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Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the monitoring and roll out of the national fruit scheme and its impact on the consumption of fruit by four to six-year-olds in deprived areas. 
Dr. John Reid: Following successful national piloting, the National School Fruit Scheme will be extended nationwide by the end of 2004. It already operates in four regions and covers 35 of the 50 most deprived wards in England.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will clarify the National Institute for Clinical Excellence advice on the provision of medicines to those patients diagnosed with osteoporosis. 
Dr. Ladyman: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is consulting on the first draft of a technology appraisal on the use of medicines for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and prevention of osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women. The document does not constitute NICE's formal guidance on this technology: the recommendations are preliminary and may change after the consultation. The draft document is available on the NICE website at www.nice.org.uk.
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Health does not collect information on resident/service user contributions for personal care only.
|Older people (aged 65 or over) including older mentally ill|
|Nursing home placements||228,539||314,022||352,600||417,420||473,685||486,375|
|Residential care home placements||583,604||633,776||738,424||819,193||909,022||943,997|
|Total older people||906,112||1,061,674||1,231,457||1,395,761||1,553,017||1,604,287|
|Adults aged under 65 with a physical disability or sensory impairment|
|Nursing home placements||9,060||12,772||13,784||18,597||21,574||25,289|
|Residential care home placements||29,361||34,953||39,999||44,071||46,958||48,680|
|Total adults aged under 65 with a physical disability etc.||44,241||56,626||64,191||79,106||86,040||90,678|
|Adults aged under 65 with learning disabilities|
|Nursing home placements||4,697||7,296||7,846||7,115||9,767||9,810|
|Residential care home placements||129,471||153,623||200,848||212,472||216,321||240,966|
|Total adults aged under 65 with learning disabilities||136,180||164,316||216,022||228,409||236,283||264,815|
|Adults aged under 65 with mental health needs|
|Nursing home placements||8,835||6,713||8,947||10,503||10,104||11,168|
|Residential care home placements||39,634||47,163||51,193||59,765||52,098||52,872|
|Total adults aged under 65 with mental health needs||49,633||55,300||61,610||72,188||64,153||66,022|
|All adults and older people|
|Nursing home placements||251,131||340,803||383,177||453,635||515,130||532,642|
|Residential care home placements||782,070||869,515||1,030,464||1,135,501||1,224,398||1,286,515|
|Total adults and older people||1,136,166||1,337,916||1,573,280||1,775,464||1,939,492||2,025,802|
Miss Melanie Johnson: In response to requests from national health service and research stakeholders the Department of Health will shortly publish a framework for positron emission tomography (PET) scanning for consultation. This framework will set out a national policy position for PET in the NHS which will set out, from the evidence, which tumour groups would benefit from PET scanning, likely future demand, and the optimal configuration and location of PET scanners.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 19 January 2004]: As part of its overall preparedness strategy for dealing with bioterrorism, the Department has produced a detailed smallpox plan. This plan requires that each standard Government region should have a regional response group consisting of five response teams each comprising of five members vaccinated against smallpox. Corresponding arrangements are being made for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This cohort of healthcare workers would be the first responders in investigating any suspected or confirmed cases of smallpox and therefore need to be protected against the threat of disease. A programme to vaccinate the necessary cohort for England commenced in December 2002 and to date we have vaccinated 276 healthcare workers; exceeding our target of 261. The cohort comprises infectious disease physicians and paediatricians, public health physicians, microbiologists/virologists, acute care and communicable disease control nurses and occupational health staff. In addition, a further target of 90 ambulance staff to be vaccinated has recently been set for England. These are the only personnel being offered smallpox vaccination in the absence of disease.
While there is no evidence of a specific threat of smallpox attack on the United Kingdom, it is sensible and prudent to ensure that the national health service can deal effectively with any potential threat.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current funds are in the discretionary fund available to victims and families of new variant CJD; what the outstanding claims are on that discretionary fund; and if he will make a statement on the future operation of the discretionary fund. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: It was in recognition of the special plight of those affected by variant CJD (vCJD) that the Government established the vCJD Trust which oversees the payment of no-fault compensation to the families involved.
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The terms of the trust were agreed with representatives of the families following a lengthy period of consultation. The compensation scheme provides for payments to be made in respect of 250 cases up to a maximum of £55 million.
Additionally, the trustees can make extra payments in prescribed circumstances where particular hardship is involved and where the trustees consider that further payment should be made. Such payments can be made from the discretionary fund although there is no entitlement as of right for those making claims upon this fund since further payments from it are entirely at the discretion of the trustees.
Further information about the vCJD Trust will be available on the trust's website www.vcjdtrust.co.uk shortly, to which the trust's first Annual Report covering the period 15 March 2002 to 5 April 2003 will be added in the next couple of weeks.
Ruth Kelly: The regime for prudential supervision of banks is kept under constant review, both at home and internationally, in forums such as the European Union and the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision. On 1 June 1998, responsibility for the supervision of banks moved from the Bank of England to the Financial Services Authority. The legislative framework for the regulation of banks was subsequently reformed under the Financial Services and Markets Act; this came into effect on 1 December 2001.
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