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Mr. Hutton: The information requested is not collected centrally. The Government are increasing the number of midwives working in the national health service. We expect that there would be 2,000 more midwives working in the NHS by the end of 2005 than there were in 2000. In September 2003, there were over 1,300 more NHS midwives than there were in 2000, on course to meet this expectation.
Dr. Ladyman: Information is not collected for parliamentary constituencies. However, the South East London Strategic Health Authority reports that, in recent years, over £800 million has been invested to develop healthcare in South East London and that other capital schemes are at a planning stage.
These developments include the private finance initiative redevelopment of Lewisham hospital with a capital value of £72 million, which reached financial close on 8 July 2004 and is due to receive its first patient in the autumn of 2006.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff there have been in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust in each year of its existence, set out in the same manner as in his answer to the hon. Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Ruffley) on 8 September 2004, Official Report, column 1277W. 
|As at 30 September:||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Medical and dental Staff||974||967||1,073||1,136||1,173||1,190|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||3,691||4,408||4,222||4,614||4,973||5,054|
|Allied health professionals||329||394||394||417||383||419|
|Other qualified St and t||535||616||615||658||974||1,022|
|Support to clinical staff||2,111||2,630||2,891||2,722||2,873||3,568|
|Support to doctors and nurses||1,724||2,135||2,429||2,202||2,358||2,963|
|Support to St and t||387||495||462||520||515||605|
|NHS infrastructure support||1,105||1,283||1,272||1,690||1,729||1,012|
|Other and unknown||1||1||0||16||0||0|
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were on NHS (a) alcohol and (b) drug rehabilitation schemes in the Newcastle City Primary Care Trust area in each year since 199899. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on numbers for alcohol treatment is not collected centrally. Data for the number of individuals on drug rehabilitation schemes is not available in the format requested. However, the available data is shown in the table.
In 200304, there were 805 people in contact with structured drug treatment in the Newcastle upon Tyne drug action team area. This figure is not directly comparable to previous years as new criteria were introduced in 200304, which means that we are not able to make a direct comparison with previous years. National data was produced for 200102 and 200203, but this data was not verified at a local level.
Six month period ending
|Newcastle and North Tyneside health authority|
Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment was made of the (a) available and (b) future capacity of each Greater Manchester NHS hospital to perform operations of the kind planned for the Greater Manchester Surgical Unit as part of the assessment of the viability of that unit; and what shortfall in capacity was identified. 
The Department issued capacity planning guidance for 200607 to 200708 to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in May 2004. The guidance recommends that the first stage of planning should be to model demand for services. This includes looking at effective local approaches to meeting national and local objectives, including options for best meeting patients' needs and the settings that allow patients to be seen most conveniently and appropriately.
Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times were in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004 for each hospital in Greater Manchester for the areas of surgery due to be undertaken by the Greater Manchester Surgical Unit; and how many patients were on the waiting list. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was (a) paid by and (b) withheld from each Greater Manchester primary care trust (i) for
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the last two financial years and (ii) in the next year with respect to (A) the Greater Manchester Surgical Unit and (B) the Choice Initiative. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department allocated £5.3 million in 200304 and £4.7 million in 200405 to Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority (SHA) as part of the choice initiative. The funding was allocated to Salford Primary Care Trust, on behalf of the SHA.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether irradiation treatment of (a) fruit, (b) vegetables, (c) cereals, (d) bulbs and tubers, (e) spices and condiments, (f) fish and shellfish and (g) poultry is permitted in the UK. 
At present, only one UK irradiation facility holds a licence to irradiate food and this licence permits the irradiation of a range of dried herbs, spices and seasonings at a facility in Swindon. Dried spices and condiments are currently the only foods that can be irradiated in the UK.
The schedules to the food irradiation regulations set out what is required in an application for a food irradiation licence and it is the Food Standards Agency who consider applications and who inspect food irradiation facilities in the UK.
The Food (Control of Irradiation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1992 as amended.
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