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The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency has jointly negotiated separate national framework agreements for photocopiers (multi-functional devices) and fax machines with Office of Government Commerce buying solutions. These agreements require that all appointed suppliers comply with all the relevant health and safety legislation and the European waste electronic and electrical equipment Directive. They both also actively encourage support of sustainable development.
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Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times were for patients at (a) West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Trust for (i) general surgery, (ii) urology, (iii) trauma and orthopaedics, (iv) ear, nose and throat, (v) ophthalmology, (vi) oral surgery and (vii) obstetrics and gynaecology for each year since 200102. 
Dr. Ladyman: The average waiting times for patients at West Suffolk Hospital National Health Service Trust and Addenbrookes Hospital NHS Trust for general surgery, urology, trauma and orthopaedics, ear, nose and throat, ophthalmology, oral surgery and obstetrics and gynaecology for each year since 200102 are shown in the tables.
|Trauma and orthopaedics||18.67||15.86||13.03||12.41|
|Ear, nose and throat||19.77||16.08||12.07||12.44|
|Trauma and orthopaedics||21.52||16.78||15.68||14.52|
|Ear, nose and throat||17.65||18.83||15.09||18.23|
Ms Rosie Winterton: The National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) is part of the Modernisation Agency, which is part of the Department, until 31 March 2005. The Secretary of State for Health is ultimately accountable.
From 1 April 2005, the NIMHE will become part of the care services improvement partnership, hosted by the prescription pricing authority, and will be accountable to the care services directorate in the Department.
Each NIMHE regional development centre is hosted by a separate National health service organisation and is accountable, in the first instance, to the boards of their employing organisations, then to the NIMHE and ultimately to the Secretary of State for the central programme work they carry out.
Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the NHS Healthcare Commission in each of the last six months regarding (a) waiting times for speech therapists and (b) access to speech therapists. 
Mr. Hutton: I understand from the Chairman of the Healthcare Commission that information about complaints relating to speech therapists cannot be readily retrieved and separately identified without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average pay of a fully qualified NHS nurse was in real terms (a) in 1997 and (b) the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|Average annualised earnings(40) in real terms (£)(41)|
|200203 as reference year||22,900||24,500|
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the adult population was obese in each of the last five years for which figures are available; how many individuals that percentage represents in actual terms in each of those years; how many obese persons he estimates died in each of those years; and how many individual adults became obese in each of those years. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Information is not available in exactly the form requested. The figures for the percentage of the adult population that was obese in the five years from 1999 to 2003, taken from the Health Survey for England, are shown in the table. The Health Survey for England provides estimates of the underlying population figures but, because of the small sample size any representation of the figures as a number of the total population should be treated with caution. Although Health Survey data for 2003 are weighted to provide a better match to the general population, un-weighted data for 2003 are shown here for consistency with previous years' data, which have not yet been weighted. Figures for the incidence of obesity are not available.
|Obese as a proportion of the total sample (percentage)||20.0||21.2||22.4||22.5||23.2|
|Sample base(42) (number)||6,903||6,963||13,681||6,478||13,056|
|Estimated number of obese adults in the total population (million)||7.6||8.1||8.6||8.8||9.0|
With regard to how many obese people died in each of those years, the fact that a person was obese is not routinely recorded at death certification. However, data on deaths where the underlying cause was certified as obesity or where this condition contributed to the death
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are collected. The following table shows the number of deaths in England and Wales where obesity was the underlying cause of death and where obesity contributed to the death, for the calendar years 1999 to 2003.
|Contributed to death||597||626||695||732||885|
|Total number of deaths from all causes||556,118||535,664||530,373||533,527||538,254|
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