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Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Food Labelling (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 require the mandatory labelling of homemade cakes, biscuits and jams sold in aid of charity; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Food Labelling (Amendment) (England) (No. 2) Regulations 2004 do not apply to non pre-packed food, including that sold in aid of charity. Pre-packed food is subject to these new regulations. Many charities will continue to rely on a general exemption from this and other labelling legislation for food pre-packed for direct sale.
Miss Melanie Johnson:
Public procurement of food through the national health service offers an opportunity to demonstrate best practice in influencing access to healthier foods. We have made a commitment in the Government's White Paper, "Choosing Health", to develop nutritional standards for all foods provided by the NHS, increasing access to a range of healthier foods and taking account of the different formats of provision including restaurant, fast food and vending. Planning for the implementation of this is under way
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and more details will be available in 2005, when the Government publishes its delivery plan for the White Paper.
The Department has already engaged the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency in discussions to reduce the salt content in processed foods supplied to NHS trusts and a salt reduction plan has been drawn up. Work to reduce fat will build on this approach.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the NHS of identity fraud in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the (a) number of people who received treatment on the NHS to which they were not entitled and (b) total cost of this treatment in each year. 
Mr. Hutton: No estimates have been made of the cost to the National Health Service of identity fraud and would not be easy to make. Figures are not collected centrally on the number of people who receive NHS treatment but are not entitled to do so, or the cost of that treatment. However, the Government take the issue seriously and issued new guidance to the NHS trusts in 2004 to prevent abuse of the NHS by people not entitled to free NHS hospital treatment.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many claims were made alleging that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence in each quarter since 1997; 
(2) what cost in each year since 1997 was incurred by the NHS as a result of claims where it was alleged that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the percentage of claims which have been settled since 1997, where it was alleged that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was acquired as a result of clinical negligence. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHS LA) administers the clinical negligence scheme for trusts (CNST) in England. The CNST provides indemnity against claims for clinical negligence for its members. CNST data held by the NHS LA are shown in the tables.
|Status of claim||Percentage of claims since 1997|
|Closed settled claims where the cause was MRSA||0.35|
|Settled claims with damages paid where the cause is MRSA||0.41|
|Payments made for claims where one of the causes is shown as MRSA||Number of claims|
where one of the
causes is shown as MRSA
Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of MRSA and how many deaths arising there from there were at the (a) Sunderland Royal Hospital, (b) Durham University Hospital, (c) Hartlepool University Hospital, (d) North Tees Hospital and (e) James Cook HospitalSouth Tees in each of the last five years. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections (bacteraemias) has only been collected since April 2001 and is collected by national health service trust rather than by hospital. The data for the relevant trusts are shown in the table.
| April 2001-March 2002|| April 2002-March 2003||April 2003-March 2004|
|Name of NHS trust (name of hospital)||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000|
|Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000|
|Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports||MRSA rate per 1,000|
|City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust (Sunderland Royal Hospital)||41||0.15||47||0.17||56||0.22|
|County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust (University Hospital North Durham)||30||0.08||40||0.10||38||0.09|
|North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust (University Hospital of Hartlepool and University Hospital of North Tees)||21||0.09||19||0.08||15||0.06|
|South Tees Hospital NHS Trust (James Cook University Hospital)||120||0,30||96||0.23||69||0.20|
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives there were in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust in each year since 1997, on a (i) headcount and (ii) whole-time equivalent basis. 
Mr. Hutton: The number of midwives employed directly by primary care trusts is very small. Most are employed by other national health service organisations. Information on the number of midwives employed by each NHS organisation, in each year since September 1997, has been placed in the Library.
The table shows the percentage of adults with no natural teeth by Government office region. The percentage of adults in England with no natural teeth has fallen from 14 per cent., in the 1995 general household survey to 9 per cent., in the 2003 survey.
|Persons aged 16 and over||Great Britain: 2003|
|Percentage with no natural teeth||Weighted base (000's) =100%||Unweighted sample|
|Yorkshire and the Humber12||4,044||1,669|
|East of England||6||4,043||1,686|
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