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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. 
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 EnglandUpdating 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|
|(1) Data are aggregated over three years, 2002, 2003 and 2004 to achieve a sufficiently large sample for analysis at this level.|
Health Survey for England 2002, 2003. The Department of Health
Health Survey for England 2004. The Information Centre
|Table 2: Overweight and obesity prevalence among children aged two to 10, 1997 to 2005, England|
|(1) From 2003 data were also weighted for non response. Data weighted for child selection only are provided for consistency with previous years.|
Health Survey for EnglandUpdating of trend tables to include 2005 data
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).
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. 
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.
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.
|Financial year||Items under 16||Items 16 to 18 in full-time education|
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. 
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.
|Number of reported cases of Clostridium difficile|
|January to December each year||The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital NHS Trust|
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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 NICEs website at www.guidance.nice.org.uk/TA94
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of
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. 
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.
Information for Southamptons 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:
|Table 1: Prevalence of cigarette smoking in South East GOR, by gender, 2005( 1,2)|
|South East GOR||Percentage|
|(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
General Household Survey 2005. Office for National Statistics
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