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Mr. Ian Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2637W, on obesity, if she will clarify the action which the Department plans to take on the establishment of the National Partnership for Obesity. 
Caroline Flint: I regret that part of the reply I gave the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne (Julia Goldworthy) on 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2637W, was incorrect. The third paragraph of the answer on the national partnership for obesity should read as follows:
Over the coming months the Department will explore with relevant non governmental organisations how it can support the establishment of a national partnership for obesity. The objective will be to promote practical action on the prevention and management of obesity and provide a source of information and evidence of effectiveness."
Ms Rosie Winterton: The hospital eye service (HES) provides contact lenses to those who require them as a clinical necessity. This will include many patients with keratoconus, but in some cases spectacles can be used to correct their vision.
There is a charge for contact lenses supplied through the HES of £48 per lens. Children, those aged under 19 in full time education, and patients who would be eligible for vouchers for their spectacles are entitled to free contact lenses through the HES scheme. Patients who have a valid HC3 certificate pay up to a maximum of £96 for a pair of lenses.
It is recognised that the provision of solutions to maintain contact lenses is an integral part of the provision of the lenses. When contact lenses have been fitted for a recognised clinical need, hospitals should make arrangements for patients to receive contact lens solutions for which normal prescription charges rules apply. All classes of patients who are exempt from paying prescription charges, or who have a valid pre-payment certificate, should not be charged for their contact lens solutions.
The Department provides financial support via the Section 64 general scheme to a number of organisations that provide advice to individuals with a full range of visual impairment which will include keratoconus. This includes:
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Department of Health Winter Report 200506, page 17, how much income is lost by a hospital on average (a) when a patient chooses to be treated elsewhere under the Cancelled Operations Guarantee and (b) when a patient chooses to go to another hospital with lower levels of cancellations; and how much income has been lost by hospitals in total in each of these ways in each year since 200102, broken down by NHS trust. 
Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of Greater Manchester's primary care trusts met the 48-hour target for access to GPs in the latest period for which figures are available. 
|Organisation name||Percentage of patients offered first appointment with a general practitioner within two working days (inc. Walk in centres)|
|Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority (SHA)||99.70|
|South Manchester Primary Care Trust (PCT)||100.00|
|Central Manchester PCT||100.00|
|North Manchester PCT||100.00|
|Trafford South PCT||100.00|
|Heywood and Middleton PCT||100.00|
|Trafford North PCT||100.00|
|Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT||97.38|
|Tameside and Glossop PCT||100.00|
Caroline Flint: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is committed to minimising pesticide residues in food and has developed a detailed action plan to achieve this. The action plan recognises that many consumers prefer pesticide residues in their food to be kept to a minimum, and reduced further than current safe levels. The FSA's action plan includes the development of crop guides offering a consolidated source of best practice for pesticide residue minimisation on specific crops. Research is also under way to explore the information needs of consumers regarding pesticide residues in food.
Ms Rosie Winterton: There are currently seven fixed-location scanners routinely available for national health service patients in England. These are located in London and the south-east, with one new scanner now in Birmingham.
There are also three private clinics which offer positron emission tomography (PET)-computed tomography (CT) services and three mobile scanners
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which provide services across the United Kingdom. Additionally, research facilities are available in London, Cambridge and Manchester.
Full details of PET scanners can be found in annex C of The National Framework for the Development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Services in England". This is available on the Department's website at: www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/10/30/04121030.pdf.
In October 2005, the Department published The National Framework for the Development of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Services in England". The framework identifies some of the key indicators that clinicians may use to identify patients for referral for a positron emission tomography scan.
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