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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Morley and Rothwell (Colin Challen) of 14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2131W, on coeliac disease, if she will commission research into whether there is an adverse reaction upon coeliacs caused by consumption of genetically-modified foodstuffs. 
Mr. Byrne: The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.
The MRC does not normally allocate funds to particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. When appropriate, high quality research in particular areas of strategic importance may be given priority in competition for funds, but research excellence and importance to health continues to be the primary considerations in funding decisions. The MRC always welcomes high quality applications for support into any aspect of human health and these are judged in open competition with other demands on funding.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter from Mark Heyes dated 23 October 2002 about matters relating to his employment at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust, which was referred to her Department by the Prime Minister's Office; and what measures she is taking to ensure that her Department's policy on whistleblowing is adhered to. 
Guidance on whistleblowing was issued by the Department in 1999 (HSC198). This was followed by a letter of 25 July 2003 to all national health service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities, enclosing a policy pack on whistleblowing and setting out the need for all NHS organisations to develop and review their policies.
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NHS Employers now provides guidance and support on whistleblowing. In addition, the Department funds the Public Concern at Work helpline, which offers independent legal advice to NHS employees and advises them how to raise their concerns appropriately. The Healthcare Commission assesses NHS trusts against the national standards and ensures that all trusts have a whistleblowing policy in place, with effective monitoring processes.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) terms of reference and (b) powers are of the turnaround team sent into the Cotswold and Vale primary care trust; and when she expects it to report. 
Andrew Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of patients in the Countess of Chester Foundation hospital in the last period for which figures are available were normally resident in Wales. 
Mr. Byrne: In 200405, the total number of unique patients with a finished admission episode in the Countess of Chester Hospital National Health Service Foundation Trust was 37,746. Of these, 6,759 (or 17.91 per cent.) unique patients were resident in Wales.
Patient counts are based on the unique patient identifier HESID. This identifier is based on a patient's date of birth, postcode, sex, local patient identifier and NHS number, using an agreed algorithm. Each patient is only counted once, irrespective of the number of times that patient has been admitted within the year. Where data is incomplete, HESID might erroneously link episodes or fail to recognise episodes for the same patient. Care is therefore needed, especially where duplicate records persist in the data. The patient count cannot be summed across a table where patients may have episodes in more than one cell.
A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Hospital episode statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. The health and social care information centre liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. Whilst this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
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Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Hospital Episode Statistics. Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to assess the budget for the provision of NHS dentistry in (a) Portsmouth and (b) other primary care trust areas on the basis of need. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Primary care trusts (PCTs) were notified of their budget allocations for 200607 in early December, taking into account the current provision of services and the recent expansion of personal dental services. In both Portsmouth and other PCT areas, the recent budget allocations for local commissioning of dentistry in 200607 onwards reflect the current provision of services in each PCT area. These budgets are ring fenced for three years and can only be used by the PCT for the provision of primary care dental services.
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In the future, the distribution of these resources within a PCT area will be a matter of local discretion. When a dentist leaves the local area or reduces his or her national health service commitment, the resources will return to the PCT to re-deploy according to local needs. PCTs may also commit additional funds from their overall allocation to augment the ring fenced dental budget and address local dental needs. The Department will continue to keep future budget allocations for dentistry under review.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many emergency calls were answered within the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the last five years; 
(2) what proportion of emergency calls resulted in an ambulance arriving at the scene of the reported incident within the Government's target response times for Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust in each of the last five years. 
|Incidents (calls resulting in response arriving at the scene)||131.6||126.6||136.7||143.2||153.4|
|Category A incidents|
|Percentage response within 8 minutes||52.8||71.9||73.4||73.7||77.1|
|Percentage response within 19 minutes||96.4||97.8||97.6||97.9||98.5|
|Category B/C incidents|
|Percentage response within 8 minutes||49.3||55.8||57.1||58.1||(57)57.5|
|Percentage response within 19 minutes||96.1||96.5||95.4||95.7||(57)94.8|
|Category B incidents|
|Percentage response within 8 minutes||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||(58)55.6|
|Percentage response within 19 minutes||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||(58)94.8|
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