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Mr. Gardiner: I am committed to taking action that further improves the nutritional value of school meals here. I intend therefore to make additional funding available to improve school meals from September 2005. The arrangements for this will be finalised in light of evaluation of the outcomes of the Department's Nutritional Standards pilot scheme, involving 100 schools, which ended in March 2005.
Mr. Gardiner: I am committed to taking action that further improves the nutritional value of the school meals here. I intend therefore to make additional funding available to improve school meals from September 2005. The arrangements for this will be finalised in light of evaluation of the outcomes of the Department's nutritional standards pilot scheme, involving 100 schools, which ended in March 2005.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 when special advisers attended meetings with external representatives at which ministers were not present; 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs of departmental (a) staff training days and (b) staff development days held away from the Department were in each year since 1997. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips in each year since 1997. 
The Northern Ireland Office's (excluding its Agencies and NDPBs) expenditure on official ministerial (a) business cards, (b) headed paper and (c) compliment slips is recorded under general printing
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expenditure codes which cover a vast range of items. To provide this information would be at disproportionate cost.
The figures provided in the table incorporate both the amounts spent on (a) stationery and (b) office supplies by the Northern Ireland Office (excluding its Agencies and NDPBs) in each year since 1997:
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the grant assistance which was offered to TK-ECC in 1999 has been clawed back since its closure; and if he will contribute funds clawed back to the company's pension fund. 
Mr. Gardiner: Under the terms of a Financial Assistance Agreement dated 4 June 1999, between TK-ECC Ltd. and the then Industrial Development Board (IDE), a total of £2,000,000 was made available to the company and £800,000 of this was drawn down. Following the closure of the company, Invest NI determined that £275,000 was recoverable under the terms of the Financial Assistance Agreement. This amount was repaid in full by the company on 4 October 2004. There is no provision that would allow funds recovered to be made available to the TK-ECC Ltd. Pension Fund.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of (a) NHS Direct, (b) the new general medical services contract and (c) the four-hour accident and emergency waiting time target on attendances at accident and emergency departments. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Our assessment is that the key factors contributing to the rise in reported attendances at accident and emergency departments since 200203 have been better reporting, increased availability and use of walk-in centres and minor injury units, which are classified as type two and three A and E departments, and increased public satisfaction with A and E services linked to improved performance against the four-hour target.
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We have found no evidence that NHS Direct or the new general medical service (QMS) contract have contributed to the rise in attendances. The start of the current trend of increased attendances pre-dated the implementation of the GMS contact by around a year.
Ms Rosie Winterton: We have not undertaken a formal assessment, but the significantly increased number of accident and emergency patients now seen within four hours (96.8 per cent. in the third quarter of 200405, compared with 78 per cent. in the same quarter of 200203) can reasonably be expected to have improved patient outcomes. We have also received no evidence of any instances where the operation of the target has detracted from the quality of patient care.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents occurred at his departmental premises in each of the last five years involving (a) members of his Department's staff and (b) members of the public. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: There were 83 accident book entries in 2000, 47 accident book entries in 2001, 83 accident book entries in 2002, 102 accident book entries in 2003 and 100 accident book entries in 2004. There are no accident figures held separately for members of the public.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements for monitoring accidents at work involving members of staff of his Department are in place; and if he will make a statement. 
Any serious event is notified to the building services, health and safety audit manager, who will initiate appropriate remedial action. The building services, health and safety audit manager will conduct necessary investigation and, where it applies, will report them under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations.
|Strategic health authority||Acute beds per 100,000 population|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||244|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||129|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||262|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||271|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||246|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||230|
|Dorset and Somerset||223|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||200|
|Kent and Medway||155|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||195|
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||219|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||196|
|North Central London||277|
|North East London||227|
|North West London||215|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||275|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||185|
|South East London||209|
|South West London||211|
|South West Peninsula||261|
|Surrey and Sussex||192|
|West Midlands South||208|
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