those foods which play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases to make relevant claims. It has also agreed that there should be an effective and practical system at EU level for the verification and approval of such claims.

The FSA is pressing the European Commission to amend European Community food labelling rules to improve the level and clarity of information on food labels.

A summary of the changes being pursued has been published by the FSA in its action plan on food labelling, copies of which are available in the Library.

Hospital Waiting Times

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients have been waiting over one year for inpatient treatment in (a) West Surrey and (b) Durham in (i) 1997 and (ii) at the latest date for which figures are available. [142992]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is given in the table.


Proportion of patients waiting over a year for inpatient treatment as on:
31 March 199731 October 2000
West Surrey Heath Authority5.511.7
County Durham and Darlington Health Authority0.01.5


QF01 quarterly waiting times return/monthly waiting times return

We are committed to reducing waiting times for outpatient appointments and inpatient treatment. We addressed this in the National Health Service Plan announced in July where we pledged that, by the end of 2005, the maximum inpatient waiting time will be cut from 18 months now to six months and the maximum outpatient waiting time will be cut from over six months now to three months. Provided we can recruit the extra staff, and the NHS makes the necessary reforms, our eventual objective is to reduce the maximum wait for any stage of treatment to three months by the end of 2008.

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Stroke Patients

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on access to NHS specialist services for people with stroke; what plans he has to end the postcode variations in care for stroke patients; and if he will make additional resources available for the treatment of this condition. [142835]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 15 December 2000]: "Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation" included stroke as a priority for action and proposes a target reduction in stroke mortality of at least two fifths by 2010 for people under 75.

The forthcoming National Service Framework (NSF) for Older People will drive up the quality, and reduce variations in services for older people. It will set national standards and define service models for the health and social care older people receive; put in place programmes to support implementation; and establish milestones and performance indicators against which progress will be measured. It is expected that the NSF will cover conditions prevalent among older people such as stroke and that it will apply to all stroke patients.

The Budget last March provided around £4 billion extra year on year for England for this year and the next three years (ie 2000-01 to 2003-04).

Ambulance Service

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the number of additional ambulances and crew required for the London Ambulance Service to achieve an average eight-minute response rate for urban trusts. [142139]

Ms Stuart: It is not possible to identify the additional number of ambulances and crew required for the London Ambulance Service to achieve an average eight-minute response rate for urban trusts.

Hospital Discharges

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out for each health authority, by NHS region, the reason, number and percentage of over 75-year-olds whose discharge was delayed in each quarter of the last three years. [141457]

Mr. Denham: The information requested has been put in the Library.

Health Authority Funding

Mr. Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much Government funding has been allocated for 2000-01 for each health authority in England and Wales (a) in total and (b) per head of population. [142888]

Mr. Denham: The 2000-01 allocation and the 2000-01 allocation per weighted head of population for each health authority in England are given in the table. All figures include the additional £660 million announced on 28 March 2000.

Funding of health authorities in Wales is a matter for the Assembly for Wales.

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Health authority2000-01 allocation (£000)Allocation per weighted head of population (£)
Barking and Havering281,533694
Bexley and Greenwich318,047729
Brent and Harrow342,135704
Bury and Rochdale276,730687
Calderdale and Kirklees402,907687
Camden and Islington357,147710
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly345,751701
County Durham452,736674
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow524,548688
East and North Hertfordshire318,662679
East Kent431,841705
East Lancashire384,249683
East London and the City547,564666
East Riding395,257689
East Surrey267,914703
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove551,376705
Enfield and Haringey356,859691
Gateshead and South Tyneside278,161682
Isle of Wight100,622736
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster321,111637
Kingston and Richmond237,277706
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham638,243705
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth455,914700
Morecambe Bay224,098710
Newcastle and North Tyneside365,337696
North and East Devon328,698697
North and Mid Hampshire320,050693
North Cheshire217,660694
North Cumbria217,846691
North Derbyshire249,371684
North Essex555,679687
North Nottinghamshire260,428672
North Staffordshire335,037678
North West Lancashire352,074688
North Yorkshire474,576684
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire364,591688
Redbridge and Waltham Forest323,694714
Salford and Trafford340,055701
South and West Devon419,811698
South Cheshire443,804694
South Derbyshire375,652677
South Essex463,389677
South Humber216,561701
South Lancashire206,248702
South Staffordshire352,315686
Southampton and South West Hampshire359,457688
St. Helen's and Knowsley258,206684
West Hertfordshire346,924691
West Kent618,824694
West Pennine325,991676
West Surrey401,226706
West Sussex513,306684
Wigan and Bolton410,052667
England total34,234,888688

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