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Wind Farms

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) guidance and (b) objections his Department has sent to Berwick-upon-Tweed borough council about the impact of proposed wind farm sites on the military low flying programme. [210473]

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Mr. Caplin [holding answer 27 January 2005]: No specific guidance has been given to Berwick-Upon-Tweed borough council about the impact of wind turbines on military low flying. To date, no objections have been raised by the Ministry of Defence in relation to wind farm planning applications in the borough.


A and E Child Admissions

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accident and emergency child admissions there were in East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust in each quarter since 31 March 2001. [209005]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is shown in the tables.
Counts of finished in-year admission episodes for emergency admissions via accident and emergency services for patients aged between 0–17
Table 1: Provider—East Sussex Hospitals National Health Service Trust (RXC)
Finished in-year admissions
1—April, May, June592779
2—July, August, September615778
3—October, November, December643787
4—January, February, March653777

Table 2: Provider—Eastbourne Hospitals (RDL) and Hastings and Rother (RDM)

QuarterFinished in-year admissions 2001–02
1—April, May, June677
2—July, August, September650
3—October, November, December646
4—January, February, March637

1.East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (RXC) was formed in 2002–03 by merging Eastbourne Hospitals (RDL) and part of Hastings and Rother (RDM).
2.A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the datayear. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
3.Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (ie the data are ungrossed).
Hospital episode statistics, Department of Health.

Alzheimer's Disease

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts provide the drug Ebixa for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. [210377]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Memantine hydrochloride (Ebixa) is licensed for treating moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. In 2003–04, memantine (Ebixa) was dispensed in the community in England in 265 primary care trusts. This treatment is usually provided
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under the supervision of hospital-based specialists, so community dispensing information does not give a complete picture of national health service use;

Ambulance Services

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance trusts are proposing to merge with another ambulance trust. [211628]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We are aware that Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is considering options for the future provision of ambulance services in its area. We are not aware of any other SHAs and their constituent organisations formally considering this issue.


Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the consumption of antibiotics in England for medical purposes was in the most recent year for which figures are available. [210843]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of antibiotic items dispensed by prescription in the 12 months to September 2004 was 37 million. Antibiotics are defined as all drugs contained in section 5.1 Antibacterial drugs" of the British National Formulary.

Average Heights

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average height of an adult (a) man and (b) woman in England was (i) in 1987, (ii) in 1992, (iii)in 1997 and (iv) on the most recent date for which figures are available. [210674]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Figures for the average height for adults in England are shown in the following table. Figures are not available for 1992.
Mean height by survey year and sex—aged 16 and over with a valid height measurement

1986–87199319972003 unweighted2003 weighted(86)
Height in centimetres

(86)Data for 2003 has been weighted to reduce bias resulting from non-response to the survey. Weighted data provide the best estimate for 2003. Unweighted data for 2003 is provided for consistency with previous years, which are also unweighted. Data for 1986–87 is for adults aged 16–64 in Great Britain.
1.The Dietary and Nutritional Survey of British Adults, 1986–87.
2.Health Survey for England, 1993–2003.

Christmas Cards

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of postage was for official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; [205191]

(2) how many departmental staff have responsibility for preparing Christmas cards; [205195]
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(3) how many hours of staff time were taken up in preparation of Christmas cards in 2004; [205199]

(4) how many official Christmas cards were sent out by his Department in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; [205202]

(5) what the cost was of purchasing official departmental Christmas cards in (a) 2003 and (b) 2004; [205205]

(6) what percentage of official departmental Christmas cards included a contribution to charity in their cost; and which charities benefited from such a contribution. [205209]

Ms Rosie Winterton: All expenditure incurred in the purchase and postage of official Christmas cards is made in accordance with the Department's guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting". Recipient lists are co-ordinated to avoid duplication.

Separate figures for postage costs are not available, as some cards will have been included with other correspondence. Those that were not so included were sent using second class post.

Staff numbers and their time spent on separate tasks are not recorded, but the amount in each case would have been minimal.

The available information is shown in the following table.
Number of official cards purchased
Cost (£)

The cost of each card purchased in 2004, apart from200 obtained through a separate order, included a donation of 10 pence to the charities listed.

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