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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 March 2007, Official Report, column 2098W, on dental services, how many
dentists were operating on open NHS contracts in Somerset in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on the number of NHS dentists in Somerset from 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006 are available in Annex E of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006, which is available in the Library.
Information on the dental work force under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, is published at every quarter by the information centre for health and social care. These data are not comparable with the historical data in the link above. The latest information available is as at 31 December 2006 by the new primary care trusts (PCT) boundaries (PCT boundaries as at 1 October 2006) published on 23 March 2007NHS Dental Statistics for England Quarter 3: 31 December 2006 and is available in the Library.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) to what extent preferences shown by members of the public influence the research priorities set by her Department's research and development division; 
(2) what (a) process and (b) decision-making criteria will be used to set research funding priorities for her Department's research and development division in each of the next three years; and what the timetable is for the setting of those priorities in each year; 
Caroline Flint: The Department funds National Health Service Research and Development through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). Information on the priority setting processes for each NIHR programme is available through the NIHR website at www.nihr.ac.uk. The Government's strategy for health research Best Research for Best Health was subject to open public consultation.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and the United Kingdom National Screening Committee also act as customers for departmental research, and advisory bodies, research funders groups and topic review groups play a role in identifying research gaps and requirements.
The Department's Policy Research Programme (PRP) commissions research to support the development, implementation and evaluation of policy in public health, health services and adult social care. Priorities for the PRP are determined by the
Department's strategic objectives and public service agreements, and through discussion between officials and with Ministers.
The NIHR national advisory group INVOLVE promotes and supports active public involvement in all aspects of NHS, public health and social care research. Its website (www.invo.org.uk) and its publications give both researchers and the public information and advice on the range of opportunities for such involvement that exist.
More specifically, any individual or organisation can submit a suggestion for consideration by the NIHR Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. An electronic form is available on the HTA website at www.hta.ac.uk/suggest.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in London were referred to (a) counselling and (b) other advice services for help with drug related problems in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) health trust and (ii) borough. 
The following table shows the number of people broken down by Drug Action Team boundaries in London for the years 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 who were referred for counselling (structured psychosocial intervention) for drug related problems in 2003-04. We do not have these figures on a health trust basis.
|Numbers in structured psychosocial intervention|
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