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There is very little published research on levels of chemicals in newborn babies, reflecting the difficulty and ethical considerations in undertaking such work.
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The Department, in conjunction with the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and the Health and Safety Executive, funded some research on creating an archive of breast milk samples. Some preliminary information on levels of chemicals in human breast milk was available. The Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment recently reviewed preliminary data and made a statement. This is available on the FSA website at http://www.food.gov.uk/science/ouradvisors/toxicity/statements/cotstatements2004branch/cotstatebreastmilk.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many video conferencing units are installed in (a) her Department and (b) each agency of the Department; what percentage of offices have these facilities in each case; and what plans there are to increase the number. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department has a total of 14 fixed video conferencing studios in its main buildings in London and Leeds, with a further 10 mobile video conferencing facilities in meeting rooms and nine desktop, video conferencing units, in these and other departmental locations.
The Department continuously monitors use made of video conferencing facilities to ensure sufficient capacity is available and maximum benefit obtained. There are no current plans to increase capacity. The Department is currently undertaking a strategic review of the technologies available and further investment may result.
NHS PASA continuously monitors usage levels of all video conferencing facilities. There are currently some web camera trials under way for home based workers, but there are no plans to increase the number of conventional video conferencing facilities.
As part of a process to co-locate most MHRA staff in one building, current and future video conferencing requirements were reviewed in early 2005. There are no plans to increase the number of installed units.
NHS Estates (NHSE) has video conferencing units in five out of six, or 83 per cent., of its offices. NHSE will no longer exist from the end of September 2005; consequently, there are no plans for further investment.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority for a person referred by a general practitioner to see a hospital consultant was in each of the last four years. 
|As at March each year||Median (weeks)|
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for those referred for treatment by GPs in (a) each London primary care trust and (b) each London health authority was in each year since 1997. 
|Code||Name||June 1997||June 1998||June 1999||June 2000||June 2001|
|QA3||Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA||5.8||3.9||8.0||6.9||6.6|
|QA4||Enfield and Haringey HA||6.8||7.7||8.6||8.8||n/a|
|QA5||Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA||7.3||7.4||8.7||8.8||8.3|
|QAA||Bexley and Greenwich HA||5.6||7.3||6.9||7.3||n/a|
|QAG||Kingston and Richmond HA||5.4||4.6||5.4||5.9||5.6|
|QAH||Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA||7.1||8.2||7.9||7.0||7.2|
|QAJ||Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA||5.3||3.6||7.0||6.7||6.4|
|QAP||Barking and Havering HA||8.0||8.2||8.7||8.0||8.4|
|QAR||Brent and Harrow HA||6.8||5.8||7.2||6.9||6.9|
|QAT||Camden and Islington HA||5.8||6.4||6.4||6.4||6.2|
|QAV||Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA||5.6||6.4||6.7||6.4||6.3|
|QAW||East London and City HA||7.5||8.9||8.5||8.1||7.6|
|QEW||Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||8.0|
|QEY||Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||7.3|
|Code||Name||June 2002||June 2003||June 2004||June 2005|
|5H1||Hammersmith and Fulham PCT||6.3||6.4||6.2||7.2|
|5LA||Kensington and Chelsea PCT||6.3||6.8||6.6||7.2|
|North West London SHA||7.0||7.1||7.5||7.6|
|North Central London SHA||8.2||7.3||7.2||8.2|
|5C2||Barking and Dagenham PCT||9.1||8.7||8.6||7.3|
|5C3||City and Hackney PCT||7.5||6.5||5.8||5.7|
|5C4||Tower Hamlets PCT||7.7||7.6||7.7||7.4|
|5C6||Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone PCT||8.8||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|5C7||Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT||8.2||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|5NC||Waltham Forest PCT||n/a||8.6||8.1||7.9|
|North East London SHA||8.2||7.9||7.4||7.2|
|TAK||Bexley Care Trust||n/a||n/a||7.0||6.6|
|South East London SHA||7.9||7.4||7.2||7.9|
|5M6||Richmond and Twickenham PCT||5.8||6.0||6.2||6.1|
|5M7||Sutton and Merton PCT||6.9||7.3||6.9||6.7|
|South West London SHA||6.6||6.6||6.8||6.5|
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between general practitioner referral and hospital treatment in the (a) Essex Health Authority area and (b) Castle Point and Rochford Primary Care Trust in the last period for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government's target is that by the end of 2008 no patient will have to wait more than 18 weeks from general practitioner referral to start of hospital treatment. We do not currently collect information on the length of time from GP referral to start of treatment, so it is not yet possible to report on individual organisations' progress towards the target. We will be working with the national health service to introduce new data reporting systems to support delivery of the target.
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