Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what restrictions there are upon the (a) availability, (b) type and (c) numbers of home blood testing strips for people diagnosed with diabetes. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Testing strips for blood glucose monitoring available on national health service prescription are restricted to those listed at Part IXR of the Drug Tariff. However, as with any medicine or appliance, which type is best for the patient and how many are prescribed are matters for discussion between the patient and their healthcare professional.
Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to discuss with manufacturers of confectionery and fizzy drinks the potential for warnings on packaging informing the consumer of the risks of tooth decay. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We have no specific plans for the labelling of these foods, but improving diet and reducing sugar intake is one of the main themes of our oral health promotion programme. Choosing Better Oral Health, the oral health plan for England, which we issued in November 2005, included advice to reduce both the frequency and the amount of added sugars consumed in line with the Departments target of reducing average intake of added sugar to 11 per cent. of food energy.
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of access to (a) physiotherapy, (b) respiratory support, (c) orthotics and (d) other NHS services for people with neuromuscular conditions; what recent changes there have been to those services; and if she will make a statement. 
The recently published National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions and the Musculoskeletal Framework have been designed to transform the provision of health and social services for those living with long-term neurological and musculoskeletal conditions.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in Westminster Primary Care Trust waited for (a) 18 months and over, (b) 12 months and over and (c) six months and over for in-patient admission in each of the last four years. 
| Notes: 1. Finished in-year admissions: A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider, excluding admissions before 1 April at the start of the data year. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 2. Ungrossed data: Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in the data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). 3. Time waited (days): Time waited statistics from HES are not the same as the publicised waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between admission and the decision to admit dates. Where there is no recorded entry for decision to admit, or when decision to admit and admission date are the same this creates an invalid waiting time. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-referrals or periods of medical/social suspension. The time bands more than 6 months to 12 months includes those who waited 183 to 364 days, the more than 12 months to 18 months includes those who waited 365 to 547 days, the more than 18 months includes those who waited 548 and more days. 4. Data quality: HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. Source: Hospital Episodes Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The United Kingdom has not contributed antivirals to the World Health Organisation (WHO) stockpile, but has donated £500,000 to the WHO to assist its rapid response activities and to improve epidemiological surveillance in south-east Asia for pandemic influenza. This corrects the information given in the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Lynne Jones), regarding the WHO's stockpile, on 1 March 2007, Official Report, column 1552W.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding the Department of Health provided to (a) the mental health charity Combat Stress and (b) Hollybush House in each year between 2001 and 2006; 
The Ministry of Defence meets individual costs relating to war pensioners who undergo remedial treatment at one of the two Combat Stress homes in England for conditions related to their individual war pensioned disablement. For details of Ministry of Defence expenditure since 2001 in respect of individual remedial treatment of qualifying war pensioners at Combat Stress Homes in England, I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Under-Secretary of State for Defence, my hon. Friend the Member for Halton (Derek Twigg), on 12 December 2006, Official Report, column 933W. The Ministry of Defence also made a grant of £100,000 towards the costs of modernising accommodation at Hollybush House. Separate funding is provided from the Scottish Health Board for treatment of war pensioners at Hollybush House and towards its modernisation.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long (a) children and (b) looked-after children waited to gain access to mental health services on average in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not collected in the format requested. The most recent information available is from the 2005 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) mapping exercise. In November 2005, there were 26,207 children and young people waiting to be seen by specialist CAMHS in England, a reduction of 2,674 from the previous year.
In November 2005 52 per cent. of new cases were seen by specialist CAMHS within four weeks, an additional 33 per cent. within 13 weeks, and a further 10 per cent. within 26 weeks. 5 per cent. of children and young people waited over 26 weeks to be seen by specialist CAMHS. In 2002 only 24 per cent. of new cases were seen within four weeks and just over 50 per cent. were seen with 13 weeks.
|Wave 1 independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) schemes
|Procedures at end of January 2007
|(1) Figures are subject to final reconciliation with the provider.
Figures are for operational wave 1 ISTCs and exclude centrally procured contracts such as Gsupp, MRI, CWiCs etc. and any diagnostic services delivered.