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Helen Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the latest estimate is of underspend by her Department (a) in cash terms and (b) as a percentage of departmental budget for financial year 200405. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The diabetes and the children, young people and maternity services national service framework set out the standards of care that women with diabetes should receive before, during and after pregnancy.
All women with diabetes of childbearing age should be offered, at least once a year, information and advice about the risks associated with pregnancy and how to go about reducing those risks. This should be integrated into all women's routine diabetes care.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department spent on advertising and promoting awareness of diabetes in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Funding is made available to national health service services to implement services locally and as a result, general awareness campaigns are more likely to be developed locally in primary care trusts and hospitals rather than centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time for a digital hearing aid assessment for non-priority patients is at (a) the University Hospital of North Staffordshire and (b) NHS hospitals; and what her Department's target is; 
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(2) what the University Hospital of North Staffordshire's budget is for the provision of digital hearing aids to patients for year ending 31 March in (a) 2006, (b) 2007, (c) 2008 and (d) 2009; 
(7) what the current waiting time is for a digital hearing aid assessment at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for (a) patients who are registered blind, (b) patients who are terminally ill, (c) patients at risk at work, (d) patients receiving a war pension during hearing loss, (e) non-priority patients requiring a new hearing aid and (f) new non-priority patients; 
(8) what the current waiting time is after assessment for the fitting of a digital hearing aid at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for (a) patients who are registered blind, (b) patients who are terminally ill, (c) patients at risk at work, (d) patients receiving a war pension, (e) non-priority patients requiring a new hearing aid and (f) new non-priority patients. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department has invested £125 million in the modernising hearing aid services (MHAS) project since 2000. As a result, from April 2005 all 164 national health service audiology services in England should be routinely fitting digital hearing aids.
In the period between entry to medical school and full registration, it is estimated that training a doctor costs between £200,000 and £250,000. Doctors generally continue training after full registration. As the duration and nature of post-registration training varies greatly and as service and training costs are closely related it is not possible to provide a meaningful estimate of the total cost of training.
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A snapshot survey of postgraduate deaneries established that as at early August 2005, 136 pre-registration house officers (PRHOs) in England did not have a substantive senior house officer (SHO) or equivalent post to move to upon the expiry of their PRHO contract. This number had reduced to around 100 by early September 2005 and we expect it to have reduced further as more SHO opportunities become available.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice is given to junior doctors without senior house officer posts on what course of action they should take to ensure that they can complete their training; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Junior doctors seeking senior house officer posts may obtain career advice from the clinical tutor of their local trust or from their regional postgraduate dean. Career information is available on postgraduate deanery websites. Vacant senior house officer posts are advertised every week.
Provision of accessible and robust career advice is also one of the key aims of the modernising medical careers initiative. As a result, each postgraduate deanery in England has been allocated £73,200 in 200506 to establish career advice support systems in each deanery. We have also published Career ManagementAn approach for medical schools, deaneries, royal colleges and trustsa document that presents an approach to the delivery of career management initiatives for doctors. It is intended primarily for medical schools, postgraduate deaneries, employing trusts, royal colleges and other key stakeholders in doctors' careers.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is responsible for maintaining the National Congenital Anomaly System (NCAS) notifications in England and Wales. These notifications are collected for live and stillbirths and are provided by NHS Trusts on a voluntary basis either directly to ONS on form SD56 or via local congenital anomaly registers that exchange data with ONS.
These registers cover all births in Wales, but only 42 per cent. of births in England. Their information is obtained from both the SD56 form and additional information collected locally. For areas for which NCAS relies solely on SD56 notification forms
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