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Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he was informed of the recent Israeli attack on the alleged Syrian military installation; and what representations he has made to the Israeli Government on the attack. 
Dr. Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary was informed by officials about the Israeli air strike on Syria on the afternoon of 6 September. The Israeli authorities confirmed on 2 October that Israeli aircraft had attacked a military target inside Syrian territory on 6 September. Our embassy in Tel Aviv has been in touch with the Israeli Government about the incident.
Dr. Howells: The Israeli authorities confirmed on 2 October that Israeli aircraft attacked a military target inside Syrian territory on 6 September. The implications of the incident will depend on how both sides choose to respond. We welcome the restraint they have shown.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with Mr. Blair as Middle East Envoy on (a) Libyas approach to the Arab Leagues initiative on peace in the Middle East and (b) Mr. Blairs last visit to Libya in 2007. 
Dr. Howells: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has had discussions with the right hon. Tony Blair about the Middle East Peace Process, including the Arab Peace Initiative. However, the meeting did not touch on Libyas approach to the Arab Peace Initiative or the right hon. Tony Blairs visit to Libya in May 2007.
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps have been taken to include the issue of the occupation of the Golan Heights in the proposed November peace conference. 
Dr. Howells: The agenda of the November meeting has not been finalised. As set out by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the House on 8 October, Official Report, column 24 we hope that the November meeting will result in an agreement that puts the Israelis and Palestinians on a path to real negotiations in 2008 leading to a final settlement of two states living side by side in peace and security. We have made clear our hope that the meeting advances comprehensive peace in the region. Syria has yet to confirm its attendance. We continue to support a comprehensive peace, including between Israel and Syria, as called for in the Roadmap.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether titles awarded to citizens of the Irish Republic are deemed to be honorary in circumstances where the recipient was born after (a) 29 December 1937, (b) 21 December 1948 and (c) 18 April 1949. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: A non-British citizen can inherit a British title which would not be honorary, but he/she may lose some of the rights that go with it. The country of his citizenship may also lay down conditions.
In the British honours system, substantive awards are given to British nationals and nationals of realm countries where Her Majesty the Queen is Head of State. The nationality at the time of the award is relevant, not the person's nationality at the time of his or her birth. A British honorary award can be given to non-British citizens or subjects. In the case of Ireland, a person can only retain British subject status if he/she was born before 1 January 1949. Individuals born after 29 December 1937 and 21 December 1948, but before 1 January 1949 would have retained British subject status if they notified the Secretary of State of their intention to remain a British subject. Someone born in Ireland on or after 18 April 1949 could not be a British subject.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when the police force of the Turks and Caicos Islands was last inspected by HM Inspectorate; and if he will place a copy of the Inspectorate's report in the Library. 
Although Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary has in the past conducted inspections of police forces of overseas territories, there is no record of one being carried out in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
However, in November 1988 and August 2000 the Royal Turks and Caicos police force were reviewed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Overseas Development Administration (now the Department for
International Development) overseas police advisers, in their capacity as Inspector General of the Overseas Territory Police Forces.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the change in the level of the resident population of the Turks and Caicos Islands was over the past 20 years, broken down by those who were (a) UK subjects, (b) belongers and (c) foreign nationals. 
|Total population||UK subjects( 1)||Belongers||Non-belongers|
|n/a = not available.|
(1) This information is not held by the TCI authorities.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for human health of the prevalence of antibiotic (a) use and (b) resistance in farm animals. 
DEFRAs Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) work very closely with colleagues in Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency on the implications of the use of antimicrobials in farm animals. There is increasing scientific support for the view that the increase in antimicrobial resistance affecting human health is largely the result of the prescribing of these products by the medical profession and their use in humans. However, it is recognised that the use of antimicrobials in animals has some impact on the occurrence of resistance genes in micro-organisms.
The Government recognise that veterinary medicines, including antimicrobials, are required to ensure healthy food animals in the UK, but believes that their use should not replace good farm management and animal husbandry systems. The Government believe that antimicrobials should be used responsibly in food animal production and has issued guidelines for their responsible use. The VMD produced a document entitled Code of Practice on the Responsible Use of Animal Medicines on the Farm. The industrys Responsible Use of Medicines in
Agriculture Alliance (RUMA) has also published responsible use guidelines for antimicrobials that have been adopted by assurance schemes for the five major food-producing species.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the use in livestock production of antibiotics of last resort for humans; and if he will make a statement. 
DEFRAs Veterinary Medicines Directorate works very closely with the Department of Health, the Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency on these issues. Under legislation implementing EU requirements, veterinary medicines, including those containing antimicrobials, require authorisation before they may be marketed or administered to animals. Authorisations are only issued where scientific assessment of data provided by the applicant demonstrates that the product adequately meets statutory criteria of safety, quality and efficacy when used in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. Safety in this context includes consumers of produce from treated animals as well as the treated animal, other animals with which it may come into contact, people handling the product and the treated animal, and the environment. Antimicrobials authorised for therapeutic use are prescription only medicines and can only be supplied and administered in accordance with a veterinary surgeons prescription.
Antimicrobials used as a last resort in humans represent only a small proportion of the total amount of antimicrobials used in livestock production. For example, 1 tonne of fluoroquinolones were sold for livestock production in 2005. This amount represents 0.27 per cent. of the total amount of antimicrobials sold for use in livestock production. Similarly, in 2005, 1.1 tonnes of cephalosporins were sold. This amount represents 0.28 per cent. of the total amount of antimicrobials sold for use in livestock production.
Ann Keen: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, information is in the following table on the number of finished consultant episodes (FCE) where neonatal care was provided in a specialist unit. This is not equivalent to the number of babies requiring care in a specialist unit. A baby may have had more than one FCE of neonatal care in a specialist unit.
|Count of FCE where neonatal care was provided in a specialist unit, 2001-02 to 2005-06, national health service hospitals, England|
|Special care||Level 2 intensive care||Level 1 intensive care||Total episodes|
Definitions of neonatal care provided in specialist units
Care given in a special nursery, transitional care ward or postnatal ward, which provides care and treatment exceeding normal routine care. Some aspects of special care can be undertaken by a mother supervised by qualified nursing staff. Special nursing care includes support for and education of the infants parents.
Level 2 intensive care: (high dependency intensive care):
Care given in an intensive or special care nursery, which provides continuous skilled supervision by qualified and specially trained nursing staff who may care for more babies than in level 1 intensive care. Care includes support for the infants parents.
Level 1 intensive care: (maximal intensive care):
Care given in an intensive or special care nursery, which provides continuous skilled supervision by qualified and specially trained nursing and medical staff. Care includes support for the infants parents.
Definitions of general and birth episodes
A general episode is any episode which is not covered under other episode types. Other episode types include birth episodes, delivery episodes, patients formally detained under the provisions mental health legislation or long-term psychiatric patients, other birth events and other delivery events.
A birth episode is the hospital episode that commences at birth. If a baby is transferred from another episode or re-admitted to hospital after discharge, this new episode will not be classified as a birth episode, regardless of the age of the baby.
An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
HES, the Information Centre for health and social care.
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