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Committee Mandates

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mandate of the Advisory Committee on Medical Devices is; how many times it has met over the last 12 months; what the UK representation on it is; what the annual cost of its work is to public funds; if he will list the items currently under its consideration; if he will take steps to increase its accountability and transparency to Parliament; and if he will make a statement. [55357]

Ms Blears: The terms of reference of the committee on the safety of devices (CSD) is

The committee has met three times since it was established in April 2001, consisting of:

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Observers from the devolved administrations also attend the meetings.

Items which have been considered are included in the minutes of the CSD meetings which are held on the Medical Devices Agency's website www.medical-

Two sub-committees have been established. One to consider the format and content of MDA's advisory notices. The other to audit MDA's clinical investigation system. There is also a series of liaison meetings with the Association for British Health Care Industries.

Members are paid travel and subsistence expenses only. The total cost of these since the Committee's establishment is £10,208.35

An annual report of the committee's work will be included in the annual report and accounts of the MDA, which will be presented to Parliament. To comply with the Freedom of Information Act a CSD publication scheme will be in place by November 2002. This will be available on MDA's web-site.