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Caroline Flint: The health impact of high oleic sunflower oil for frying potato crisps has not been specifically evaluated. The Food Standards Agency is currently funding a large intervention study investigating the impact of replacing saturated fat with different amounts of monounsaturated fat, such as oleic acid in sunflower oil, on cardiovascular disease risk. Results from this study will be available in January 2008.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on proposals submitted to the Department in September by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in relation to developing a more rapid process for the appraisal of technologies. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children aged under 16 years in each strategic health authority area were discharged from hospital after removal of tonsils or adenoids in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what the discharge rate was per 10,000 children aged under 16 years in each strategic health authority area; 
(2) how many children aged under 16 years in each strategic health authority area had an operation to remove tonsils or adenoids without parental knowledge or consent in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne: The table shows the number of children aged under 16 years who were discharged from national health service hospitals in England following tonsil and/or adenoid operations and the discharge rates per 10,000 children aged under 16 years, by residence in each strategic health authority (SHA) during 200304.
|SHA of residence||In-year discharge episodes||Rates per 10,000:0|
15 years population
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||1,491||35.6|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||1,563||46.6|
|North West London||1,085||32.8|
|North Central London||905||38.8|
|North East London||1,406||42.2|
|South East London||1,226||40.9|
|South West London||888||35.9|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||1,033||40.3|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||870||38.9|
|North and East Yorkshire and|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||1,689||44.9|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||1,814||39.5|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||1,148||33.6|
|Kent and Medway||1,661||50.8|
|Surrey and Sussex||2,088||43.1|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||1,437||33.9|
|South West Peninsula||1,338||46.4|
|Dorset and Somerset||695||31.7|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||1,500||51.9|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||2,064||42.5|
|West Midlands, South||819||27.5|
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the debt inherited by Suffolk West primary care trust was at its inception; and what the financial outturn has been in every year since. 
Caroline Flint: The national health service will save £250 million in the cost of management and administration by 2008. The £250 million savings will be re-invested in front-line NHS services. Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trusts (PCTs) will be contributing £13 million towards the £250 million national savings.
Nationally, savings will be achieved largely through SHA and PCT reconfiguration. Reconfiguration proposals are developed locally by SHAs and PCTs and
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these will be subject to public consultation over the coming months. The precise contribution of PCTs to the £13 million Surrey and Sussex savings plan will be determined by the SHA and the PCTs once reconfiguration proposals are agreed in the new year.
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Cabinet Office is committed to reducing carbon emissions where practical and is currently working with the Carbon Trust to potentially improve its energy management practices and identify likely areas for potential energy savings.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of his Department. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Cabinet Office competence based recruitment system is designed to identify candidates with the most suitable skills and competences for the job. Candidates are asked, on their application form and at interview to give evidence of their ability to communicate effectively. Candidates are assessed on their ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and where necessary asked to provide evidence of their numeracy levels. There is also scope, within the selection system, for further testing of candidate's communication and numerical skills through verbal and numerical reasoning tests. Specifically, the Department has used the SHL VCC3 verbal evaluation test and the SHL NCC4 numerical evaluation test.
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