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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the national professional guidance on head louse control (the Stafford Report) and the subsequent guidelines based on the guidance and published in the Journal of Family Healthcare. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 17 December 2003]: Professional guidance on head louse control recognises that detection combing is of paramount importance, as is the use of appropriate treatment options. This can involve either lotions or combing regimes. Our view is that parents should be able to make an informed choice with advice on both options being available from primary health care teams.
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that training programmes for health professionals include components which encourage the development of skills specific to working with men. 
Mr. Hutton: The Department is not responsible for setting curricula for health professional training; that is rightly the responsibility of the statutory and professional bodies. However, we do share a commitment with those bodies that all health professionals are trained so that they have the skills and knowledge to deliver a high quality health service to all groups of the population with whom they deal.
Dr. Ladyman: Entitlement to free national health service treatment is based on residence in the United Kingdom. The National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989 place a duty on NHS trusts to establish whether a patient is ordinarily resident or otherwise eligible for free NHS hospital treatment and if not to levy a charge for any treatment provided.
Mr. Portillo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care trust resources are adequate to cover the cost of capital programmes at the (a) Ealing,
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(b) Charing Cross, (c) Hillingdon, (d) Northwick Park and (e) Paddington hospital sites, while meeting growth in demand for services; 
Mr. Hutton: The outline business case (OBC) for the Paddington Health Campus scheme which was approved in October 2000 is currently being reviewed. This review will determine if the financial assumptions underpinning the OBC are still robust. The review will include the views of local primary care trusts.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 2 December 2003]: All strategic health authorities have developed stringent winter plans to cope with increased seasonal demand for health services, such as that caused by the flu season. These set out escalation procedures, which are activated in the event of increased pressure on the national health service.
In addition, a daily winter reporting system has been instigated so that the Department of Health is aware of any Trusts experiencing winter pressures. If pressures are identified, the Department of Health works with the responsible strategic health authority in developing a solution, such as the introduction of improved working practices or the opening of additional beds.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each health authority (a) the number of people eligible for the influenza vaccine and (b) the number of shots of vaccine available during winter 200304 and (c) whether the health authority has reported a shortage in supply. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The number of people aged 65 and over by strategic health authority is shown in the table. This year, there are nearly 12.4 million doses of vaccine available. No strategic health authority has reported a shortage of flu vaccine.
|Strategic health authority||Population aged over 65|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||382,894|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||182,924|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||321,415|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||283,378|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||233,567|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||237,754|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||360,054|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||251,755|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||221,145|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||388,676|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||235,813|
|North Central London||145,780|
|North East London||181,018|
|North West London||214,823|
|South East London||189,867|
|South West London||161,786|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||357,190|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||293,145|
|Kent and Medway||263,637|
|Somerset and Dorset||248,767|
|South West Peninsula||316,441|
|Surrey and Sussex||478,280|
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Mr. Hutton: Accommodation for national health service key workers is being planned with Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and is normally sourced through other agencies. Therefore, the Department has no plans to purchase any land for this purpose.
The learning disability white paper, "Valuing People (1999)", estimated that there are about 210,000 people with severe and profound learning disabilities in England. Of these, around 65,000 are children and young people, 120,000 are adults of working age and 25,000 are older people. In the case of people with mild/moderate learning disabilities, lower estimates suggest a prevalence rate of around 25 per 1,000 populationsome 1.2 million people in England.
Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much earmarked funding has been provided to local authorities for a (a) older people's services and (b) adults with learning disabilities in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Department does not earmark any funds to local authorities specifically for older people or learning disability services. Local authorities decide how much to make available for services to older people
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out the screening arrangements (a) taken and (b) required by Life Resources Inc. in respect of deferring donors who have travelled to live for five years or more in the UK or Europe between 1980 and 1996. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people reported a longstanding illness or disability (a) in England, (b) in each region and (c) broken down by socio-economic group in each year since 1990. 
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