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Ms Rosie Winterton: 37 statutory instruments, including both regulations and orders, have been revoked from 1 October 2004 to date. In addition, there were 10 statutory instruments in which provisions were revoked but the whole of the instrument was not.
Miss Melanie Johnson: The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.
|MRC||Department's national research programmes (£000)|
Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of completed and ongoing projects, including a significant number concerned with dermatology, can be found on the national research register at www.dh.gov.uk/research.
Dr. Ladyman: The Secretary of State for Health is required by the Care Standards Act 2000 to consult the General Social Care Council (GSCC) before making any order to extend the register to social care workers, including domiciliary care workers. He did so in 2004, following which the GSCC undertook an open consultation in England last autumn and recommended the following order for the next groups for registration:
Ministers have accepted in principle the recommendations of the GSCC. Detailed plans for the implementation of these recommendations are being prepared and an announcement will be made in the coming months.
John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Chief Medical Officer has received from Dr. Wilmshurst, consultant cardiologist at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital; what action he has taken as a result; and if he will place copies of the correspondence in the Library. 
Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the National Institute for Clinical Excellence appraisals of drug treatments to ensure that all important health effects have been taken into account in each case. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The process by which the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraises drugs and their treatment is a matter for NICE itself. NICE consults periodically in its appraisal process. The latest consultation was in 2004, details can be found on the NICE'S website www.nice.org.uk.
NICE is an independent organisation, which has gained an international reputation for its work on clinical and cost effectiveness of treatment and healthcare. NICE'S methodologies have also been commended by the World Health Organisation.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of persons aged (a) over 65, (b) over 75 and (c) over 85 years of age resident in (i) residential care homes, (ii) nursing homes and (iii) their own homes and receiving domiciliary care; and what the (A) suicide rate, (B) number of reports to the police of missing persons, (C) number of admissions to hospital following falls and (D) number of deaths as a result of accident was in each group in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Dr. Ladyman: The estimated numbers of people aged 65 and over, 75 and over and 85 and over reported to be living in residential and nursing care homes in England from the 2001 census are shown in Table 1. The table also shows the estimated number of people receiving domiciliary care provided or commissioned by councils with social service responsibilities in England at 31 March 2004.
|As at 31 March||65 and over||75 and over||85 and over|
|65 and over||116,500|
|75 and over||92,800|
|85 and over||44,600|
|Place of occurrence(35)||All ages||65 and over||75 and over||85 and over|
|occurring at home||2,900||1,500||1,200||600|
|occurring in residential institution(36)||500||400||400||300|
|with place of occurrence unspecified||3,100||2,900||2,700||1,800|
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