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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to increase (i) usage of and (ii) research into cord blood stem cells; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The United Kingdom Government wish to see research using all sources of stem cells, including adult, umbilical cord and embryonic stem cells and have a long history in supporting such work through funding and a well established, facilitating regulatory system. Policy on the use of and research into stem cells is kept under regular review. The Government are considering a number of new initiatives in light of developments as part of the 10 year UK Stem Cell Initiative published in 2005.
Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was in Wirral West constituency between GP referral and hospital consultation in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the requested format. In September 2007, the average median waiting time for patients in the Wirral Primary Care Trust area waiting for a first outpatient appointment was 2.7 weeks.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) 10 to 13, (b) 14 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 year olds were (i) cautioned, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) given a penalty notice for disorder for purchasing alcohol under age in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by (A) police force area and (B) local authority area; 
(2) how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for selling alcohol to young people under the age of 18 on (i) premises and (ii) off premises in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by (A) police force area and (B) local authority area. 
Mr. Coaker: The information requested on prosecutions, cautions and penalty notices for the years 2004-06 are provided in the table. Data broken down by local authority area are not held by the Ministry of Justice.
The information requested on prosecutions, cautions and penalty notices for disorder issued for selling alcohol to persons under 18, broken down by police force area are provided in the table. It is not possible to identify from the data whether these sales were on or off licensed premises.
|Number of defendants aged 10 to 17 proceeded against at magistrates courts, offenders cautioned and the number of penalty notices for disorder (PNDS) issued for purchasing alcohol illegally, by age group and police force area, England and Wales, 2004 to 2006( 1, 2, 3, 4)|
|Defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts|
|Police force area||10-13||14-15||16-17||10-13||14-15||16-17||10-13||14-15||16-17|
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