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Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adults aged over 25 years were classified as

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obese broken down by region, expressed as (a) a percentage of population and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest year in which figures are available. [30582]

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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 30 January 2002]: The available information is given in the table. The figures are taken from the results of the Health Survey for England for 2000, the latest year for which figures are available, in which 6,201 adults aged over 25 were interviewed. The Health Survey for England provides estimates of the underlying population figures but because of small sample size it is not possible to represent the figures as a number of the total population.

Levels of obesity (body mass index over 30) of persons aged 25 years or over by region and sex

Regional Office areaMenWomenAll persons
Northern and Yorkshire252224
West Midlands212624
North West212422
North Thames222222
South Thames222222
South and West232021
Anglia and Oxford212021


Health Survey for England 2000

Community Hospital, Lymington

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assistance (a) the southern NHS region and (b) the Southampton and South West Hampshire health authority are providing to New Forest primary care trust in preparing a business case for a new community hospital in Lymington; [31134]

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Ms Blears [holding answer 30 January 2002]: Officials from the south-east regional office have attended project board meetings on the new community hospital at New Forest primary care trust on four occasions between November 2001 and January 2002. Representatives of the health authority attended on three occasions during the same period. Representatives of the primary care trust also attended the health authority board meeting in December 2001 where the new hospital was discussed.

Formal commitment to revenue funding from primary care trusts is a mandatory part of the outline business case (OBC) and full business case submissions. These will not be approved unless it is included. The current Lymington Project has not yet had its OBC approved, although the levels of revenue funding agreed with Southampton and South West Hampshire health authority for the earlier project are included within primary care trust's commitments.

All appropriate guidance and support will be provided to the New Forest primary care trust throughout this process.

Waiting Times (Somerset)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Somerset health authority area were waiting more than (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months, (d) 12 months, (e) 15 months, (f) 18 months and (g) 24 months for (i) heart operations, (ii) cancer treatment and (iii) hip replacements in each year since 1997; what are the latest available figures for waiting times for such operations; and if he will make a statement. [31306]

Ms Blears: The information requested is given in the table. The latest available information is for the year 2000–01. Current waiting times for these operations will vary according to the hospital and consultant the patient is being treated by and the clinical priority of the patient.

Somerset health authority and local NHS trusts have action plans in place to ensure that the maximum waiting time for operations is reduced to 15 months by 31 March 2002.

Waiting times for waiting list and booked admissions for selected operations/diagnoses
Patients resident in Somerset health authority, and treated in NHS Hospitals in England 1997–98 to 2000–01

0–3 months3–6 months6–9 months9–12 months12–15 months15–18 months18–24 monthsOver 24 monthsNot known
Coronary artery bypass graft4748282894101
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty18115300001
Hip replacement193123100761662118
Coronary artery bypass graft5636411560106
Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty27242200001
Hip replacement1871101461223282222
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft19716117900108
Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty24243000001
Hip replacement147931191045624736
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft7820191512423017
Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty8910001100
Hip replacement14494104129111341514


Operation/diagnosis codes used are as follows:

"Operations (OPCS4R codes)"

Coronary artery bypass graft: K40-K46

Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: K49-K50

Hip replacement: W37-W39, W46-W48

"Diagnoses (ICD-10 codes)"

Cancer—C00-C97 (malignant neoplasms)

Waiting time statistics from HES are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and waiting times for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment at a given point in time and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the waiting time as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.

Data for 1997–98 are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data; 1998–99 to 2000–01 figures are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health

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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he will answer the letters sent to him by Mr. and Ms Phillips of Fareham on 21 August and 1 October; [19194]

Ms Blears: A reply was sent on 29 November 2001.


Lester Report

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will publish a copy of the Lester report, referred to in paragraph 21 of the judgment of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in Regina v. Patel, Villiers, Sewell, Hutchinson and Ford Cases 2000 02566, 2000 02589, 2000 02591, 2001 02259 and 2001 03772. [31529]

Mr. Boateng: I have been asked to reply.

This internal review was made available to—and was overtaken by—the independent investigation carried out by John Roques into the collection of excise duties (the results of which were published in July 2001 as CM 5239). As a consequence there are no plans to publish it.

Northern Ireland Court Service

Barbara Follett: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when she will publish the bilateral concordat between the Northern Ireland Court Service and the Northern Ireland devolved Administration. [33080]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: I am pleased to announce that the First Minister, Deputy First Minister and my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor have agreed the text of the concordat between the Northern Ireland Court Service and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee. Copies of the concordat have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and the text will be available on the Northern Ireland Court Service website.

I hope that the concordat will assist in the continued development of the fruitful and co-operative working relationship between the Northern Ireland Court Service and the Northern Ireland devolved Administration.

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