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The Department has also issued guidance on Developing an Estate Strategy" to achieve future service requirements; and on how to prepare a strategic service development plan for primary and community based health services for use by primary care trusts.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) doctors, (c) nurses and (d) dentists from Malawi were working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Information is not available centrally on the country of origin of national health service staff. The General Medical Council, General Dental Council and Nursing and Midwifery Council, hold information on the country of qualification of each person on their respective registers but not the country of origin.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the outcomes of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) consultation MLX 322 on fees published on 6 March 2006, when she expects the MHRA to discuss with industry associations how best to improve levels of (a) service, (b) communication and (c) monitoring. 
Jane Kennedy: The Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency are now arranging meetings with pharmaceutical industry associations to discuss aspects of service, communication and monitoring improvements. Some meetings with individual associations have already taken place, and further discussions will take place in the coming weeks.
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency uses to ensure that deadlines for granting marketing authorisations for medicines are met. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 2 March 2006]: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) uses a number of information technology system and staff management mechanisms to monitor the progress and completion of marketing authorisation applications. These include the automatic system flagging of applications when critical dates are due and weekly status checks by the assessment managers. In addition, applications processed through European approval procedures are monitored using a Eudranet IT system which links all of the European Community medicines regulatory agencies.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females have suffered from (i) severe depressive illness, (ii) catatonia and (iii) a prolonged or severe manic episode in each of the last five years for which information is available, broken down by age group. 
|15 to 24||250||230||250||240||210|
|25 to 44||1,310||1,390||1,230||1,040||970|
|45 to 64||1,170||1,330||1,180||920||980|
|65 to 74||710||700||580||490||540|
|75 and over||790||790||700||540||530|
|15 to 24||40||30||20||20||30|
|25 to 44||60||100||60||50||60|
|45 to 64||20||30||30||20||20|
|65 to 74||0||0||0||0||10|
|75 and over||10||0||0||10||0|
|15 to 24||450||420||380||360||370|
|25 to 44||1,940||2,020||1,870||1,480||1,550|
|45 to 64||1,310||1,360||1,310||1,040||1,120|
|65 to 74||230||350||290||240||280|
|75 and over||170||180||180||160||200|
|15 to 24||290||270||280||240||250|
|25 to 44||2,180||2,350||2,250||1,680||1,580|
|45 to 64||2,250||2,230||2,160||1,810||1,770|
|65 to 74||1,400||1,340||1,230||940||930|
|75 and over||1,900||1,820||1,640||1,390||1,310|
|15 to 24||10||20||10||10||10|
|25 to 44||30||40||30||30||30|
|45 to 64||30||30||30||20||30|
|65 to 74||10||0||10||10||10|
|75 and over||0||0||10||10||10|
|15 to 24||350||350||340||280||260|
|25 to 44||2,090||2,270||2,030||1,610||1,690|
|45 to 64||1,870||1,990||1,960||1,540||1,570|
|65 to 74||560||630||520||470||520|
|75 and over||340||390||370||320||310|
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long it took on average for a child to receive an initial assessment by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
The children's national service framework sets out the standards that need to be adopted by commissioners and providers of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). Adoption of these standards will ensure that all children and young people with mental health problems will have access to timely, integrated and high quality mental health services.
Information on CAMHS waiting times is collected in the annual CAMHS mapping exercise which is shown in the table. The latest data relates to 2004. Further details of the mapping data is available on their website at www.camhsmapping.org.uk/.
|Length of wait to be seen by|
|Percentage of new|
|Under 4 weeks||51|
|4 to 13 weeks||31|
|13 to 26 weeks||11|
|Over 26 weeks||8|
Mr. Byrne: We regularly receive written representations about the development of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) from those working in the national health service, parents and other interested parties.
The CAMHS standard of the children's national service framework, published in September 2004, sets out the vision for CAMHS for the next 10 years. The Government's aim is that all children and young people, from birth to their 18th birthday, who have mental health problems, will have access to timely, integrated, high quality mental health services to ensure effective treatment and support, for them, their parents or carers, and other family members.
Mr. Byrne: Information is not collected in the format requested. There are a number of mental health problems that affect children and young people that can be treated by medication. It is however for the clinical judgment of those caring for the child to decide whether they would benefit from medication or whether other treatment options should be explored first.
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