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Gareth Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what representations he has received about allowing people with an occupational pension as well as a private pension not to have to purchase an annuity for their private pension; and if he will make a statement. 
On 17 December 2002, the Government published, for consultation, simplification proposals for the pensions tax rules. The consultation paper, "Simplifying the Taxation of Pensions: Increasing Choice and Flexibility", is available in the House of Commons Library. The consultation is to allow people the opportunity to put forward their views before final decisions are taken.
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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fully operational ambulances were stationed at each of the ambulance stations in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each year since 1997. 
|Station||Number of vehicles||Day cover||Night cover|
|Withernsea||1||1 crew||1 crew|
|Hornsea||1||1 crew||1 crew|
|Bridlington||3||3 crews||1 crew|
|Driffield||1||1 crew||1 crew|
|Pocklington||2||2 crews||1 crew|
|Brough||2||2 crews||1 crew|
|Beverley||2||2 crews||1 crew|
|Goole||3||3 crews||2 crews|
|Total number of vehicles||15|
Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list by postcode area in Haltemprice and Howden the response times for ambulances reacting to (a) Category A and (b) Category B calls, excluding the response times of first responder vehicles, in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many children whose third birthday fell between 1 September 2002 and 31 December 2002 migrated into the East Riding of Yorkshire authority in each month since 1 April 2001. 
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|Year||Month||Number of Migrants|
These statistics are subject to revision in light of the 2001 Census results.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 11 December 2002 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. and Mrs. A Wild; 
Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the steps that need to be taken before an additional CT scanner can be installed at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital. 
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formal procurement process must be undertaken. This consists of an advert in the Official Journal of the European Community, followed by an evaluation of interested suppliers and an invitation to offer via tender. Once contracts have been signed, the successful supplier will agree a suitable delivery date with the NHS trust concerned.
Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS trust has made a bid for central funding from the Department of Health to allow the capital purchase of an additional CT scanner, as part of the NHS Cancer Plan programme. The final stages of a consultation process with strategic health authorities, cancer networks and local commissioners will shortly confirm whether the trust has been successful in securing such funding.
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices are taking on new NHS patients in the constituencies of (a) Cleethorpes, (b) Grimsby, (c) Scunthorpe, (d) Brigg and Goole, (e) Hull West and Hessle, (f) Hull East, (g) Hull North, (h) Haltemprice and Howden, (i) Gainsborough and (j) Louth and Horncastle. 
|Constituency||Practices accepting new patients|
|Brigg and Goole||4|
|Hull West and Hessle||9|
|Haltemprice and Howden||3|
|Louth and Horncastle||4|
1. General Dental Service: dental practices accepting new patients, November 2002.
2. These numbers are estimated using information from expenditure claims made to the Dental Practice Board (DPB).
Dental Practice Board
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Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust about the provision of NHS dental treatment in (a) Grimsby and (b) Cleethorpes constituencies. 
Jacqui Smith: Responsibility for National Health Service dental care in Grimsby and Cleethorpes is the responsibility of North East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust. The consultant in dental public health at the North East Primary Care Trust has been discussing access to NHS dentistry in North East Lincolnshire with officials at the Department of Health.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reference to 'key staff meltdown', experienced in PHLS in the report to the Steering Group of the HPA. 
Ms Blears: Records of staff turnover are not held centrally. However, information from each of the component organisations indicate that there have been no dramatic increases in the overall number of staff resignations.
The Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS) has indicated that there are above average resignations in a small number of management posts, potentially directly affected by the proposed changes. The Department will be working with the PHLS board to address any business continuity issues that may arise as a consequence.
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