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Caroline Flint: The Department have not undertaken any health equity audits. Health equity audit is a key tool to be used by the national health service to embed evidence of local inequalities into mainstream activity such as planning, commissioning and service delivery. Health equity audit is a mandatory part of primary care trust planning and the topic for each health equity audit is down to local determination by the NHS trust and their partners. The Choosing Health White Paper Delivering Choosing Health (2005)" set out the intention to extend health and wellbeing equity audits to other NHS trusts and local authorities.
Caroline Flint: Healthy living centres (HLCs) in England provide, or host, a wide range of services for their local communities. These include mainstream health promotion services local facilities including community cafes and activities such as dance and tai chi. The mix of services and facilities varies widely between individual HLCs.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long the waiting times are for (a) a hospital hearing test and (b) the fitting of a hearing aid in the health districts covering Sedgefield and Worthing; and what the equivalent waiting times were in 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not available centrally. However, from January 2006, a new monthly commissioner-based diagnostic data collection will be introduced. This will look at waiting times and activity for 15 diagnostic tests or procedures, including pure tone audiometry.
Mr. Byrne: The Government are engaged in a large number of initiatives designed to make older people more aware of the dangers of hypothermia. These are the same as those designed to heighten awareness of the dangers of cold generally and include:
The 'Keep Warm Keep Well' campaign launched this year with the flu immunisation campaign and a leaflet and helpline-based advice on what simple measures older people can take to preserve their health in winter time.
Helping to set up the health, housing and fuel poverty forum in March 2005, to raise the profile of cold, damp homes and to mainstream the many innovative activities the national health service is engaged in to address this issue.
Establishing the £60 million Partnerships for Older People Projects fund. The focus of these projects is on improving outcomes for older people through preventive interventions. Fuel poverty reduction forms a part in several of these.
Direct encouragement to the NHS to increase further the many fuel poverty reduction partnerships between the NHS, local authorities and, for example, Warm Front. These lead to primary care staff being trained and supported, simplified referral routes and rapid response from Warm Front and others.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1571W, on influenza inoculations, whether any priorities for the recipients of the two to three million doses of the H5N1 vaccine being purchased have been determined in addition to the healthcare workers referred to. 
(2) what action she is taking to ensure that primary care trusts meet the clinical criteria set out in the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's clinical guidelines on the assessment and treatment of people with fertility problems. 
Information about the number of primary care trusts restricting funding for in-vitro fertilisation treatment for women aged 30 years and over is not collected centrally. We are discussing
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with Infertility Network UK, the leading voluntary organisation representing the interests of fertility patients, ways in which they can work with primary care trusts to help ensure that the patients' voice is heard when decisions about the provision of services are made at local level.
Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what improvements have been made to the (a) diagnosis and (b) treatment of mal de debarquement syndrome on the NHS; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: It is for primary care trusts and national health service trusts to determine the level of midwife-led maternity care required locally. A survey of patients conducted on behalf of the Department 1 asking for a preference as to where the next delivery would take place found 20.4 per cent. wanted to give birth in a midwife-led unit.
Under the maternity standard of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services, published in September 2004, NHS maternity care providers and primary care trusts (PCTs) are required to ensure that the range of antenatal, birth and post-birth care services available locally constitutes real choice for women.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many outstanding requests for mobility equipment for children under the age of 16 there are; what the average waiting time for mobility equipment is; how many children are registered as requiring disability equipment; how many children are on the waiting list for disability equipment; if she will break down the information in each category by parliamentary constituency; and what procedures are in place to ensure mobility equipment is provided to similar cases. 
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