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|Greater Manchester SHA(6)||5,701||5,796||5,956||6,248||6,589||7,029||7,170|
|Manchester Health Authority||2,040||2,045||2,096||2,160||2,432||n/a||n/a|
|Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust||673||668||705||730||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust||187||189||191||211||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Central Manchester Primary Care Trust||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||116||152||152|
|Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University|
Hospitals NHS Trust
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the merging of management organisations of primary care trusts is under consideration; and what guidelines NHS strategic health authorities are required to follow with regard to (a) preparing and presenting a business case, (b) preparing and presenting a statement of quantifiable benefits, (c) analysing human and financial resources, (d) undertaking formal public consultations and (e) tailoring structural changes to avoid the need for a statutory instrument. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 24 June 2004]: There are currently no plans to issue departmental guidelines for the merging of management resources within primary care trusts (PCTs). If it makes sense locally to share management resources across PCTs, this is a decision for the local strategic health authority in discussion with its PCTs.
Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on proposals to merge the management organisations of adjacent primary care trusts that would result in organisations responsible for a population of more than 500,000. 
[holding answer 24 June 2004]: "The New NHS", published in 1997, set out a vision for the national health service and for primary care trusts (PCTs) as a key driver to improve health and make the NHS modern and dependable.
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The function of PCTs is to meet local health care needs by making local decisions that respond to the community. This presents enormous opportunity to do things differently, which may include the sharing of management resources. There is currently no national policy on this. However, the overriding principle is that any sharing of management resources must continue to meet the needs of the local people living within the community.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the level of public participation in elections to the Consultative Board of University College Hospital since the announcement that it has become a foundation hospital. 
Mr. Hutton: The independent regulator of national health service foundation trusts has placed University College London Hospitals NHS Trust in the list of wave 1 applications for 1 July authorisation. The trust has informed the Department that 32 per cent. of the 15,100 public and patient members participated in the elections earlier this year for the 17 public/patients' positions on the trust's members' council (board of governors). The trust's membership is increasing and has risen to over 23,000.
Miss Melanie Johnson: As at 31 March 2004, 8,682 patients were waiting for elective inpatient admission at the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust. The figure for 31 August 2003 was 10,349.
Department of Health.
The Prime Minister:
I am grateful to the Intelligence and Security Committee for their valuable work and their latest annual report. Following consultation with the Intelligence and Security Committee over matters that could not be published without prejudicing the discharge of the function and operation of the intelligence and security agencies, I have laid the report before the House today. Copies will also be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
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Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister (1) for what reason the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has not been allocated a place on the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Relations with the USA; 
(2) for what reasons it was deemed necessary to establish the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Relations with the USA; and on what date it was established; 
(3) whether the Terms of Reference of the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Relations with the USA allow representatives of (a) the US Administration and (b) the US security services to attend; 
(4) for what reason he has decided not to allocate himself a place on the Ministerial Sub-Committee on Relations with the USA. 
Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Prime Minister what the terms of reference are of the DOP (UK/US) ministerial sub-committee on relations with the United States of America; and what its objectives are. 
The Prime Minister: On 27 May 2004, Official Report, column 1731W, I announced the current list of Cabinet Committees and sub-committees, their membership and terms of reference including the Ministerial Sub-Committee on relations with the United States of America. Copies are available in the Library of the House. The list is also available on the Cabinet Office website at www.cabinet-office.gov.uk.
Other Ministers and officials can be invited to attend the Ministerial Sub-Committee on relations with the United States of America when necessary. This does not include members of the US Administration or US security services.
7. Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent discussions he has had regarding funding arrangements for students from Scotland who wish to study at higher education institutions in England. 
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