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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the reasons underlying the failure to meet the public sector agreement of the rate of psychiatric emergency readmissions by April 2002. 
Jacqui Smith: The psychiatric emergency readmission rate has been reduced from the baseline of 14.3 per cent. in 199798 to 12.7 per cent. at the last quarter of 200102. Further falls are expected with the implementation of community-based service models such as assertive outreach and crisis resolution.
Ms Blears: This information not collected centrally. All primary care trusts are required to make available smoking cessation services to support smokers who wish to quit. The services must be delivered by a trained adviser, usually a healthcare professional.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 December 2002 to the right hon. Member for West Dorset (Mr. Letwin), Official Report, column 597, if he will break down by treatment types the people in contact with treatment agencies. 
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|Agency type||Number of people|
|Community: Specialist services||103,094|
|Community: General Practitioners||8,180|
|Structured day programmes||706|
Department of Health Statistical Bulletin Statistics from the Regional Drug Misuse Databases on drug misusers in treatment in England, 200001.
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Mr. Lammy: The Government are committed to bringing down waiting times for all accident and emergency (A&E) patients, no matter how they arrive at the A&E department. By the end of 2004, virtually all patients should be admitted, transferred or discharged within four hours of arrival at A&E.
If for any reason a patient who arrives by ambulance is not transferred in to A&E within 15 minutes, the patient is nevertheless then treated as having arrived at A&E for the purposes of measuring performance against the four hour target.
Where local delays occur they can be addressed through emergency care networkswhich bring together all local participants in the emergency care system to iron out problems and spread good practiceand the emergency care collaborative, a new national programme aimed at reducing waiting times for all A&E patients.