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Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has for a breastfeeding awareness week in England in 2006. [48384]

Caroline Flint: The Department is committed to supporting and promoting breastfeeding as the best form of nutrition for infants. National breastfeeding awareness week will be held from 14 to 20 May 2006.

Catalytic Converters

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the possible health implications arising from the use of monomolecular layers of platinum, with particular reference to catalytic converters. [48456]

Caroline Flint: The possible effects of platinum compounds emitted by vehicles fitted with catalytic converters have been considered by both the Committee on the Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) and the Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP). Both committees concluded that emissions of allergenic platinum compounds were unlikely. COMEAP commented that adverse reactions might conceivably arise in those already sensitised by other, higher exposures. Details are available in the COT/COC/COM annual report for 1996 and in the COMEAP annual report for 1994.

Cervical Smear Tests

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has received the formal options appraisal of reducing waiting times for the results of cervical smear
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tests from the university of Sheffield; if she will place a copy of the appraisal in the Library; and if she will make a statement. [43563]

Ms Rosie Winterton: A draft version of the options appraisal for reducing waiting times for the results of cervical screening tests was delivered to the Department on 16 January 2006. The advisory committee on cervical screening met on 18 January to discuss the report, and their views have been passed to the authors of the report to consider. A copy of the final version of the options appraisal will be placed in the Library.

Crack Cocaine

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure that frontline staff in (a) health care and (b) social services have adequate education and training concerning crack cocaine use and treatment. [47695]

Caroline Flint: The National Treatment Agency (NTA) has produced a resource pack for treatment providers on crack cocaine treatment, in collaboration with COCA, a stimulant-specialist organisation. The NTA also commissioned training to accompany the resource.

The drugs and alcohol national occupational standards (DANOS) specify the standards of performance that people in the drugs and alcohol field should be working to. They also describe the knowledge and skills workers need in order to perform to the required standard. The DANOS standards on service delivery give guidance on the scope of what competence-based training should cover, including crack, cocaine and other stimulant use.

Diabetics (Eye Tests)

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with (a) patient groups and (b) clinicians on regular eye tests for diabetics. [46250]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The national service framework for diabetes has a specific target of screening everyone at risk of diabetic retinopathy, and ensuring they are treated, by the end of 2007. Patient representatives and clinicians have played an important role on the national diabetic retinopathy screening project advisory group set up to steer the development of the screening programme.

Free sight tests on the national health service are available to people with diabetes and we recommend people with diabetes have their eyes tested every year.

Drug Treatment Programmes

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many problem drug users have participated in drug treatment programmes in each of the last five years. [47702]

Caroline Flint: The numbers in treatment figures for the past two years are shown on the table.
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The 1998–99 baseline against which these figures are calculated is 85,000. The Department's public service agreement is to double the numbers in treatment between 1998 and 2008.

The National Treatment Agency introduced a revised and more accurate methodology for counting the numbers in treatment, in October 2004. Figures are not available for the years 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 although the potential for providing estimates based on data collecting using the earlier methodology is being explored.

Food Labelling

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health why the labelling information on foodstuffs uses 100 g as the standard unit. [44617]

Caroline Flint: The United Kingdom labelling regulations implement, among other pieces of legislation, a European Community Directive (90/496/EEC) which lays down harmonised rules about how nutritional information should be presented on food packaging. One such rule in the directive is that the nutrient amounts should be given per 100 g of the food. Manufacturers may also provide nutritional information on a per quantified serving or per portion basis, provided the total number of portions per pack is stated.

General Medical Council

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual renewal fee for registration with theGeneral Medical Council was in each year since 2000. [48138]

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Jane Kennedy: The annual renewal fee for registration with the General Medical Council in the year 2000 was £135. In 2001, the fee was £170. In 2002, this was set at £290 and has remained at this amount in subsequent years.

GM Food

Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research findings she has assessed onthe health implications of (a) GM soya and (b) theintroduction of genes from bean varieties into GM peas. [36424]

Caroline Flint: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has sought advice from the advisory committee on novel food and processes (ACNFP) regarding what conclusions may be drawn from the results of a preliminary study conducted in Russia on the offspring of rats given flour from genetically modified soya beans. The ACNFP discussed this study on 24 November 2005 and a statement detailing its comments has been published on the ACNFP's website along with the draft minutes of the meeting.

At the same meeting, the FSA also sought advice from the ACNFP on a paper published by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, which details the immunological effects in mice exposed to peas genetically modified to contain a bean protein. The ACNFP's comments will be finalised when the minutes are formally adopted at the following meeting in January 2006. The draft minutes are available on the ACNFP's website at:

General Practitioner Appointments

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) requested and (b) received an appointment to see a GP within 48 hours in (i) Uxbridge constituency and (ii) Greater London, broken down by London borough, in each year since 1997. [48517]

Jane Kennedy: The Department does not hold this information in the format requested.

However, the table shows the percentage of patients that were able to be offered a consultation with a general practitioner within two working days by London primary care trusts for March 2003 to December 2005.
March 2003March 2004March 2005(31)December 2005(31)
Q045AT5AT5ATHillingdon PCT88.3897.63100.00100.00
London borough PCTs:
Q055A95A95A9Barnet PCT79.75100.00100.00100.00
Q055K75K75K7Camden PCT87.0596.38100.00100.00
Q05SCI5CI5CIEnfield PCT70.71100.00100.00100.00
Q055C95C95C9Haringey Teaching PCT92.98100.00100.00100.00
Q055K85K85K8Islington PCT69.67100.00100.00100.00
Q065C25C25C2Barking & Dagenham PCT86.17100.00100.00100.00
Q065C35C35C3City & Hackney PCT84.03100.00100.00100.00
Q065A45A45A4Havering PCT90.25100.00100.00100.00
Q065C55C55C5Newham PCT90.3196.33100.00100.00
Q065C45C45C4Tower Hamlets PCT67.38100.00100.00100.00
Q065NC5NCWaltham Forest PCT(32)100.00100.00100.00
Q065NA5NARedbridge PCT(32)100.00100.00100.00
Q065C6Walthamstow, Leyton & Leytonstone PCT(32)79.58
Q065C7Chingford, Wanstead & Woodford PCT(32)55.57
Q045K55K55K5Brent PCT81.88100.00100.00100.00
Q045HX5HX5HXEaling PCT68.1397.19100.00100.00
Q045H15H15H1Hammersmith & Fulham PCT95.9297.12100.00100.00
Q045K65K65K6Harrow PCT90.5398.73100.00100.00
Q04SATSATSATHillingdon PCT88.3897.63100.00100.00
Q04SHYSHYSHYHounslow PCT62.77100.00100.00100.00
Q045LA5LA5LAKensington & Chelsea PCT86.8490.40100.00100.00
Q045LC5LC5LCWestminster PCT78.9091.35100.00100.00
Q075AX5AX5TAKBexley Care Trust95.96100.00100.00100.00
Q075A75A75A7Bromley PCT90.8393.55100.00100.00
Q075A85A85A8Greenwich Teaching PCT80.4093.36100.00100.00
Q075LD5LD5LDLambeth PCT92.1196.75100.00100.00
Q075LF5LF5LFLewisham PCT95.5992.7497.36100.00
Q075LE5LE5LESouthwark PCT100.00100.00100.00100.00
Q085K95K95K9Croydon PCT95.4198.92100.00100.00
Q085A55A55A5Kingston PCT93.3093.03100.00100.00
Q085M65M65M6Richmond & Twickenham PCT98.50100.00100.00100.00
Q085M75M75M7Sutton & Merton PCT83.63100.00100.00100.00
Q085LG5LG5LGWandsworth PCT85.0498.52100.00100.00

(31) From April 2004, access to a GP at a local NHS Walk-in Centre may count towards the 48 hour primary care access target, but only for practices that have an agreement with an NHS Walk-in Centre, which offers GP services, that includes referring and/or diverting practice patients.
(32) From April 2003 Walthamstow, Leyton & Leytonstone PCT, Chingford, Wanstead & Woodford PCT and Redbridge PCT merged into the two new PCTs, Waltham Forest PCT and Redbridge PCT.
Primary Care Access Survey-Percentage of patients able to be offered a consultation with a general practitioner within two working days.

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