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John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many methadone patients have been registered with the drugs and alcohol action team in (a) Meden and (b) Birklands ward in Mansfield in each of the last five years. 
Andy Burnham: Methadone patients are not required to register with a drug and alcohol team. In 2005-06, the national drug treatment monitoring system had notification of 1,249 Nottinghamshire residents receiving 2,234 episodes of substitute prescribing. 892 of these episodes were through specialist prescribing services, and 1,342 were through general practice prescribing.
Caroline Flint: Records taken from the National Treatment Agency's national drug treatment monitoring system give data on the number of people receiving all opiate substitutes, like buprenorphine and naltrexone, and not just methadone, as part of a drug treatment programme. These figures are available for the last three years only:
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many overnight stays in the paediatric ward of the Eastbourne District General hospital there have been in each of the last 10 years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The recruitment of the chairs for the strategic health authorities was managed by the NHS Appointments Commission. I have asked the Commission's chair to answer my hon. Friends question directly.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met Ofcom to discuss the rules on broadcast advertising, sponsorship and promotion of food and drink to young people; if she will publish the minutes of the meeting; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: Ofcom met the Food Standards Agency and myself on 22 March 2006 when they set out the options for restrictions on broadcast advertising that were subsequently published in a consultation document on 28 March. Ofcom were also represented at the last meeting of the food and drink advertising and promotion forum on 26 April 2006, which I attended in part.
The Department is committed to improving the health and well being of the general population, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles. The Department is currently taking forward a number of initiatives, including gender specific screening programmes. Some initiatives address particular aspects of women's health which take account of vulnerable and hard to reach populations. Examples include work related to the maternity standard of the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services. The standard contains a number of recommendations including ones to address improving maternal health and the needs of pregnant women experiencing domestic violence. Many of our initiatives help to promote empowerment of women by encouraging choice and partnership working with professionals over care, therefore fulfilling the commitment given in Beijing.
In March, the Department wrote to Baroness Prosser at the Women's National Commission in response to its annual violence against women audit. We provided information on a range of subjects from domestic abuse and female genital mutilation to the gender equality public sector duty, which all public bodies will be legally bound to uphold from April 2007.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) administrative centres and (b) call centres the new Great Western Ambulance Service plans to have; and what guarantees have been made to existing staff on redeployment. 
The principles of the human resources (HR) framework, agreed in partnership with trade unions
nationally, apply to the recently merged Great Western Ambulance Service. The HR framework was produced to ensure that changes to configuration arising from Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming NHS Ambulance Services are managed consistently and equitably across the country.
Any staff who do not secure jobs in the new structure and who may remain at risk of redundancy will have guaranteed employment until March 2007, and during the intervening period support will be provided to staff in obtaining suitable alternative employment within local national health service communities and partner organisations.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Individual national health service organisations are responsible for the recruitment of midwives. However, the Department is currently assessing the implications of the recently published White Paper Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services and the commitment around offering choice within maternity services.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the health effects of mobile telephony; and if she will make a statement. 
"the balance of evidence to date suggests that exposures below international guidelines do not cause health effects to the general population"
"there is a lack of hard information showing that the mobile phone systems in use are damaging to health."
The report [Documents of the National Radiological Protection Board, Volume 15, No. 5] is available on the Health Protection Agency's radiation protection division's
(HPA-RPD) website at www.hpa.org.uk/radiation. Both these reports, additionally, recommended further research and a precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technology pending the availability of more robust scientific research results.
The independently managed mobile telecommunications and health research (MTHR) programme was set up in 2001 in response to the Stewart report recommendations. It is currently supporting a number of studies into the possible health effects of mobile phone technology and these are described on the MTHR's website at www.mthr.org.uk.
All mobile phones and base stations in this country comply with international guidelines that are based on comprehensive reviews of the scientific literature. Measurements undertaken by both the HPA and by Ofcom (www.ofcom.org.uk) have consistently shown that exposures to radio signals from base stations are lower than the international guideline levels.
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criminal justice and the drug intervention programme; and
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the (a) individuals and (b) companies consulted in writing on the forthcoming business arrangement manual for NHS managers. 
As is common for publications of this type, the Department consulted informally with a broad selection of senior national health service managers. The Department also consulted in writing with Monitor in relation to issues concerning NHS foundation trusts. In addition, the Department consulted informally with individuals in other Government departments.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date the (a) West Gloucestershire primary care trust, (b) Cotswold and Vale primary care trust, (c) Cheltenham and Tewkesbury primary care trust, (d) Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust, (e) Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and (f) Great Western Ambulance Trust are required to (i) achieve month by month financial balance and (ii) clear the accumulated deficit from prior years. 
Caroline Flint: With respect to Gloucestershire Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust, this is a matter for the Chair and I have written to the Chair to inform him of the hon. Members inquiry and copies will be placed in the Library.
With respect to the other organisations the hon. Member refers to, the strategic health authority (SHA) has the responsibility to secure financial balance across the area by the end of the financial year. The SHA is agreeing plans with local organisations to achieve month by month financial balance and clear the accumulated deficit from prior years.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 May 2006, to question 70030, on NHS hospitals, if she will list the NHS facilities in England which have inpatient beds. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government Actuary's department has valued the total liabilities of the NHS Pension Scheme as at 31 March 2005 to be £127.9 billion. They are in the process of preparing a detailed actuarial valuation of the scheme as at 31 March 2004 which will be published later this year, which will include analysis of the factors leading to any change in valuation.
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