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Smoking: Brent

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of Brent Primary Care Trust's decision to change the funding allocation to smoking cessation services; and if she will make a statement. [138499]

Caroline Flint: Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust received a specific allocation of £334,000 for their national health service stop smoking services for each of the years 2006-07, and 2007-08. However, it is for the PCT to decide how best to spend these provide the service.

Smoking: Clubs

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the smoking ban on private members clubs; and what representations she has received on the matter. [138520]

Caroline Flint: Costs and benefits associated with smokefree legislation are included with the regulatory impact assessment published by the Department, which includes reference to the hospitality industry.

Members clubs have been consulted at all stages of consideration of the Health Act 2006 and its implementation. We continue to work closely with organisations representing members clubs in the run-up to the implementation of the smokefree provisions of the Health Act 2006 on 1 July 2007. The General Secretary of the Committee of Registered
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Clubs Association is a member of the Smokefree England ministerial reference group that provides a forum for direct and regular contact on implementation issues between the Department and key stakeholders.

Smoking-free Regulations

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which organisations representing religious faiths she has consulted about the Smoke-Free (Signs) Regulations 2007; and if she will make a statement. [140607]

Caroline Flint: The Department ran a full 12-week public consultation on the smoke-free regulations to be made under powers in the Health Act 2006 between July and October 2006. This was an open public consultation, and the Department encouraged all interested parties to respond.

Department officials recently met representatives from the Church of England, the Churches Main Committee and the Association of English Cathedrals regarding smoke-free legislation. Department officials have also offered meetings to other faith groups. The Department has published a fact sheet on signage requirements for places of worship, which has been made available to churches throughout England and is also available on the Department's Smokefree England website at:


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for the statement on page four of her Department's report “Saws and Scalpels to Lasers and Robots”, published on 17 April 2007, that greater specialisation in complex cases could result in local hospitals being able to carry out 80 per cent. of planned surgery, with 20 per cent. of cases being carried out in more specialised centres. [138471]

Andy Burnham: In that part of his report, Professor Sir Ara Darzi set out his vision for surgery and gave his view of the proportions of planned surgery which might be carried out either locally or at specialised centres in the future. He was giving his expert judgment based on extensive clinical experience.

Tomography: Kent

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many CT scanners are operational in Kent. [139722]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not collect information on the operational use of the computed tomography (CT) scanners. However, as at January 2007 there were 12 CT scanners installed in national health service trusts in Kent.

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