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Prostate Cancer

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department to raise awareness of prostate cancer. [132069]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 23 March 2007, Official Report, column 1203W.

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. [132070]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Tyne Bridge (Mr. Clelland) on 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1796W.

Prosthetics

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many amputees have used NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years; [132163]

(2) what estimate she has made of waiting times for NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years; [132164]

(3) what provision the NHS makes for therapy and gait training for amputees using prosthetic limbs. [132165]

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.


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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.

Ritalin

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people being prescribed methylphenidate drugs have been prescribed those drugs for longer than (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years. [132893]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Speech Therapy

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. [127666]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of language and speech therapists required in England; [131604]

(2) what her estimate is of the number of speech and language therapists expected to retire in the next 10 years. [131606]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not collected centrally on the number of speech and language therapists who are expected to retire in the next 10 years.

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:


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Surgical Dressings

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. [127743]

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.

Home Department

Asylum: Iraq

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. [131593]

Mr. Byrne: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer of 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 593W.

Biometrics

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. [130332]

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.

Chlorine: Security

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. [132237]

Mr. McNulty: We regularly review the implications for public security of arrangements for the use of a variety of substances.


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Criminal Justice Act 2003

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he intends the surcharge provided for in sections 161A and 161B of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be used for. [132133]

John Reid: In a full year it is expected that the surcharge on fines will raise £16 million.

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.


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Internet: Counterfeit Manufacturing

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were prosecuted for internet piracy in each of the last five years. [130832]

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.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.


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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)
Statute Offence description 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987 Sec.12.

Conspiracy to defraud.

1,215

986

1,018

967

955

Theft Act 1968 Sec 15A as added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996 S.1.

Obtaining a money transfer by deception.

434

410

457

442

465

Theft Act 1968 S.24A as added by Theft (Amendment)Act 1996 S.2.

Dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit.

90

97

109

138

81

Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec 2.

Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences.

4

6

9

6

11

Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec 3.

Unauthorised modification of computer material.

12

8

3

10

8

Trade Marks Act, 1994 Sec 92 and 94.

Unauthorised use of Trade Mark etc in relations to goods. Falsification of Register etc.

410

407

486

598

928

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Sec. 198 1a, b, d.iii. and Sec. 107 1a,b, d.iv and E.

Makes, imports or distributes illicit recordings. Makes for sale or hire, imports possesses or distributes articles which infringes copyright.

57

37

46

65

107

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 S.107 2A and 4A as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg 26 (1)

Person infringes copyright in a work by communicating the work to the public.

nil

nil

nil

6

16

Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 S.198 2A and 5A as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg 26 (3)

Person who infringes a performer's making available right in the course of business/otherwise.

nil

nil

nil

3

2

Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec.1.

Unauthorised access to computer material.

9

4

7

5

5

Trade Marks Act, 1994, Sees 84, 85, 95.

Contravention of the Rules prescribing the conditions for person entitled to be registered Trade Mark Agents. Falsely representing trade mark as registered

4

4

2

2

5

Total

2,235

1,959

2,137

2,242

2,583

(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

Life Imprisonment: Prisoner Releases

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders convicted of life sentences since (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 have been released from prison. [129658]

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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