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The NHS Plan set the target to reduce the maximum wait in accident and emergency (A&E) from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge to four hours or less by 2004. By the time of the first milestone in March 2002, 77
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per cent. of all patients attending A&E in England spent four hours or less in A&E. This slightly exceeded the milestone which was set at 75 per cent.
To help meet the NHS Plan target, the Reforming Emergency Care Strategy was launched in October 2001. This is a long-term programme of reform and investment to provide fast effective treatment in a modern and safe environment.
Jacqui Smith: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health, made a statement to the House on 23 July 2002 concerning services for older people. He announced that by December 2004, all items of community equipment will be delivered within seven working days. This target will also apply to minor adaptations made by community equipment services.
Jacqui Smith: The Government would look favourably on the idea of referring the Bill to a Special Standing Committee, as this would be helpful to examine the Bill in detail and enable us to take further evidence from many parties.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to promote the availability of drinking water and adequate toilet facilities in schools to combat enuresis. 
The Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 specify the toilet facilities required in all schools. They also state that a school shall have a wholesome supply of water for domestic purposes including a supply of drinking water. We are also planning to disseminate good practice advice to schools and local education
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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were waiting for inpatient treatment in each trust area in England at the latest available date; and of these, how many had been waiting for (a) 0 to 2, (b) 3 to 5, (c) 6 to 8, (d) 9 to 11, (e) 12 to 14 and (f) 15 plus months in each case. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on the number of patients waiting for inpatient elective admission by months waiting, as at 31 August by national health service trust and primary care trust has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the forward revenue commitments for each of the next three years for each of the ring-fenced grants paid by his Department to local authorities in 200203 . 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many looked-after children have obtained (a) no GCSEs, (b) one A-G GCSE, (c) five A-G GCSEs, (d) one A*-C GCSE and (e) five A*-C GCSEs in each year since 1997; and what target his Department has set for educational standards for looked-after children in each of those years. 
The number of children who ceased to be looked after in England during the years ending 31 March 2000 and 2001, aged 16 and over, by qualifications achieved is set out in the following table. Information is not available prior to March 2000.
|1 A*-G GCSE||2,000||2,400|
|5 A*-G GCSE||1,300||1,600|
|1 A*-C GCSE||890||1,100|
|5 A*-C GCSE||270||300|
|Total care leavers||6,800||6,600|
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Jacqui Smith : Final decisions on funding for 200304 will be made in the autumn as part of the work on primary care trust allocations and central budgets, as such no announcements or advice on this funding have yet been made.
Mr. Lammy: A breakdown of expenditure by National Health Service organisations on NHS magazines, briefings and literature could be supplied only at disproportionate cost as the information is not held centrally.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many structures identifying nursing leaders with responsibility for older people have been developed as part of the milestones set out in the National Service Framework for Older People, page 172. 
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding is available from his Department for investment in 100 One-Stop Primary Care centres in (a) all and (b) rural England; and how much was spent in (i) 200001, (ii) 200102 and (iii) 200203 to date in (A) all and (B) rural England. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan announced that up to #1 billion will be invested in primary care facilities to substantially refurbish or replace 3,000 general practitioner premises and provide 500 one-stop primary care centres, of which 100 are expected to provide services accessible to rural populations, by 2004.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overseas surgical teams have been brought to the UK by the NHS; where they have worked; and how many operations they have carried out. 
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team at Central Middlesex hospital has carried out 516 general surgical operations. The team at Hillingdon hospital has carried out 350 orthopaedic operations. The team at South Tyneside NHS trust has carried out 39 orthopaedic operations. The team at east Somerset has carried out 12 general surgical operations. The team at Morecambe Bay hospitals NHS trust has carried out 313 cataract operations. The team at mid-Staffordshire carried out two cataract operations.
Jacqui Smith: There are 36 prison health care workers currently enrolled on the custodial care National Vocational Qualification. They will transfer to the new custodial health care NVQ when this NVQ has been accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority.
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