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Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of in-patients accessing mental health services who made allegations of rape or sexual assault (a) were offered and (b) received specialist counselling in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females between the ages of 16 and 25 were diagnosed with a mental illness in England in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of students who entered training to be a midwife in each of the last three years. The Department does not collect centrally information on how many of these found employment as a midwife.
On 3 April 2007, the Department published Maternity matters: choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service highlighting the Governments commitment to developing and enhancing national health service maternity services and the role of the work force, including midwives, in improving maternity services.
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Quarterly Monitoring Returns
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of delivering an equivalent episode of care was in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent period for which figures are available, at constant prices. 
Andy Burnham: The Department is working with the East of England strategic health authority to deliver independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) services in Essex. It is currently anticipated that there will be three ISTCs in the region located in Braintree, Basildon and Southend.
help provide capacity to deliver swift access to treatment for national health service patients;
support the implementation of patient choice;
stimulate innovative models of service delivery and drive up productivity; and
introduce contestability between providers of healthcare services for NHS patients.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is provided by the national health service to pregnant women who are suffering depression during pregnancy; what research has been (a) funded and (b) carried out by her Department on whether there is a link between depression in pregnant women and (i) premature births, (ii) infant death and (iii) severe childhood illness; when her Department last undertook an evidence review on the issue that drew on (A) UK and (B) international research; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Women who experience mental health problems during or after pregnancy can access the full range of mental health services available in primary and secondary care. The Department has issued guidance, Mainstreaming gender and womens mental health: implementation guidance (DH, 2003), that highlights the need for effective perinatal psychiatric care, specifically the need to develop local care pathways, maternity and psychiatry protocols, access to perinatal psychiatric assessment and adequate mother and baby unit provision based on assessment of local need. Care services improvement partnerships national programme on gender equality and womens mental health is helping local services to implement the recommendations of this guidance. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) also made recommendations in its recent guidance, Antenatal and postnatal mental health (NICE, 2007) to improve services for women who experience mental health problems during or after pregnancy.
The Department has not funded any such research. However, the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government supports medical and clinical research, has recently funded a study entitled Comparison of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in depressed
and healthy pregnant women. The study was led by Dr. Veronica Keane at the Institute of Psychiatry and received MRC funding of £157,700. It was completed in 2006.
The study found results suggesting that depressed women had higher cortisol stress hormones, particularly a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy (corticotropin releasing-hormone) and that this was associated with earlier delivery of babies in the depressed women. The applicants intend to submit follow up studies to the MRC.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2219W, on resource allocation, for what reasons she excludes any measure of ill health in those aged 75 and over in her measure of the burden of disease. 
Andy Burnham: The definition of burden of disease used for the previous reply is one of a number of possible definitions. It includes one element, diabetes prevalence, which is not age related, and therefore does include persons aged 75 and over. The other three measures are premature mortality rates for major killer diseases. They reflect the current public service agreement targets to reduce cancer and circulatory disease death rates in people aged under 75 by 2010. It is in the under 75 age group where the earliest signs of progress are likely to be seen, although the health interventions to reduce mortality in this age group will also have a beneficial effect on people aged 75 and over.
Caroline Flint: Through the Smokefree England campaign, the Department is delivering a major communications campaign to support businesses to be prepared for the implementation of smokefree legislation on 1 July 2007. Recent surveys by the Department show extremely high levels of awareness among the hospitality industry and customers.
The Department has developed a range of guides on the new law. A guidance pack, including a guide, no-smoking signs and other support materials is being sent to all businesses in England that employ staff during April. Guidance documents can be downloaded
from the Smokefree England website, and will be available in a range of different languages and formats, including a downloadable MP3 audio version.
A Ministerial Reference Group comprised of key stakeholders was created last year to facilitate dialogue between business groups including representatives from the hospitality industry, local government and the Department, and has met regularly. The Department also continues to work closely with organisations that represent the hospitality industry to increase awareness of the new legislation among their constituents.
John Healey: By long-standing arrangement, the Treasury pays a contribution to the Cabinet Office for the rent and service charge of the space used by HM Treasury and by the Chancellor of the Exchequer within the Downing street estate, including the No. 11 state rooms and offices and the No. 10 residence. This comprises 14.4 per cent. of the total estate. For 2005-06, this contribution totalled £318,338.
Ed Balls: The Financial Services Ombudsman (FOS) is operationally independent of the Government. I understand that over the past five years the FOS has collated data on the basis of current account complaints, not specific complaints on bank charges. The number of complaints relating to current accounts to year-end March was:
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Ed Balls: The Office of Fair Trading, which is an independent body, is currently carrying out an inquiry into these charges under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations (1999). It would not be appropriate for Government to comment.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are eligible for child benefit; and how many are lone parents in each case. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of children in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and (b) the Tees Valley have received a Child Trust Fund account since 1 September 2002. 
Ed Balls: All children born on or after 1 September 2002 are eligible for the Child Trust Fund as long as they are in receipt of child benefit, live in the UK and they are not subject to any immigration restrictions. Special arrangements are in place for looked-after children. All eligible children will receive a Child Trust Fund account whether opened by parents or the Government on their behalf.
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