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Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Plymouth Derriford NHS Trust has spent on legal fees in (a) each of the last three financial years and (b) the financial year to date; and what steps have been taken in relation to the patients whose personal details came into the possession of Channel 4 Television. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will provide an answer to the question from the hon. Member for the Vale of York concerning the price of inspection for small and medium-sized abattoirs, ref. 160645. 
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Yvette Cooper: Data on the number of deaths attributable to meningitis for the last 10 years (1990-99) have been provided by the Office for National Statistics and are shown in the table. These figures include all causes of bacterial meningitis disease, such as haemophilus influenza type B, meningococcal, pneumococcal, and viral meningitis. It also includes deaths where the type of meningitis has not been specified. Data for deaths attributed to meningitis for 2000 are not yet available.
Yvette Cooper: As in line with previous years, we recommend that new first year students coming to United Kingdom universities should obtain meningococcal vaccine in their country of origin before coming to the UK or shortly after arrival.
Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers he has to intervene in respect of a person (a) in psychiatric hospital and (b) elsewhere who is seeking to fast to death; and what guidance he has issued to (i) health care workers, (ii) social workers and (iii) others, in respect of the exercise of such powers. 
Yvette Cooper: The Secretary of State for Health has no power to intervene in respect of a person in a psychiatric hospital or elsewhere who is seeking to fast to death. The "Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment" published in March 2001 (www.doh.gov.uk/ consent) provides guidance on English law concerning consent to physical interventions that are relevant to all health care professionals. Further information concerning people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 may be found in chapters 15 and 16 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter dated 4 April from Mrs. Frances Beatty, Regional Director of the Country Landowners Association, regarding animal welfare concerns in connection with foot and mouth disease. 
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if prior notification of the meeting of 4 June 1998 between the Prime Minister and S. P. Hinduja, G. P. Hinduja and Brajesh Mishra was given to the United States Administration; 
(3) what assurances he received from the Government of India about the standing and status of S. P. Hinduja and G. P. Hinduja prior to his meeting with them and Brajesh Mishra on 4 June 1998; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) if the British High Commission in Delhi was consulted about the meeting with Brajesh Mishra and the Hinduja brothers on 4 June 1998 prior to its taking place; 
(5) if the Government took prior advice about the Prime Minister's meeting with S. P. Hinduja, G. P. Hinduja and Brajesh Mishra of 4 June 1998 from the Indian High Commissioner in London. 
The Prime Minister: I have regular exchanges on a variety of matters with Commonwealth and foreign Governments. It is established practice under successive Administrations not to disclose details of confidential discussions with such Governments, or confirm whether they have, or have not occurred.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if (a) he or (b) his office told Sir Anthony Hammond QC of the existence of the exchanges of correspondence that had taken place between him and the Hinduja brothers since 1 May 1997; 
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G. P. Hinduja, that all relevant information that he required would be made available to him. I also said that it was for Sir Anthony to decide how he carried out the review, what papers and files he needed to see and to whom he needed to speak.
(3) at whose instigation the meeting with S. P. Hinduja, G. P. Hinduja and Brajesh Mishra on 4 June 1998 took place; and if he will make a statement. 
The Prime Minister: As had been made clear no such meeting took place. I greeted Brajesh Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Indian Government, who delivered a letter from the Indian Prime Minister. Mr. Mishra then had a meeting with Downing street officials. They discussed Anglo-Indian relations and regional issues.
Mrs. Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what his Department's policy is on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Estelle Morris: Policy on the employment of children is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health. I refer my hon. Friend to his reply on 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 330W.
Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the allocations for literacy and numeracy funding for each school in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 9 May 2001]: The allocations for literacy and numeracy for individual schools are determined by local education authorities, and the Department does not collect such information. For 2001-02, Shropshire LEA has been allocated £619,405 for the National Literacy Strategy and £669,904 for the National Numeracy Strategy.
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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list for each school in Shrewsbury and Atcham the value of grants given directly by his Department to purchase books since 1 May 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 9 May 2001]: Local education authorities are responsible for determining the allocation of funding to individual schools for the purchase of books, and the Department does not collect such information. Under the Books for Schools grant, Shropshire LEA has received £691,728 since 1997-98.
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