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Primary Care Trusts

19. Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for the future structure of primary care trusts. [3687]

Jane Kennedy: Primary care trusts are central to improving the health of their populations by commissioning high quality care. As we implement the next stage of the national health service reforms, including practice based commissioning and streamlining NHS management, PCTs will need to change and develop. These changes need to reflect local circumstances and form part of a structured programme for the NHS as a whole.

Hospitals (Parking Charges)

20. Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure further car parking charges at hospitals are not introduced. [3688]

Mr. Byrne: It is a matter for individual national health service trusts to decide whether or not to charge for car parking, and the level of charges in the light of local circumstances. We have no plans to change this.

Stroke Care

21. Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in improving stroke care for younger people. [3689]

Mr. Byrne: The national service framework for older people, launched in 2001, covered specifically the development of stroke services for all ages, including younger people. Between 1998 and October 2004, the proportion of hospitals in England treating stroke patients that have a specialist stroke service rose from 45 per cent. to 90 per cent.

Venous Thromboembolism

23. Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Government's response to the second report of the Health Committee, Session
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2004–05, on the Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism in Hospitalised Patients, is expected to be published. [3691]

Caroline Flint: We are currently considering our response on this important topic of Venous Thromboembolism in hospitalised patients. It is our intention to respond to the Health Committee as soon as possible.

Acute Services (Northampton)

24. Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to improve acute services in Northampton. [3692]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Northampton general hospital has benefited from an £11.2 million investment in cancer services, including three new linear accelerators.

In addition, the Northampton general hospital NHS trust is also developing plans for a £300 million redevelopment of hospital services in Northampton. The strategic outline case has been approved by the strategic health authority and work is now in hand on the outline business case. It is hoped that work on the new hospital will begin 2010.
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British Pregnancy Advisory Service

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has completed its investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service; and if she will make a statement. [3686]

Caroline Flint: The Report was commissioned to the Chief Medical Officer by the previous Secretary of State. Decisions will be taken on the publication of the Report once the Secretary of State has considered the CMO's conclusions and recommendations. It would be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.


Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many pregnancies were terminated in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005 at fewer than (a) 28 weeks, (b) 24 weeks, (c) 22 weeks and (d) 12 weeks; [2329]

(2) how many terminations of pregnancy were carried out in the United Kingdom in each year between 1975 and 2005; [2330]

(3) how many patients under the age of 16 years had pregnancies terminated in each year between 1975 and 2004. [2331]

Caroline Flint: The available information is shown in the tables. The annual abortion data for 2004 will be published in July; the annual data for 2006 will be published next summer.
Legal abortions: total number of abortions, number of abortions at age under 16, and abortions by gestation(26), residents of England and Wales, 1975 to 2003

Age in yearsGestation weeks(27)
Totalunder 160 to 1112 to 1920 to 2324 and over

Age in yearsGestation weeks(27)
Totalunder 160 to 1213 to 2223 to 2425 and over

Age in yearsGestation weeks2
Totalunder 160 to 1213 to 2223 to 2425–27

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Age in yearsGestation weeks(27)
Totalunder 160 to 1213 to 2021 to 23(28)24–27

Age in yearsGestation weeks(27)
Totalunder 164 to 1213 to 2122 to 23(28)24–27

Age in yearsGestation weeks
Totalunder 164 to 1213 to 2122 and over

(26) The way gestation length has been grouped for publication has changed several times since 1975 and this is reflected in the tables.
(27) Figures by gestation may not add to the total as they include terminations at gestations over 27 weeks and terminations at gestations unknown.
(28) Includes 24 weeks and 0 days.

Alcohol Consumption

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average weekly consumption of alcohol for (a) men and (b) women has been in each of the last 10 years. [4623]

Caroline Flint: The average weekly alcohol consumption for 1992 to 2002 for men and women is shown in the table.
Average weekly alcohol consumption (mean units per week) by sex: 1992 to 2002—Persons aged 16 and over, England

Weighted base 2002 (thousands) = 100 per cent16,78119,160
Unweighted sample(29) 20025,9066,889

(29) Data for 1998 onwards are weighted for non-response; table shows unweighted and weighted figures for 1998 to give an indication of the effect of the weighting. For the weighted data, 1998 and 2000–02, the weighted base is the base for percentages. Bases for earlier years are of similar size and can be found in General Household Survey (GHS) reports for each year.
GHS, Office for National Statistics.

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