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Presently, the Smokefree England website receives approximately 100,000 visits a week, while the phone line receives 6,000 calls a week.

The Department has developed a range of guides on the new law. A Smokefree England information pack, including a guide, no-smoking signs and other support materials has been sent to all registered, actively trading businesses in England that employ staff during April. Guidance documents can be downloaded from the Smokefree England website, and are available in a range of different languages and accessible formats, including an MP3 audio version.

The Department also continues to work closely with a diverse range of organisations across the country to increase awareness of the new legislation among their constituents.

In May, the Department commenced a national advertising campaign using a range of media to inform members of the public about what the legislation will mean when it comes in to force. While 93 per cent. of the overall population are aware of smokefree legislation, 45 per cent. don't know that it comes into force on 1 July 2007. Therefore the campaign has been developed to assist the public to know when the law will be implemented, where the law will apply and what the penalties are for non-compliance.

Local authorities are also working to build compliance in their communities through a diverse range of activity. Local businesses are advised to contact their local council for advice and support in implementing smokefree legislation. National health service trusts and local NHS Stop Smoking Services are also working in different ways to promote the new smokefree law.

The total budget allocated to the Department of the smokefree communications campaign is £8.5 million. The costs to local authorities and NHS trusts of their efforts to promote the new smokefree legislation could be made only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the new no smoking sign cost to design; and what estimate has been made of the production costs of all new no smoking signs. [142474]

Caroline Flint: The Health Act 2006 requires no-smoking signs to be displayed in smokefree premises and vehicles that comply with the requirements set out in the Smoke-free (Signs) Regulations 2007.

To support those with management responsibilities for smokefree premises, the Department has designed
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and made freely available no-smoking signs that comply with the requirements of smokefree legislation. The total design cost of no-smoking signs being made available as part of the Department's Smokefree England campaign was £1,270.

Based on the current costings and volumes, no-smoking signs for premises cost the Department 0.04p each to produce.

Smoking: Listed Buildings

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received from those responsible for listed buildings on the appearance and placement of the new no smoking signs; and what recent discussions she has had with church leaders on the issue. [142328]

Caroline Flint: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 4 June 2007, Official Report, column 326W.

Sunbeds

Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what petitions have been received by her Department from the unstaffed sunbed salon industry operators in opposition to further regulation; [141901]

(2) what representations she has received from the unstaffed sunbed salon industry on usage of sunbeds by people under the age of 16; [141931]

(3) whether she has met representatives of the unstaffed sunbed salon industry in the last two years. [142079]

Caroline Flint: The Department has received copies of a petition signed by customers of the Consol Suncenter chain of coin-operated sunbed salons. Officials have had discussions with representatives from Consol at which the issue of access by those under 16 years to Consol’s sunbed parlours were discussed. I met representatives of Consol on 29 March 2007.

Surgical Dressings

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients were treated with maggot debridement therapy within the NHS in each year since 1997, broken down by NHS trust; and if she will make a statement; [127742]

(2) what assessment has been made of the potential effect on costs of the use of maggot debridement therapy in the NHS; and if she will make a statement; [127746]

(3) what recent representations her Department has received on maggot debridement therapy; and if she will make a statement; [127749]

(4) what (a) clinical trials and (b) other studies have taken place on maggot debridement therapy; how much was spent on such activity in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement; [127752]

(5) what assessment has been made of potential adverse side effects of maggot debridement therapy; and if she will make a statement. [127753]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested regarding the numbers of patients treated with maggot debridement therapy (MDT) is not held centrally. However, there is one such medical grade maggot which is now available on prescription in the United Kingdom so that general practitioners can use MDT in the community. There were around 1,100 prescriptions written for dispensing in the community for LarvE (the commercial brand name for the sterile maggots) in 2005, which does not include hospital use.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has advised the national health service that the choice of debriding agent for difficult to heal surgical wounds should be based on comfort, odour control, other aspects relevant to patient acceptability, the type and location of the wound and total costs. The actual costs of treating difficult to heal wounds have not been measured. If specific services for the management of difficult to heal surgical wounds were to be developed throughout the NHS, there would be organisational and cost implications, which would need to be evaluated.

My noble Friend, the Minister of State for Health (Lord Hunt), has received an invitation from the hon. Member for Bridgend (Mrs. Moon) to visit Zoobiotic Ltd. My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Public Health (Caroline Flint) has received a letter from the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn) regarding the issue of MDT.

The Health Technology Assessment Programme funded a trial of MDT to be undertaken by the Department of Health Sciences of the University of York. The study started on 1 June 2004, involving 600 patients with venous leg ulcers who were randomised to one of three treatment groups to compare their effects on healing and debridement times. The Government, through the Health Technology Assessment Programme, agreed to fund this study, which had been several years in the planning and cost over £700,000. The report of the research is expected in early 2009.

MDT may cause pain or discomfort, particularly in patients already experiencing wound pain. This usually occurs about 24-36 hours into therapy and worsens as the larvae grow larger, Painkillers should help to relieve the pain; otherwise removing the maggot dressing provides immediate relief. The maggots should be contained within the wound. If they escape onto unprotected skin around the edges of the wound, the larvae secretions can cause a rash on the skin which resembles a superficial burn.

Tomography: East Sussex

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many computerised tomography scanners are operational in the NHS in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex. [141893]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not collect information on the operational use of the computed tomography (CT) scanners. However, I am informed by NHS South East Coast that there are two CT scanners installed in trusts in East Sussex, one at Eastbourne District general hospital and another at the Conquest hospital, Hastings.


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Tuberculosis: Immigrants

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether new entrants at ports of entry with symptoms of tuberculosis are referred to NHS facilities near the port of entry or their intended destination as recommended in Port Health and Medical Inspection Review Report published by the Health Protection Agency in March 2006. [142058]

Caroline Flint: If the new entrant at a port is identified to have symptoms suggestive of tuberculosis they will be assessed by a medical inspector and will be referred either to an appropriate national health service facility near the port or to an NHS facility at their intended destination, depending on the nature of their symptoms as assessed by the medical inspector.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department has carried out a review of the benefits of X-ray screening for tuberculosis at ports as recommended by the Health Protection Agency in Port Health and Medical Inspection Review Report published in March 2006. [142063]

Caroline Flint: The Health Protection Agency has this matter under review and is now looking in more detail at how screening new migrants for tuberculosis could work in the future.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which ports of entry into the UK undertake tuberculosis screening by X-ray machine; and what arrangements are in place for multi-terminal ports that have only one such machine. [142065]

Caroline Flint: Only Heathrow and Gatwick airports have on-site X-ray machines. Where necessary, the immigration service makes arrangements for transporting people referred for medical examination between terminals.

University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to expand the University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre; and if she will make a statement. [142251]

Malcolm Wicks: I have been asked to reply.

The Medical Research Council currently provides support to the University of Liverpool Cancer Research Centre through response-mode grants. The MRC welcomes applications for support into any aspect of human health and they are judged in open competition with other demands. In addition, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has provided one equipment grant to the centre.

X-rays

John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the additional money earmarked for dual X-ray absorptiometry scans has been allocated to health authorities; and how much has been spent on additional scanning capacity. [140506]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: In 2005-06, the Department allocated £3 million revenue funding on a non-recurrent basis to 14 strategic health authorities (SHAs) for the purchase of DXA scans from the independent sector, or other national health service providers where this represented better value for money. Expenditure against these allocations has not been monitored centrally.

Capital funding of £17 million has been made available in 2006-07 and 2007-08 to improve NHS capacity through investment in new DXA scanning equipment. This additional funding was included in the overall strategic capital allocation to SHAs and the Department does not monitor how SHAs’ strategic capital is spent.

Since January 2006, the Department has been collecting waiting time and activity data for 15 diagnostic tests or procedures, including DXA scans. In April 2007, the latest date for which figures are available, 683 patients have been waiting more than 13 weeks, and 14 patients more than 26 weeks, for a DXA scan. This represents a reduction of 92.7 per cent. and 99.6 per cent. respectively from the baseline figure.

Justice

Community Justice Centres: Public Appointments

Mr. Allen: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 5 June 2007, Official Report, column 374W, on community justice centres: public appointments, what meetings have taken place between the district judge and the community about the appointment of the district judge; and if she will make a statement. [143218]

Ms Harman: District Judge Cooper has had two meetings with local residents, a meeting with community based organisations and has also met local MPs.

Departments: Official Cars

Mr. Simon: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what make and model of car (a) she and (b) each Minister in her Department selected as their official ministerial car; and what criteria were used when making the decision in each case. [141997]

Ms Harman: Ministers in my Department have selected ministerial cars as follows:

Make/model

Lord Falconer

Jaguar XJ

Harriet Harman

Toyota Prius

David Hanson

Mondeo Zetec

Bridget Prentice

Toyota Prius

Baroness Ashton

Toyota Prius

Vera Baird

Toyota Prius

Gerry Sutcliffe

Toyota Prius


For the second part of the question I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given by the Minister of State for Transport on 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns l268-69W.


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Departments: Official Residences

Mrs. May: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will list the official ministerial residences allocated to Ministers in her Department; and what the total annual cost is of running each. [141964]

Ms Harman: I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given by the Prime Minister on 14 June 2007, Official Report, column 1263W. Information for the last financial year relating to the use of the Lord Chancellor’s residence, including costs, will be published shortly.

Departments: Property

Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much was raised from the sale of departmental property in each of the last five years. [139312]

Ms Harman: Information on how much the Department has raised from the sale of departmental property is shown in the following table.

£ million
Sale proceeds

06-07

34.66

05-06

25.25

04-05

25.96

03-04

91.18

02-03

10.19


Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what recent estimate has been made of the value of the Department's property portfolio. [139373]

Ms Harman: The total property portfolio was valued at 31 March 2007 to be £9,728.547 million.


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