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Caroline Flint: The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) are members of the nutrition forum which was set up in 2002 to bring key stakeholders in nutrition together. The forum aimed to allow ah exchange of views, build stakeholder relationships and assist the Food Standards Agency and United Kingdom health Departments in the development and implementation of nutrition policies.
Caroline Flint [holding answer 6 June 2005]: The available information is shown in the following table. Although figures are requested for the United Kingdom, the Department only holds figures for England. These are taken from the results of the Health Survey for England for 1997 and 2003, the latest year for which figures are available.
|Number of children surveyed||2,854||2,833|
|Surveys estimates represented as a number of|
the total population
|Number obese (million)||1.1||1.4|
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the success rate in recent trials of using patients' own stem cells to treat chronic liver disease. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department awaits the results of these research trials using patients' own stem cells to treat chronic liver disease with interest. As with all research, until the experimental analysis is completed, subjected to peer review and replicated by other researchers, it would be wrong to speculate on the potential clinical implications for patients.
Jane Kennedy: The Department has produced guidance notes for managers and staff on religious add cultural awareness and a brief guide to world religions following the introduction of the Employment Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations. These notes will be supplemented by further training later this year, when the Department's new diversity package is launched. This package will include a specific module on faith and belief.
Mr. Byrne: We are currently considering the range of services that could be offered by the new generation of community hospitals promised in the Labour manifesto. Decisions on exactly which services will be provided by each new community hospital will be made, in full consultation with the public and health professionals locally.
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 14 June 2005]:The NHS identity guidance, is available on the nhs.uk website at www.nhsidentity.nhs.uk, published in 2000, gives examples of stationery layouts which explicitly include telephone numbers and email addresses. Reinforcing this, the toolkit for producing patient information (2003), also to be found on the identity website, includes in its checklists a reminder that contact information should be considered.
It is for national health service organisations to decide how contact information should be presented, within the bounds of the identity guidance, depending on the needs of their patients or service users and the circumstances of the particular communication.
|All ages||18 to 64||65 and over|
|Physical disability, frailty|
and sensory impairment
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy in each year since 1997 from (a) the Medical Research Council, (b) the Department of Health's research and development budget and (c) other sources; what research funding she plans to provide for research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy in the coming years; and if she will make a statement. 
The main part of the Department's expenditure on health research is allocated to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual projects supported in the NHS, including a number concerned with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, can be found on the national research register at www.dh.gov.uk/research.
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