Ms Rosie Winterton: Information as to the number of physiotherapists employed in the national health service is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows the number of physiotherapy staff and the number of qualified physiotherapists in the Essex strategic health authority (SHA) area as at 30 September2004 (the latest data available) by primary care trust (PCT).
|Total physiotherapy staff
|Qualified physiotherapy staff
|Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford PCT22
|Epping Forest PCT
|Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust
|Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT
|Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust47
|North Essex Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust5
|South Essex Partnership NHS Trust
|Southend Hospital NHS Trust
|Witham Braintree and Halstead Care Trust15
Mr. Byrne: The advice is set out in "Commissioning a Patient Led NHS", which was published on 28 July. A number of criteria were provided against which strategic health authorities will submit proposals for the future configuration of their primary care trusts (PCTs) and the wording of the criterion relating to co-terminosity is:
"Improve coordination with social services through greater congruence of PCT and local government boundaries. As a general principle we will be looking to reconfigured PCTs to have a clear relationship with local authority social services boundaries. This does not need to mean a rigid 1:1 co-terminositybig local authorities might have more than one PCTs whereas a number of small unitary authorities might fit into one PCT."
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Contraceptives are not provided in prisons. Prison doctors were advised in 1995 that they should make condoms available to individual prisoners, on application, if in their clinical judgement there is a risk of transmission of HIV infection during sexual activity. The Prison Service is planning to issue revised guidance and instructions, which aim to clarify the policy on condoms so that it can be applied more evenly across the prison estate.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps have been taken to initiate a full-research study into (a) the incidence of pulmonary hypertension and (b) the incidence of pulmonary hypertension among different gender and age groups; 
|Finished consultant episodes
The drug Cialis is prescribed for conditions other than pulmonary hypertension. Therefore, it is not possible to provide figures for the number of pulmonary hypertension sufferers receiving this drug.
The 2004 Health Development Agency publication, "The Smoking Epidemic in England" estimated there were around 27,400 lung cancer deaths each year, of which 23,700 deaths were attributable to smoking. The number of deaths from lung cancer not attributable to smoking is therefore around 3,700.
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Jane Kennedy: Before introducing medicines to the United Kingdom, they must undergo a licensing procedure which involves scientific assessment of all the company's quality, safety and efficacy data. For Sorafenib, the data will be evaluated using a single European procedure than separate national procedures.
Bayer Healthcare AG has announced that they have recently submitted the clinical trial results for Sorafenib to the European Medicines Agency in London. The process of evaluating all of the data for risks and benefits in patients with advanced kidney cancer can now begin. If successful, the European Agency's scientific committee for human medicinal products will reach a positive opinion enabling the Commission to authorise the marketing of this product throughout the whole European Community.
Nurse specialist roles have been developed to address the unmet care needs for people with a variety of neurological conditions, including epilepsy. Specialist epilepsy nurses provide an additional clinical resource and have spearheaded the development of nurse led and fast access clinics, monitoring treatment regimes and seizure control, support and information on aspects of medication and side effects and lifestyle precautions.
Specialist epilepsy nurse posts were developed through the British Epilepsy Association, now Epilepsy Action, in association with the Wellcome Foundation. There are a number of funding mechanisms supporting their development including the voluntary sector, pharmaceutical industry and the NHS.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the recent organisational and managerial changes within the St. Albans and Harpenden Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.