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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the announcement made by the Home
Office on restrictions on migrant nurses to the UK will affect the (a) operation and (b) monitoring of the Code of Practice for International Recruitment of Healthcare Professionals. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The removal of nursing posts at agenda for change bands 5 or 6 from the Home Offices shortage occupation list will have no effect on the operation or monitoring of the Code of Practice.
Caroline Flint: The provision of hepatitis C services at the local level is the responsibility of primary care trusts and their local partners. They are best placed to assess what is needed in their areas and to take account of other priorities in the context of delivering care in more local and convenient settings, including in the community, provided this is effective and can be delivered safely.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the efficacy of air purifiers as a mechanism for combating hospital infections; and if she will make a statement. 
Basic research and development has been completed and the product may have potential value; in-use evaluations/trials are now needed in an national health service clinical setting.
A potentially useful new concept but insufficiently validated; more research and development is required before it is ready for evaluation in practice.
Not a significant improvement on equipment/materials/products already available which claim to contribute to reducing health care associated infection; no further consideration needed or unlikely to contribute to the reduction of health care associated infection; no further consideration needed.
Insufficient clarity/evidence presented to enable full review of the product; and
An already well established product that does not merit further consideration by the panel.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking in relation to the introduction of a national human papilloma virus vaccination programme during the school year 2007-08. 
Caroline Flint: The Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation is currently considering the evidence on human papilloma virus vaccines. It will provide advice to Ministers and, once received, Ministers will consider the advice.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings her Department has had with colleagues from the Department for Education and Skills to discuss the implementation of a schools-based HPV vaccination programme during the school year 2007-08. 
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation will meet in February 2007; whether the committee will consider HPV vaccination at this meeting; and if she will take steps to ensure that the committee makes its recommendations publicly available. 
Caroline Flint: It is planned that the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) will next meet on 14 February 2006. It will continue its deliberation on human papilloma virus (HPV) and a range of other vaccination issues. The publication schedule of JCVI is available at:
Ms Rosie Winterton: Peramivir is not currently licensed and is not part of our present plans. However, our antiviral strategy will remain under continual review and if emerging scientific and clinical data indicate that peramivir is a safe and potentially effective drug then we would take this into account.
Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people over 65 in (a) Wantage constituency, (b) Oxfordshire and (c) the South East have received an influenza vaccination in the past 12 months. 
Caroline Flint: Vaccine uptake data are not collected by constituency and hence we do not have data for the Wantage constituency. We have provided influenza vaccination uptake data in respect of people aged 65 years and over for the primary care trusts (PCTs) in Oxfordshire in table 1.
The vaccine uptake data given for the end of January 2006 are that for the 2005-06 seasonal influenza programme. The data given for the end of October 2006 are the data recorded so far for the current vaccination programme. We expect vaccination rates for the current programme to increase in the coming months.
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|(1) The merger of primary care trusts in 2006 mean that there is only one pct for Oxfordshire. North East Oxfordshire, South East Oxfordshire, South West Oxfordshire and Oxford City are now known as Oxfordshire primary care trust.|
Vaccination uptake data are also provided for the South East Strategic Health Authority and are shown in table 2. The vaccine uptake data given for the end of January 2006 are that for the 2005-06 seasonal influenza programme. The data given for the end of
October 2006 are the data recorded so far for the current vaccination programme. We expect vaccination rates for the current programme to increase in the coming months.
|As at end of||Strategic health authority||Uptake|
|(1 )24 pcts have now merged to form 8 pcts in the South East SHA.|
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation meetings within a month of each meeting. 
Caroline Flint: The minutes of Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) are published within three months of a meeting taking place. The publication schedule for JCVI is available at: www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/jcvi/foi_classesofinformation.htm#4 and a copy will be placed in the Library.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the (a) psychiatrists and (b) organisations which have made representations to her expressing their support for the Mental Health Bill. 
Work began on reviewing the current mental health legislation, the Mental Health Act 1983, in 1998, with the establishment of an expert committee. Since then, there has been a Green Paper, a White Paper, a Consultation Draft Bill in 2002, and a Draft Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny in 2004. There has also been widespread consultation on the so-called Bournewood safeguards. Consultation has shown this is an area where it is difficult to reach a consensus. As such there are both psychiatrists and organisations who support the Mental Health Bill, as well as those who oppose aspects of it.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings have been held between the Director for Mental Health Services and (a) Labour, (b) Conservative and (c) Liberal Democrat hon. Members. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 11 December 2006]: The National Director for Mental Health, Professor Louis Appleby, has attended one meeting of Labour Members and Peers. He has also attended a briefing session that was open to Peers of all parties.
He has had no requests from other Members or Peers. While the Mental Health Bill is in Parliament, Professor Appleby would be willing to meet with any parliamentary group that wants to discuss the Bill.
Caroline Flint: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State (Ms Hewitt) has not visited health services in Surrey. My noble friend the Minister of State (NHS Reform) Lord Warner visited health services in Surrey in November 2006 and February 2004, and the Minister of State (Delivery and Quality) my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) visited health services in Surrey in June 2006.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many products to tackle MRSA the Rapid Review Panel has given Level one recommendation to; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The Rapid Review Panel has given three products a recommendation one. Of these three products, two products, ChloraPrep and Bardex ICsilver alloy coated hydrogel catheters, are related to the control of MRSA. Details are published on the Health Protection Agencys website at
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of how hospital acquired infections such as MRSA are transmitted; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: Health care associated organisms such as meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are caused by a wide variety of micro organisms and can spread by a variety of routes. However available evidence indicates that inadequately cleaned hands of health care workers are a major route. This is why we introduced the national cleanyourhands campaign to minimise the risk to patient safety of low compliance with hand hygiene by national health service staff through a national strategy of improvement.
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| Note: Data subject to changethis table correct as at publication date of 24 July 2006. Source: Health Protection Agency, 24 July 2006.|
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