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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the shortest time is that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has taken to approve a drug; 
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(3) what the average period of time taken was to assess a cancer drug's suitability for human use following its referral to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the last period for which figures are available; 
(4) what the average period of time taken was to assess a drug's suitability for human use following its referral to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the last period for which figures are available. 
The shortest time taken for NICE to appraise a drug is six months from referral by the Department to the publication of guidance, Technology Appraisal Guidance no.3 Ovarian Cancertaxanes". A copy of this guidance is available on the NICE website at:
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) paid-for and (b) free prescriptions were issued in each primary care trust in (i) Essex, (ii)Hertfordshire, (iii) inner London and (iv) Greater London in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff directly employed by Barnet primary care trust are (a) managers and (b) involved in direct patient care; and if she will make a statement. 
|Total NHS staff||1,858|
|Direct patient care staff||1,362|
|All general medical practitioners(7)||250|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||595|
|Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff||180|
|Support to clinical staff||232|
|NHS target group health care assistants||232|
|Non-Direct Patient Care Staff||496|
|Support to clinical staff||214|
|NHS infrastructure support||282|
|Managers and senior managers||100|
|Hotel property and estate staff||75|
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of Barnet primary care trust's management of Edgware hospital; and if she will make a statement. 
(2) what discussions her Department has had with (a) the strategic health authority, (b) front line healthstaff, (c) the voluntary sector and (d) other bodies about hospital winter bed (i) availability and (ii)demand in Oxfordshire in 200506. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The Department manages delivery including issues such as winter through the strategic health authorities (SHAs), as the local headquarters of the national health service. It is the role
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of SHAs to ensure appropriate winter plans are in place locally and it is for them to decide how they engage their stakeholder community.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what occasions since 1997 Ministers from her Department have (a) authorised parliamentary counsel to assist in preparing amendments to private Members' Bills on behalf of other private Members and (b) authorised officials to instruct parliamentary counsel to prepare amendments which were subsequently passed to private Members. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 July 2005, Official Report, column 1675W, on school fruit, if she will break down the percentage of fruits sourced from (a) the UK and (b) overseas, by season. 
For individual products which are available from UK growers, the breakdown over the whole school year is shown in table 2this obviously includes those months of the year when UK grown apples and pears are not available.
We will also be introducing cocktail tomatoes and baby cucumbers into the scheme. We have been working with the National Farmers Union to encourage UK production of these products for the school fruit and vegetable scheme.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has made no assessment of the effectiveness of the see me" campaign in Scotland. I understand from the director of the national programme for improving mental health and wellbeing at the Scottish Executive that an evaluation will be commissioned within the 200506 financial year to track the development of the campaign in terms of inputs and actions, programme reach, results and short term outcomes, at national and local levels. It is expected that the evaluation will be completed before March 2007. The Department will carefully consider the report of this evaluation to inform the further development of shift, the five-year initiative (200409) in England to tackle stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues.
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