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Reserve Call-up

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts will be affected by the call up of reservists to serve in Iraq; and if he will list them. [93030]

Mr. Hutton: We do not know how many reservists working in the National Health Service may be called up in the event of any military action against Iraq, and as a result the total number of trusts likely to be affected is unknown.

Road Traffic Accidents

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what fees are expected from road traffic accident payments to NHS trusts in financial years (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005; and if he will make a statement. [94996]

Mr. Lammy: Total payments to national health service trusts in England, Scotland and Wales from the recovery of charges following road traffic accidents are expected to reach £100 million for 2002–03.

The amounts recovered for future years will depend on the number of people who are injured in road traffic accidents and who then make successful claims for personal injury compensation. However, increases in amounts recovered are expected when increases in the tariff and ceiling of charges introduced in January 2003 take full effect, which is expected to be around July 2004.


Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population (a) permanently stopped smoking and (b) took up smoking in each of the last five years. [92603]

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Ms Blears: The information is not available in the form requested. The available data are shown in the tables.

Table 1: Cigarette smoking status among adults aged 16 and over, England, 1998–2001

Smoking status199820002001
Current cigarette smokers282727
Ex-regular cigarette smokers252424
Never or only occasionally smoked485050


Derived from ONS General Household Surveys, 1990 to 2001 (weighted data). The 2001 report is available on the internet at:

Table 2: People setting a quit date through the NHS smoking cessation services who were successful at 4 week follow-up (based on self-report), England, 1999–2000 to 2001–02

YearNumber who successfully quit
1999–2000 (HAZ only)5,800


1. A client is counted as having successfully quit smoking at the four week follow-up if he or she has not smoked at all since two weeks after the quit date.

2. Data rounded to nearest hundred.

3. Smoking cessation services were launched in Health Action Zones in 1999–2000 and were set up in all health authorities in England in 2000–01.


Department of Health statistical bulletin: Statistics on smoking cessation services in England, April 2001 to March 2002. Available on the internet at: http//

Stroke Patients

Mrs. Calton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work is being done to ensure that stroke patients receive rapid assessment and appropriate treatment. [92362]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 22 January 2003]: The Department published the national service framework for older people, which includes a standard on stroke, on 27 March 2001. It sets out a comprehensive strategy to ensure fair, high quality integrated health and social care and reduce variations in services.

The stroke standard provides for stroke prevention, immediate care, early and continuing rehabilitation and long-term support as components of a service model for integrated specialist stroke services, which will build on current arrangements.

The target is to put this in place in all general hospitals, which care for people with stroke, by April 2004.

Terrorism (Hospital Preparations)

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received requesting additional resources from individual hospitals in order to fund preparations for possible terrorist incidents. [95954]

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Mr. Hutton: The Department of Health is not aware of any such representations.

Tobacco Advertising

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the long term efficacy of tobacco advertising bans upon the numbers of regular smokers in Council of Europe countries. [92572]

Ms Blears: The United Kingdom does not routinely collect comparable data for the countries of the Council of Europe.

The 1999 report from the World Bank, entitled "Curbing the Epidemic", stated that "policy makers who are interested in controlling tobacco need to know whether cigarette advertising and promotion affect consumption. The answer is they almost certainly do, although the data are not straightforward. The key conclusion is that bans on advertising and promotion prove effective, but only if they are comprehensive, covering all media and all uses of brand names and logos". The World Bank suggests that implementation of EU Directive 98/43/EC could have reduced cigarette consumption within the European Union by nearly 7 per cent.

"Effect of Tobacco Advertising on Tobacco Consumption", the "Smee" report produced by the Economic and Operational Research Division of the Department of Health in 1992, concluded that a reduction of cigarette consumption in the order of 2.5 per cent., might be expected in the long run. This would save up to 3,000 lives a year.

TUPE Transfer Undertakings

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of TUPE transfer undertakings have been drawn up for employees to be transferred to the HPA or from the PHLS to the NHS. [90086]

Ms Blears: It is envisaged that approximately 2,500 staff will transfer to the Health Protection Agency (HPA) on 1 April 2003. Consultation continues between the staff concerned and their current employers to identify any issues relating to the transfer of undertakings from 1 April 2003. Until these consultations are completed, it will not be possible to say precisely how many staff will or will not transfer to the HPA.

Waiting Times

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients admitted to accident and emergency departments in Hull and East Riding waited more than 12 hours before being treated in each of the last two quarters for which figures are available. [92903]

Jacqui Smith: During Quarter 2 of July to September 2002, no patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted.

During Quarter 3 of October to December 2002, seven patients waited more than 12 hours to be admitted.

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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library (a) submissions to, (b) briefing documents used by and (c) risk analysis carried out by the MCA in its consideration of Zyban in the last two years. [93784]

Ms Blears: I am arranging for the risk analysis carried out by the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in its consideration of Zyban (bupropion hydrochloride) in the last two years to be placed in the Library by 10 February 2003. This comprises papers considered by the Committee on Safety of Medicines and minutes of

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the meetings held on 22 February 2001, 24 May 2001, 12 December 2001 and 26 June 2002, the Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products Opinin following the Europe-wide review of the risk and benefits of bupropion hydrochloride and a summary of all reports of suspected adverse drug reactions received through the Yellow Card Scheme. These documents encompass all relevant material submitted to the MCA in relation to the risks and benefits of Zyban.

Some of the papers considered by the advisory committees have been anonymised under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information under exemptions 13, 14 or 15 of the code.