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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients failed to attend NHS appointments in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in each year since 1997. 
|Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend|
|NHS Executive Regions||Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend||Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend||Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend|
|Northern and Yorkshire||742,460||11.8||789,636||12.4||756,921||11.8|
|Strategic Health Authority||Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend||Number of patients who did not attend||Percentage of patients who did not attend|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire HA||166,963||8.5||162,214||8.2|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HA||139,738||11.7||137,514||11.0|
|North West London HA||360,176||16.6||366,960||15.7|
|North Central London HA||358,724||15.7||343,41 1||15.4|
|North East London HA||283,504||16.4||319,770||17.4|
|South East London HA||356,102||18.7||339,551||17.6|
|South West London HA||176,100||11.9||166,796||12.5|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear HA||210,232||11.8||193,052||10.5|
|County Durham and Tees Valley HA||122,341||11.4||121,820||10.8|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire HA||148,395||10.6||129,973||9.8|
|West Yorkshire HA||280,942||12.4||281,300||12.6|
|Cumbria and Lancashire HA||176,390||10.4||170,853||10.5|
|Greater Manchester HA||420,197||12.7||428,425||12.6|
|Cheshire and Merseyside HA||375,061||13.0||355,203||11.9|
|Thames Valley HA||173,978||10.3||177,184||10.1|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight HA||133,591||9.6||132,192||9.3|
|Kent and Medway HA||133,673||10.4||135,047||9.7|
|Surrey and Sussex HA||243,799||10.6||235,515||10.7|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire HA||179,432||9.1||177,541||9.2|
|South West Peninsula HA||110,648||8.4||111,395||8.4|
|Somerset and Dorset HA||73,508||7.7||76,095||7.7|
|South Yorkshire HA||209,614||11.9||209,162||11.6|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland HA||132,761||10.4||140,875||10.8|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire HA||118,013||9.6||117,857||9.4|
|Birmingham and the Black Country HA||353,362||12.3||356,482||12.2|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire HA||144,554||11.6||1 39,428||11.0|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the application to the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority by Professor Alison Murdoch for a licence to create human embryonic stem cell lives using nuclear transfer and parthenogenically activated oocytes. 
Consideration of the application by Professor Alison Murdoch for a licence to create human embryonic stem cell lines using nuclear transfer and parthenogenically activated oocytes is for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to determine under the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
Professor Murdoch is on the HFEA's panel of external inspectors for in-vitro fertilisation clinics. The HFEA have procedures in place to avoid using individual external inspectors in circumstances where they could have a conflict of interest.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) staff and (b) community electors each foundation trust had at the time of the election for governors; and how many electors took part in each election. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many positions were available on the board of governors for each NHS foundation trust for patients and staff; how many people stood for each position; how many positions were uncontested; and how many positions remain unfilled. 
(2) what protocols are in place to ensure that no coercive practices are involved in the targeting of gamete donation. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: We announced in January that we are to support the transition to identifiable gamete donors, subject to Parliament's approval of the regulations, by increasing public awareness of the importance of such donors. The investment that we are making in the promotion of gamete donation involves time and effort as well as the provision of funding.
We are working with a range of organisations including the Donor Conception Network, the National Gamete Donation Trust and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) on collaborative arrangements to encourage the recruitment of identifiable donors. We will be supporting the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) to make contact with fertility clinics about current recruitment arrangements and the dissemination of good practice. The NGDT will also run an improved helpline for people interested in being gamete donors on 0845 226 9193. To date we have decided to provide the NGDT with some £100,000 for this work and are currently in discussion with them about further funding for 200405 and 200506.
Raising awareness of the value and importance of identifiable gamete donors will also take place in other ways. The HFEA will, for instance, include it as part of their inspections of clinics. We will also be promoting public awareness of gamete donation with other organisations and with the media in preparation for the introduction of identifiable donors from April 2005.
The donation of sperm, eggs or embryos is entirely voluntary. The code of practice issued by the HFEA makes clear that gamete donors must be paid no more than £15 for each donation plus reasonable expenses. It
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also makes clear that where a person is undergoing a treatment cycle, there must be no pressure or undue influence on a patient to donate supernumerary gametes or embryos.
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