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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many employees have been dismissed by her Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what the average weekly number of hours was spent by full-time academic staff teaching undergraduates in universities in 200405. 
Bill Rammell: The information is not held centrally. The Higher Education Statistics Agency collects data annually on staff in all higher education institutions in the UK, but does not collect any data on class contact time.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice her Department issues to members of the public wishing to report alleged abuses of the terms of the Abortion Act 1967; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how many allegations of abuse of the terms of the Abortion Act 1967 were made to her Department by (a) members of the public and (b) doctors in each of the last 20 years for which figures are available; and how many were dismissed for lack of evidence. 
Caroline Flint: The Department has not issued any specific advice to members of the public about reporting alleged abuses of the Abortion Act. However, any member of the public has the right to raise any concern about abortion or any other medical procedure.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she will take to ensure the future provision of accident and emergency services to the residents of South East Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Decisions about the priorities and types of services that are available to South East Hertfordshire are made by the primary care trust based on the needs of the population it serves. This includes the siting of services.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 30 years in the area corresponding most closely to Lancaster and Wyre constituency were treated for alcohol-related illnesses (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in each year since 1997. 
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Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people under the age of 30 years in the area corresponding most closely to West Lancashire constituency were treated for alcohol-related illnesses (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in each year since 1997. 
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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were conveyed by ambulance to the Accident and Emergency departments of (a) Hemel Hempstead general hospital and (b) Watford general hospital in (i) 200203, (ii) 200304 and (iii) 200405; and if she will make a statement. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Manchester triage system categories one and two were conveyed by ambulance to the accident and emergency departments of (a) Hemel Hempstead general hospital and (b) Watford general hospital in (i) 200203, (ii) 200304 and (iii) 200405; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to put in place contracts to secure year-round supplies of eggs as described in the UK Influenza Pandemic Contingency Plan. 
It is the responsibility of vaccine manufacturers to make sure that they have contracts in place to ensure that they have a sufficient supply of eggs to fulfil their contracts to supply vaccine. The Department has met with manufacturers to discuss their preparedness for a possible pandemic.
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the mechanisms by which mutagenesis towards human host adaptation could arise in relation to H5N1 avian influenza virus, with particular reference to the combination of clades within the host (a) from the same strain and (b) from different strains of the virus. 
Caroline Flint: The mechanism by which one or any H5 avian virus adapts to humans is likely to be the same regardless of the clade, or strain. No data exist on this but we have no reason to believe that the mechanism of mutagenesis would be different for one versus any other strain.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been given (a) directly and (b) via health professionals to those people assessed as being most at risk from simultaneous co-infection of the H5N1 and a human host adapted influenza virus. 
Caroline Flint: H5N1 is currently an avian influenza virus which mainly affects birds. We are working to ensure that both health professionals and the public have access to information about both avian and pandemic flu. The Chief Medical Officer has produced an explanatory guide which explains the difference between avian flu, seasonal flu and pandemic flu. A public information leaflet, Frequently Asked Questions and Key Facts sheets have also been developed. These are available on the Department's website and have been distributed to primary care professionals, to enable them to answer questions from members of the public.
The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs' (DEFRA) generic exotic animal disease contingency plan includes provisions on health and safety for poultry workers and other stakeholders in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza. This was supplemented by additional advice published on 31 October. Both documents are available on DEFRA's website at: www.defra.gov.uk.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential for virulence in avian influenza H5N1 to be replicated in a human host adapted strain following mutagenesis. 
Caroline Flint: The virus causing human clinical H5N1 infection is highly virulent in birds but it remains an avian virus. There are little data available to indicate whether it will retain that virulence if it mutates into a human virus.
Caroline Flint: On the basis of current scientific evidence, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) advises that avian influenza does not pose a food safety risk for United Kingdom consumers. This is because for people, the risk of catching the disease is from being in close contact with live poultry that have the disease and not through eating cooked poultry.
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