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John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 April 2006 to question 59146 on the National Blood Service, what estimate the National Blood Service has made of the number of calls made from call centres in her Department in 200405 using predictive dialling; and how many such calls resulted in silent calls. 
The NBS made 1,467,382 calls between 1 March 2005 and 21 April 2006. Over this time period, 3.7 per cent. of these calls were abandoned, representing those occasions when the called person answers and it appears no-one is there, due to the slight delay before an operator comes on the line. The NBS continues to improve its abandonment rates, which have dropped to three per cent, in January 2006. These levels are within Ofcom's guidelines of no more than 5 per cent. silent calls.
Caroline Flint: Following the successful completion of the early adopter phase, 88 spearhead primary care trust (PCTs) are now in a position to start recruiting, training and deploying health trainers.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) the Royal Free
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Hampstead NHS Trust and (b) the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear hospital about the form of the public consultation process on the future of the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit. 
Jane Kennedy: No discussions have been held between Ministers and the Royal Free Hampstead National Health Service Trust or the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear hospital about the form of the public consultation process on the future of the Nuffield speech and language unit.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her statement of 25 April 2006, Official Report, column 549, on the Nuffield Speech and Language Unit, how many patients waited more than six months for hospital in-patient treatment according to the February figures. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 2 May 2006]: The Nuffield speech and language unit is part of the Royal Free Hampstead National Health Services Trust. The trust did not report any patients waiting over six months for inpatient admission at the end of February 2006.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people training to become Registered General Nurses are enrolled on pre-registration nursing courses and will complete their courses in (a) the 200607 academic year, (b) the 200708 academic year and (c) the 200809 academic year, broken down by strategic health authority area; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 27 April 2006]: It is not possible to say how many people will complete their training in a given year. Most students complete training in three years but each year a proportion either delay completion or leave the course.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on (a) a tax on foods with a very high fat content and (b) an obesity tax based on an individual's body mass index. 
The Department has received representations on tax on foods with a very high fat content through the consultation processes on the Choosing Health White Paper and the Food and Health Action Plan.
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Jane Kennedy: Changes to the structure, functions and number of regulators were considered as part of the recent review of non-medical professional regulation. An announcement about the review will be made shortly.
The Department's plans to introduce important changes to the childhood immunisation programme will start later this year. These changes will ensure that young children in this country are offered the best protection against serious vaccine-preventable diseases.
We propose to introduce these changes in the summer, and a firm date will be announced as soon as vaccine supply and other issues have been finalised. A further detailed Chief Medical Officer/Chief Nursing Officer/Chief Pharmaceutical officer letter, with supporting documentation, will follow as soon as possible.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the three-year funding period for recombinant factor VII for adult haemophiliacs is due to come to an end; who is responsible for the decision on further funding; and what decisions have been made. 
Caroline Flint: On 12 February 2003, the Government announced an extra £88 million over three years to extend the availability of recombinant clotting factors for adult haemophiliacs in England. We remain committed to the recombinant roll-out programme and I announced on 19 April that further funding for recombinant treatment will continue.
Mr. Don Foster:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations her Department has carried
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out with (a) the theatre, (b) film and (c) television industry regarding possible exemptions to the ban on smoking in public places for the purposes of artistic productions; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: During last year's consultation on proposals for the Health Bill we received representations that particular theatrical performances and television/film recordings should be exempted from the smoke-free provisions of the Bill.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expected year-end financial position of social services departments in England is in 200506 (a) in total and (b) broken down by local authority area; and what the year-end outturn position has been in each year since 199798. 
The Department does hold social services expenditure data centrally and in answering this question, we have assumed that year-end outturn equates with total local authority expenditure on social services.
Forecast outturn figures for the 150 local authorities with social care responsibilities in 200506 will not be available until early in 2007. The most recent available expenditure information held by the Department is for 200405.
Full details of the outturn figures for 199798 to 200405 for social services departments are available on the NHS Health and Social Care information Centre's website at www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/persocservexp2005. Summary tables of outturn figures are available in the Library.
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