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Waiting Times

Mrs. Browning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the average patient waiting time for every month from 1 January 2001 to 31 January 2002 at the Royal Devon and Exeter accident and emergency department and (b) the monthly average of England's accident and emergency departments over the same period. [33601]

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Ms Blears [holding answer 5 February 2002]: The information requested is not available centrally.

Neurological Conditions

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 28 January 2002, Official Report, column 143W, on neurological conditions, (1) what the time scale is for scoping, planning and implementing the framework; [34342]

Jacqui Smith: The National Service Framework (NSF) for Long-term Conditions is likely to focus on the needs of people with neurological disease, and brain and spinal injury, as well as some of the common issues faced by people with a long-term condition. The Department expects to decide the specific scope and content of the NSF later this year.

Mental Health Acts

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish a White Paper on the reform of the Mental Health Acts; and if he will make a statement. [34071]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 7 February 2002]: We published the White Paper "Reforming the Mental Health Act" in December 2000. The White Paper made clear our intention to reform mental health legislation and bring it into line with the contemporary patterns of care and treatment, including the changes and new investment set out in the NHS Plan, and to improve the provisions for high risk offenders, including those who are dangerous and severely personality disordered.

New legislation will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows.

South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will appoint the non-executive directors of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust; and when they will be appointed. [34495]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 8 February 2002]: The non-executive members of the board will be appointed by the National Health Service Appointments Commission, in accordance with the Code of Practice issued by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. It is anticipated that the appointments will be made in March.

Delayed Discharges

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average delay for patients with delayed discharges is in the third quarter of 2001–02. [33617]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not yet available. The most recent information available (second quarter of 2001–02) is available in the Library.

Bed Blocking

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of acute beds are blocked in each acute National Health Service hospital trust. [33618]

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Jacqui Smith: Figures are collected centrally on the number of acute beds blocked in each health authority and these have been placed in the Library. Figures are not collected centrally on numbers in each hospital trust.

Victoria Climbie Inquiry

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements have been made to publicise the seminars planned as part of the Victoria Climbie inquiry; who has been invited to attend; and when they will take place; [33989]

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Jacqui Smith: The Victoria Climbie inquiry is an independent statutory inquiry commissioned by my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Health and the Home Department. The Secretary of State for Health understands that Phase II of the inquiry will start in March and will consist of a series of five seminars. Further information about the seminars can be obtained from

We understand that phase I of the inquiry is expected to end this month, and that phase II is expected to end in April. The report of the inquiry is expected later this year.