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Obesity: Children

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of children classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese by the age of three years (i) at the present time and (ii) in 1997. [151071]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available in the exact format requested. Data on children's overweight and obesity prevalence are taken from the Health Survey for England. We can provide the prevalence of children aged two to three who are overweight or obese in England in 2002-04 combined. Data are aggregated over three years, 2002, 2003 and 2004 to achieve a sufficiently large sample for analysis at this level. These data are shown in table 1 and are published in ‘Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England 2006’. Copies are available in the Library and at:

We can also provide the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children aged two to 10, from 1997 to 2005. Data for 2005 are the latest data available. These data are shown in table 2 and are published in the ‘Health Survey for England—Updating of trend tables to include 2005 data’, and at:

Table 1: Overweight and obesity prevalence among children aged two to three, 2002-04( 1) England
Percentage

Obese

11.6

Overweight including obese

25.2

Base (unweighted)

1,130

Base (weighted)

1,232

(1) Data are aggregated over three years, 2002, 2003 and 2004 to achieve a sufficiently large sample for analysis at this level.
Source:
Health Survey for England 2002, 2003. The Department of Health
Health Survey for England 2004. The Information Centre


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Table 2: Overweight and obesity prevalence among children aged two to 10, 1997 to 2005, England
Percentage
Unweighted( 1) Weighted
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2003 2004 2005

Overweight

12.5

13.6

13.8

12.6

14.8

13.2

14.0

14.2

14.3

14.0

14.7

14.2

Obese

10.9

11.6

14.6

12.0

13.1

15.5

13.7

14.3

16.7

13.8

14.5

16.8

Overweight including obese

23.4

25.2

28.4

24.6

27.9

28.7

27.7

28.5

30.9

27.8

29.1

31.0

Bases (weighted)

4,089

2,552

1,262

1,094

2,129

4,654

1,774

759

1,419

1,736

726

1,338

(1) From 2003 data were also weighted for non response. Data weighted for child selection only are provided for consistency with previous years.
Source:
Health Survey for England—Updating of trend tables to include 2005 data

Ovarian Cancer: Medical Treatments

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what appraisal the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has carried out on treatments for ovarian cancer. [151513]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued technology appraisal guidance on the use of paclitaxel for ovarian cancer (updated in January 2003) and on the use of topotecan, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin hydrochloride (PLDH) and paclitaxel for the treatment of advanced ovarian cancer (May 2005).

Physiotherapy

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of physiotherapists the NHS in England will need to employ in each of the next three financial years. [150901]

Mr. Bradshaw: Workforce planning is a matter for local determination. It is for local workforce planners to determine the physiotherapy needs of their local population with appropriate support from the workforce review team (WRT), national workforce projects and NHS Employers.

Projected estimates on the future number of physiotherapists are published on the WRT website:

Ritalin

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were prescribed a methylphenidate in each of the last 10 years. [150652]

Ann Keen: We do not collect that information centrally. Data are, however, available on the number of prescriptions for central nervous system stimulants and drugs used for attention deficit hyperactive disorder including methylphenidate (Ritalin) dispensed to children under 16 years and those aged 16 to 18 years in full-time education.

The following table gives numbers of prescriptions by age.

Financial year Items under 16 Items 16 to 18 in full-time education

1996-97

48,264

2,058

1997-98

86,247

3,388

1998-99

112,294

4,596

1999-2000

144,894

7,698

2000-01

171,244

7,873

2001-02

200,202

9,225

2002-03

247,115

11,935

2003-04

289,009

17,218

2004-05

338,909

24,906

2005-06

379,334

31,694

2006-07

454,797

40,339


Royal Brompton Hospital: Clostridium

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence of clostridium difficile in the Royal Brompton hospital was in each of the last three years, broken down by age category of patient. [151450]

Ann Keen: The data requested are not available. Mandatory surveillance for Clostridium difficile infection in people aged 65 years and over commenced in January 2004 and covers acute national health service trusts in England rather that individual hospitals.

Reported figures for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust are shown in the following table.

Number of reported cases of Clostridium difficile
January to December each year The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust

2004

25

2005

21

2006

14

Source:
HPA

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the long-term effects of the school free fruit and vegetable programme. [151064]

Dawn Primarolo: An initial evaluation of the school fruit and vegetable scheme was carried out in November 2004. At that stage the children who participated in the evaluation had only been receiving free fruit and vegetables
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since June 2004. The results provided a useful insight into the initial impact of the scheme but it was recognised that further work would need to be undertaken to measure the impact of the scheme over a longer period. In 2006 we commissioned a further evaluation of the school fruit and vegetable scheme. The report of the further evaluation will be published shortly.

School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme: Expenditure

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the free fruit and vegetable programme in schools in each year since it was introduced. [151065]

Dawn Primarolo: The lottery provided £16 million towards the original pilots of the National School Fruit Scheme between 2000 and 2002. Lottery funding also provided £42 million to support scaling-up of the original pilots across five Government regions between 2002 and 2004.

The Department spent £0.75 million in 2001-02 and £0.3 million in 2002-03 on administering and evaluating the national school fruit scheme pilots.

The national rollout to all local education authority infant, primary and special schools across England of the scheme was completed at the end of 2004 and in the year 2004-05 the Department spent £28.5 million on the scheme.

From April 2005 the Department has fully funded the school fruit and vegetable. The cost of the scheme in 2005-06 was £37.83 million and £36.77 million in 2006-07.

As the scheme has developed we have been able to achieve efficiencies in the overall administration of the scheme and the supply and distribution of the fruit and vegetables which has resulted in spending on the scheme reducing over the last year.

Simvastatin

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced on the use of statins; and if he will make a statement. [150816]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published technology appraisal guidance on “Cardiovascular Disease — Statins” in January 2006. This guidance has been placed in the Library and is available on NICE’s website at www.guidance.nice.org.uk/TA94

Smoking

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of
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the population of (a) Hampshire, (b) England and (c) Southampton that smoke, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age, (iii) religion and (iv) NHS trust. [150960]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not available in the format requested. Data on the percentage of adults, aged 16 and over, who smoke are available from the 2005 General Household Survey (GHS), and are available by Government office region (GOR). Data are provided on the percentage of men and women, aged 16 and over, who smoke in the South East GOR which incorporates Hampshire. This information is given in table 1. The sample sizes are too small at GOR level to break down by age.

Data on the percentage of adult smokers, aged 16 and over, in England is also available from the 2005 (GHS). These are broken down by gender and age and are provided in table 2.

Data on smoking prevalence collected from surveys are not available level by religion or by national health service trust.

Information for Southampton’s smoking prevalence is not available. However, the estimated prevalence of adult smokers, aged 16 and over, along with associated confidence intervals are provided for the wards in the Southampton local authority. These estimates are taken from the Synthetic Estimates of Healthy Lifestyle Behaviours and are published on the Neighbourhood Statistics website, available at:

These estimates are for the combined years 2000-02 and are shown in table 3. This information is not available broken down by gender, age, religion or NHS trust.

Table 1: Prevalence of cigarette smoking in South East GOR, by gender, 2005( 1,2)
South East GOR Percentage

All adults

22

Men

24

Women

21

Weighted bases (thousand)

All adults

6,015

Men

2,849

Women

3,166

Unweighted bases

All adults

3,163

Men

1,485

Women

1,678

(1) Among adults aged 16 and over
(2) 2005 data include last quarter of 2004-05 data due to survey change from financial to calendar year
Source:
General Household Survey 2005. Office for National Statistics

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