Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) estimated adult intake of trans fatty acids and (b) recommended maximum threshold for health was in each year that records are available. 
Caroline Flint: The most recent data available, from national diet and nutrition survey of adults carried out in 2000-01, show average intakes of trans fatty acids at 1.2 per cent. of food energy. Previous comparable data from 1986-87 show adult average intakes of trans fatty acids at 2.2 per cent, of food energy.
In 1991, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy recommended that population average intakes of trans fatty acids should not exceed 2 per cent, of food energy. No specific recommendations about the dietary intake of trans fatty acids had been established at the time of the 1986-87 survey.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultations concerning reconfiguration of hospital trusts in England have (a) been referred to her Department and (b) subsequently been upheld by her Department in each of the last five years. 
Andy Burnham: There has been one referral from a Community Health Council and 16 primary care trust (PCT) and trust referrals from overview and scrutiny committees to the Secretary of State for Health in relation to contested service reconfigurations. The table sets out the outcome in each case.
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Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that administrative costs paid to Charles Russell solicitors for their administration of the vCJD compensation scheme are kept as low as possible; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The vCJD Trust has appointed the legal firm, Charles Russell, to provide support. The trust is independent of the Department and these arrangements, and their costs, are therefore the responsibility of the trust. Both the Department and the trust agree on the importance of minimising costs wherever possible.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on NHS waiting lists in Southend-on-Sea for (a) elective surgery and (b) out-patient appointments; what the (i) average and (ii) longest wait was in each case in 2005-06; and if she will make a statement. 
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors were taken into account when the decision was made to abolish the post of ward sister; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: There has been no decision to abolish the post of ward sister. Some trusts have chosen to call ward sisters by other names such as charge nurse or ward manager but the core components of the role have remained the same. Ward sisters are at the heart of delivering high quality care to patients in a variety of settings and they have a vital role within nursing.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many written questions to her Department remain unanswered at 25 July for (a) between two and four weeks, (b) between four and six weeks, (c) between six
and eight weeks and (d) more than eight weeks; and how many in each category were tabled for named day answer. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This session, we have received over 13,000 questions for written answer. As at today, there are 26 written questions unanswered for between two and four weeks, 11 for between four and six weeks, five for between six and eight weeks, and seven more than eight weeks. None were questions tabled for answer on a named day.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were at York NHS Trust (a) in each specialty and (b) in total excluding the specialties transferred to Selby and York Primary Care Trust in each year since 1996-97.