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Voluntary Organisations (Definition)

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will define voluntary organisation as used in the documents "A Cancer Plan" and "Implementation of the Cancer Plan". [38462]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: For the purposes of the "NHS Cancer Plan" and "The NHS Cancer Plan—Making Progress" a voluntary organisation is a body which is not a public or local authority whose activities are carried out not for profit.

NHS Budget

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS budget is accounted for by (a) research, (b) training and (c) education. [39210]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 28 February 2002]: 6.8 per cent. of planned total national health service net expenditure has been set aside for research, training and education in 2001–02.

Heart Surgery

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart operations were carried out in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by major categories of heart operation; and what comparative figures he has collated for other OECD countries. [39233]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The number of heart operations carried out in the national health service in England during the last five years rose by 30 per cent. The figures are as follows.

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Figures from other Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development countries are not available on a comparable basis. Information about heart operations undertaken in Wales is the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly.

Meat Imports

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investigation he has made into carcases being imported into the UK with spinal cords still in place; how many of these came from countries (a) with and (b) without records of BSE infection; and if he will make a statement. [39259]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: I am advised on matters of food safety by the Food Standards Agency.

On each occasion where consignments of imported carcase meat have been found with remnants of spinal cord still attached, the matter has been vigorously pursued with the chief veterinary officer of the European Union member state of origin, and with the European Commission. Where the incident has revealed a systematic problem, the FSA has pressed for firm action at the exporting plant. In eight cases, this has led to plant licences being suspended or certain operations halted until the authorities have been satisfied that the problems have been rectified.

All EU member states involved in these incidents have reported BSE cases during 2001. Further information is set out in the table.

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Number of:
Exporting countryconsignments where spinal cord found by UK veterinary inspectors(52)reported BSE cases (2001)

(52) 1 January 2001 to 26 February 2002


Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which PFI projects are at Outline Business Case stage within his Department; and if he will make a statement. [38658]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The table shows schemes with a capital value of £20 million or greater which are currently developing Outline Business Cases (OBCs) with the intention of going on to tender under the Private Finance Initiative. Information is not collected centrally on schemes below £20 million, which do not have approved OBCs.

DOH regional office Scheme nameValue (£ million)
LondonWhipps Cross184
LondonChase Farm41
LondonNorth Middlesex73
LondonPaddington Basin460
Northern and YorkshireBradford116
Northern and YorkshireWakefield164
Northern and YorkshireHull39
North WestSalford114
North WestSt. Helens211
North WestTameside and Glossop41
South EastBrighton25
South EastEast Kent102
South EastTunbridge Wells175
South EastOxford28
South EastSouthampton52
South WestBristol104
South WestPlymouth101
South WestTorbay65
TrentC Notts/Kingsmill66
West MidlandsWalsall43
West MidlandsBirmingham306
West MidlandsNorth Staffs224
West MidlandsWolverhampton110

National Lottery Funding

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money from the National Lottery was spent on the NHS and NHS projects in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [39756]

Mr. Caborn: I have been asked to reply.

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Of the lottery distributors, the New Opportunities Fund supports projects in the fields of health, education and the environment.

In the period from 1 March 2001 to 28 February 2002, NOF funded a number of health related projects. Approximately £90 million was spent on 115 healthy living centres; £39.75 million was spent on projects to help in the treatment of coronary heart disease and cancer, including funding for 27 cardiac angiography machines and 16 MRI scanners. Finally, £1.4 million was provided to fund multi-viewers to view breast screening X-rays.

Congestion Charging

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the results were of the consultation on congestion charging for essential workers which concluded on 18 January. [33493]

Mr. Jamieson: I have been asked to reply.

The proposed congestion charging scheme for central London is a matter for the Mayor of London. In his statement of 26 February he explained his reasons for deciding to proceed with the scheme and his position on exemptions, including those for essential workers. Copies of the statement have been placed in the Libraries of the House.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many modern matrons are in post in each (a) region and (b) health authority. [39443]

Mr. Hutton: This information is being collected and will be available shortly.

Pedestrian Deaths (Children)

Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many child pedestrians from social class (a) five and (b) one have been killed in each of the last five years. [39967]

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Ruth Kelly: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Ms Oona King, dated 4 March 2002:

Number of deaths occurring to child(53) pedestrians(54) in social class(55) one (SCI) and five (SC V), England and Wales, calendar years 1996 to 2000(56)

Calendar YearFathers in professional occupations (SC I) Fathers in unskilled occupations (SC V)

(53) Children were classified as deaths occurring to persons aged 0 to 15.

(54) Defined as deaths where the underlying cause indicated that a pedestrian was involved in a land transport accident. Deaths from land transport accidents were defined using codes E800-E829 from the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision.

(55) Registrar General's Social Class based on occupation. Father's Social Class is used for children under 16.

(56) Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year.

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