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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to introduce free fruit in primary schools; and what estimate he has made of how much such provision would cost. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The national school fruit scheme will entitle every child aged four to six to a free piece of fruit each school day from 2004. The scheme is currently being expanded to all eligible schools through large scale pilots on a region by region basis with funding of #42 million from the new opportunities fund.
The expansion began with the West Midlands and is continuing in London this school term. By the end of this year free fruit will be available to up to 600,000 children in around 4,000 schools. The next regions to benefit will be North West and East Midlands.
|Number of deaths|
(15) The nature of injury was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes 800 to 829 for the years 1997 to 2000 and, for the year 2001, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes S02, 812, S22, S32, S42, S52, 862, 872, 882, 892, T02, T08, T10, T12, T14.2.
(16) Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year
(17) The introduction of ICD-10 for coding cause of death in 2001 means that data for fractures in this year are not comparable with data for earlier years. The introduction of ICD-10 has led to an apparent increase of 17% in the number of deaths coded to fractures. The figures should therefore be interpreted with caution. The effect of the change in classification in 2001 is described in a report published in May 2002.i
i Office for National Statistics. Results of the ICD-10 bridge coding study, England and Wales, 1999. Health Statistics Quarterly 14 (2002), 7583.
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Jacqui Smith: Information is not available in the form requested. Returns from prison service establishments indicate that the number of prisoners who completed a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations in 200001 was 3,912. The comparable figure for 200102 was 5,463.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 24 October 2002]: The crime of pretending to be a registered medical practitioner is a police matter, and I am not aware of statistics for numbers charged or convicted. The Department has issued guidance on the registration and employment of doctors, stating that employers must ensure that any doctor who is offered employment is suitably registered before taking up their duties.
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence is developing clinical guidelines to cover the treatment of infertility which they expect to deliver in November 2003. The guidelines will make the latest knowledge and best practice available to all parts of the national health service. We expect the fertility guidelines to be implemented consistently across the NHS. Once issued, the uptake of this guidance will be monitored locally and by the Commission for Health Improvement.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the conclusions of the Food Standards Agency's consultation to prohibit the herbal ingredient kava-kava in food products. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 October 2002]: The Food Standards Agency will advise on action to be taken in relation to foods containing kava-kava when it has considered responses to the public consultation which closed on Friday 27 September.
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|Medical and dental staff||1,050.00||1,170|
|Ratio of administrators to clinical staff(21)||1 to 3.7||1 to 3.8|
(18) Administration staff includes senior managers, managers, clerical & administrative.
(19) Clinical staff includes medical and dental staff, nursing staff (including learners), allied health professionals, healthcare assistants, and scientific, therapeutic & technical staff.
(20) Others includes maintenance & works, support and other staff.
(21) Based on un-rounded figures.
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.
Department of Health non-medical workforce census.
Mr. Lammy: The salary of the Chief Executive of the university hospitals of Leicester National Health Service Trust was published in the Trust's annual report and accounts for 200102 as being between #140,000 and #145,000.
Jacqui Smith: In 200001 an estimated 212,000 clients received meals as part of community-based services provided or commissioned by councils with social service responsibilities (CSSR) based on the referrals, assessments and packages of care (RAP) return. Comparable data prior to 200001 are not readily available.
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Mr. Lammy [holding answer 31 October 2002]: Mid Essex Hospitals National Health Service Trust achieved the 200102 plan ensuring that no patients were waiting more than 15 months for elective treatment. The trust also exceeded its elective activity while successfully managing an increase in emergency activity.
Currently Mid Essex Hospitals Trust is following government guidelines with robust delivery plans in place to reduce the waiting times for patients on the waiting list to a maximum of 12 months by March 2003.
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