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Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she takes to monitor the use of funding allocated to primary care trusts to improve sexual health services following the publication of the Choosing Health White Paper in November 2004. 
Primary care trusts will receive funding for implementing the targets in the Choosing Health White Paper in their mainstream allocations and we will be monitoring the outcomes from this investment. In particular, the progress towards targets to reduce the level of new infections of gonorrhoea, to ensure patients have access to genito-urinary medicine clinics within 48
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hours by 2008 and numbers of screens undertaken in the Chlamydia screening programme. These improved performance measures, should significantly strengthen the incentive for local investment and service modernisation.
In addition, a letter has been sent by the Department to strategic health authority chief executives highlighting that when considering any savings from implementing Commissioning a patient led NHS", savings should not be identified from those posts working on implementation of Choosing Health. This includes posts in frontline services.
Information on smoking in pregnancy is obtained from the infant feeding survey, which is carried out every five years; the most recent survey was in 2000. The available information is shown in the table.
|Smoked during pregnancy||28||23||19|
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences of (a) smoking and (b) alcohol-related conditions were treated in (i) 1998 and (ii) the most recent year for which information is available; what the cost of treatment was in each year; and what estimate the Government have made of the costs to the economy. 
The latest data on the cost to the national health service of treating illness and disease caused by smoking is estimated to cost between £1.4 billion to £1.7 billion every year in terms of general practitioner visits, prescriptions, treatment and operations.
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|Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol||35,947||38,101|
|Alcoholic liver disease||13,689||21,001|
|Toxic effect of alcohol||2,130||1,591|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many orders to remove hedges have been made by local councils in (a) England and (b) Gloucestershire, under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 5 December 2005]: Under section 69(3) of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, local councils cannot order action involving the removal of a high hedge. Information on notices requiring remedial works to hedges, issued under the 2003 Act, is not collected centrally, and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what discussions he has had with local councils about the workings of the high hedges provisions in the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 5 December 2005]: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister has held no formal discussions with local councils about the workings of the high hedges provisions in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, which came into force in
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June 2005. The Government are committed to a formal review of this legislation after it has been in operation for five years.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what estimate he has made of the average costs to the complainant of making a complaint to a local authority relating to high hedges; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister published the 'Regulatory Impact Assessment: High HedgesImplementing Part 8 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003' on 23 March 2005. It contains estimates of the costs to complainants of making a complaint to a local authority about a high hedge. Copies of the Regulatory Impact Assessment are available in the House Library.
The Regulatory Impact Assessment was prepared before the legislation came into operation in June 2005. Information on the fees being charged by local authorities for dealing with high hedges complaints is not collected centrally.
Anne Main: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30th November 2005, Official Report, column 581W, on the asset register, what documents his officials work from when assessing the assets of his Department. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The document officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister work from when assessing the ODPM's assets is the central ODPM's Asset Register which is held on its electronic accounting system SAP. This records all assets that cost over £5,000 and are held for use on a continuing basis. Third party invoices and professional valuations are the supporting documents used by officials in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to establish asset values on the Asset Register. The accounting system automatically calculates both increases and decreases in asset values due to indexation, and the monthly depreciation charge, according to parliamentary and HM Treasury guidelines.
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