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Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 23 March 2007]: My right hon. Friend the former Minister of State for Quality and Patient Safety, (Jane Kennedy), met with my hon. Friends the Members for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett), Normanton (Ed Balls), Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper), Selby (Mr. Grogan), and Elmet (Colin Burgon) on 29 March 2006.
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State met with my hon. Friends the Members for Hemsworth (Jon Trickett), Pontefract and Castleford (Yvette Cooper),
Wakefield (Mary Creagh) and my noble Friend Lord Lofthouse on 21 November 2006.
The guidance entitled Everything you need to prepare for the new smoke-free law on 1 July 2007 includes support materials to assist business to be ready for implementation, including no-smoking signs. A copy has been placed in the Library.
The guidance will be posted during April to businesses in England with employees, and is also
available on the Smokefree England website at www.smokefreeengland.co.uk
The Local Authorities Co-ordinators of Regulatory Services (LACORS) has published on 23 March guidance for local council regulatory officers to support the successful and consistent implementation of smoke-free legislation across England. The LACORS guidance was developed in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and in consultation with the Department. The guidance has been placed in the Library.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS institutions employ speech and language therapists; and what proportion of such institutions decided not to recruit newly qualified practitioners in 2006.