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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was available to (a) North Somerset
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primary care trust and (b) all English primary care trusts for sexual health-related issues in the last year for which figures are available. 
Caroline Flint: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for providing sexual health services which meet the needs of their local populations. Records are not held centrally of the amounts made available for sexual health by each PCT.
In addition to local allocations, certain additional amounts of funding have been allocated by the Department in order to implement the national strategy for sexual health and HIV, and the sexual health elements of the Choosing Health" White Paper. North Somerset PCT have received £125,000 for 200405. For all English PCTs, the total figure for 200405 is £37,765,000 capital and revenue funding.
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, the Department has allocated the following funding to Easington primary care trust as the lead PCT for the Durham Chlamydia screening programme, which is shown in the table.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the Shropshire and Staffordshire Health Authority is for 200506; and what plans she has to increase this budget for the next financial year. 
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have suffered observable damage as a result of their mothers smoking during pregnancy in each year for the last 10 years. 
The national health service leaflet, Smoking in Pregnancy" sets out the substantial risks that smoking in pregnancy presents including slow growth of the foetus, premature birth, stillbirth, low birth weight, and cot death. A copy of the leaflet is available in the Library.
Following the year-long review that the Department announced in April, 2003, new arrangements for the commissioning of specialised services were introduced. Strategic health authorities and primary care trusts now have responsibility for the planning, commissioning and monitoring of specialised services, working collaboratively within regional commissioning
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consortia. They should assess the healthcare needs of their population and commission services for their local area.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many diseases were cured as a result of (a) adult and (b) embryonic stem cell research in each year since 2002; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Research with embryonic stem cells has been licensed to allow scientists to understand and develop treatments for conditions such as motor neurone disease, diabetes and cystic fibrosis. It is still too early to speak of cures, but scientific and medical opinion is that stem cell research will revolutionise medicine in the 21st century.
There has been a number of encouraging early stage clinical trials with adult embryonic stem cells. As a result of the United Kingdom stem cell initiative, the Government are investing £100 million in stem cell research and clinical trials over the next two years.
Jane Kennedy: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is responsible for licensing research to produce embryonic stem cell lines. A list of current licenses can be obtained from the HFEA website http://www.hfea.gov.uk/Research.
There are no central figures for research involving embryonic stem cell lines, but the Medical Research Council's Stem Cell Steering Committee maintains details of embryonic stem cell lines that have been ethically sourced with informed donor consent.
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