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Body Mass Index

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average body mass index was in (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each strategic health authority in the latest year for which figures are available. [32023]

Caroline Flint: The data are not available in the exact format as requested. The information that is available is shown in the table which provides the mean body mass index (BMI) for England, each Government office region (GOR) and strategic health authority (SHA).
Age standardised mean body mass index (BMI), by year (three-year moving average) and sex

Area codeName2000–02 mean
ANorth East27.0
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley27.4
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear26.8
BNorth West26.7
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside26.6
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire26.8
Q14Greater Manchester26.8
DYorkshire and the Humber26.7
Q11North and East Yorkshire and
Northern Lincolnshire
Q23South Yorkshire26.4
Q12West Yorkshire26.4
EEast Midlands27.1
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and
FWest Midlands27.1
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country27.3
Q28West Midlands South26.8
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire27.1
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire26.5
Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire27.0
Q05North Central London26.0
Q06North East London26.4
Q04North West London26.0
Q07South East London26.2
Q08South West London26.9
JSouth East26.4
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight26.6
Q18Kent and Medway26.8
Q19Surrey and Sussex26.1
Q16Thames Valley26.4
KSouth West26.4
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire26.2
Q22Dorset and Somerset26.5
Q21South West Peninsula26.5

The data show BMI as a three-year moving average, with the latest data available being 2000–02
Health Survey for England: Health and Lifestyle indicators for Strategic Health Authorities 1994–2002
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Caesareans (Southampton University Hospitals Trust)

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Caesarean rate has been in each of the last five years at Southampton University Hospitals Trust. [29192]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the table.
Number of deliveries and percentage that were by caesarean for Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, to 2003–04

Total deliveriesCaesarean (percentage)

In 2001–02 to 2003–04, method of delivery was not submitted for Princess Anne hospital, Southampton. Data is therefore estimated from procedure code.
Hospital Episode Statistics


Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made in reducing deaths from cancer since 1997. [30646]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The 2002–04 monitoring data for the Our Healthier Nation mortality targets shows that since 1995–97 cancer mortality in people under 75 in England has fallen by 13.9 per cent.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cancer drugs have been approved by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency in each of the last five years. [19864]

Jane Kennedy: The following anti-cancer drugs were approved by the European Commission by way of Centralised Procedures administered by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency.

Five, between October 2000 and September 2001:

Three, between October 2001 and September 2002:

One, between October 2002 and September 2003:

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Six, between October 2003 and September 2004:

Two, between October 2004 and September 2005:

In addition, during this period authorisations have been granted through the European Centralised Procedure for a number of other drugs used to treat cancer symptoms, serious side effects of other anti-cancer drugs and for cancer diagnosis and imaging.

Children's Diet

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average daily calorie intake was of children under 16 years in the last year for which figures are available; [30275]

(2) what the average daily calorie intake was for children (a) five years ago, (b) 10 years ago, (c) 20 years ago and (d) 30 years ago. [30276]

Caroline Flint: The most recent information available on the average daily energy (calorie) intake of children is shown in the following table and is taken from the 1992–93 national diet and nutrition survey of children aged 1½ to 4½ years and the 1997 national diet and nutrition survey of young people aged four to 18 years which is shown in the table. There is no earlier or more recent comparable data available.
Average daily energy intake (kcal) by sex and age

Energy Intake (kcal/day)
Age (years)MaleFemale

1.Data from Gregory J, Collins DL, Davies PSW, Hughes JM & Clarke PC. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: Children aged 1½ to 4½ years. Volume 1: Report of the diet and nutrition survey". HMSO (London: 1995).
2.Data from Gregory J, Lowe S, Bates CJ, Prentice A, Jackson LV, Smithers G, Wenlock R & Farron M. National Diet and Nutrition Survey: young people aged 4 to 18 years. Volume 1: Report of the diet and nutrition survey" (2000). TSO (London: 2000).

This lack of trend data was the major driver behind the Food Standards Agency's decision to set up a new rolling programme of national diet and nutrition surveys. The rolling programme will cover all ages from
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1½ years upwards and will provide more frequent data for children and other age groups, so strengthening the ability to track changes over time. The first results from the rolling programme should be available from 2008–09.

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