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Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 December 2004]: We need to give careful consideration to all aspects of the system reform which we are undertaking. As indicated in the written statement made to the House by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health on 10 January 2005, Official Report, columns 68WS, we will move to full implementation by April 2006. As part of these plans, we will publish new regulations for dental charging for consultation in the summer of 2005.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The earliest available information (1998) is shown in the table. For the West Derbyshire constituency area, there are three primary care trusts (PCTs)Amber Valley PCT, Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCT and High Peaks and Dales PCT. Subtotals for these PCTs are also recorded.
|1. Amber Valley||38||37||40||40||44||40||47|
|2. Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire||29||33||34||37||39||42||44|
|3. High Peak and Dales||36||41||41||44||48||52||54|
|North Eastern Derbyshire||35||34||37||49||50||51||53|
|Subtotal of three PCTs||103||111||115||121||131||134||145|
|Total of above PCTs||224||238||247||272||286||288||312|
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have applied to become NHS dentists in (a) West Derbyshire constituency and (b) Derbyshire in each of the last seven years. 
For West Derbyshire constituency area, there are three PCTs: Amber Valley PCT, Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCT, and High Peaks and Dales PCT. Subtotals for these PCTs are recorded in the table.
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|1. Amber Valley||6||6||8||7||9||6||8|
|2. Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire||1||5||3||6||5||5||7|
|3. High Peak and Dales||4||6||7||6||8||8||9|
|North Eastern Derbyshire||7||2||4||15||9||6||6|
|Subtotal of three PCTs||11||17||18||19||22||19||24|
|Total of above PCTs||31||34||40||49||47||37||46|
Mr. Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecast his Department has made of the number of dental practices transferring to a Personal Dental Services contract by December 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral answer of 7 December 2004, Official Report, column 1029, from the Minister of State for Health, the hon. Member for Doncaster, Central (Ms Winterton), (1) whether the 2,500 dentists and 1,000 personal dental services (PDS) sites include (a) the original PDS pilot sites, (b) PDS applications and (c) community dental services; 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 2 December 2004]: As at 16 December 2004, the Department was processing 502 expressions of interest in making a proposal for a personal dental service (PDS) scheme and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health had approved a further 109 PDS proposals that are not yet in operation.
There are now some 3,500 dentists in 1,300 sites working under PDS arrangements. These figures include the original remuneration field sites managed by the NHS Modernisation Agency under the Options for Change programme, but exclude PDS applications and community dental services. We expect interest in PDS to continue to grow until, with implementation of the new contractual arrangements for national health service dentistry, the benefits of PDS are available to all NHS dentists.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. 
Mr. Hutton: There are over 120 hospitals in England that have at least one bone density scanner but the Department does not maintain a central record of which primary care trusts (PCTs) have dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry bone scanning facilities. PCTs will arrange for use of these scanners or alternatively buy in the service from mobile service providers as and when required.
Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to protect children against hyperactive behaviour which may be caused by colourings (a) tartrazine (E102), (b) sunset yellow (E110), (c) camoisine (E122), (d) pancean 4R (E124) and (e) sodium benzoale (E211); and if he will make a statement. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: These substances were the subject of a Government-funded study to investigate the possible link with hyperactive behaviour. The committee on toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment assessed the outcome of this work and concluded that it was difficult to draw firm conclusions regarding the significance of the results, but that this was still an area of significant scientific uncertainty that warranted further investigation. A new study with improved experimental design is under way and is due to finish in March 2007.
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