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Dyspraxia

David Heyes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children and young people were diagnosed with dyspraxia in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; [139127]

(2) how many children and young people diagnosed with dyspraxia were referred to mental health services in each of the last five years for which records are available; and what the cost was of the use of mental health services by those people to the NHS. [139129]

Caroline Flint: This information is not available centrally.

Electric Cables: Health Hazards

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response she has made to the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Extremely Low Frequency Waves and Electric Magnetic Fields report, “Power lines and Property, wiring in homes and electrical equipment in homes”, with particular reference to the building of new homes and schools near power lines; and if she will make a statement. [139875]

Meg Munn: I have been asked to reply.

Government have sought advice from the Health Protection Agency on the recently published report by the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Extremely Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields. Government
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are considering the implications of the report’s conclusions and recommendations and will respond in due course.

Electromagnetic Fields: Health Hazards

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the recently-published Stakeholder Advisory Group on Extremely Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields report on precautionary measures to protect the public against exposure to extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields; and if she will make a statement. [137031]

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account she takes of public concern in determining suitable precautionary measures on power frequency electric and magnetic fields (EMFs); what mechanism she plans to put in place to assess public opinion on the issues raised by the recently published Stakeholder Advisory Group on Extremely Low Frequency Electric and Magnetic Fields report on precautionary approaches to power frequency EMFs; and if she will make a statement. [137663]

Caroline Flint: The Department notes the publication of the report by the Stakeholder Advisory Group on extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields and acknowledges the hard work that has gone into its production. The Government will need time to consider the implications of the report’s conclusions and recommendations.

Eyesight: Computers

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of how many people working with visual display units take up their entitlement under the Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations (1992) for an eye and eyesight test paid for by their employer. [133737]

Mrs. McGuire: I have been asked to reply.

Research commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive estimated in 1997 that nearly 1 million people in Great Britain had received eye and eyesight tests provided by their employer under these regulations.

Food Standards Agency

Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the work of the Food Standards Agency. [113790]

Caroline Flint: The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is an independent Government Department set up in 2000 by an Act of Parliament to protect the public’s health and consumer interests in relation to food. Its core values include being open and transparent in the work that it does. It is not subject to an assessment by the Department. However, I hold regular meetings with the FSA to review general matters and the organisation is accountable to Parliament through Ministers by means of an annual report.


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Food Standards Agency: Smith Institute

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) value and (b) purpose was of each payment made by the Food Standards Agency to the Smith Institute since 1997. [136322]

Caroline Flint: The Food Standards Agency made a payment of £10,000 to the Smith Institute in 2006. This was to sponsor a seminar on the Effects of Nutrition in School Attainment.

Food: Hygiene

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will delay the decision on implementation of the Hygiene of Foodstuffs Regulation (EC) number 852/2004. [137325]

Caroline Flint: European Union Regulations are directly applicable law and Regulation (EC) No. 852/2004 has applied in the UK since 1 January 2006.

Food: Labelling

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many investigations into falsely labelled food the Food Standards Agency carried out in each year since 1997. [136770]

Caroline Flint: Investigations into falsely labelled food are not carried out directly by the Food Standards Agency (FSA). The FSA has the overall policy responsibility for food labelling, however the enforcement of the legislation is undertaken by food enforcement officers who are employed by local authorities.

It should be noted that the FSA was not formed until 2000, therefore the information between 1997 and 2000 is not available. The FSA does receive annual returns from food enforcement authorities on the work they carry out. The requested information for the period 2001-06 cannot be broken down specifically to false labelling investigations. However, the following table shows the number of food samples taken formally for both labelling and compositional standards.

Formal samples Unsatisfactory samples Formal samples which lead to legal proceedings Establishments prosecuted

2001

11,161

2,833

122

150

2002

12,119

2,829

63

161

2003

12,007

3,065

92

193

2004-05

9,559

2,489

106

149

2005-06

8,680

2,784

130

87


Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 May 2007, Official Report, column 585W, on food: labelling, what account was taken of typical portion size in developing the Food Standards Agency’s nutrient profiling model; and if she will make a statement. [138424]

Caroline Flint: The Food Standards Agency’s nutrient profiling (NP) model has been developed solely as a tool for Ofcom to use to redress the
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imbalance of foods high in fat, salt and sugar being advertised to children through television. The issue of portion size was discussed by the expert group which advised the FSA on the development of the model, an independently chaired academic workshop and the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition. Each concluded that using a per portion approach would introduce several difficulties since serving sizes and consumption patterns are an individual matter and cannot be standardised.

The FSA’s nutrient profiling (NP) model has not been developed to provide dietary advice or used in labelling.

General Practitioners

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of GP practices in each English constituency have closed their lists to new patients. [138069]

Andy Burnham: The results for the primary care access survey, February 2007, show that in England 214 practices have been reported as having closed lists, this represents 2.5 per cent, of the total.

The Department does not collect or hold this information broken down by constituency but the following table shows these data by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT). The data were collected in February 2007.


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Closed lists
Number of practices whose list is closed for new patients to register Percentage of (all) practices whose list is closed for new patients to register

England

214

2.5

Strategic health authority

North East

12

2.9

North West

59

4.4

Yorkshire and the Humber

26

3.1

East Midlands

3

0.5

West Midlands

43

4.2

East of England

25

3.1

London

16

1.0

South East Coast

22

3.3

South Central

3

0.6

South West

5

0.7

Primary care trusts

County Durham PCT

0

0.0

Darlington PCT

0

0.0

Gateshead PCT

2

5.9

Hartlepool PCT

0

0.0

Middlesbrough PCT

0

0.0

Newcastle PCT

0

0.0

North Tyneside PCT

0

0.0

Northumberland Care Trust

1

2.0

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

0

0.0

South Tyneside PCT

8

25.0

Stockton-on-Tees Teaching

0

0.0

Sunderland Teaching PCT

1

1.9

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

0

0.0

Blackburn with Darwen PCT

4

12.1

Blackpool PCT

0

0.0

Bolton PCT

0

0.0

Bury PCT

2

6.1

Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT

1

1.9

Central Lancashire PCT

7

7.4

Cumbria PCT

7

7.2

East Lancashire PCT

0

0.0

Halton and St Helens PCT

0

0.0

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT

1

2.9

Knowsley PCT

0

0.0

Liverpool PCT

0

0.0

Manchester PCT

9

8.5

North Lancashire PCT

0

0.0

Oldham PCT

0

0.0

Salford PCT

10

17.2

Sefton PCT

3

5.5

Stockport PCT

0

0.0

Tameside and Glossop PCT

2

5.0

Trafford PCT

10

21.3

Warrington PCT

3

10.3

Western Cheshire PCT

0

0.0

Wirral PCT

0

0.0

Barnsley PCT

1

2.3

Bradford and Airedale PCT

13

14.9

Calderdale PCT

0

0.0

Doncaster PCT

0

0.0

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

2

4.8

Hull PCT

8

13.3

Kirklees PCT

0

0.0

Leeds PCT

1

0.9

North East Lincolnshire PCT

0

0.0

North Lincolnshire PCT

0

0.0

North Yorkshire and York PCT

0

0.0

Rotherham PCT

0

0.0

Sheffield PCT

1

1.0

Wakefield District PCT

0

0.0

Bassetlaw PCT

0

0.0

Derby City PCT

0

0.0

Derbyshire County PCT

0

0.0

Leicester City PCT

1

1.4

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

1

1.2

Lincolnshire PCT

0

0.0

Northamptonshire PCT

0

0.0

Nottingham City PCT

0

0.0

Nottinghamshire County PCT

1

1.0

Birmingham East and North PCT

1

1.2

Coventry Teaching PCT

2

3.0

Dudley PCT

32

57.1

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

4

5.2

Herefordshire PCT

0

0.0

North Staffordshire PCT

0

0.0

Sandwell PCT

0

0.0

Shropshire County PCT

0

0.0

Solihull PCT

0

0.0

South Birmingham PCT

1

1.5

South Staffordshire PCT

0

0.0

Stoke on Trent PCT

2

3.4

Telford and Wrekin PCT

0

0.0

Walsall Teaching PCT

0

0.0

Warwickshire PCT

0

0.0

Wolverhampton City PCT

1

1.4

Worcestershire PCT

0

0.0

Bedfordshire PCT

4

7.3

Cambridgeshire PCT

2

2.6

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

0

0.0

Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT

3

9.1

Luton Teaching PCT

9

28.1

Mid Essex PCT

1

2.0

Norfolk PCT

0

0.0

North East Essex PCT

0

0.0

Peterborough PCT

3

9.4

South East Essex PCT

0

0.0

South West Essex PCT

2

2.4

Suffolk PCT

1

1.4

West Essex PCT

0

0.0

West Hertfordshire PCT

0

0.0

Barking and Dagenham PCT

1

1.8

Barnet PCT

0

0.0

Bexley Care Trust

0

0.0

Brent Teaching PCT

2

2.8

Bromley PCT

2

3.7

Camden PCT

1

2.3

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

0

0.0

Croydon PCT

0

0.0

Ealing PCT

3

3.4

Enfield PCT

0

0.0

Greenwich Teaching PCT

1

1.5

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

0

0.0

Haringey Teaching PCT

0

0.0

Harrow PCT

1

2.6

Havering PCT

0

0.0

Hillingdon PCT

2

3.9

Hounslow PCT

1

1.7

Islington PCT

0

0.0

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

0

0.0

Kingston PCT

0

0.0

Lambeth PCT

0

0.0

Lewisham PCT

1

2.0

Newham PCT

0

0.0

Redbridge PCT

0

0.0

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

0

0.0

Southwark PCT

0

0.0

Sutton and Merton PCT

0

0.0

Tower Hamlets PCT

1

2.7

Waltham Forest PCT

0

0.0

Wandsworth PCT

0

0.0

Westminster PCT

0

0.0

Brighton and Hove City PCT

0

0.0

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

0

0.0

Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT

0

0.0

Hastings and Rother PCT

0

0.0

Medway Teaching PCT

3

4.5

Surrey PCT

4

2.9

West Kent PCT

14

13.3

West Sussex PCT

1

1.0

Berkshire East PCT

1

1.8

Berkshire West PCT

0

0.0

Buckinghamshire PCT

0

0.0

Hampshire PCT

0

0.0

Isle of Wight Healthcare PCT

0

0.0

Milton Keynes PCT

1

3.6

Oxfordshire PCT

1

1.2

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

0

0.0

Southampton City PCT

0

0.0

Bath and North East Somerset PCT

0

0.0

Bournemouth and Poole PCT

1

2.0

Bristol PCT

0

0.0

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

1

1.4

Devon PCT

0

0.0

Dorset PCT

0

0.0

Gloucestershire PCT

0

0.0

North Somerset PCT

0

0.0

Plymouth Teaching PCT

0

0.0

Somerset PCT

0

0.0

South Gloucestershire PCT

0

0.0

Swindon PCT

3

9.1

Torbay Care Trust

0

0.0

Wiltshire PCT

0

0.0


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