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The change introduced earlier this year to the student support arrangements was not introduced as a cost-saving measure but to bring conditions for access to the national health service bursary for overseas applicants to diploma nursing and midwifery courses into line with those for degree nurses, and students in higher education as a whole.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 November 2001]: An assessment of the main barriers to those contemplating suicide receiving the treatment they need helped inform the development of the National Service Framework for Mental Health. Implementation of the NSF and NHS Plan will ensure that people receive services that are more responsive to their needs. In addition, the suicide prevention strategy, to be launched in spring 2002, will
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outline further action to ensure the target in "Saving lives: Our Healthier Nation" to reduce the death rate from suicide by at least one fifth by 2010 is met.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 November 2001]: The Department hopes to launch the suicide prevention strategy in spring 2002. We are in the process of considering the timetable for its implementation.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many assaults were committed on (a) doctors and (b) other staff in GP's surgeries in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on assaults against general practitioners or other primary care staff is not collected nationally. However in 200001, 988 patients were de-registered from their GPs' lists because of violent behaviour. We deplore violence towards any healthcare worker and in 1999 launched the "NHS zero tolerance zone" campaign to reduce the risks of its occurrence. This campaign continues.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he can take to encourage national health service trusts to fully adopt last year's recommendations of the Pay Review Body in respect of midwives' pay and conditions. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 November 2001]: We accepted in full the recommendations of the review body for nursing staff, midwives and health visitors and professions allied to medicine for 200102.
The advance letter promulgating the pay increases for 200102 and the new midwifery grading agreement was issued to the national health service on 15 February 2001. The advance letter made it clear that national health service employers have a responsibility to implement these agreements from 1 April 2001.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 November 2001]: The Department is working closely with the Royal College of Midwives to encourage and support returning midwives. The national health service now offers all midwives improved pay, supportive family friendly working practices, improved training conditions, better access to continuing professional development and a better career structure.
A minimum of £1,500 financial support while training
Assistance with child care support of up to £135 per week for one child and £200 for two or more children
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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 November 2001]: The order under section 60 of the Health Act 1999, which will establish the Nursing and Midwifery Council, has today been laid before Parliament. Copies are available in the Vote Office. A similar order which will establish the Health Professions Council has also been laid.
Linda Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the impact of flooding of the River Roding on public health in Ilford, North; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to minimise the impact. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 November 2001]: I am informed that Redbridge and Waltham Forest health authority have confirmed that the work of the local emergency planning team covers the response to flooding incidents. The team comprises representatives from the emergency services, health and local authorities and the voluntary sector.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his proposals to redraw regional health area boundaries so that they are coterminous with regional Government boundaries. 
Mr. Hutton: As part of the programme to shift the balance of power from Whitehall to frontline staff, the Department is proposing to abolish its national health service regional offices by 1 April 2003. We are introducing four directorates of health and social care by April 2003 responsible for strategic oversight of health and social care activity in London, the south of England, the west midlands and eastern England and the north of England respectively. They will cover areas with outer boundaries coterminous with the Government offices for the regions. These arrangements are in line with the Government's policy on coterminosity set out in the Modernising Government White Paper.
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Ruth Kelly: The cost of the review by the FSA of its role in the regulation of Equitable Life will be met by the insurance industry. Some of the costs have already been recovered by way of fees imposed by the existing regulators (the Personal Investment Authority and the Treasury). Once the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 comes fully into force, the remaining costs will be recovered by the FSA by way of fees.
Ruth Kelly: We have received many representations from policy holders of Equitable Life. Identifying policy holders resident in Buckingham constituency could not be undertaken except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much money would be raised for the Exchequer at current prices over one financial year as a result of the removal of the upper earnings limit on national insurance; and what discussions he has had on the impact of this change. 
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