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Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects (a) to publish (i) the recommendations of the expert panel on the future of patient and public involvement in health and (ii) the evidence submitted to the expert panel and (b) to announce her Department's decision on the future structures for patient and public involvement in health. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The expert panel which is considering patient and public involvement in health, reported to Ministers in the Department at the end of April 2006. Ministers are considering the recommendations and will announce the Department's decision on the future structures for patient and public involvement shortly. The panel's report and the evidence submitted to the panel will be published at the same time as this announcement.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died from pulmonary hypertension while on the NHS waiting list for a heart and lung transplant in England in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
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Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what analysis her Department conducted of the food industry's objections to the Food Standards Agency's proposed target salt levels as set out in their consultation document of August 2005. 
Caroline Flint: As part of its normal consultation process, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) compiled and reviewed the comments of all respondents to the salt targets consultation, a summary of which is published on the FSA's website at www.salt.gov.uk/index.shtml.
Mr. Byrne: Decisions on applications for awards in 200607 are currently under consideration and organisations will be informed as soon as this process is complete. During 200607 a review of department of health funding for the third sector will take place and an announcement on funding for 200708, which will include information on section 64 General Scheme of Grants will soon be made.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what level of expenditure will be committed to support the (a) improvements to sexual health services announced by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health on 20 July, (b) bowel cancer screening programme announced by the Minister of State for Health Services on 2 August and (c) announcement of extra support for research into incurable diseases announced by the Minister of State for Quality and Patient Safety on 2 December; how much expenditure there has been on each; and whether the expenditure is financed from the Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations budget of her Department in each case. 
Mr. Byrne: On 20 July 2005, my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health (Caroline Flint) announced an additional £15 million capital funding to make improvements to genitourinary medicine services. The funding was allocated to strategic health authorities last September.
The Government have stated their commitment to a national bowel cancer screening programme, for which funding has been agreed. On 30 January 2006, the new Health White Paper, Our Health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services", reaffirmed that the programme will be rolled out from April 2006.
The statement made by the Minister of State, Department of Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy) on 2 December 2005 was part of the overall United Kingdom Government response to the UK stem cell initiative report. This included a number of commitments over the next decade from the Government Departments and the research councils. The Department fully intends to meet a commitment to provide an additional £100 million for national health service research and development compared with 200304 levels and the eligible service support costs of clinical stem cell research within the NHS.
I am advised that sexual health services in Hull operate using a hub and spoke model, with Conifer House in the city centre as the main centre and clinics held across the city and the East Riding. The services sees approximately 3,000 patients per month.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the major capital investment projects at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital Trust approved by the Department of Health since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: There have been a number of major capital schemes at the Southport and Ormskirk Hospital National Health Service Trust since 1997. However, as none of these schemes fell beyond the relevant delegated limits, approval was granted by the relevant local NHS organisation rather than by the Department.
Mr. Byrne: Mothers who deliver a stillborn baby after the start of the 25th week of pregnancy are entitled to receive statutory maternity pay. In certain circumstances, financial help is available from the Social Fund to cover funeral costs. To receive such a funeral payment, parents must meet certain eligibility criteria.
It is for individual national health service trusts to ensure there are appropriate support services for mothers who deliver a stillborn baby locally. Such support is likely to include an appointment with the consultant to discuss what is known about the reason for the baby's death, and bereavement counselling. The hospital may also offer to arrange the burial or cremation free of charge.
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