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Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary for Work and Pensions when he is due to receive the report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on whether vinyl chloride monomer should be added to the prescribed list for industrial injuries disablement benefit; and when it is proposed to publish (a) the report and (b) the response of the Minister. 
Jacqui Smith: Between 199697 and 200203 resources for personal social services in England increased by over 20 per cent. in real terms. Councils determine what proportion of their overall resources, including this increase, is to be spent on children and family support services.
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Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Child and Family Support Service; and what plans he has to increase cooperation with local authorities and improve access to services. 
Jacqui Smith: Local authorities provide a wide range of services to support children and their families. The Social Services Inspectorate systematically assesses the performance of all local councils with social services responsibilities, evaluating the quality of services experienced by users and carers and monitoring the implementation of Government policy for social services.
In 1999 we published an overview report of the inspection programme of family support services in eight authorities. The report was entitled "Getting Family Support Right" and showed that 80 per cent. of families expressed satisfaction with the family support services they had received. At the same time we published a six-page pamphlet for front line staff called "Key messages for practitioners and first-line managers", which summarised the key findings of inspection assessments and disseminated examples of good practice.
Multi-agency working is a key element of the Government's five year £885 million quality protects programme which is improving the management and delivery of children's social services. The Government have set national objectives to improve outcomes for children and young people in need and local authorities are expected to show steady improvement towards the achievement of these in their annual quality protects management action plans.
The three cross Government programmes to tackle the social exclusion of children: Sure Start; The Children's Fund; and Connexions; all involve co-operation and multi-agency partnership working by a range of statutory and voluntary sector agencies, to ensure that children and family support services are accessible and effective.
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS agencies (a) own the Mount Vernon hospital estate and (b) are responsible for services provided there; and if he will list the chief executive and board members of each of these agencies. 
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Val Harrison Chief Executive
Ritu Chabra Non-Executive Director
Robin Douglas Non-Executive Director
Neil Marshall Non-Executive Director
Said Namdarkhan Non-Executive Director
Barbara Saunders Non-Executive Director
Howard Borkett-Jones Medical Director
Ken Sharp Acting Director of Finance
Clare Mooney Acting Director of Human Resources
Gillian Hooper Director of Nursing
David Law Director of Strategic Planning
Nigel Coomber Director of Operations
Ann Donkin Director of Modernisation and Performance (from May 2002).
David McVittie Chief Executive
Ann Chapman Non-Executive Director
Tony Valentine Non-Executive Director
Obaid Siddiqui Non-Executive Director
Christine Beatty Non-Executive Director
Linda Warren Non-Executive Director
Clare Panniker Director of Operations
Paul Wratten Director of Finance
Corinne Hall Director of Nursing
Stephen Meechan Director of Information and Commissioning
Diana Rimmer Medical Director.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to directors of public health and general practitioners about the appropriate use of (a) traditional diets, (b) exercise, (c) formula slimming foods, (d) surgery and (e) slimming drugs, as part of the strategic response to the problem of overweight and obesity. 
The national quality assurance framework for exercise referral systems was published in April 2001. General practitioners were notified of the guidelines through the GP bulletin, which is sent to all GPs in England. The document offers guidance to primary care and fitness professionals, who work together to offer tailored exercise and physical activity programmes to patients whose health would benefit from increased exercise.
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major criticism of VLCDs is that individuals frequently re-gain any weight lost after the diet has ended. A recent report by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP 1998) on "clinical management of overweight and obese patients" supported the findings of the COMA panel.
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has provided guidance on two anti-obesity drugs sibutramine and orlistat. Their guidance means patients can expect more equal access to these drugs in the future.
Ms Blears [holding answer 18 April 2002]: We would expect the National Institute of Clinical Excellence to work with any experts and health bodies it deems appropriate in order to deliver robust guidance to the national health service in England and Wales.
Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the advice from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology relating to blood transfusions and patients with chronic anaemia; 
Yvette Cooper: The publication of guidelines from the British Committee for Standards in Haematology in 2001 provides specific advice to clinicians. The type of treatment offered to chronic anaemia patients is a matter of individual clinical judgment and discussion with the patient concerned. The Department encourages the production of local protocols, which use existing guidance produced from a sound evidence based and clinical consensus.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the amounts of smallpox vaccine necessary to treat the whole population in the event of a terrorist biological attack. 
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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 26 March 2002]: Crude estimates of the number of people that might contract smallpox following one initial case with prompt and vigorous public health intervention, assuming a United Kingdom population of 60 million are:
for a transmission rate of 1:1012 (mean 11) 11,800 cases (0.02 per cent. of the population).
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