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Ms Rosie Winterton: In October 2004, we published the national service framework for children, young people which recommended the importance of providing children and young people with access to high quality, age appropriate services whatever the setting.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published in August 2005 guidance on Improving Outcomes in Children and Young People with Cancer". This guidance addresses access to age appropriate facilities and places of care. The National Cancer Director has established an advisory group of major stakeholders to facilitate the implementation of the guidance, but ultimately it will be for local commissioners, via their cancer networks and local service providers, to ensure that the services they provide meet the recommendations in this guidance.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with (a) the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, (b) Ofgem, (c) the Health and Safety Commission and (d) CORGI with regards to the proposal from the Health and Safety Commission for a levy on the gas industry to fund a watchdog to promote carbon monoxide awareness; and if she will make a statement. 
Officials in the Department are in regular contact with officials in the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). These contacts ensure that there is a shared understanding of the effects of carbon monoxide on health. Strategies for reducing cases of accidental poisoning are discussed regularly. The Chief Medical Officer often draws attention to the dangers of exposure
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to carbon monoxide in his CMO update letter to doctors. A leaflet, for distribution to all General Practices will be distributed in November. The leaflet has been endorsed by HSE, The Solid Fuel Association, CORGI, CO-Gas Safety and the Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister assisted in the drafting of the leaflet. The leaflet is entitled Carbon Monoxide: Risks to health and how to avoid them".
The combined emphasis on prevention of poisoning and recognition of poisoning reflects the cross-department approach to this important problem. The Department has not discussed the proposal for a levy on the gas industry to fund a watchdog to promote carbon monoxide awareness; this is a matter for the HSE.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) children and (b) adults are awaiting cochlear implants in each region of England; what projections have been made for the number of cochlear implant treatments over the next five years; what resources have been allocated to this; and if she will make a statement; 
Mr. Byrne: Information on the numbers of people waiting for cochlear implants and the projected demand is not held centrally. It is for primary care trusts to determine the allocation of resources for their local population based on local need.
|Region of Treatment||Children (Aged up to 17)||Adults (Aged 18 and over)||Children (Aged up to 17)||Adults (Aged 18 and over)||Children (Aged up to 17)||Adults (Aged 18 and over)||Children (Aged up to 17)||Adults (Aged 18 and over)||Children (Aged up to 17)||Adults (Aged 18 and over)|
|Northern and Yorkshire Regional||29||17||31||22||22||33||20||39||35||21|
|Trent Regional Office||39||9||41||10||42||10||41||13||43||11|
|West Midlands Regional Office||21||24||17||20||19||28||18||27||23||25|
|North West Regional Office||24||18||24||24||31||33||44||26||45||18|
|Eastern Regional Office||9||14||18||22||18||11||15||14||20||35|
|London Regional Office||39||33||42||42||36||41||44||47||54||60|
|South East Regional Office||16||11||18||21||26||17||22||11||24||19|
|South West Regional Office||6||16||8||10||10||13||10||11||8||20|
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria she used to assess the suitability of the candidates before she appointed (a) the chairman and (b) the non-executive directors of the West Gloucestershire primary care trust. 
The Secretary of State has delegated the responsibility for the appointment of chairs and members of primary care trusts to the NHS Appointments Commission, of which the Chair is Sir William Wells.
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Mr. Byrne: Data on the number of intermediate care beds, the number of places in non-residential intermediate care schemes and the number of people using intermediate care are collected. There are no plans to expand the collection.
|Financial years||Cost of condoms(18) distributed by the NHS||Cost of items(19) prescribed by GPs||Cost of items(20) distributed by family planning clinics||Total estimate|
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