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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish his Department's response to the Third Report of the Health Select Committee of Session 200304, HC23, on Obesity; and for what reason his Department has been unable to supply a response within the six month time limit understood by convention. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department supports the initiative to set up the central point of expertise on timber (CPET). We are committed to purchasing from sustainable sources and we purchase our wooden furniture from companies that meet the highest environmental standards.
However, the Department's requirement for construction timber is minimal and is not likely to increase in the foreseeable near future. We have to concentrate resources on issues that directly relate to health. As the CPET does not meet this criterion, the Department is not able to contribute at the present time.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: In line with our policy of "Shifting the Balance of Power", supported by national service frameworks, it is now for primary care trusts (PCTs), in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, to plan, develop and improve services for local people, subject to their assessment of local need.
We recognise that health services are better when management is devolved to the frontline. Within the framework set out in the "NHS Plan" and other policy documents, PCTs, with their specialised knowledge of the local community are effectively able to manage and improve local services.