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Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of elective finished in-year admissions for hip replacement surgery (waiting list and booked cases) for residents within the Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust area are shown in the table.
|Median waiting time|
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Minister of State, during her visit to Hammersmith hospital on 20 July, held discussions regarding (a) reconfiguration of hospital services in the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust and (b) the transfer of specialised services from the Charing Cross hospital. 
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she intends to follow the recommendations of the Select Committee on Science and Technology's Fifth Report and create a new Human Genetics, Fertility and Tissue Commission. 
Jane Kennedy: The Government published their response to the report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law", on 16 August 2005. Copies are available in the Library.
The Government considered whether to establish a single commission with a remit covering the entirety of bioethics issues as part of the Department's review of its arm's length bodies. This was rejected, after careful consideration, on the basis that the present distributed model of advisory bodies with more specific briefs remained the best option as it enables specific bioethical issues to be addressed by dedicated groups with the appropriate expertise and sufficient time to devote to the issue.
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Mr. Byrne: The table shows the number of people aged 18 and over receiving community based services as at 31 March for the years 200104 in England and the number from these totals who received direct payments. Data are not available for the earlier years.
At 31 March
|Number of whom received direct payments|
|North Central London||22,498|
|North East London||11,874|
|North West London||5,977|
|South East London||11,009|
|South West London||9,639|
|Barking and Dagenham||263|
|Bexley Care Trust||-2,749|
|City and Hackney Teaching||43|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||679|
|Kensington and Chelsea||-17,976|
|Richmond and Twickenham||117|
|Sutton and Merton||0|
Jane Kennedy: No such assessment has been made. It is for the local national health service to make assessments about the range and adequacy of health services it provides to the local community, including maternity services.
Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action is being taken to increase short-term capacity for maternity deliveries in hospitals in the South West London Strategic Health Authority area. 
Jane Kennedy: This is a matter for local decision making which should take full account of local circumstances. I have been informed that the South West London Strategic Health Authority (SHA) is actively working to develop and improve maternity services in its area. In August 2004, the SHA commissioned a two-year modernisation of maternity services project and has recently been successful in securing departmental funding of £250,000 to develop a South West London maternity collaborative to build on the work undertaken by this project.
Mr. Byrne: The Department and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) will be looking at the case for further expansion of undergraduate medical education, including the potential for expansionof graduate entry medical degrees. A joint implementation group, chaired by the Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson, and the Chief Executive of HEFCE, Sir Howard Newby, has been established to lead this review.
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