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Mr. Fallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding was made available to (a) Hospice in the Weald and (b) Demelza House Children's hospice in 200405; and how much will be made available in 200506. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not routinely collect the data requested on national health service funding for adult hospices such as Hospice in the Weald and children's hospices such as Demelza House.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-attendances there were for (a) in-patient appointments and (b) out-patient appointments in (i) Essex and (ii) the Metropolitan Police area of London in each of the last three years, broken down by primary care trust. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations take place before appointments are made to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority; and if she will make a statement; 
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Candidates seeking appointment as members of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) are expected to be able to demonstrate that they will be able to discharge their duties in accordance with the seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. Additionally, they will be expected to have expertise in an area that the HFEA needs in order to fully discharge its duties. The particular expertise sought at any given time will depend largely on that provided by existing members and that lost by outgoing members. It may be, for example, expertise in financial management, or assisted reproduction law, or patient involvement or embryology, depending on the circumstances.
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The chair of the HFEA consults the Department on the expertise needed in new members. References are sought for all candidates to be interviewed for appointment. Ministers also seek the views of their colleagues in the devolved administrations before making an appointment.
Paragraph 5(2) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 states that a person shall not be appointed as a member of the HFEA for more than three years at a time. In accordance with the code of practice of the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments, members are permitted to serve a second three year term if their performance has been satisfactory and their area of expertise is still needed on the HFEA board. Members may serve on the board for a maximum of ten years, but to be appointed for a third term they must enter an open competition for appointment on the same basis as new candidates. A list of current members and their duration of appointment is shown in the table.
|Name||Expertise||Date of first appointment||Date current appointment ends|
|Ms Suzi Leather (Chair)||Regulation||6 March 2002||31 March 2008|
|Prof. Tom Baldwin (Deputy Chair)||Philosophy||26 February 2001||6 November 2006|
|Ms Sara Nathan||Media||7 November 1998||6 November 2005|
|Ms Sharmila Nebhrajani||Management, accountant and media||7 November 1998||6 November 2005|
|Ms Clare Brown||Patient||2 December 2002||1 December 2005|
|Prof. Neva Haites||Clinical genetics||2 December 2002||1 December 2005|
|Prof. Emily Jackson||Health Care and Law||1 June 2003||30 November 2005|
|Dr Maybeth Jamieson||Embryology||2 December 2002||1 December 2005|
|Mr Walter Merricks||Finance and patient||2 December 2002||1 December 2005|
|Prof. David Barlow||Clinical||10 December 1997||6 November 2006|
|Mr Ivor Brecker||Management and Dentistry||10 May 2001||6 November 2006|
|Prof. lain Cameron||Clinical||26 February 2001||6 November 2006|
|Bishop Richard Harries||Bishop of Oxford||6 November 2003||6 November 2006|
|Ms Jennifer Hunt||Counsellor||6 November 2003||6 November 2006|
|Sir Simon Jenkins||Media||10 May 2001||6 November 2006|
|Prof. Christopher Barratt||Andrologist||15 January 2002||6 November 2007|
|Mr Hossam Abdalla||Clinical||1 October 2004||30 November 2007|
|Baroness Helene Hayman||Human tissue regulation||1 April 2005||31 March 2008|
Caroline Flint: The Department does not hold a list of publications by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). A list of all available publications can be found on the HFEA's website at www.hfea.gov.uk.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS (i) six to 12 months, (ii) 13 to 18 months and (iii) 19 to 24 months prior to being employed by independent sector treatment centres with contracts with the NHS. 
Caroline Flint: The United Kingdom influenza pandemic contingency plan was published in March 2005 and is currently being updated in light of comments received. The revised plan will be published in the autumn.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses on average in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) the Metropolitan police area of London, staffed an intensive care bed for (i) adults, (ii) children and (iii)new born or premature babies in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 July 2005, Official Report, columns 22122W, on IVF treatment, which primary care trusts have not implemented the advice to offer a minimum of one cycle of IVF by April to those who meet the clinical criteria. 
Caroline Flint: The Department does not collect information centrally on the number of in vitro fertilisation" (IVF) treatments provided by each primary care trust. The primary responsibility for the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines rests with the national health service at local level and compliance with NICE guidance by NHS organisations will be considered by the Healthcare Commission during its review and assessment processes.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations were cancelled at Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust within (a) seven days and (b) 24 hours of the appointment time in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the format requested. However, information relating to the number of cancellations either on, or after the day that the patient was due to be admitted is shown in the table.
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