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The Government are not in a position to direct decisions on the enforcement of the age of sale law. Tobacco control legislation, including that on minimum age of sale, is enforced by local authority trading standards officers. Budgets for this are set at local level and priorities are also determined locally. However, the Department has encouraged compliance with the new law by informing retailers, teenagers, parents and schools about the change in the law, supported by guidance to
retailers and signage. We are also working closely with the local authorities Coordinators of Regulatory Services in the build-up to the age change, including revising guidance to enforcement officers who ensure compliance with the law.
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to raise awareness of the increase in the age of sale of tobacco products from 16 to 18 years before it comes into effect on 1 October 2007. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Government have been carrying out a major communications campaign on changing the age of sale since April, focusing on the two main target groups: retailers and teenagers. Retailers have been sent details about the background of the change and advice about implementation. A dedicated website has also been set up for their benefit. As well as setting up a website for them, the Government are also running a digital advertising campaign on young people's social networking sites. There will also be posters near schools and newsagents.
Mary Creagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost of carrying out a mass immunisation scheme for (a) chickenpox, (b) rotavirus and (c) influenza; 
(2) whether the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation has carried out a cost-benefit analysis into the effects of carrying out a UK-wide mass immunisation scheme for (a) chickenpox, (b) rotavirus and (c) influenza. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has commissioned an expert subgroup to look at the benefits of vaccinating children with chickenpox vaccine and the benefits of vaccinating older adults with a vaccine to protect against Shingles.
An expert subgroup has reviewed the evidence on the benefits of vaccinating children with Rotavirus vaccine, including two published papers(1) on the cost-effectiveness of introducing Rotavirus vaccination in the United Kingdom. This will be presented to JCVI at a future meeting.
Influenza immunisation has been recommended in the UK since the late 1960s, with the aim of directly protecting those at a higher risk of serious morbidity and mortality. The JCVI regularly appraise the benefits of flu vaccination among groups considered to be at risk.
(1) Jit M, Edmunds WJ Evaluating rotavirus vaccination in England and Wales. Part II. The potential cost-effectiveness of vaccination.
Vaccine. 2007 May 16;25(20):3971-9. Epub 2007 Mar 13.
PMID: 17400341 (PubMedin process)
Harris JP, Jit M, Cooper D, Edmunds WJ. Evaluating rotavirus vaccination in England and Wales. Part I. Estimating the burden of disease.
Vaccine. 2007 May 16;25(20):3962-70. Epub 2007 Mar 15.
PMID: 17395343 (PubMedin process)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times for (a) elective in-patient admissions and (b) first out-patient
appointment were in each specialty at York NHS Trust in each year since 1996-97. 
|In - patient waiting times for York Health Services Trust 1997 to 2007|
|Median waiting time for elective admission (weeks)|
|Quarter ended March each year||General surgery||Urology||Trauma and orthopaedics||Ear, nose and throat (ENT)||Ophthalmology||Oral surgery||Anaesthetics||General medicine||Obstetrics and Gynaecology||All specialities|
Only includes specialities with over 100 patients.
Department of Health KH07.
|Out-patient waiting times for York Health Services Trust 1997 to 2007|
|Median waiting time for first outpatient appointment from a general practitioner referral to a consultant (weeks)|
|Quarter ending March each year||Anaesthetics||Dermatology||General surgery||Urology||Trauma and orthopaedics||ENT|
|Quarter ending March each year||General medicine||General-urinary medicine||Oral surgery||Geriatric medicine||Neurology||Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Obstetrics antenatal)|
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