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Sports: Schools

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will instigate a national debate to promote sport and fitness in schools. [133654]

Mr. Caborn: The Government implemented the National School Sport Strategy in 2002. This is underpinned by a joint DCMS/DfES PSA target, to increase the percentage of five to 16-year-olds participating in at least two hours high quality PE and school sport each week to 85 per cent. by 2008.

The 2005-06 annual school sport survey showed that 80 per cent. of pupils in school sport partnership schools are participating in at least two hours in a typical week, which surpassed the target of 75 per cent. We are therefore making excellent progress towards the PSA target of 85 per cent. by 2008. The long-term ambition is to offer all children at least four hours of sport a week by 2010, comprising two hours at school and a further two to three hours delivered by a range of school, community and club providers.

Trade and Industry

Departments: Parliamentary Questions

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many oral questions tabled by hon. and right hon. Members to his Department have been transferred to other departments since May 2005. [133797]

Jim Fitzpatrick: A total of 14 oral questions, tabled to this Department since May 2005, have been transferred to other Government Departments.

Financial Services: Marketing

Frank Cook: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what safeguards are in place to ensure that businesses offering individual voluntary arrangements do not use misleading marketing; and if he will make a statement. [134172]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Only an authorised insolvency practitioner is able to administer an individual voluntary arrangement. Insolvency practitioners are required to comply with professional standards agreed
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by the bodies that regulate them. All of the authorising bodies apply common ethical codes and professional standards to the insolvency practitioners and the way in which they obtain their work falls within the regulatory regime.

In addition the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has made it clear that insolvency practitioners who act in relation to individual voluntary arrangements require a Consumer Credit License and are therefore subject to OFT regulation.

Earlier this year the OFT warned 26 IVA providers that their advertisements and/or websites were potentially misleading and the OFT continues to monitor that situation.

Natural Gas: Prices

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the percentage of the price of gas from the cost of companies buying gas is maintained through price fluctuations. [133379]

Malcolm Wicks: This is a commercial matter for the gas supply companies. As I mentioned in an earlier answer on 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1602W, Ofgem, as the independent sectoral regulator, keeps the level of competition in the gas market under review, and has the powers it needs to deal with any failure of competition.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry pursuant to the answer of 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1601W, on natural gas: prices, what steps the Government have taken to encourage gas companies to consider their most valuable customers; and what the results were of such encouragement. [133380]

Malcolm Wicks: Subject to any regulatory controls, it is for gas suppliers, not Government, to determine who their most valuable customers are.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will instruct the regulator to analyse and to report to him on the time taken between raw material gas prices falling and any reductions in domestic retail gas prices; and if he will place such a report in the Library. [133647]

Malcolm Wicks: No. Ofgem, as the independent sectoral regulator, produced a fact-sheet last month called ‘Household Energy Bills Explained’, which explains why there is a time lag between the falls in the wholesale price and domestic prices see:

As I mentioned in an earlier answer on 2 March 2007, Official Report, column 1602W, Ofgem keeps the level of competition in the gas market under review, and has the powers it needs to deal with any failure of competition.

Redfern: Inquiry

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether the Redfern Inquiry will have
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access to the National Archives files on radiation exposure experiments from 1950. [133214]

Malcolm Wicks: If Mr. Redfern wishes to have access to the National Archives files on radiation exposure experiments, I am sure that he will make appropriate representations to see them.

Small Business Service

Alan Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will make a statement on the reorganisation of the Small Business Service. [133864]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 24 April 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to my written statement of 26 October 2006, Official Report, columns 95-97WS.

Northern Ireland

Absconding Prisoners

9. Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to introduce greater deterrents for prisoners who abscond from custody in Northern Ireland. [132691]

Paul Goggins: Details of prisoners who escape from prison custody are brought to the attention of the relevant authorities with a view to prosecution. In cases where prisoners have absconded while on temporary release, prosecution is also possible.

In addition, the governor is able to punish the prisoner with a range of measures including cellular confinement. The prisoner also has the number of days he was unlawfully at large added to his original release date.

Alzheimer’s Treatment

12. Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will make a statement on the provision of Alzheimer's treatment by the NHS in Northern Ireland. [132694]

Paul Goggins: A range of treatment and care is provided for people with Alzheimer's disease, across the primary, community, specialist and secondary care sectors.

The treatment and management of Alzheimer's disease includes life-style measures and therapeutic interventions, which aim to promote active physical and mental health and help maintain an individual's capacity for independence. Appropriate drug interventions are also provided, including medicines designed to improve cognitive function

Northern Ireland Office

13. Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what effect he expects the transfer of responsibilities to the devolved Assembly to have on the future size of the Northern Ireland Office; and what estimate he has made of the likely change in administrative costs. [132695]


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Mr. Hain: The Northern Ireland Office—as distinct from the 11 Northern Ireland Civil Service Departments—will be relatively unaffected by the restoration of devolution on 8 May, although there will be a reduction in the NIO ministerial team.

The eventual devolution of policing and justice functions will, of course, have a much greater impact on the size of the NIO. When that happens, the respective administrative funding streams attached to those functions will devolve with them.

Cancer

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were diagnosed with cancer in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years, broken down by type of cancer. [133107]

Paul Goggins: The following table details information on the incidence of cancers by type of cancer in Northern Ireland for each of the last six years for which data were available.


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Table: Cancer incidence in Northern Ireland 1999-2004
1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Lip, Oral Cavity &Pharynx (COO-C14)

147

127

128

129

132

153

Oesophagus (CIS)

153

138

165

144

150

155

Stomach (C16)

264

234

255

258

263

203

Small intestine (C17)

30

38

23

24

27

24

Colon (CIS)

623

545

586

617

623

598

Rectum, Rectosigmoid Junction and Anus (C19-21)

282

338

368

299

388

356

Liver & Intrahepatic Bile Ducts (C22)

52

64

25

65

54

46

Pancreas (C25)

122

146

171

170

160

153

Larynx (C32)

79

60

64

64

62

53

Trachea, Bronchus & Lung (C33,C34)

870

860

893

868

892

932

Bone (C40-41)

12

11

7

8

11

17

Malignant Melanoma (C43)

178

187

216

247

212

260

Non-melanoma Skin Cancer (C44)

2260

2211

2160

2380

2417

2283

Mesothelioma (C45)

63

44

56

59

42

46

Breast (C50)

954

967

931

953

1043

1119

Cervix Uteri (C53)

76

94

72

82

75

67

Corpus Uteri (C54)

119

144

143

158

176

156

Ovary (C56)

183

168

177

191

214

205

Prostate (C61)

494

576

554

652

739

757

Testis (C62)

56

68

51

56

56

69

Kidney (C64-C66,C68)

159

161

169

181

206

187

Bladder (C67)

214

210

183

171

225

210

Brain (C71)

85

110

119

124

116

89

Thyroid (C73)

41

38

42

49

43

33

Hodgkin's Disease (C81)

40

36

40

28

37

40

Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (C82-C85,C96)

246

270

252

255

267

282

Multiple Myeloma (C90)

85

110

117

97

104

102

Leukaemia (C91-C95)

148

167

143

178

122

145

Other

579

607

589

677

589

565

Total

8614

8729

8699

9184

9445

9305

Notes:
1. Incidence refers to the number of new cases of a cancer diagnosed in Northern Ireland for a particular period.
2. Incidence of cancer are identified using version 10 of the international classification of diseases and related health problems (ICD10).
3. The “Other” category includes other haematological cancers, cancer of the gallbladder, other biliary tract and other digestive system, cancer of other connective systems, cancer of the vulva, vagina and penis, cancer of the eye and lymph nodes and cancers with an ill defined or unknown primary site.
This information has been provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry and is the most up to date currently available.

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