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Mr. Foulkes: I have been asked to reply. The information requested is not available in relation to the Midlothian parliamentary constituency. However, the number of deaths in the Midlothian local authority area (Midlothian District Council before 1 April 1996 and Midlothian Council since then) is as follows:
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response he has sent to the recent submission by the Improving Lives Coalition on priorities in health and social care for blind and partially sighted people. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 7 March 2002]: A major conclusion of Improving Lives was that large numbers of people who are eligible for registration as blind or partially sighted are not registered. We recognise this problem and the Department has set up a group to investigate ways to improve the way we notify and register sight loss. This group includes representatives of several members of the Improving Lives Coalition.
We have also awarded the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (GDBA) jointly a project grant to develop visual care standards based on Improving Lives.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 7 March 2002]: In 200203 £425 million has been earmarked to expand acute capacity, increase activity levels and reduce waiting. This is in addition to funding from general allocations which can be spent to deliver waiting times by agreement
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between primary care trusts (PCTs), health authorities (HAs) and NHS trusts and their partners locally. The earmarked funding will be used to:
Commission extra activity
Pay for the consequential costs in community health and social care of this extra activity.
|Health authority||Total allocation||Earmarked funding for capacity|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||480,687||4,986|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||332,463||3,391|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||436,790||4,393|
|Barking and Havering||333,897||3,421|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||725,055||7,604|
|Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich||635,109||6,180|
|Brent and Harrow||432,599||4,293|
|Camden and Islington||477,910||4,584|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||676,038||6,890|
|East London and the City||702,986||7,391|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||436,168||4,787|
|Kingston and Richmond||284,506||2,939|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||829,552||8,099|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||563,125||5,655|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||399,542||3,951|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||666,721||6,724|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||561,429||5,692|
|North and Mid Hampshire||381,685||3,969|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||432,174||4,475|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||416,197||4,213|
|North and East Devon||393,334||4,019|
|South and West Devon||499,768||5,045|
|Bury and Rochdale||332,127||3,413|
|North West Lancashire||424,129||4,276|
|Salford and Trafford||407,159||4,076|
|St. Helen's and Knowsley||310,547||3,171|
|Wigan and Bolton||494,170||5,193|
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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings the Ministerial Design Champion for his Department has attended in her capacity as Design Champion in the last month; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: My noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath) has recently replaced my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health (Yvette Cooper) as the Ministerial Design Champion for the Department of Health. He attended the last Ministerial Design Champion meeting on 17 January 2002 chaired by Lord Falconer and will be attending the next meeting on 22 May 2002.
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Deliver the keynote address at the Health Facilities Management Association (HEFMA) annual conference 23 May 2002. This will provide the Minister with an opportunity to further raise the profile of design excellence to an audience of facilities decision-makers who are charged with delivering services at Trust level.
Work closely with the NHS and Architectural bodies, personally mentoring two projects being Walsall Design Exemplar and a South Manchester Primary Care Trust development.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 11 March 2002]: Patients at Broomfield Hospital, part of Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust, are treated on wards that are divided into single-sex bays containing four or six beds. All wards have separate toilet and bathroom facilities for male and female patients.
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