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|Table 2: Prevalence of obesity and overweight among children( 1) , by gender, 2004( 2)|
|(1) Children aged 2 to 15 (2) Data are weighted for non-response Source: Health Survey for England 2004. Updating of trend tables to include 2004 data. The Information Centre|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will allow an extended time scale for the introduction of the new rules with regard to overseas doctors working in the UK; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Transitional arrangements have been put in place. Those doctors who were offered a relevant training programme before the changes were announced will be given the opportunity to complete it.
International medical graduates will still be able to work and train in the United Kingdom. They will now need to meet the requirements of an employment category, such as the work permit requirements, in line with the immigration rules for other professions.
Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible within the NHS for commissioning and funding services for their resident population, including palliative care. The NHS is currently receiving the largest sustained increase in funding in its history, growth money not identified for specific purposes. PCTs will be able to use these extra resources to deliver on both national and local priorities including palliative care.
We have set out in Our health, our care, our say a programme of action that will deliver increased choice to all patients at the end of life about where they are cared for and die. We will be working with key stakeholders in taking this forward.
Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps her Department is taking to provide peripatetic nurses skilled in the care of terminally-ill patients to work in local communities; 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The information requested is not collected centrally. It is for local managers to determine skill mix within the nursing work force. The Government have supported the development of a
range of specialist roles within nursing, and trusts must deploy them as they think fit.
Following the announcement/publication of the results of the large European-wide study of radon and lung cancer risks the National Radiological Protection Board (now the radiation protection division of the Health Protection Agency), the Governments adviser on health related radiation protection matters, asked its independent advisory group on ionising radiation to include this information, together with the findings from other relevant research, in the current review of the risks of radon exposure. The report of this review is expected to be published in about six months.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) nurses and (b) doctors specialising in respiratory problems there are in each (i) health authority and (ii) primary care trust in England; 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on doctors specialising in respiratory problems by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) is shown in the table. Information on the number of specialist respiratory nurses is not held centrally.
|Hospital and community health services: medical and dental staff working with respiratory medicine showing consultants by SHA showing PCTs. England as at 30 September 2005.|
| Source: The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census|
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