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The Government's teenage pregnancy and wider sexual health strategies reflect the complex reasons behind England's high rate of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Key aspects of the Government's response to these issues are:
information campaigns highlighting: the importance of under-16s delaying sexual activity (evidence tells us that delay results in lower rates of regret and improved contraception use); resisting peer pressure to engage in early sexual activity; andfor young people who are sexually activethe importance of using condoms to protect against unplanned pregnancies and STIs. This final message is reinforced through the Department of Health's sexual health campaign which, as highlighted in the recent Public Health White Paper, will be expanded, with an emphasis on reaching young people and other hard to reach groups;
improving both the quality of sex and relationships education in schools and out of school settings, and young people's access to contraception and sexual health advice services in community settings and general practice;
provision of enhanced support to teenage parents, to provide a pathway out of social exclusion, in particular through re-engagement in education and training; and better partnership working between local health and education partners through the Healthy Schools" programme and the establishment of Teenage Pregnancy Partnership Boards in each top tier local authority.
This multi-faceted approach was recommended in the Social Exclusion Unit's report on teenage pregnancy, published in 1999, The plan reflects the best international evidence of what works in reducing teenage pregnancies and supporting teenage parents. A subsequent review by the Health Development Agency in 2003, confirmed the evidence base for the strategy.
Between 1998 (the baseline year for the teenage pregnancy strategy) and 2002 (the latest year for which data are available) the rate of under-18 conceptions has fallen by 8.6 per cent. and the rate of under-16 conceptions by 11.2 per cent. The proportion of teenage parents engaged in education, employment or training has increased from 23.1 per cent. (average for 199799) to 29.7 per cent. (average for 200204).
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has discussed the health implications of the use of the TETRA system with representatives of those countries that already use the system. 
The Home Office asked the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) to look at the health and safety aspects of the TETRA technology used by Airwave. The NRPB's independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation (AGNIR) drew on peer reviewed scientific literature from around the world in compiling the 2001 report on TETRA (Docs NRPB, Vol 12, No 8). The Home Office continues to liaise with the NRPB and the Department of Health who maintain contacts with the international scientific community.
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 25 January 2005]: We do not allocate funding to national health service acute trusts. NHS acute trusts, as providers of services, receive the bulk of their revenue funding from commissioning by primary care trusts (PCTs). They also receive revenue funding from the Department for medical staff, education services and for research and development. In addition, acute trusts can charge staff, visitors or patients for services provided, such as catering or provision of private patient facilities.
It is for PCTs, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services.
Mr. Pearson: Exports of beef from the UK can take place under the Date Based Export Scheme and six plants have been approved to export including four from Northern Ireland. A general lifting of the ban requires the European Commission to bring forward an appropriate proposal and the agreement of the other member states.
Any such proposal would only be made once the Over Thirty Month Rule has been ended in the UK and following a successful outcome of a further inspection visit from the EU's Food and Veterinary Office to check BSE controls and testing arrangements. This is likely to take until later this year.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the involvement of paramilitary organisations in the Province in the counterfeiting of pharmaceuticals. 
Mr. Pearson: There is no evidence to suggest that Northern Ireland based paramilitary organisations are involved in the manufacture or supply of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety are acutely aware of the problems associated with counterfeit medicines in other countries and they continue to monitor the situation closely.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) accident and emergency attendances and (b) hospital admissions there were in the Province for fall-related injuries in those aged (i) less than 60, (ii) 60 to 75 and (iii) more than 75 years in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Gardiner: Information is not available on (a) the number of attendances at accident and emergency for fall-related injuries. However, information is available on (b) the number of admissions 1 to hospitals in Northern Ireland each year suffering from fall-related injuries for people aged (i) less than 60, (ii) 60 to 75 and (iii) more than 75 years, and is shown for the years 19992000 to 200304 in the table.
|059 years||6074 years||75+ years||Total|
Most services to haemophiliacs are provided in an outpatient primary care or community environment. In addition, the Haemophilia Centre based at Belfast City Hospital provides a regional service for patients with inherited and acquired bleeding disorders. Cover is provided by the Consultant team on
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a 24-hour basis. A vacancy currently exists for a Centre Director, which is being filled on an acting basis by a senior haematologist, but this has no direct impact on the service to patients.
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