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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of the percentage of (a) males and (b) females between the ages of 16 and 19 years in England who are regular smokers. [20787]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the table. This is the most recent data available.
Percentage of smokers between the ages of 16 and 19, by gender—England 2003

PrevalenceUnweighted baseWeighted base (000)Unweighted base

Office for National Statistics
General Household Survey 2003–04

Struck-off Doctors

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors have been struck-off by the General Medical Council since 2001. [19389]

Jane Kennedy: The collection of this information is not a Government responsibility and therefore it is not available centrally. I suggest the hon. Member writes to the General Medical Council, St. James's Buildings, 79 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6FQ for the information requested.
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Students (Alcohol Consumption)

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of university students who consume alcohol on a (a) daily and (b) weekly basis. [20968]

Caroline Flint: The number of university students who consume alcohol on a daily and weekly basis is shown in table one.
Table 1: Students drinking days last week, England 2003

Drinking days last weekUniversity studentsAll adults
0 days3533
1 day2019
2 days1814
3 days1110
4 days46
5 days64
6 days33
7 days411
Weighted (000)81135,307

The number of university students who consume alcohol on a weekly basis is shown in table two.
Table 2: Students drinking last week, England 2003

University Students65
All adults67

1. University students are defined as follows:
(a) students studying at a university or college including sixth form college
(b) training for a qualification in nursing, physiotherapy, or a or a similar medical subject.
(c) on a part-time course at university or college including day release and block release
2. The General Household Survey collects information from people living in private households. It does not cover students living in halls of residence.
3. The drinking answers were obtained from the following question about drinking days:
Ask if respondent has had an alcoholic drink in the last week.
On how many days out of the last seven did you have an alcoholic drink?
Office for National Statistics 2003–04 General Household Survey.

Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute beds have been closed in the current year in each hospital trust within the Surrey and Sussex Health Authority area. [19000]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the table. These are the net changes in bed numbers by type—comparing 2003–04 and 2004–05. This is at trust level and includes figures for non acute trusts.
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Acute bed closures—Surrey and Sussex Health Authority

Organisation name2003–042004–05Change
Surrey and Sussex SHA4,9314,748-183
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals National Health Service Trust5605611
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust944863-81
East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT)01919
East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust6956972
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust46848113
Guildford and Waverley PCT54540
North Surrey PCT880
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust4004099
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust498445-53
South Downs Health NHS Trust52520
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust593535-58
Surrey Heath and Woking PCT12120
Sussex Downs and Weald PCT10580-25
The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust7574-1
Western Sussex PCT5745-12
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust4094123


Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the programme for vaccinations against tuberculosis. [19499]

Caroline Flint: The joint committee on vaccination and immunisation, an independent expert group that advises the Department, has been reviewing the BCG vaccination policy for a number of years.

Based on this group's recommendations, the Chief Medical Officer announced on 6 July that the current Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccination programme in the United Kingdom would change, away from the universal vaccination through the schools BCG programme to a selective vaccination of high risk infants and other groups.

This decision has brought the UK in line with the recommendation of the World Health Organization and BCG programmes across much of the rest of the world.

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of tuberculosis there were in each local health authority in each of the past five years. [19502]

Caroline Flint: Information on the incidences of tuberculosis recorded by local authorities in each of the five years has been placed in the Library.

Ulcerative Colitis/Crohn's Disease

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to draw up guidelines on treatments and standards of care for individuals suffering from (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease. [20059]

Mr. Byrne: We have no plans to draw up guidelines for the treatment of those suffering from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.

The standards for health and social care for such sufferers are covered by the national service framework for long-term conditions, published on 10 March 2005, and Supporting People with Long-term Conditions—An NHS and Social Care Model to support innovation and integration" published on 5 January 2005.
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Access Officers

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make the appointment of access officers by local authorities mandatory; and if he will make a statement. [17896]

Mrs. McGuire: Local authorities are already subject to duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 not to discriminate against disabled people in employment or the provision of services, and amendments made by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 will ensure that all the activities of public authorities are covered by the 1995 Act. These duties include the need to make positive adjustments to ensure disabled people are not less favourably treated.

The 2005 Act also places new duties on public authorities requiring them actively to promote equality of opportunity for disabled people. By December 2006, local authorities and other listed public authorities will be required to publish Disability Equality Schemes setting out how they will implement this new duty. It will be mandatory to involve disabled people in determining an authority's priorities and action plan, but the Government do not believe it is right to specify in legislation the particular actions to be taken by authorities in order to promote equality of opportunity. This is because the implementation of the duty will maximise the inclusion of disabled people only if it fully reflects local circumstances and the priorities of local disabled people.

The Disability Rights Commission will issue guidance to assist authorities in developing action plans that genuinely address the needs of disabled people and will oversee and enforce the implementation of the duty to ensure authorities are taking the actions required of them.

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