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Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department issues on the (a) drugs and (b) hormones used in in vitro fertilisation; and if she will regulate to reduce the dosages which may be used. 
Caroline Flint: No guidelines have been issued by the Department or the national regulator for in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, nor are there any plans to do so.
Prescribing of drugs for IVF treatment is a matter for the treating clinicians professional judgment, taking account of guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellences clinical guideline on assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems and other professional guidance.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the decision to immunise poultry workers against seasonal influenza on the availability of seasonal influenza vaccines for other at-risk groups in the 2006-07 winter. 
Caroline Flint: The implementation of the poultry workers policy was made in January, by which time 14.7 million doses of flu vaccine had been distributed to the field. This was more vaccine than used in the seasonal flu vaccination campaign of 2005-06.
The Department announced the poultry workers campaign in January, and purchased seasonal flu vaccine for this purpose. Therefore the routine seasonal influenza vaccination programme was not adversely affected by the decision to immunise poultry workers.
The national health service is expected each winter, with local authority and other local agencies, to ensure that plans are in place to ensure it copes effectively with additional seasonal pressures on services. The winter report 2005-06 sets out the NHS achievement over last winter. A similar report will be published this year.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 November 2006, Official Report, column 139W, on influenza, what progress she is making towards 75 per cent. seasonal influenza vaccination coverage in at-risk groups, not including those aged 65 years and over. 
We do not yet have comparable final data for 2006-07. Provisional data collected by end of December 2006 indicated that 40 per cent. of people under 65 years of age in clinical risk groups had been vaccinated.
Caroline Flint: The number of people aged 65 years and over in Bolton Primary Care Trust entitled to a free influenza injection in 2006-07 is approximately 39,500. Of this figure, 70.9 per cent. had taken up this entitlement by the end of December 2006. The number of people under 65 years who are in a medical risk group and who are entitled to a free influenza injection is approximately 21,000 and 45.2 per cent. had taken up this entitlement by the end of December 2006.
all Government Departments;
Health Protection Agency;
Local Government Association;
Association of Chief Police Officers; and
the three devolved Administrations.
all Government departments;
Health Protection Agency;
Association of Chief Police Officers;
Health and Safety Executive;
National Blood Service;
Food Standards Agency;
all Government offices of the Regions;
all strategic health authorities;
all strategic coordination groups (excluding Cumbria and Cleveland);
10 health communities; and
the three devolved Administrations.
Under Section 97 of the National Health Service Act 1977 as amended, the Secretary of
State may make allotments to strategic health authorities, special health authorities or primary care trusts increasing or reducing the allotments previously so made to them.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inter-authority transfers took place in 2006-07 under section 97 of the National Health Service Act 1977; who the (a) transferer and (b) transferee was in each case; and what the value of the transfer was in each case. 
Andy Burnham: Inter authority transfers (IATs) are transfers of resource and/or cash limits between two national health service organisations. These transfers represent internal transfers of funding and do not affect the overall national limits for the NHS.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the annual cost to local authority childrens services of support to children with no recourse to public funds following the implementation of section 54 of and schedule 3 to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 and section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004; and if she will make a statement. 
Local authorities participating in the section nine pilot were informed of the arrangements for the reimbursement of costs relating to the assessment and provision of services to children affected by a withdrawal of asylum support under the pilot in April 2005.
The early years Life Check is being developed as an integral part of the child health promotion programme. It will focus on the health and development needs of the child during their first year of life, but will also encompass parental health issues that could affect the well-being of the child. The current work programme is focused on scoping and agreeing the core content of the early years assessment, in consultation with key stakeholders and experts.
We are also defining and scoping the core content of the mid-life Life Check. We have initiated a user consultation programme to ascertain the views of a wide range of users on the Life Checks content and format. We are continuing to review the evidence base, gather examples of best practice and obtain input from key stakeholders and experts to determine the precise content of the assessment.
We will be launching the adolescent Life Check pilots in February 2007. Teen Life Check is an online interactive tool, which will be hosted on the Department for Education and Skills Need2Know website for the duration of the six-month pilot. Teen Life Check will be promoted and evaluated in the four adolescent health demonstration sites, in Bolton, Hackney, Northumberland and Portsmouth, and on the Teenage Health Freak website.
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This information does not include expenditure for people with mental health problems who are seen in primary care or expenditure on such people by local authorities.
1. Audited accounts of health authorities 1996-97 to 1998-99.
2. Audited summarisation schedules of health authorities 1999-2000 to 2001-02.
3. Audited summarisation schedules of strategic health authorities 2002-03.
4. Audited summarisation schedules of primary care trusts 2000-01 to 2005-06.
5. Net NHS expenditure 1996-97 to 2005-06.
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