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Mr. Byrne: It is for local national health service organisations to decide on hospital closures. This Government has given local authority overview and scrutiny committees the power to review and scrutinise health services from the perspective of their local populations. NHS bodies are under a duty to consult overview and scrutiny committees on any plans to make substantial variation to NHS services. Those committees have the powers to refer any proposal to the Secretary of State if they believe the plans are not in the interests of the health service.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been offered a hospital subsidy to visit the hospital restaurant in each year since 1997; and how many of these patients were waiting in the accident and emergency department. 
Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not collected by the Department. It is for local determination to decide if, and when, it is appropriate to offer patients the means to purchase food from the hospital restaurant. Clinical advice will influence any decisions taken with regard to patients within accident and emergency departments.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of her Department. 
Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 7 November 2005, Official Report, column 250W. Where a numeracy test is carried out, it usually takes the form of a written paper comprising a set of numerical questions. Where literacy tests are carried out, they usually comprise a spelling test, a word usage test, a drafting test and an English comprehension test.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department (a) were relocated in 200405 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 200506 as a result of the Lyons review of public sector relocation; to which place they have been relocated; and if she will make a statement. 
No Departmental staff were relocated from London to Leeds during 200405 as a result of the Lyons Review and none are expected to relocate during 200506. However, the following posts have been relocated, or are expected to relocate, from our arms length bodies in those periods, which is shown in the table.
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|NHS Connecting for Health||75|
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the number of people suffering from malnourishment in Portsmouth; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: There has been no specifically commissioned research into malnourishment in Portsmouth or the number of people affected by this. However, there is a strong local awareness of this issue and a range of initiatives has been introduced in the city accordingly. Work is in progress to evaluate a fruit and vegetable delivery scheme in one of the city's target regeneration areas. Work is also under way, again in targeted regeneration areas, to increase cookery skills through schools and community centres.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value is of property owned by the NHS which is allocated for sale but has not yet been sold; and what the total cost is per month of retaining this property in (a) England and (b) each strategic health authority. 
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) can undertake before final market authorisation has been granted to a drug by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency in order that final approval by NICE can be accelerated. 
Jane Kennedy: Information about the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE) processes is available on their website at www.nice.org.uk. Once a drug is formally referred to NICE, the Institute can begin the initial stages of the appraisal process before United Kingdom approval is given. However, I understand that NICE is not able to produce guidance or release consultation documents on any drug that has not received UK regulatory approval.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist obesity clinics are operated by the national health service in England, broken down by region; what the (a) address and (b) contact details of each are; whether contact information will be included within the forthcoming Weight Loss Guide; and what steps she intends to take to encourage the development of further clinics. 
Health professionals are made aware of these clinics by their primary care trusts (PCTs). It is also up to PCTs as local commissioners and providers of services to determine the most appropriate methods to deliver health care to their populations, based on clinical need and effectiveness, as well as local circumstance, drawing on the available evidence.
|London||The Royal London Hospital||Nutrition and Dietetic Department 59 Philpot Street London El|
|London||Great Ormond Street Hospital||Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JH|
|South East||Surrey Hampshire Borders NHS Trust||Jarvis Centre 60 Stoughton Road Guilford Surrey GUI 1U|
|South West||Royal Hospital for Sick Children||St. Michael's Hill Bristol BS2 8BJ|
|West Midlands||Birmingham Heartlands Hospital||Department of Paediatrics Bordersley Green East Birmingham B95SS|
|North West||Alder Hey Hospital||Eaton Road Liverpool L12 2AP|
|Yorkshire/Humber||University of Leeds||Belmont House 35 Belmont Grove Leeds LS2 9DE|
|North West||University Hospital Aintree||University Clinical Department Longmoor Lane Liverpool L97AL|
|Yorkshire/Humber||Leeds General Infirmary||Great George Street Leeds LSI BEX|
|West Midlands||Birmingham Heartlands Hospital||Department of Medicine, Diabetes and Endocrinology Bordersley Green East Birmingham B9 5SS|
|East Midlands||Queens Medical Centre||The Clinical Nutrition Unit Nottingham NG2 7HU|
|London||The Royal Hospitals NHS Trust||Medical Unit Whitechapel London El 1BB|
|East of England||Luton and Dunstable Hospital||Centre for Obesity Research Lewsey Road Luton LU4 ODZ|
|East of England||Addenbrooke's Hospital||Hills Road Cambridge CB2 2QQ|
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