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A comprehensive analysis of manning levels in the UK armed forces is given in Tri Service Publication (TSP) 4: UK Armed Forces Quarterly Press Release. This publication contains a wide range of information including strength data and intake to and
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outflow from the UK regular forces. The most recent version of TSP 4 showing the position as at 1 July 2005 was published on 25 August 2005.
Nick Ainger: This Department does not collect council tax. Council tax is collected by local authorities to fund services they provide to their communities. There is no direct relationship between the revaluation and the overall amount of tax revenue. That is determined by the budgets set by local authorities in the context of grants made available by the Assembly Government. There was a 9.5 per cent. increase in tax revenue in 200506 because of the budget decisions of local authorities. This is in line with the increase in tax revenue in previous years.
The role of the Secretary of State is to act as the voice of Wales in the Cabinet and in Parliament. My responsibilities include ensuring that the interests of Wales are fully considered when Government policy is developed at Westminster and working with the devolved Administration in Cardiff. I am also responsible for the passage of Welsh legislation through Parliament, and act as a champion and public voice for Wales. As Secretary of State for Wales I regularly discuss health issues with colleagues within Government and the Assembly, and with Members of Parliament representing Welsh constituencies.
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15. Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure IVF treatment is available in North Hampshire in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines. 
Caroline Flint: It is for the North Hampshire Primary Care Trust to implement, in North Hampshire, the clinical guideline on the assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. Primary care trusts do so in liaison with patients' groups and local health bodies, taking account of local healthcare priorities .
Mr. Byrne: In 199798 there were 138,047 general and acute hospital beds in the national health service in England, of which 107,807 were acute beds. In 200405 there were 136,133 G and A beds, of which 109,505 were acute beds.
Mr. Byrne: The Department is committed to making emergency and urgent care as local and accessible as possible. Community based general practitioners, out-of-hours providers, minor injury units and walk-in centres already provide the bulk of such care. Improving access further is a key part of the current public consultation Your Health, Your Care, Your Say".
The UK Government's Influenza Pandemic Plan was published on 19 October. The plan sets out our approach: to support the development of a vaccine against pandemic influenza, to build a stockpile
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of antiviral drugs to treat those who may become ill and to provide information to health professionals and the public.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amounts of vaccine for an H5N1 strain of influenza she plans to stockpile for use in the first wave of an avian influenza pandemic before the actual strain has been identified; and whether she has issued a tender for a pandemic vaccine to be manufactured as soon as the strain is identified. 
Caroline Flint: We plan to stockpile two to three million doses of H5N1 vaccine. The vaccine may offer some protection against a pandemic strain of influenza, if the pandemic is similar to the H5N1 strain currently circulating in South East Asia. The vaccine will be used for research and may be offered to health care workers if the risk of a pandemic rises significantly.
On 19 October, the Department announced that manufacturers were being invited to tender for a contract to supply future requirements for around 120 million doses of a vaccine specifically against the pandemic strain. We intend to use this vaccine to offer vaccination to the United Kingdom population and reduce the impact of a pandemic on society.
Caroline Flint: The Government recognise the need for sound practical and risk based guidance to be available to the keepers of poultry and other birds. A joint poultry industry and cross departmental working group has been established chaired by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), with representatives from the Department of Health, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Health Protection Agency (HPA), Defra and the State Veterinary Service, and the poultry industry. The working group will publish guidance to poultry keepers and others shortly.
Jane Kennedy: Audited accounts of the St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust 199798 to 200405 show that income at the trust has risen by £160.4 million from £173.1 million in 199798 to £333.5 million in 200405.
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