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Mr. Alan Duncan: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has held discussions with (a) the World Bank (b) the IMF and (c) other interested parties to encourage (i) the World Bank and (ii) the IMF (A) to publish the minutes of its meetings, (B) to publish the record of its voting and decisions on lending and policy and (C) to adopt a practice of transparency and openness in its decision making. 
Mr. Timms: The UK is a leading supporter of greater transparency at the IMF and World Bank, and has held extensive discussions with the IMF and World Bank to encourage publication of minutes, lending and policy decisions, and more transparent decision making. These discussions have taken place at ministerial level through the Chancellor and Secretary of State for International Development, and at official level through the UK's Executive Director at the IMF and the World Bank.
There has been significant progress in recent years, with the agreement in 2003 of new IMF guidelines which presume publication of all surveillance, programme and policy documents. Programmes which involve exceptional access to fund resources will not normally be approved unless authorities agree to publish programme documents. In addition, the IMF board's agenda is made public in advance, and decisions are published through Public Information Notices. Discussions are ongoing at the World Bank on the extension of their transparency policy. The Treasury's Annual Report to Parliament on the UK and the IMF, and DFID's Report on the UK and the World Bank, will set out in greater detail the UK's position on transparency in these two institutions.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what obligation is placed on the Health Protection Agency to carry out an investigation when a care home resident dies of MRSA; and what such an inquiry involves. 
Miss Melanie Johnson:
Care home providers are required to notify the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) of the circumstances of a care home resident's death. The CSCI may decide to investigate those circumstances. Ministers may also cause an inquiry to be held. Where a resident dies of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) is under no obligation to carry out an
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investigation. However, if invited, the HPA could provide expert advice and support to any investigation instigated by CSCI or by a coroner.
Mr. Neil Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on clinical critical mass in hospital trusts of the independent sector treating a high percentage of simpler cases of elective admissions. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 20 January 2005]: Separating out routine elective procedures allows hospitals to focus on emergencies and more complicated cases. Treatment centres, of which more than half are actually directly in the national health service, allow for faster treatment of NHS patients at up to eight times faster than traditional NHS services.
Independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs) provide extra capacity over and above expanding NHS capacity and have been negotiated to ensure that the ISTC programme meets the needs of the NHS locally.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists there are in each county in England per 10,000 of the population; how many accept NHS patients; and what the figures were in (a) 1997 and (b) 2001. 
The number of general and personal dentists at September in the years 1997, 2001 and 2004 in each county in England per 100,000 of the population, is shown in the table. All of these dentists are doing national health service work.
|County||Dentists per 100,000 of population 1997||Dentists per 100,000 of population 2001||Dentists per 100,000 of population 2004|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||36||44||46|
Some areas do not have county status even though they may lie within county boundaries. For these areas, the number of general and personal dental service dentists is given by local authority area. This information is given in the following table.
|Local authority||Dentists per 100,000 of population 1997||Dentists per 100,000 of population 2001||Dentists per 100,000 of population 2004|
|Barking and Dagenham||30||36||35|
|Bath and North East Somerset||50||57||62|
|Blackburn with Darwen||41||43||44|
|Brighton and Hove||49||54||59|
|Bristol, City of||48||54||54|
|City of London||212||82||144|
|East Riding of Yorkshire||25||28||31|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||81||89||86|
|Herefordshire, County of||42||49||51|
|Isle of Wight||31||32||32|
|Kensington and Chelsea||58||51||49|
|Kingston upon Hull, City of||30||38||37|
|Kingston upon Thames||48||52||53|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||47||51||62|
|North East Lincolnshire||29||32||31|
|Redcar and Cleveland||41||41||40|
|Richmond upon Thames||57||61||61|
|Telford and Wrekin||33||35||48|
|Windsor and Maidenhead||38||50||63|
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of dentists leaving the general dental service (GDS) or personal dental service (PDS) in the five London strategic health authority (SHA) areas are shown in the table. Dentists are counted as leavers if they are not practising in the general or personal dental service on 30 September, but were working on 30 September in the previous year.
|Number of dentists who have left the GDS or PDS|
Dentists will stop practising GDS or PDS dentistry for any one of a number of reasons, including retirement and short-term breaks. Very few dentists stop national health service work altogether in order to do private work.
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