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The postcode of the Dental Practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. PCT & SHA areas have been defined using the Office for National Statistics All Fields Postcode Directory.
Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Information on NHS dentistry in the community dental service, in hospitals and in prisons are excluded.
The data in this report are based on NHS dentists on PCT lists. These details were passed on to the BSA who paid dentists based on activity undertaken. A dentist can provide as little or as much NHS treatment as he or she chooses or has agreed with the PCT. In some cases an NHS dentist may appear on a PCT list but not perform any NHS work in that period.
Most NHS dentists do some private work. The data does not take into account the proportion of NHS work undertaken by dentists.
PDS schemes had varying registration periods. To ensure comparability with corresponding GDS data, PDS registrations are estimated using "proxy registrations", namely the number of patients seen by PDS practices in the previous 15 months. PDS proxy registrations were not estimated for periods before September 2003 - actual registrations were used before this date.
Data for 2003 and earlier do not include those PDS schemes that do not have any registrations (e.g. dental access centres), and is therefore not directly comparable with later data.
The boundaries used are as at 31 March 2006. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care NHS Business Services Authority (BSA)
(2) what steps she is taking to ensure that private organisations contracted to work (a) in her Department and (b) for non-Departmental public bodies and executive agencies for which her Department is responsible are aware of their duties under gender equality legislation when exercising public functions on behalf of public bodies; 
(4) what steps she is taking to ensure that (a) her Department and (b) the non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies for which she is responsible are taking steps to meet the requirements of the forthcoming duty on public bodies (i) to end unlawful discrimination and harassment and (ii) to promote equality between women and men. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The Department will publish a single equality scheme on 4 December 2006. This
scheme will incorporate a revised race equality scheme, a disability equality scheme and a draft gender equality scheme. It will also, but to a lesser extent, include equality issues around age, religion and belief and sexual orientation.
The discrimination provisions in the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 apply to both the public and private sectors. Gender equality considerations can be built into contracts between public authorities and their private sector contractors where they are relevant to the function or service being carried out.
The Department is taking an integrated approach to equality impact assessment, and all our major new policies, including those requiring legislation, will be assessed for their impact on equality in terms of age, disability, gender, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.
To assist non-departmental public bodies, our executive agencies, NHS and social care organisations and us in ensuring that private sector contractors providing goods, works or services on our behalf are aware of their obligations under the general gender equality duty we will refer to the Equal Opportunities Commissions (EOC) Code of Practice of the Gender Equality Duty and any further EOC guidance when available.
Pregnant young women and their partners need to understand all the options open to them, including abortion, so that they can make an informed decision about whether or not to continue with the pregnancy. We are concerned that PSHE programmes often avoid the subject and do not provide sufficient evidence-based information about abortion, therefore leaving pregnant teenagers ill-equipped to assess abortion as an option. Many myths prevail, including the fact that abortion may lead to infertility, which TPIAG is concerned may be a contributory factor to repeat abortions.
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