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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations were undertaken with local authorities before the decision was made for the strategic health authority for North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire to be established in York.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 February 2002]: A project team, made up of representatives of the local health economy, set up to establish the strategic health authority for North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire, commissioned an independent appraisal into the location of the headquarters of the new health authority. No consultations were undertaken with local authorities during the option appraisal process. However, local authorities were informed that the option appraisal recommended that York Science Park was the preferred location. This recommendation is to be discussed at the next meting of the shadow board of the North and East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire strategic health authority on 20 March 2002. here representations from local authorities will be considered.
(3) when he expects to answer Question 12771, tabled on 6 November 2001; 
(4) when he expects to answer Question 12718, tabled on 6 November 2001; 
(5) when he expects to answer Question 15051, tabled on 15 November 2001; 
(6) when he expects to answer Question 12715, tabled on 6 November 2001; 
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(8) when he expects to answer Question 12711, tabled on 6 November 2001; 
(9) when he expects to answer Question 12778, tabled on 6 November 2001; 
(10) when he expects to answer Question 15323, tabled on 15 November 2001; 
Ms Blears: I refer the hon. Member to the replies given to him on Monday 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 935W36W (Question 15051), columns 965-66W (Question 15321), column 966W (Question 12778), and columns 96667W (Question 15320). I will let the hon. Member have a reply to Questions 12711, 12715, 12718, 12771, 15323 and 16852 as soon as possible.
Ms Blears: We shall lay before the House regulations to increase National Health Services charges in England from 1 April 2002. There will be a cash increase in the charge of 10p, (1.64 per cent.) from ÿ6.10 to ÿ6.20 for each quantity of a drug or appliance dispensed.
The cost of prescription prepayment certificates will rise to ÿ32.40 for a 4 month certificate and ÿ89.00 for an annual certificate. These offer savings for those needing more than 5 items in four months or 14 in one year.
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|Calendar year||Number of deaths|
Office for National Statistics, Report. Deaths related to drug poisoning: results for England and Wales, 1993 to 2000. Health Statistics Quarterly 13 (2002), 7682.
1 Defined as deaths where the underlying cause is poisoning, drug abuse or drug dependence and where any of the substances controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) are involved.
2 Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year.
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All doctors carrying out examinations in respect of benefit claims or reviews must be approved by the Department's Chief Medical Adviser. There are stringent recruitment criteria and in order to gain approval doctors must complete prescribed training and demonstrate a satisfactory level of competence in carrying out assessments. The quality standards of all doctors are regularly monitored by SchlumbergerSema Medical Services. Ongoing approval is subject to satisfactory performance.
Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence from which overseas countries military personnel were trained in the United Kingdom in (a) 2000 and (b) 2001; and if he will indicate in each case how many personnel were trained. 
Mr. Ingram: During 2000, a total of 3,504 overseas military personnel from 106 countries were trained at UK military establishments. In 2001, 3,731 military personnel were trained from 101 countries. A full breakdown of the numbers trained, by country, is as follows:
|Country||2000 (1 January31 December)||2001 (1 January31 December)|
|Antigua & Barbuda||1|||
|Papua New Guinea||1|||
|St. Kitts & Nevis||1|||
|Trinidad & Tobago||2||3|
|United Arab Emirates||83||95|
|United States of America||126||163|
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