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[holding answer 5 February 2007]: The photo standards information leaflet, PLE/04, was introduced in January 2006 in support of changes in the criteria introduced in late November 2005. There have been no subsequent changes to the criteria used
by the Identity and Passport Service in accepting photographs. The guidance and leaflet are being reviewed and may be updated in response to feedback from customers and staff.
Joan Ryan: The Identity and Passport Service (IPS) does not ask passport holders to keep their address up to date on our database. Therefore, the IPS cannot identify the number of current residents by geographical area who have taken advantage of the scheme to issue free passports to those applicants born on or before 2 September 1929.
However 398,615 people born on or before 2 September 1929 have in total had their entitlement to free British passports fulfilled by the IPS up until 31 December 2006. This includes passports issued on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to British residents overseas.
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported rapes were wrongly recorded and dismissed in (a) Solihull and (b) England and Wales in each of the last five years. 
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used by the police for determining whether to bring charges for an offence under section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed on (a) buses and (b) trains in Chorley in each of the last five years, broken down by type of crime. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Prime Minister how many letters of condolence he has sent to the next of kin of personnel who have died in action in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq in each year since 2001. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission how much the National Audit Office paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
National Audit Office resourcing policy is to hire temporary staff to cover short-term resource requirements for which it would be too costly to recruit permanent members of staff. For example, the Office's financial audit workload reaches a peak in May and June each year and this is partly met by buying in additional skilled resources on a temporary basis. This trend has increased in recent years as more Departments try to meet the Treasury's faster closing targets and lay their accounts before the parliamentary summer recess and this also explains the increase in costs between 2004-05 and 2005-06. The peak in 2002-03 reflected the increase in the number of value for money reports from 50 to 60 combined with the fact that, because of the state of the recruitment market, it was taking longer than usual to fill posts.
Caroline Flint: We are totally committed to tackling obesity, putting in place universal and local action. We have an obesity public service agreement target to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children aged under 11 by 2010 in the context of a broader strategy to tackle obesity in the population as a whole.
Andy Burnham: I understand that NHS East Midlands is to commission an externally led initial review of the key organisational model options for acute services in Northamptonshire. This is expected to report on a range of options by the end of March.
In parallel to this, I understand that Northamptonshire primary care trust is leading a separate review of acute clinical services provision between Kettering General NHS Trust and Northampton General NHS Trust.
18. Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in reaching a decision on the Broomfield Hospital private finance initiative scheme; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government have supported the development of a range of specialist roles within nursing. However it is for local trusts to commission training and to deploy specialist nurses in accordance with their local needs.
Andy Burnham: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has no immediate plans to meet with the chief executives of the East Anglia primary care trusts. However, officials from the Department of Health meet regularly with chef executives from strategic health authorities to discuss their performance and progress on financial recovery plans where necessary.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The joint committee of primary care trusts in Greater Manchester met on 8 December to agree changes to childrens and maternity services following the four-month Making it Better consultation.
Caroline Flint: The Department is planning to evaluate the smokefree legislation through a range of independent studies. These studies will give an overview of the effectiveness of smokefree legislation after implementation. The proposals are currently going through an academic peer review process.
Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time was for an initial bathing assessment in each social services department in England in the last period for which figures are available. 
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will meet a delegation from Brent council to discuss cuts in Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust services; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 22 January 2007]: The Secretary of State has asked my noble Friend Lord Hunt, the departmental Minister with regional responsibility for London, to meet the hon. Member and her delegation to discuss Brent primary care trust (PCT). His office will be in touch shortly to arrange a meeting.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We received a large response to the continuing care consultation which raised a number of important issues which have needed careful consideration. We intend to publish our response in the near future.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the objective value of medicinal drugs trials undertaken by (a) pharmaceutical companies and (b) independent bodies. 
Caroline Flint: Clinical trials are required by law and are essential in medicines development to evaluate safety and efficacy. Applicants must supply all relevant data generated including those from any unfavourable or incomplete trials. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. The data are rigorously assessed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.
a professional letter on health care associated infections including particularly infection caused by Clostridium difficile was issued to all chief executives of national health service acute trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities on 7 December 2006. This letter set out the policies and clinical practices needed to control Clostridium difficile and also included very simple operational guidance for managers;
a high impact intervention on Clostridium difficile was added to our delivery programme Saving lives: a delivery programme to
reduce healthcare associated infections including MRSA in June 2006. This tool will help to reduce infections; and
a joint professional letter from the chief medical officer and the chief nursing officer went out to national health service trusts in December 2005 reminding them of the importance of this infection and listed the key actions to control Clostridium difficle and highlighted the guidance available(1, 2). Copies of the letter have been placed in the Library and it is also available on the Departments website at:
All those providing health care services need high standards of hygiene to prevent infections. Specific measures to control Clostridium difficile are restriction, where possible, of broad spectrum antibiotics, isolation of patients and enhanced environmental cleaning, all of these measures are most relevant to those providing in patient services.
Copies of A simple guide to Clostridium difficile and the National Clostridium difficile Standards group: Report to the Department of Health have been placed in the Library and are also available on the Departments website at:
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