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Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will exempt multiple sclerosis therapy centres from the need to undergo Healthcare Commission inspections; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Violence against national health service staff is wholly unacceptable and will not be tolerated. For the first time the NHS is putting in place a network of local specialists across the NHS with the professional skills to tackle this problem, supported nationally by the NHS security management service. Full figures for 200405 will be available shortly, but the indications are that this approach has already delivered a substantial increase in the number of prosecutions.
From data provided by the University and Colleges Admissions Service, the total number of applicants accepted on nursing diploma and degree programmes for 2004 entry is 21,171, of which 432 were from overseas countries.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list those primary care trusts responsible for patients in breach of the nine months in-patient waiting time target for the period ending on 31 March. 
|Commissioning primary care|
trust (PCT) name
|Number of in-patients waiting over nine months|
|Richmond and Twickenham||1|
|Sutton and Merton||2|
|Brighton and Hove City||3|
|Bristol South and West||10|
|Bath and NE Somerset||1|
|Bristol South and West||1|
Of the 41 patients waiting over 12 months at the end of March 2005, most were waiting for admission either to Welsh hospitals or a single English trust (the United Bristol hospitals national health service trust).