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Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria her Department used to set the rate of interest charged to trusts on money used to fund deficits; and if she will make a statement; 
Andy Burnham: Loans are not being made to national health service trusts by NHS Bank. From 2006-07, cash support to NHS trusts will be provided by interest bearing loans and deposits issued by the Department.
All long-term loans will attract interest at a rate equivalent to the national loans fund rate at the date the loan is advanced. The interest rate is determined by reference to the prevailing rate at the date the loan is drawn, as notified on the Public Works Loan Board website.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on training of NHS doctors and nurses of directing out-patient work towards independent treatment centres. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: To date, no out-patients have been referred to independent sector treatment centres (ISTCs). In the future there will be the opportunity for out-patients requiring specific treatments to be referred to ISTCs. Where this is the case, they will be required through contracting arrangements to provide training for national health service doctors and nurses.
Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether her Department plans to undertake a disability impact assessment as part of its current review of prescription charging policy; 
Caroline Flint: As part of our review of prescription charges, we shall be conducting an equality impact assessment, which includes disability equality as required by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005. Our arrangements for meeting our duties under the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, and other equality legislation, are set out in our single equality scheme which was published on 4 December 2006.
We would welcome comments from any organisations or individuals who wish to do so on possible options for changing the current prescription charge arrangements that are cost-neutral for the national health service.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the potential conflict of interest in the Food Standards Agencys report Food Served to Older People in Residential Care which recommends the nutritional assessment package, Saffron Nutrition, and which was compiled by an employee of the company which produces the package; and if she will make a statement. 
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published generic guidance, FSA Nutrient and Food Based Guidelines for UK Institutions, and specific guidance for food served to older people in residential care. Neither guidance recommends the use of a specific nutritional assessment package.
The FSA advice to those providing food to older people in residential care notes that it is important that nutritional analysis uses appropriate software with up-to-date information. A freelance dietician commissioned to develop example menus for care homes to illustrate how the guidance can be met in practice utilised the Saffron software package. A range of software packages are available for dieticians to use and will provide an accurate analysis when used correctly.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to ensure that recommended standards for sexual health services are being implemented by primary care trusts. 
Caroline Flint: The recommended standards are markers of good practice which are part of a range of guidance that the Department has provided to primary care trusts (PCTs) to support implementation of the strategy for sexual health and HIV. Copies of the standards were sent to each PCT in 2005. It is for PCTs to decide how to use the Department's guidance in determining what level of services they provide in order to meet the needs of their local population. The Department is planning to issue an updated sexual health commissioning toolkit this year which will cross refer and reference existing guidance including these standards.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was allocated by central Government to local government for social services in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Formula grant is unhypothecated provision and decisions on the use of that grant are for local authorities to make, bearing in mind their statutory responsibilities and the wishes of their electorate.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) action he has taken following and (b) response he has made to the recommendation of the primate subcommittee of the Animal Procedures Committee that his approval for Centre 5 to supply primates for use in procedures under the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 should not be renewed. 
Joan Ryan: The advice recorded in the Animal Procedures Committee Annual Report for 2005 in respect of Centre five was followed by further advice from the sub-committee on 6 January 2006 that the centre should be accepted as a source of primates subject to the expectation that the Home Office would use its best endeavours to take forward improvements the sub-committee had identified, particularly with respect to the duration and conditions of the conditioning period; that acceptance should be for a period of 12 months only, at which time it should be reviewed along with other centres in South Asia; that future approval of the centre should be conditional on the provision of foraging materials and solid shelves; and that the time animals spend in conditioning cages should be substantially reduced.
Both pieces of advice were accepted and acted upon by the Home Office, the centre being informed that it would be removed from the approved list in May 2005 and that it could re-apply for approved status in a further letter in January 2006.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many profiles held on the DNA database relate to people under the age of 18 who have been (a) arrested but had no further action taken against them, (b) charged but later acquitted, (c) charged, where such charges were subsequently dropped, and (d) given a reprimand or final warning; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ryan: Data on the arrest histories of persons with a profile on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) is not held on the NDNAD, but is held on the Police National Computer (PNC). However, the data requested are not currently available routinely from the PNC.
The data provided in the reply given by my hon. Friend, the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department on 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 367W, was obtained from data extracted from the PNC for monitoring and research purposes. The PNC data extract was provided to the ACPO DNA and Fingerprint Retention Project Team (funded by the Home Office Forensic Science and Pathology Unit) and the NDNAD Data Quality and Integrity Team in November 2005.
Those who qualified overseas and who wish to come to the UK to undertake post graduate training will need to qualify under the Medical Training Initiatives category of the Training and Work Experience Scheme, the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme or as a work permit holder
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) passport applications and (b) passports were lost in the post in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
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(2) February to January 2006
(3) February 2006 to October 2006
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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he or Ministers from his Department last visited Bangladesh; and what steps his Department is taking to support the re-establishment of favourable conditions for free and fair elections in Bangladesh. 
Our common assessment, shared with much of the international community, that preparations for the Bangladesh election planned for 22 January lacked credibility, and that the election would have been boycotted by the main opposition parties, led to DFIDs decision to suspend plans to support civil society monitoring and international observation of this election.
With the British High Commissioner, DFID is seeking meetings with the Chief Adviser and other Advisers of the new Caretaker Government to offer further technical and financial support for actions that will ensure a free and fair election. If this is accepted, we will prioritise this in the months ahead. In addition, our ongoing support for a programme to monitor and prevent political violence in Bangladesh will continue during the state of emergency.
When the date of a new election, based on credible preparations that ensure that the election will be free and fair and contested by all major parties, is announced, we expect to resume support for civil society election monitoring and international observation. If necessary, we will revise the planned activities to fit the new political environment.
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