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Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the Government's policy is on (a) on-surface pedestrian crossings, (b) speed limits and (c) sub-surface pedestrian crossings for main trunk roads; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Government's policy for the provision of pedestrian crossings takes the form of advice, guidance and recommendations which are set out in Local Transport Note 1/95 "The Assessment of Pedestrian Crossings", while more specific advice for main trunk roads is to be found in TA 91/05 "Provision for Non Motorised Users", which is contained in Volume 5 of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. Both these documents are in the House of Commons Library.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much the Government have spent on promoting (a) traffic and (b) pedestrian safety in the county of Bedfordshire in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government fund local transport schemes, including those specifically related to road safety, through the Local Transport Plan integrated block allocation and the maintenance block allocation. It is for individual local highway authorities, in this case Bedfordshire county council, to decide how this block funding is allocated.
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Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new chemical entities are awaiting assessment by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE); whether the average number of new chemical entities awaiting assessment by NICE has changed since it was established; what the average time taken between submission of a new chemical entity and assessment is; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 20 October 2005]: No new chemical entities were referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) until September 2003. Since September 2003, a total of seven chemical entities have been referred to NICE. All seven are on NICE'S current work programme.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department is taking to clarify the (a) detail and (b) structure of the proposed units of dental activity to be required to be delivered as part of the new dental contract for NHS dentists; what action is being taken by her Department to facilitate the establishment of the proposed new NHS dental practice in Chard at the Chard Business Park; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 25 October]: The system of units of dental activity is derived from the proposed banded dental charging system. The details and structure of the proposed units of dental activity were included in the draft general dental services contract and personal dental services agreement regulations published in August. Units of dental activity correspond to courses of treatment, weighted into three bands to reflect their relative average complexity.
|Band 1 (excluding urgent treatment)||1.0|
|Band 1 (urgent treatment only)||1.2|
|Issue of a prescription||0.75|
|Repair of a dental appliance (denture)||1.0|
|Repair of a dental appliance (bridge)||1.2|
|Removal of sutures||1.0|
|Arrest of bleeding||1.2|
The Department agreed resources to establish a new practice operating under personal dental services in Chard in April. The application is now being taken forward by the South Gloucestershire primary care trust.
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 26 October 2005]: Information on the number of pre-payment certificates (PPCs) issued for Lancashire is not separately identifiable. However, the number of PPCs issued for England, by month for each of the last 12 months is shown in the table.
|Month/year||Number of PPCs issued for England|
Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who the Director of Finance of his Department is; what specialist finance qualifications he or she holds; and what the details are of his or her career to date. 
Mr. Straw: The Finance Director of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is Mr. D R Todd. He has no specialist finance qualifications. Three of his direct staff are qualified accountants (head of Resource Accounting Department; head of Financial Planning and Performance Department; and head of Internal Audit Department) and one is a qualified procurement specialist.
Mr. Todd was appointed in 2004 after an inter-departmental competition by a panel which included the head of the Government Accountancy Service, Andrew Likierman. He has served in a number of positions in London and overseas. He worked in Her Majesty's (HM) Treasury from 1995 to 1997 and 1998 to 2001 and was HM ambassador to the Slovak Republic from 2001 to 2004.
Mr. Straw: Minimum educational requirements relating to literacy and numeracy differ for each level of entry. New recruits to our support and junior management grades require GCSE grades A*-C in English Language and Mathematics. Policy entrants require a minimum 2:2 degree in any discipline and Diplomatic Service Economists require a 2:1 or above, or a postgraduate degree in economics, joint or mixed degrees are acceptable, provided that 50 per cent. of the course modules are in economics.
Mr. Straw: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has 28 embassies and high commissions where the resident ambassador or high commissioner is accredited to one or more other countries in addition to their accreditation to the host state. The following table provides further details.
Non-resident ambassadors and high commissioners offer a cost effective way of providing diplomatic representation in countries where we have chosen not to establish an embassy or high commission. They are widely used by other foreign services. Overall, the UK has resident representation in more countries than almost any other nation.
|Embassy/High Commission||Countries covered|
|BE Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||Djibouti|
|BE Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kyrgyzstan|
|BE Bangkok, Thailand||Laos|
|BE Berne, Switzerland||Liechtenstein|
|BE Buenos Aires, Argentina||Paraguay|
|BE Dakar, Senegal||Cape Verde|
|BE Guatemala City, Guatemala||El Salvador|
|BE Kigali, Rwanda||Burundi|
|BE Kinshasa, Congo DR||Congo (Rep)|
|BE Luanda, Angola||Sao Tome and Principe|
|BE Madrid, Spain||Andorra|
|BE Rabat, Morocco||Mauritania|
|BE Rome, Italy||San Marino|
|BE San Jose, Costa Rica||Nicaragua|
|BE Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic||Haiti|
|BHC Abuja, Nigeria||Benin|
|BHC Accra, Ghana||Burkina Faso|
|BHC Bridgetown, Barbados||Dominica|
|St. Kitts and Nevis|
|BHC Colombo, Sri Lanka||Maldives|
|BHC Freetown, Sierra Leone||Liberia|
|BHC Georgetown, Guyana||Surinam|
|BHC Kingston, Jamaica||Bahamas|
|BHC Nairobi, Kenya||Somalia|
|BHC Port Louis, Mauritius||Comoros|
|BHC Pretoria, South Africa||Lesotho|
|BHC Suva, Fiji||Kiribati|
|BHC Wellington, New Zealand||Samoa|
|BHC Yaounde, Cameroon||Central African Republic|
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