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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. 
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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.
|Regional Office area||Men||Women||All persons|
|Northern and Yorkshire||25||22||24|
|South and West||23||20||21|
|Anglia and Oxford||21||20||21|
Health Survey for England 2000
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; 
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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.
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. 
Ms Blears: The information requested is given in the table. The latest available information is for the year 200001. 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.
|03 months||36 months||69 months||912 months||1215 months||1518 months||1824 months||Over 24 months||Not known|
|Coronary artery bypass graft||47||48||28||28||9||4||1||0||1|
|Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty||18||11||5||3||0||0||0||0||1|
|Coronary artery bypass graft||56||36||41||15||6||0||1||0||6|
|Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty||27||24||2||2||0||0||0||0||1|
|Coronary Artery Bypass Graft||19||7||16||11||7||9||0||0||108|
|Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty||24||24||3||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Coronary Artery Bypass Graft||78||20||19||15||12||42||3||0||17|
|Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty||8||9||10||0||0||1||1||0||0|
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)"
CancerC00-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 199798 are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data; 199899 to 200001 figures are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health
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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. 
This internal review was made available toand was overtaken bythe 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.
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. 
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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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