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Miss Melanie Johnson: The prostate cancer risk management programme (PCRMP) was established to ensure that men considering a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer are given accurate, balanced information concerning the benefits, limitations and risks associated with having the test.
The Cancer Research UK primary care education research group is now in the process of evaluating the use of the packs. This includes a national survey of 400 general practitioners, a population survey of 900 men aged 40 to 75 and a series of in-depth focus groups and interviews. The evaluation is being jointly funded by the Department and Cancer Research UK.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the reliability of do-it-yourself PSA testing kits; and what plans he has to regulate their public sale. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Do-it-yourself prostate specific antigen (PSA) test kits are in-vitro diagnostic (IVD) medical devices and are regulated throughout Europe by the European IVD Medical Devices Directive 98/79/EC. PSA test kits can be sold to the public if they meet the essential requirements for safety, quality and performance of the Directive and they bear the CE marking.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) monitors the safety of these devices via its vigilance reporting system, which is a statutory requirement on device manufacturers. In addition, the MHRA operates a voluntary reporting system for both professional device users and the general public.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions between 31 March 2002 and 31 March 2003 his special advisers travelled abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to him and the hon. Member for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns) on 8 September 2003, Official Report, column 270W.
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Dr. Ladyman: The Department does not make revenue allocations to national health service trusts. Revenue allocations are made to primary care trusts, who are responsible for commissioning services from NHS trusts, such as those provided by St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust, to meet the needs of their local populations.
Mr. George Osborne: : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the property belonging to his Department that has (a) been stolen and (b) been reported lost in each year since 1997, broken down by type of article. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department takes the protection of its property very seriously and guidance for protecting property and procedures are kept under constant review. We do not record separate figures for losses and thefts. The following table shows reported departmental combined losses and thefts for the period April 1997 to November 2004.
|Financial year||Laptops lost/stolen||Mobile phones lost/stolen||Other information technology equipment/peripherals|
Mr. Edward Davey:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the (a) Kingston and
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Surbiton constituency and (b) borough of Kingston waited for more than six months for foot and ankle surgery under a podiatric surgeon in (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: Information is collected by national health service organisation rather than on a constituency or borough basis. Data for Kingston Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Kingston Hospital National Health Service Trust are shown in the table.
|Kingston PCT 5A5 and Kingston Hospitals RAX|
|Under 3 months||85||104|
|3 to under 6 months||42||67|
|6 months and over||139||80|