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Mr. Hoon: Romania has made strides in improving its human rights situation since the fall of Ceausescu in 1989. The prospect of EU membership has been a vital driver for human rights reform. Some concerns remain, such as the treatment of Roma, conditions in mental health institutions, discrimination and intolerance experienced by members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and the number of children in institutional care. Further details, including Global Opportunities Fund projects to assist Romania in its efforts, can be found in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights Annual Report which is available on our website:
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 24 May 2006, Official Report, column 1866W, on sickness absence, how many staff in her Department have had two or more periods of sick leave of less than five days in two or more of the years for which she has provided figures. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions the UK Government has had in the last 12 months with the (a) Hungarian and (b) Romanian Governments regarding the state of Szeklerland. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the status of Szeklerland has been a part of discussions regarding the accession of Romania to the EU. 
Mr. Hoon: The status of Szeklerland has not been part of discussions regarding Romanias EU accession. However, the Romanian Government are aware that it needs to continue to satisfy the Copenhagen Criteria, which guarantee respect for and protection of minorities such as the ethnic Hungarian minority in Szeklerland.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many abortions were notified as being carried out in England in each year since 1996 on women whose normal place of residence was (a) France, (b) Germany, (c) Italy, (d) Ireland, (e) Spain, (f) Israel, (g) Malta, (h) Isle of Man and (i) the United States of America. 
Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the table. It is also available on the Departments website at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/Statistics/StatisticalWorkAreas/StatisticalPublic Health /fs/en for 2002-05 data and at: www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp%3Fvlnk%3D68%26Pos% 3D2% 26ColRank%3D2%26Rank%3D640 for 1996 to 2001 data.
|Number of abortions to non residents of selected countries, 1996 to 2005|
|Country of residence||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005|
|(1) Less than 10|
Caroline Flint: This information is contained within table 10b of the Statistical Bulletin 2006/01, Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2005. Copies have been placed in the Library and also on the Department of Health website at www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/13/68/59/04136859.pdf
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research her Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England between 2004 and 2005; and if she will make a statement. 
The 2005 abortion statistics showed the abortion rate per 1,000 resident women aged 15 to 44 and the under 18 and under 16 abortion rates stayed the same as in 2004. In addition, more abortions were performed at an earlier gestation and there were less late abortions. The Statistical Bulletin 2006/01, Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2005 is available in the Library and also on the Departments website at: www.dh.gov. uk/assetRoot/04/13/68/59/04136859.pdf
Ms Rosie Winterton: National health service trusts self-report the number of accident and emergency (A and E) services they provide against definitions set by the Department for the three types of A and E. This is not collected at the level of individual hospitals. A number of trusts reported a change in the number of type one (major) A and E departments for the period requested and this information is shown in the table. This was the position at the end of March for each year.
|Type one A and E department closed/downgraded|
As at end March of the relevant year.
If a NHS trust closes/downgrades a type one A and E department and opens another type one A and E department within the same period, our data would not be able to show this.
We cannot provide a further breakdown of whether the department was closed or downgraded from a type one A and E department.
Northumbria Health Care NHS Trust opened a new type one A and E department during 2003-04.
Department of Health dataset, QMAE
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has advised NHS trusts that proposed solutions for reconfiguring acute hospital services should be tested in trials before they are introduced. 
Andy Burnham: The Departments advice on service reconfiguration is set out in the 2003 publication, Keeping the NHS Locala New Direction of Travel, and subsequent policy advice such as a recent letter to the national health service advising that proposals for service reconfiguration must have rigorous business cases with integration and benefits plans and clear accountability to drive quality and financial improvements within the NHS.
Caroline Flint: £15 million has been allocated to all primary care trusts (PCTs) on a weighted capitation basis to improve alcohol services from 2007-08 onwards. The Department announced 2007-08 revenue allocations to PCTs in February 2005.
Caroline Flint: The Department, in collaboration with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has well-developed plans in place for the protection of public health in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza.
DEFRA has published its exotic diseases contingency plan which contains the guidance on public health protection in an outbreak for workers and others who might be exposed to infected birds. This is available on DEFRAs website: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/disease/avianinfluenza-contplan.htm.
DEFRA also publishes and regularly updates risk assessments on the threat to UK of introduction of H5N1 from birds and its latest publication, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 situation in Europe and potential risk factors for the introduction of the virus to the United Kingdom, can be found at: www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/disease/ai/latest-situation/index.htm
The Department recently commissioned a report from the HPA: Addressing a Quantitative Microbiological Risk Assessment (QMRA) of the Risks Posed to UK Public Health by Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5NL.
Advice for clinicians on how to deal with patients who may have been infected with avian influenza is available on the HPAs website: www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/influenza/avian/guidelines.htm
Advice for travellers on reducing their risk of exposure to minimise risk of bringing back infection has been published on the Departments website. Regular travel updates concerning affected countries is available at: www.nathnac.org/.
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