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Action taken by the Healthcare Commission when clinics do not meet the national standards is proportionate to the level of concern. However, this includes the authority to cancel a clinic's registration, which may also lead to a withdrawal of approval under the Abortion Act.
Since 1991, one clinic has had its registration, and its approval under the Abortion Act 1967, withdrawn and one clinic chose to close voluntarily in order to give the provider time to comply with the requirements set.
Miss Melanie Johnson:
As stated in the statistical bulletin summary, Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2003", the format of tables changed to reflect concerns over issues of privacy and confidentiality. These issues are now being considered in more detail and we have asked the National Statistician to provide
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the Department and the new Health and Social Care Information Centre with guidelines for interpreting the national statistics code of practice and associated protocols in the handling of health statistics that balance data confidentiality risks with the public interest in the use of the figures. We expect to receive these in the summer.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times during the (a) Italian, (b) Irish
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and (c) Dutch Presidency of the EU the Advisory Committee on cancer prevention met; when and where these meetings took place; what UK Government expert was present; and if he will make a statement. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged between 11 and 15 years were admitted to hospital in each strategic health authority owing to alcohol-related problems in each year since 200203. 
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 16 March 2005]: Episodes of children aged between 11 and 15 years admitted to hospital in each strategic health authority owing to alcohol-related problems in each year since 200102 are shown in the table.
|Strategic health authority||200102||200203||200304|
|Q01||Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||118||99||126|
|Q02||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||151||122||119|
|Q04||North West London||71||54||86|
|Q05||North Central London||47||66||63|
|Q06||North East London||43||58||80|
|Q07||South East London||43||59||69|
|Q08||South West London||127||122||140|
|Q09||Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||141||124||93|
|Q10||County Durham and Tees Valley||68||112||121|
|Q11||North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||167||109||196|
|Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire||152||206||184|
|Q15||Cheshire and Merseyside||265||264||321|
|Q17||Hampshire and Isle of Wight||82||91||112|
|Q18||Kent and Medway||141||103||128|
|Q19||Surrey and Sussex||169||229||225|
|Q20||Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||99||106||142|
|Q21||South West Peninsula||91||100||152|
|Q22||Dorset and Somerset||90||69||64|
|Q25||Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||62||62||67|
|Q26||Shropshire and Staffordshire||112||122||138|
|Q27||Birmingham and the Black Country||209||167||222|
|Q28||West Midlands South||122||116||131|
Miss Melanie Johnson: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the use of antibiotics in human rather than veterinary medicines is thought to be the main source of resistant micro-organisms in the human population, but we recognise that transfer of resistant bacteria can also occur through the food chain. Action has been taken to phase out the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animals and to make sure that antibiotics are used responsibly in the treatment of sick animals. Measures to prevent food-borne disease, such as cooking, will also prevent the transmission of resistant bacteria.
Antibiotic residues in food, resulting from on-farm use and their implications for consumer health, are monitored by the veterinary residues committee and the FSA. The residue levels currently reported do not raise any concerns about risks to consumer health.
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