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Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has given in each of the last five years to voluntary organisations to promote breastfeeding; if she will list those organisations; and for what specific purposes the funding was provided. 
Caroline Flint: The Government are committed to increasing support for breastfeeding and have provided funding to four voluntary organisations over the past five years whose activities support the Department's policy priorities relating to breastfeeding.
|National Childbirth Trust||Breastfeeding Network||Association of Breastfeeding Mothers||La Leche League|
The Government are committed to increasing support for breastfeeding. There is a wealth of documented evidence internationally on the positive health impacts of breastfeeding and the benefits over feeding infant formula milk. We have responded to this evidence by raising awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding through a national breastfeeding awareness week and focusing on increasing support for breastfeeding, particularly among women from
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disadvantaged groups. We have not commissioned specific research into the health impacts of breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
Caroline Flint: The Government are committed to increasing support for breastfeeding and have identified £2 million for activities related to healthy start and breastfeeding, including, national breastfeeding awareness week and a new national breastfeeding helpline. The five yearly national infant feeding survey to be conducted later this year will be funded separately.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has made to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence regarding its appraisal of cancer treatment-induced anaemia. 
Jane Kennedy: None. The Department, as a registered stakeholder in the development of this appraisal, has been invited to respond to a consultation document published by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on 1 July.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Anastrozole is licensed in England for the adjuvant treatment of postmenopausal women with hormone receptor positive early invasive breast cancer and can be prescribed on the NHS for patients who fit the licensed indication.
New hormonal therapies for the treatment of early breast cancer, including anastrozole, are being appraised by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Guidance is expected in November 2006
In these circumstances, we expect primary care trusts to take full account of available evidence when reaching funding decisions. This is confirmed in Health Service Circular 1999/176, which asks NHS bodies to continue with local arrangements for the managed introduction of new technologies where guidance from NICE is not available at the time the treatment or technology first became available.
Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will meet the Pan Birmingham Cancer Network to discuss their policy on the use of cancer treatments which have not been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
It is for individual cancer networks and primary care trusts to make decisions on the drugs they wish to make available to patients, taking into account the needs of the local population and, where appropriate, national guidance from National Institute and Health and Clinical Excellence.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many girls under 16 have been prescribed (a) contraceptive pills, (b) contraceptive implants and (c) contraceptive long-term injections in each of the last eight years; 
Caroline Flint: Data from the prescription cost Analysis for England 1 is only available since 2001 and is shown in table 1. Data may not be complete as under 16s may also have been supplied with contraception under a separate exemption categoryexemption for contraception supplied free of chargeand data by age is not available for this category. It should also be noted that contraceptive pills may be prescribed for purposes other than contraception, for example, heavy periods or acne.
|Tablet-based items prescribed||33,000||33,000||34,000||33,000|
|Injection-based items prescribed||680||560||630||490|
|Implant-based items prescribed||21||140||76||110|
The estimated number of young women aged under 16 whose primary method of contraception was the pill, injection or implant obtained from community contraception clinics in the period 199697 to 200304 is shown in table 2.
|Primary care trust||Total number of dental practice addresses||Number of dental practice addresses in PDS|
|North Hertfordshire and Stevenage||39|||
|South East Hertfordshire||27|||
|Royston, Buntingford and Bishop's|
|Watford and Three Rivers||37|||
|St. Albans and Harpenden||36||1|
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the public funds made available by (a) grants and (b) loans to NHS dental clinics in south Devon in each of the last five years; and whether conditions regarding continuing to practice within the NHS were attached to them. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 28 June 2005]: In 2001, The Department made £35 million available via the dental care development fund to expand local national health service dental capacity. The Department does not hold details of whether dental clinics in south Devon received funds from the dental care development fund. Health authorities imposed conditions on the grant: that the additional capacity was maintained, usually for three years; and that the practices in receipt of funds contributed around 50 per cent. of the total value of the grant.
The Department made £50 million available to strategic health authorities to buy back local dental capacity from dentists in 200405. Of this, £1.56 million was made available to the South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority, who allocated £242,000 to the primary care trusts covering south Devon: Torbay (£149,000); and south Hams and west Devon (£93,000). The amounts of money allocated to individual dental clinics is not held by the Department. The grant was intended to support NHS practice, but no specific conditions regarding continuing to practice in the NHS were attached to the moneys.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices were operating in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex, on 1 May; and how many people were unable to register with an NHS dentist in South Woodham Ferrers on that date. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 6 July 2005]: The number of dental surgery addresses within the Maldon and South Chelmsford Primary Care Trust (PCT) area, which provides dental services to the residents of South Woodham Ferrers, and the number of people and the percentage of people who are registered with an national health service dentist, based on the 2003 estimated population figures, are shown in the table.
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|Maldon and South Chelmsford||Number/percentage|
|Total number of dental surgery addresses as at 30 April 2005||12|
|Total number of people registered with an NHS dentist as at 31 March 2005||44,222|
|Percentage of people registered with an NHS dentist(39) as at 31 March 2005||51|
There were three dental practices, with eight general dental practitioners (GDPs), operating in South Woodham Ferrers on 1 May 2005. At that point, the three practices had 10,860 NHS patients registered with them.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Chorley and South Ribble primary care trust (PCT) received £212,000 in 200405. This was divided as follows; £135,423 capital, £57,778 revenue and £19,291 for the salaried dental service (community clinics).
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As at 31 May 2005, there are 24 dental practices within the Chorley and South Ribble PCT area. Nine practices have converted to personal dental service (PDS) contracts, meaning 38 per cent. of practices have been secured to provide national health service dentistry. This equates to 38,000 NHS patients registered with the personal dental service practices. Dental Practice Board figures show a total of 102,661 registrations across the PCT area.
These practicesthe Jones, Buxton and Eccleston dental practicesreceived a total of £362,000 in growth money to enable them to increase the number of sessions that they perform. This equates to 26 sessions as approved by the PDS team. The practices concerned are all gradually increasing their list sizes.
Chorley and South Ribble PCT anticipates that over the course of the next five years, 5,000 extra patients will be registered with PDS practices alone. The PCT is working with dental practices to achieve this in a staged manner.
The PCT is also exploring alternatives to increase capacity. This includes international recruitment opportunities, identifying capacity in current premises and including extra dental provision in the PCT's new capital developments. In addition, one of the largest dental practices in Chorley is currently negotiating with the PCT to move to PDS.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Primary care provided by independent general dental practitioners (GDPs) forms the major element of national health service dental services. Most GDPs operate within the national terms of the general dental service (GDS), although some have opted to provide similar patient services under local contracts agreed with their primary care trust (PCT) as part of the recently introduced personal dental service (PDS).
The table shows the estimated average income of NHS dentists in Hampshire for each year since 1997, calculated on a headcount basis. Whole time equivalent information is not available. A number of dentists moved from GDS to PDS, mainly in 200405. These dentists are known to be more committed to the NHS; hence, the effect of their leaving the GDS pool is to reduce the average GDS payments for those who remained at the end of 200405.
It is important to note that a dentist with an open GDS or PDS contract may provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses and that the Dental Practice Board has no information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual dentists.
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|Average gross GDS fees(41)||Average gross PDS payments(42)(5508050043)(44)|
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental surgeries (a) carrying out only NHS work and (b) carrying out both NHS and private work there are in St. Albans; and if she will make a statement. 
A dentist with a general dental services or personal dental services contract may provide as little NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with the PCT. The Dental Practice Board has no information concerning the amount of time dedicated to NHS work by individual dentists. Statistical data about dentists' private practice is not collected centrally.
1 Dental Practice Board.
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