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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 October 2005]: The Department highlighted stroke as one of eight standards in the older people's national service framework (2001). In recognition of the need to increase understanding of stroke prevention, care and treatment, the Department is investing £20 million over five years in a new United Kingdom stroke research network.
The Department's public health campaigns make a significant contribution to preventing strokes. These include campaigns on smoking and healthy eating, and the Food Standards Agency campaign on reducing salt consumption.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the targets that (a) her Department and (b) each executive agency her Department is responsible for has set during the next 12 months. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department's forward plan sets out its objectives. This is available on the Department's website at http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/11/71/22/04117122.pdf. Copies are available in the Library.
The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency's (NHS PASA) targets are published in its business plan. This is available on the NHS PASA website at http://www.pasa.nhs.uk/publications/200506 Business Plan. pdf. Copies are available in the Library.
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The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency's (MHRA) targets are published in its business plan. This is available on the MHRA website at http://www.mhra.gov.uk/home/groups/comms-sp/documents/publication/cond018034.pdf. Copies are available in the Library.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many thyroid patients have been wrongly diagnosed as having chronic fatigue syndrome in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 October 2005]: The Your Health, Your Care, Your Say consultation is a deliberative process designed to find out what the public wants from community health and social care services to meet its everyday needs. The programme includes four regional public engagement events, held in Gateshead, Leicester, London and Plymouth and a national event in Birmingham. Local health and social care communities, as well as stakeholder and voluntary organisations, are being encouraged to facilitate local public engagement events. People can also take part in the consultation by completing an on-line questionnaire at www.nhs.uk/yoursay. The estimated eventual cost of the nationally organised elements of the consultation is expected to be about £1.2 million, funded from the Department's running costs budget.
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 October 2005]: Members of the public are selected randomly from electoral registers. They are invited to express an interest in attending an event and to provide details about themselves. The final selection is designed to be broadly representative of the public and health and social care service users in the regional or national populations, taking account factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, health and personal circumstances.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many strategic health authorities held local consultations on your health, your care, your say, broken down by (a) location and (b) number of people who attended. 
We have encouraged strategic health authorities and local authorities, as well as professional and voluntary organisations, to facilitate local engagement events, but details about where these are taking place and the number of people attending is not collected centrally.
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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance was given to Opinion Leaders Research by her Department on the organisations to which invitations to regional consultations on Your Health, Your Care, Your Say should be issued. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people attended the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say regional meetings at (a) Gateshead, (b) Leicester, (c) London and (d) Plymouth; 
Mr. Byrne: Information about the numbers of attenders, the agendas and the outcomes of the regional Your Health, Your Care, Your Say consultation events in Gateshead, Leicester, London and Plymouth are set out in the reports of those events, copies of which have been placed in the Library. The names of members of the public who attended these events is not held by the Department. The national consultation will take place in Birmingham on Saturday, 29 October 2005.
Dawn Primarolo: Child benefit recognises the costs of children for all families by directing weekly support for each child to the main carer irrespective of income. The rate of child benefit for the first child has risen by 25 per cent. in real terms since 1997.
The Government have recently taken powers to extend child benefit to young people over the age of 16 in unwaged training and to 19-year-olds who are finishing a course of education or unwaged training they started before they turned 19. This extension will be implemented from April 2006.
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