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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish (a) the criteria for the appointment of doctors as second opinion appointed doctors under the Mental Health Act 1983 and (b) the appointment procedure for these positions. 
Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists or equivalent qualification recognised by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
Registered on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Continuing Professional Development Programme
Consultant status in psychiatry for at least five years
Evidence of mental health practice in the last two years
Two good references from practising consultant psychiatrists who have worked with the applicant within the last two years
Availability to work at a minimum of 10 different locations
Age limit-below 65 years
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Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) sources were of attributable (i) articles, interviews or contributions for the media, books or other journals and (ii) speeches or presentations made in the public domain, by departmental special advisers since March 2001; who in his Department authorised the activity; and on what date this activity was recorded with the departmental Head of Information. 
Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the National Care Standards Commission; and what recent statements they have made about the quality of services regulated under Part II of the Care Standards Act. 
Mr. Michael Hake
Mr. Bryan Heiser
Baroness Valerie Howarth, OBE
Mr. Simon Kirk
Professor Jim Mansell
Mr. Derek Mead
Mr. Shaukat Moledina
Professor Howard Parker
Ms Susan Sayer, OBE
Ms Lucianne Sawyer
Professor John Spiers
Mr. Glynn Vernon
Mr. Peter Westland, CBE
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of employees working within the NHS earn (a) the development rate national minimum wage for workers aged 18 to 21 inclusive, (b) the national minimum wage for workers aged 22 and over, (c) between the national minimum wage and #4.50 per hour, (d) between #4.50 and
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#4.80 per hour, (e) between #4.80 and #5 per hour and (f) less than #5 per hour; and if he will make a statement. 
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The Government are committed to tackling low pay in the National Health Servicethis year extra resources were targeted to give proportionally more pay to the lowest paid NHS staff, giving a new minimum hourly rate in the NHS of #4.47 from April 2002 for staff on national conditions of service.
|Rates at August 2000||Estimated rates at April 20021|
|All staff||Staff on national payscales||Staff on national payscales2|
|Age group||Hourly salary3||Headcount ('000)||as % of all staff||Headcount ('000)||as % of all staff||Headcount ('000)||as % of all staff|
|18 to 21||<=#3.50||*||0||*||0||0||0|
|22 or over||<=#4.10||12||1||6||1||0||0|
|22 or over||#4.10 to #4.50||53||6||29||4||3||1|
|22 or over||#4.50 to #4.80||33||3||17||3||29||5|
|22 or over||#4.80 to #5.00||29||3||14||2||10||1|
|22 or over||<#5.00||128||13||66||10||42||7|
1 Figures reflect pay awards up to and including April 2002.
2 Estimates of pay awards for staff on local payscales are not available.
3 Hourly earnings are, on average, 28 per cent. higher than with allowances and overtime added.
* Indicates greater than zero and less than 500.
Department of Health's August 2002 Survey of NHS Staff Earnings.
Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress the Food Standard Agency has made in drawing up a code of practice on the marketing of foods to and for children. 
Ms Blears: The Food Standards Agency has met with consumers, enforcement authorities, public interest groups and industry on a number of occasions to try to establish consensus on elements of best practice that would facilitate development of guidance on the promotion of foods to children. However, the Agency has decided to carry out some further research before taking the discussions further.
The Agency has already published, in November 2001, the results of an independent study into parents' and children's attitudes to promotional activity. The next step, this autumn, will be to commission an extensive review of research into the effects of promotional activity on the eating behaviour of children. The Agency expects to publish the results of this review next year and will then restart discussions with stakeholders.
Mr. Tredinnick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent initiatives he has taken to make wider use of complementary and alternative medicines and treatments and practitioners in the Health Service. 
Ms Blears: The Department is committed to a National Health Service which is run by its front-line professionals. Decisions on provision of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) will therefore be made by local NHS staff, taking into account the needs of patients, the evidence base, and the effectiveness of regulation of those who provide CAM.
We are co-funding a two-year collaborative project led by Westminster University to identify and develop good practice in the clinical governance of CAM within primary care. The project is being carried out in partnership with the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Integrated Health, which is running a parallel project to identify good practice in the use of CAM in a range of primary care trusts.
To help improve the evidence base we have included CAM in our programme to strengthen research capacity, and bids from academic institutions to host research in this field are currently being considered. We also recently issued a call for research proposals on the role of CAM in the care of cancer patients.
Ms Blears: Since 1997, Government initiatives to improve the performance of the National Health Service have resulted in significant developments in the quality of services provided to local people by Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust, which has responsibility for Taunton & Somerset Hospital, Musgrove Park. In 1997, 88 per cent. of inpatients were seen within 10 months, that has since increased to 92 per cent., in 199798 the number of patients seen and treated was 63,000 and in 200102 that increased to 73,000. There are now no outpatients waiting longer than 26 weeks for a first appointment. We have also recently announced an allocation of #2.3 million to further reduce waiting times. By March 2003 there will be no patients waiting in excess of nine months for inpatient treatment and 13 weeks for an outpatient appointment.
In addition since 1997 new services have been introduced bringing considerable benefits for patients. These include a breast care unit, an admissions unit, a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. Capital investment schemes in 200102 include a new cardiac catherisation laboratory, a third ophthalmic theatre, and an orthopaedic theatre and ward.
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