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Post Mortems

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the scoping study on less invasive approaches to post mortem examination referred to on the Chief Medical Officer's webpage. [148245]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Chief Medical Officer recommended that research should be commissioned into less invasive forms of post mortem examination. In order to take this work forward a scoping study was commissioned by the Department of Health. This will be published shortly and a copy will then be placed in the Library.

Stroke (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many stroke consultants are employed in the NHS in Gloucestershire; what plans there are to increase this number; and if he will make a statement. [149467]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information for consultants in the specialties cardiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, geriatric medicine, neurology, and rehabilitation medicine within Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is shown in the table.

In line with our policy of shifting the balance of power it is now for primary care trusts, in partnership with SHAs and other local stakeholders, to determine how

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best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services, based on the specialised knowledge they have of the local

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community. I am informed by Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA that there are no current plans for the recruitment of additional stroke consultants in Gloucestershire.

Hospital, Public Health Medicine and Community Health Services (HCHS): Consultants within Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA by organisation and specified specialties
Number (headcount)

CardiologyClinical pharmacology and therapeuticsGeriatric medicine
20012002June 200320012002June 200320012002June 2003
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA152224122243642
Of which:
5FLBath and North East Somerset PCT000000011
RA3Weston Area NHS Trust011000111
RA5East Gloucestershire NHS Trust200000400
RA7United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust466010455
RD1Royal United Hospitals, Bath NHS Trust233111157
RH6Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust200000300
RN3Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust243001645
RNZSalisbury Health Care NHS Trust122000223
RTEGloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust044000079
RVJNorth Bristol NHS Trust22500031111

Number (headcount)

NeurologyRehabilitation medicine
20012002June 200320012002June 2003
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA111413030
Of which:
5FLBath and North East Somerset PCT000000
RA3Weston Area NHS Trust000000
RA5East Gloucestershire NHS Trust000000
RA7United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust111000
RD1Royal United Hospitals, Bath NHS Trust332000
RH6Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust200000
RN3Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust111000
RNZSalisbury Health Care NHS Trust000030
RTEGloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust033000
RVJNorth Bristol NHS Trust466000


Data for 2001 and 2002 as at 30 September, data for 2003 as at 30 June.


Department of Health medical and dental workforce census.

Tuna (Mercury Contamination)

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of research undertaken by the US Food and Drug Administration into mercury contamination of tuna; [148591]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Food Standards Agency advises that pregnant and breast-feeding women, and women who intend to become pregnant, should limit their consumption of tuna to no more than two medium size cans (drained weight approximately 140 g.) or one fresh tuna steak per week as a precaution due to the mercury content. Other consumers do not need to limit their consumption of tuna. This is in line with advice issued by the US Food and Drug Administration on fish consumption, based on surveys of the mercury content of fish.


Anti-Social Behaviour

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received regarding anti-social behaviour over Halloween. [145344]

Ms Blears: I have previously received a few representations about anti-social behaviour over the Halloween period. In particular the issues surrounding the increase of Trick or Treating by children.

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The majority of children enjoy Halloween without causing problems to their community.

Where any individual causes anti-social behaviour at any time of year we are determined that their behaviour is challenged and stopped, and we have provided the tools to ensure this happens.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) which provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 will be brought into force on (a) 20 January and (b) 27 February; [149104]

Ms Blears: We published "Together-Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour: A Guide to the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003" on 20 January 2004. This explains the Act's contents, how it can be used to deal with the anti-social behaviour and provides commencement dates for all measures in the Act. Copies of the Act will be sent to all Chief Constables in England and Wales and to the Crown Prosecution Service. Copies have also been sent to all Members of Parliament today.


Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of burglars who are convicted in each of the areas of England and Wales are sentenced to prison. [147366]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is contained in the table.

Courts will approach the decision to sentence for offences of burglary on the basis of guidelines issued by the Court of Appeal in December 2002 and the Magistrates' Courts Sentencing Guidelines issued by the Magistrates' Association (most recent version effective from 1 January 2004). These Guidelines assist the courts in adopting a consistent approach. The new Sentencing Guidelines Council will take on responsibility for these guidelines and for monitoring the way in which the guidelines are used in order to ensure that there is a common approach to sentencing.

Number of persons sentenced for burglary(15) at all courts and those sentenced to immediate custody, by police force area, England and Wales 2002

Police force areaTotal persons sentenced for burglary(16)Persons sentenced to immediate custodyPercentage sentenced to immediate custody
Avon and Somerset69537955
Devon and Cornwall52618836
Greater Manchester1,61481651
London, City of271452
Metropolitan Police3,2341,77655
North Yorkshire30016254
South Yorkshire93752356
Thames Valley74436048
West Mercia49424650
West Midlands1,8621,03956
West Yorkshire1,59887355
Dyfed Powys2147736
North Wales31714746
South Wales78538849
England and Wales26,37613,35051

(15) These data are on the principal offence basis

(16) Detention and training order, detention in a young offender institution, detention under secs 91/92 of the Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 and unsuspended imprisonment.

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