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Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the additional £100 million a year allocated to primary care organisations in England will be taken from the existing budget of his Department. 
We are taking action across Government to support physical activity, including cycling, working closely with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. The Department of Health is a member of the National Cycle Forum, convened by the DETR, which is working towards national targets for increasing rates of cycling, and the school travel advisory group, also set up by the DETR, which aims to increase cycling and walking to school.
The National Service Framework for coronary heart disease requires that all National Health Service bodies working closely with local authorities will have agreed and be contributing to the delivery of local programmes of effective policies on increasing physical activity by
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April 2001. Guidance issued by the Health Development Agency identifies cycling as a recommended component of local programmes.
The third stage of the safe and sound challenge was launched in December 2000. The scheme encourages children to walk or cycle to school along safe routes with cash prizes awarded to schools with the most innovative plans. This year safe and sound is offering schools in socially deprived areas the opportunity to develop healthy active modes of travel to school. This complements work being carried out through the national healthy school programme, which advocates a whole-school approach to health promotion, including encouraging cycling to school.
Ms Stuart: Subject to legislation, the members of a forum will be drawn equally from the trust's patients and local voluntary organisations. The independent National Health Service Appointments Commission will appoint the members of a forum according to selection criteria that will ensure membership reflects the nature of the local community which the forum serves.
Ms Stuart [holding answer 27 March 2001]: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the rules on meat inspection are prescribed by European Union legislation and any proposals to change those rules would need to be made by the European Commission (EC).
No such proposal has yet been made by the EC, although an EC working document, made available by the FSA to interested organisations earlier this year, sets out some initial ideas on what might form the main elements of a future risk-based meat inspection system. Any legislative proposals that flow from this working document would be subject to formal public consultation in the United Kingdom, negotiations with and agreement by the member states, and both EU and UK Parliamentary scrutiny, before any changes could come into force.
Mrs. Roe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the hon. Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 10 November 2000, 6 December 2000, 3 January and 1 February, relating to her constituent Mr. J. A. Barham of Cuffley; 
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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the long-term offset in savings for primary care resources prior to the issuing of NICE guidance on orlistat for the treatment of obesity. 
Mr. Denham: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence recognised the link between obesity and other diseases, but concluded that the long-term savings from treating the obese with orlistat were impossible to estimate accurately.
The small number of schools, of which my Department is aware, that have had to send any classes home temporarily during the last year have done so for a range of reasons including teacher sickness, adverse weather conditions and the effects of the foot and mouth epidemic. It is impossible to be sure of the effect that any teacher shortages alone have had.
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part-time and occasional posts in the maintained schools sector in England are as follows:
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(23) Includes Sixth Form Colleges.
(24) Recruits for 1993-94 exclude teachers moving from a sixth form college to a maintained nursery, primary or secondary school.
(25) Teachers leaving the maintained nursery, primary, secondary, special and PRU sector including those moving to the FE, HE or the independent schools sector. Teachers retiring but then rejoining the maintained nursery, primary, secondary, special and PRU sector have not been included in the figures. Teachers retiring and then joining the FE, HE or the independent schools sector are included. Teachers barred from service and dying in service are included
(26) Leavers expressed as a percentage of teachers in post at the start of the year shown
(27) The number of teachers leaving on premature or ill-health retirement has now stabilised at a lower level, following the reform of the Teachers Pensions Scheme in 1997
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From April 2001 new graduate recruits can expect to earn £17,000 a year (up 6 per cent. from the previous year) and starting salaries in Inner London will rise to £20,000 (up 9 per cent. from the previous year).
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