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Mr. Hutton: The role of the Commission is set out in section 20 of the Health Act 1999 and further defined in the Commission for Health Improvement (Functions) Regulations 2000. The main functions are:
to review and report on local clinical governance arrangements;
Our approach to support carers is outlined in "Caring About Carers", the report of the National Carers Strategy which highlighted the need for better information for carers, better support for carers and better care for carers. Two of the objectives of the strategy were to ensure more breaks are available to carers and to provide services direct to carers and to support them in their caring role through the carers grants.
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We will increase the amount of money put aside specifically to support carers in England through the carers grant from £50 million last year to £70 million this year, £85 million in 200203 and £100 million in 200304; this will be an important step towards ensuring that up to 75,000 more carers receive a break from their caring duties.
Standard 7 of the NSF relates to mental health and will ensure that older people with dementia and depression have access to integrated health services to ensure effective diagnosis, treatment and support for them and their carers.
Importantly, this standard will also ensure that carers receive the information, advice and practical help such as counselling services or short-term breaks to support them in caring for the older person.
From 1 August this year, pre-registration house officers will by contract be limited to an average 56 hours a week maximum, and all other junior doctors, Senior House Officers and Specialist Registrars, will be similarly protected from August 2003.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Prime Minister if he will set out, for each Department where responsibilities have been changed since 8 June, the areas of responsibility that have been transferred (a) from and (b) to each Department from other Departments; and what new responsibilities have been assigned. 
The Prime Minister [holding answer 28 June 2001]: I have appointed the Cabinet. From time to time I invite Ministers to take on additional roles. For example, my right hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh, Central (Mr. Darling) continues to be a champion for older people.
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The Prime Minister [holding answer 28 June 2001]: The Minister for Europe in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is my hon. Friend the Member for Neath (Peter Hain). Practice on the allocation of responsibility for European matters in other Departments varies. Some designate a single Minister to deal with all European matters, but most divide responsibilities between several Ministers, including the ministerial head of the Department, as appropriate.
The Prime Minister [holding answer 28 June 2001]: I had a productive working breakfast with the President of the European Commission on 25 June. We discussed a range of EU issues, including enlargement, the ongoing debate on the future of the Union and the EU economy. On the latter subject, we briefly discussed the progress of the euro, on which I emphasised that the Government's policy remained unchanged. I also reiterated the Government's strong commitment to an economic reform agenda capable of realising the objective set at the Lisbon Council last year for the EU to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010.
The Prime Minister: Our agenda on public service reform is clear. We want to improve our public services through a combination of investment and reform. First, we will set high minimum standards in every public service. Secondly, we will build public services around the consumer. And thirdly, we will put the front-line of public service provision first.
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The Prime Minister: The Government's objectives for tackling poverty are set out in their Second Annual Report on tackling poverty and social exclusion "Opportunity for all: one year onmaking a difference" (Cm 4865September 2000).
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many students were in higher education on (a) 1 May 2000 and (b) 1 May 2001; and what is the projected figure for 1 May 2002. 
(3) Full-time and part-time, postgraduate and undergraduate, home and overseas, including the Open University
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) female and (b) male (1) primary and (2) secondary school teachers are aged (i) 20 to 24, (ii) 25 to 29, (iii) 30 to 34, (iv) 35 to 39, (v) 40 to 44, (vi) 45 to 49, (vii) 50 to 54, (viii) 55 to 59, (ix) 60 to 65, (x) 65 to 70 and (xi) 70 years plus. 
Mr. Timms [holding answer 25 June 2001]: Full-time teachers by age in the maintained nursery, primary and secondary school sector in England at March 1999 (the latest date available), as published in the DfEE publication "Statistics of Education: Teachers: England and Wales: 2000 edition" were as follows:
|Age of teacher||Men||Women||Total||Men||Women||Total|
|25 to 29||3,100||23,200||26,300||8,800||15,700||24,600|
|30 to 34||3,300||16,100||19,400||8,900||11,200||20,000|
|35 to 39||3,000||11,600||14,600||9,400||10,000||19,400|
|40 to 44||3,900||20,100||24,000||13,300||15,300||28,600|
|45 to 49||6,600||30,800||37,400||20,200||19,400||39,700|
|50 to 54||5,200||22,100||27,200||14,900||13,200||28,100|
|55 to 59||1,500||7,500||9,000||4,300||4,600||8,900|
|60 to 64||200||1,000||1,200||800||800||1,500|
|65 and over||(7)||100||100||(7)||(7)||100|
(7) Less than 50 teachers
Totals may not be the sum of the component parts because of rounding
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