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Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in making National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved treatments for prostate cancer available on the NHS. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information about the number of amputees using national health service prosthetic limbs is not collected centrally. There has been no estimate of waiting times for NHS prosthetic limbs made centrally.
It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to commission services in order to meet local needs. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of, and access to, prosthetic services.
A multidisciplinary team, which may be headed by a rehabilitation consultant and usually including a prosthetist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, nurse, and in some cases a counsellor, will consider the needs and expectations of the patient and will provide the most appropriate prosthetic limb and suitable training where required.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) post graduates and (b) first degree graduates with recognised qualifications in speech and language therapy there were in 2006, broken down by higher education institution; and what proportion in each case are known to have (i) gained and (ii) retained employment in the NHS in speech therapy after graduating. 
No assessment has been made of the number of speech and language therapists required in England. It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities with support from the national workforce review team to analyse their local situation, develop plans and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver high quality speech and language services.
The workforce review team, an arm's length body hosted by NHS South Central, produces supply estimates (including assumptions about retirement) for professional groups. Its estimates for speech and language therapists is available at:
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training has been provided for medical and health care practitioners in the NHS on maggot debridement therapy; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service. Because services are delivered at a local level, funding for continuing professional development, including training in new therapies, is included as part of the baseline allocation to strategic health authorities (SHAs). How it is allocated is for individual SHAs to determine locally against their work force planning strategies.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring has been put in place since 2004 for failed Iraqi asylum applicants under the UK enforced returns programme upon their return to Iraq. 
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 969W, on biometrics, whether technology is (a) currently available and (b) in development to conduct such checks; and if he will make a statement. 
John Reid: Technology is available that could attempt to match a facial image against a still image obtained from CCTV footage. However, the results are likely to be variable and would depend on the features of the technology used, the quality of the available images and the number of facial images that a single CCTV image was checked against.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications for public security of arrangements for the use of chlorine; and if he will make a statement. 
Money from the surcharge will be spent on a range of services for victims of crime and witnesses. These include £3 million for witness care units, £3 million for independent domestic violence advisers, and £1.25 million for services to victims of sexual violence through the Victims' Fund. Details of how the rest of the money will be used in support of victims and witnesses will be announced in due course.
John Reid: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for certain offences under Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987, Theft Act 1968 added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996, Computer Misuse Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg, and Trade Marks Act 1994, in England and Wales, 2001 to 2005 can be viewed in the attached table.
|The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for certain offences under Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987, Theft Act 1968 added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996, Computer Misuse Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg, and Trade Marks Act 1994, in England and Wales, 2001 to 2005( 1,2)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform|
John Reid: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 488W. Answering the earlier question of 12 June 2006 referred to involved significant manual checking of records and was integral to informing the need for a data quality review in the Department. Since then the data quality review has begun and as part of that review we are developing a new database that will enable us to collect the data requested centrally. But, at this time to answer the question would involve a disproportionate cost.
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