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Mr. Leech: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what representations the Government has received on the activities of (a) The Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, (b) The New Kadampa Tradition and (c) Soka Gakkai International; and when such representations were received. 
Mr. Dhanda: Communities and Local Government has received correspondence from a member of the public regarding the alleged cultish behaviour of the Friends of the Western Buddhist Order, New Kadampa Tradition and Soka Gakkai International, and the recommendation of funding to these organisations under Round 2 of the Faith Communities Capacity Building Fund. This representation was received on 1 May 2007. As far as we are aware, no other representation has been received.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who the members are of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on home buying and selling; and what criteria were used to appoint its members. 
Yvette Cooper (chair CLG)
Mike Ockenden (AHIPP)
Peter Bollon-King (NAEA)
Nick Stace (Which?)
Fiona Hoyle (CoPSO)
Michael Coogan (CML)
Simon McWhirter (WWF)
Jeremy Leaf (RICS)
Ted Beardsall (Land Registry)
Paul Marsh (Law Society)
Heather Clayton (OFT)
David Saunders (BERR)
Matthew Symes (Non-executive director)
Jeremy Stanyard (Non-executive director)
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many councils she expects to be permitted to move ahead with a unitary bid in the initial stage following the prioritisation process outlined in the latest consultation paper on unitary bids. 
Ann Keen: 36-month breast cancer screening interval rates for England and Leeds Wakefield and Bradford Pennine, the two screening centres which cover West Yorkshire, are shown in the following table. 38-month interval rates are also given as an indicator of how close intervals are to the national standard of 36 months. Figures are not available for Wakefield alone.
|36 month breast cancer screening interval rateApril to June 2007||38 month breast cancer screening interval rateApril to June 2007|
NHS Cancer Screening Programme
The Government take the issue of the 36-month standard between screens very seriously and that is why Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, wrote to the chief executives of all 10 strategic health authorities in England on 9 February 2007 highlighting the importance of maintaining the 36-month interval.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations the Department received (a) supporting and (b) against the Broomfield private finance initiative scheme; what meetings were organised on this scheme and with whom; and what other consultation was conducted and what the balance of opinion was arising therefrom. 
Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 8 October 2007]: The former Minister of State (Andy Burnham), met with the hon. Members for West Chelmsford (Mr. Burns), Maldon and East Chelmsford (Mr. Whittingdale), the right hon. Member for Saffron Walden (Sir Alan Haselhurst), the hon. Member for Braintree (Mr. Newmark), Chair of the Trust David Bullock, Chief Executive of the Trust Andrew Pike, Helen Davis (from the strategic health authority (SHA)) and Peter Coates, Deputy Director of Finance-Investment, from the Department on Monday 20 November 2006 to discuss progress of the Broomfield private finance initiative scheme.
Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the implementation of the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions; and when the framework will be reviewed. 
Ann Keen: The National Service Framework (NSF) for long-term conditions has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of local priorities and needs. The NSF Good Practice Guide demonstrates that that a number of organisations have successfully addressed aspects of service delivery outlined in the NSF.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of the documents rediscovered by his Department in 2007 relating to the safety of blood products have (a) been and (b) not been (i) publicly released and (ii) released to the Archer inquiry to date; and if he will make a statement. 
some 4,500 documents located in storage in unregistered files. These are now held in 101 registered files.
some 600 documents returned by a firm of private solicitors who acted for claimants in HIV litigation in 1989. These are now held in 20 registered files.
Documents from 100 files, comprising 80 of the 101 files in category 1 and the 20 files in category 2, have been supplied to the Archer inquiry. Documents from the remaining 21 files will be issued this month, within the timetable agreed with the inquiry team.
The documents are being scanned and placed on the Departments website for public access. So far the documents in 60 of the 101 previously unregistered files have been placed on the Departments website. It is anticipated that documents from all 121 files will be on the Departments website by the end of November.
The recent Departmental report NHS Dental Reforms: One year on sets out the progress already made in developing new services and the further action being taken to support the NHS in improving access. This report has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to provide NHS employers with a mandate to negotiate the arrangements for the new General Medical Services contract in 2008-08. 
Mr. Bradshaw: NHS employers have already begun negotiations with the British Medical Association's General Practitioners' Committee on possible changes to the General Medical Services contract for 2008-09, based on a mandate provided to them by the Department.
The Department is currently undertaking a review of access to the national health service by foreign nationals, the review is being conducted jointly with the Home Office Border and Immigration Agency and will cover access to both primary and secondary care.
Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he has received from the Health Protection Agency to the Stakeholder Advisory Group on ELF EMFs report; if he will place a copy of the advice in the Library; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Following the publication of the Stakeholder Advisory Group on extremely low frequency and electromagnetic fields (SAGE) report, the former Minister of State (Caroline Flint) at the time, wrote to the Health Protection Agency to ask for its considered view and advice to Government. We are currently awaiting a reply.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on public health of mercury in (a) vaccinations, (b) dental amalgams and (c) low energy light bulbs. 
As with all medicinal products, vaccine safety is continually monitored by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
with advice from the Commission on Human Medicines (CHM). The CHM has thoroughly reviewed the safety of vaccines containing mercury (thiomersal).
Several large studies have found no evidence of a link between thiomersal-containing vaccines and neurodevelopmental disorders. MHRA and CHM advice, available on the MHRA website, is that there is no evidence of harm from the very small quantities of thiomersal contained in some vaccines, with the exception of possible allergic reactions such as skin rashes or local swelling at the site of injection. This view concurs with that of the World Health Organisation, the United States Institute of Medicine and the European Medicines Agency.
The use of dental amalgam is declining in the United Kingdom as a result of increased application of alternatives, changes in the commissioning of primary dental care and a general improvement in dental health. We expect this decline to continue. However it remains an effective direct restorative option and there is no evidence to suggest that its use poses any significant health risk.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent per head of population on health services in 2006-07 in each (a) primary care trust and (b) local authority area ranked in order. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Tables showing the spend by head of population in primary care trusts for 2006-07 and social services spending in 2005-06 for each council in ranked order have been placed in the Library. These are for the latest years for which data are available.
Information is available however on those patients who were actually admitted to hospital for gun shot and knife injuries (these figures do not include patients who were treated in accident and emergency departments for gun shot/knife injuries and not admitted). Those cause codes that appear relevant are presented in the following table.
|Count of finished admission episodes for gun shot and knife wound injuries 2005-06: NHS hospitals, England|
1. Finished admission episodes.:
A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. Cause code:
The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects.
3. Ungrossed data:
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care
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