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Children's hospice services are funded from a number of sources, including services commissioned by primary care trusts based on their assessment of children's needs and their priorities. They are best placed to make decisions on the local need for palliative care and are able to take into account the needs of individual families' and their preferences. There is no ceiling to the amount of funding which the national health service can provide.
The Department continues to encourage children's hospices to engage actively with local NHS bodies over the contribution hospices can make to the overall pattern of palliative care commissioned for children and young people in their localities.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingency plans her Department has in place to prevent individuals who have contracted a highly contagious disease from passing that disease to others. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 1 December 2005]: The national health service has facilities and procedures in place for caring for people with infectious diseases in ways which minimise the risk of infecting others, and a wide range of advice is available to the public on how they can avoid spreading infection. In cases of last resort, local authorities have powers in certain circumstances under infectious disease legislation to apply to a justice of the peace for orders requiring a person suffering from a specified disease to be removed to, and detained in, hospital.
James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers her Department has to enforce the isolation in the interests of public safety of an individual who has contracted a contagious disease. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 1 December 2005]: Powers under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 and associated regulations for the most part rest with local authorities. Local authorities have powers, in certain circumstances, to apply to a justice of the peace for orders requiring a person suffering from a specified disease to be removed to, and detained in, hospital (sections 37 and 38 of the Act and the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988).
The diseases specified are, in the Act: cholera, plague, relapsing fever, smallpox, and typhus; and, in the regulations, acquired immune deficiency syndrome (with section 38 applying in a modified form); acute encephalitis; acute poliomyelitis; anthrax; diphtheria; dysentery (amoebic or bacillary); leprosy; leptospirosis;
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measles; meningitis; meningococcal septicaemia (without meningitis); mumps; paratyphoid fever; rabies; rubella; scarlet fever; tuberculosis of the respiratory tract in an infectious state; typhoid fever; viral haemorrhagic fever; viral hepatitis; and whooping cough.
Mr. Byrne: From the last national health service survey in 20032004, 78.8 percent., of five year-old children in the Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth primary care trust area were found to have no decayed, missing or filled teeth.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by her Department from May 1997 up to and including April 2005, broken down by Act. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 11 November 2005]: For criminal offences created by legislation sponsored by the Department in the 200203 and 200304 sessions I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 9 February 2005, Official Report, column 161415W to the hon. Member for Winchester (Mr. Oaten). The following are criminal offences created in other legislation sponsored by the Department in the period specified.
Regulation of Healthcare and Associated Professionals etcthe power to make Orders in relation to the regulation of Healthcare and Associated Professionals may not be exercised to create a criminal offence, except an offence punishable on summary conviction with a fine not exceeding the amount specified as level 5 on the standard scale.
Section 63Extension of prescribing rights, amending section 67 of the Medicines Act 1968, inserting an offence of prescribing, directing or administering a medicinal product in contravention of a condition imposed by an order under section 58 of the Medicines Act 1968.
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