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Dr. Ladyman: This information is not collected routinely. However, a study by the personal social services research unit has shown that the estimated average length of stay of older supported residents is around 30 months.
Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to achieve the Government's targets of ending child poverty by 2020, and halving it by 2010; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 9 March 2005]: The Government sets out the steps that departments across
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Government are taking to achieve the targets of ending child poverty by 2020 and halving it by 2010 in the Child Poverty Review, published alongside the 2004 Spending Review and available at www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/spending_review/spend_sr04/associated_documents/spending_sr04_childpoverty.cfm.
There is a strong link between poverty and ill health. The Government have set targets to reduce health inequalities and have set out an extensive programme in "Tackling Health Inequalities: A Programme for Action" (2003) and the "Choosing Health" (2004) White Paper.
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 4 March 2005]: There is no at risk register for adults. Councils with social services responsibilities who are placing people in services between the relevant authorities in England and Wales, must ensure that all appropriate information about the person, including information relating to risk, is made known to the new authority.
The protection of vulnerable adults scheme lists people who have been banned from working in regulated social care sector. The scheme, which was introduced in July 2004, applies in both England and Wales.
"No Secrets", the guidance to councils on developing and implementing procedures to protect vulnerable
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adults from abuse, encourages councils to adopt adult protection committees to lead on preventing and tackling abuse. We expect councils to have regard to the guidance particularly where vulnerable adults are transferred across boundaries.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental practices in Lancashire are accepting (a) children, (b) pensioners and (c) adult NHS patients, broken down by primary care trust. 
|Primary care trust (PCT)||Total practices|
|Registering children aged 018 years for NHS treatment||Registering charge exempt adults for NHS treatment||Registering charge paying adults for NHS treatment|
|Blackburn and Darwen||25|||||||
|Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale||37|||||||
|Chorley and South Ribble||27||4||1|||
|Hyndburn and Ribble Valley||20|||||||
Ms Rosie Winterton: We are aware that, in some parts of the country, people have difficulty in accessing a national health service dentist. We are undertaking a programme of reforms to make NHS dentistry more attractive to dentists and increase the number of dental training places. As an interim measure, we are committed to recruiting the equivalent of 1,000 dentists by October 2005. Recruitment from countries with a surplus of dentists is already proving helpful. For example, 28 Polish dentists began work in England in January, with a further 41 starting work during March and early April.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Tamworth constituency, the effects on the constituency of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Government have put in place a programme of National Health Service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Tamworth constituency.
At the end of December 2004, the number of people waiting more than nine months for in-patient treatment within the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust (PCT) has fallen to zero, from 261 in June 2002.
In June 2003, at Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust, 89.3 per cent. of patients spent less than four hours in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. Figures for December 2004 show an improvement to 99.5 per cent.
Between September 1997 and June 2004, the number of consultants at Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust has increased from 63 to 80. Between September 1997 and September 2003, the number of nurses has increased from 687 to 836.
Figures for December 2004 show that all patients within Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT are able to be offered an appointment with a GP within two working days and a primary care professional within one working day.
An additional new cardiac catheter laboratory, which includes x-ray equipment for diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease, will be delivered to the Staffordshire General Hospital during spring 2005.
National Treatment Agency for Drug Abuse.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the private finance initiative contracts which (a) his Department and (b) NHS Estates advertised in 2004, indicating in each case whether the output specification included (a) clauses specifically relating to energy consumption and energy efficiency, (b) a requirement for relevant equipment being purchased to be on the Government's Energy Technology List, (c) a requirement to use whole life costing to assess energy costs for new buildings or major refurbishments and (d) a requirement that new buildings or major refurbishments would be constructed to a specific energy standard; and what standard was specified in each case. 
Mr. Hutton: It is for national health service trusts to advertise their private finance initiative contracts. Neither the Department nor NHS Estates placed any adverts for private finance initiative contracts in 2004.
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