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Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects her Department's spending as a share of national income to equal or exceed the European average; and if she will place in the Library the calculations that form the basis of her answer. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 November 2005]: The latest available data for average European Union health spending as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) is 8.8 per cent. in 200304. The total United Kingdom health spending as a percentage of GDP is forecast to exceed this figure in 200607.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence will consider the findings of the Canadian Expert Drug Advisory Committee prior to issuing guidance in relation to the long-acting insulin analogue Lantus. 
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a technology appraisal, Guidance on the use of long-acting insulin analogues for the treatment of diabetesinsulin glargine" in December 2002. NICE are due to begin reviewing the guidance shortly, and will take account of all available evidence, including international evidence.
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|Number of prescriptions|
The data that the Department collects on ambulance response times for the East Anglian Ambulance Service and for all ambulance services in England is shown in the table. It is only possible to provide this data from the point at which each ambulance trust introduced call prioritisation.
Further relevant information can be found in tables 5a, 5b, 6 and 7 of the statistical bulletin, Ambulance services, England: 200405", which is available in the Library and on Department's website at:
|Percentage of category A|
calls responded within:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated with the use of
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photodynamic therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration in the last 12 months; and whether photodynamic therapy is uniformly available throughout England. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: [holding answer 14 November 2005]: In 200304, there were 3,262 finished admission episodes in the National Health Service in England where the primary diagnosis was degeneration of macular and posterior pole and an eye operation was carried out. We do not hold information on the use of photodynamic therapy in these treatments. All primary care trusts have put arrangements in place to fund treatment for patients who have either the wholly classic form of age-related macular degeneration or the predominantly classic form.
A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vaccinations for diseases associated with foreign travel have been provided free of charge on the NHS in each year since 199798; and at what cost in each year. 
|Q13Cumbria and Lancashire|
|All Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(24)||1,106||1,105||1,118||1,145||1,169||1,168|
|All Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(24)per 100,000 head of population||58.2||58.1||58.7||59.9||60.9||60.5|
|5f3West Lancashire PCT|
|All Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(24)||n/a||n/a||58||61||61||60|
|All Practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)(24)per 100,000 head of population||n/a||n/a||53.5||56.1||56.0||n/a|
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