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Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy types (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in each year since 2005. [175291]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We do not collect that information centrally. However, NHS Direct estimates that one child in 25,000 will develop one of the three forms of spinal muscular atrophy and that one in 300,000 people will develop type four as an adult.

Thalassaemia: Screening

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what support his Department is providing to clinicians to deal with patients identified as having (a) a sickle cell disease and (b) Thalassaemia through the National Screening Programme; [173235]

(2) with reference to the answer of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 1263W, on blood: diseases, what progress his Department has made on the development and management of 10 managed clinical networks for Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease. [173538]

Ann Keen: The Department has been working with a range of key stakeholders to develop a model of 10 proposed managed clinical networks. The national health service plan set out a commitment to introduce new and effective screening programmes for women and children including a new national linked antenatal and neonatal programme for sickle cell and thalassaemia. The programme has now implemented newborn screening and 100 per cent. of newborn babies are now offered screening for sickle cell. Antenatal screening is expected to be fully implemented by spring 2008. The programme is expected to identify approximately 300 screen positive affected babies a year with sickle cell and haemoglobin variants from 559,098 babies across England. The benefits of this specialist care can then be managed in the right place with appropriate resources. The clinical network will build on existing expertise, to allow access to comprehensive care to be available across the country.

A working group has been established to oversee the roll-out of the managed clinical networks, and a number of centres have now been identified.

Supporting the national screening programme a number of recent initiatives to increase services for sickle cell and thalassaemia are now underway. These include:

Transplant Surgery: Waiting Lists

Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 December 2007, Official Report, column 1130W, on transplant surgery: waiting lists, how many people were on a waiting list for an organ transplant in each primary care trust area in each year since 2001, broken down by type of organ. [173069]

Ann Keen: This information has been placed in the Library.

Varicose Veins

Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were treated for varicose veins by (a) vein stripping open surgery, (b) endovenous laser treatment, (c) radiofrequency ablation, (d) foam sclerotherapy and (e) using a vascular closure device in the NHS in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority area. [174636]

Ann Keen: The information requested has been placed in the Library. Data for 2002-03 to 2005-06 are not directly comparable with data for 2006-07 because of changes and additions to the Office of Population Censuses and Survey's Classification of Surgical Operations and Procedure version 4 (OPSC4) codes and descriptions relating to varicose vein treatments.

Written Questions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer Questions (a) 162507, (b) 162508 and (c) 162555 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 8 November 2007. [175619]

Ann Keen: A reply was given to questions 162507 and 162508 on 7 January 2008, Official Report, column 101W, and to 162555 today.

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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) males and (b) females under the age of 18 years in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England and Wales died as a consequence of excessive alcohol consumption in each of the last seven years for which figures are available. [177129]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 8 January 2008:

Table 1. Number of deaths with an alcohol-related underlying cause of death( 1) , males and females under the age of 18, England and Wales, 2000 to 2006( 2)
Deaths (persons)
Males Females






















(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) for the year 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) for 2001 onwards. The specific causes of death categorised as alcohol-related, and their corresponding ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, are shown in the boxes below.
(2) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

Box 1. Alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9)
Cause of death ICD-9 code(s)

Alcoholic psychoses


Alcohol dependence syndrome


Non-dependent abuse of alcohol


Alcoholic cardiomyopathy


Alcoholic fatty liver


Acute alcoholic hepatitis


Alcoholic cirrhosis of liver


Alcoholic liver damage, unspecified


Chronic hepatitis


Cirrhosis of liver without mention of alcohol


Other chronic non alcoholic liver disease


Unspecified chronic liver disease without mention of alcohol


Accidental poisoning by alcohol


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Box 2. Alcohol-related causes of death—International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
Cause of death ICD-10 code(s)

Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol


Degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol


Alcoholic polyneuropathy


Alcoholic cardiomyopathy


Alcoholic gastritis


Alcoholic liver disease


Chronic hepatitis, not elsewhere classified


Fibrosis and cirrhosis of liver (excl. Biliary cirrhosis)

K74 (excl. K74.3-K74.5)

Alcohol induced chronic pancreatitis


Accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol


Intentional self-poisoning by and exposure to alcohol


Poisoning by and exposure to alcohol, undetermined intent


Capital Gains Tax

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment he has made of the effect on the buy to let market and housing market of the new flat 18 per cent. rate of capital gains tax; and whether an impact assessment has been produced for this proposed tax change. [176436]

Jane Kennedy: The 2007 pre-Budget report announced a reform of the capital gains tax regime for individuals. From 6 April 2008, all disposals that attract capital gains tax will do so at a single rate of 18 per cent. The impact on investors will depend on their personal circumstances.

Child Benefit: Personal Records

James Brokenshire: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many officials of (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) other Departments or agencies have access to (i) the entire child support database and (ii) the entire child tax credit database. [167992]

Jane Kennedy: Child benefit and tax credits are both administered by HMRC.

On 20 November 2007 the Chancellor announced an independent review of HMRC's data handling procedures to be conducted by Kieran Poynter, the chair of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

The interim report was published on 17 December 2007 and is available in the Library of the House.

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer to what year the earliest child benefit case whose records were recently misplaced by HM Revenue and Customs dates back. [168559]

Jane Kennedy: [holding answer 29 November 2007]: The Acting Chairman of HM Revenue and Customs has written to all customers affected by the loss of child benefit data.

The missing data relates to the personal details of claimants, of child benefit and their children. Child benefit is payable in respect of a child who is under the
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age of 16, or a person who is aged 16 or over but under 20 years where they are in qualifying full-time education or approved training.

Child benefit claimant records are deleted five years after the award of the youngest child in the family has ceased.

The information is not available in the format requested and is available only at disproportionate costs.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to his statement of 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-02, on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), how many of the individual records missing in the transfer of information from HMRC are former claimants of child benefit resident in Southend West constituency; what the policy is of HMRC for the storing of information of former claimants of child benefit; and if he will make a statement [169531]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the statement given in the House by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 20 November 2007, Official Report, columns 1101-04.

The missing information contains details of all child benefit recipients, including those in Southend West constituency.

Information on families receiving child benefit at 31 August 2006 by constituency and local authority are published as part of National Statistics and can be found in Tables 2 and 3 of child benefit statistics geographical analysis which are available on HMRC's website at:

IT records for child benefit claimants are deleted five years after the award of the youngest child in the family has ceased.

Council Tax: Tax Yields

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the aggregated estimate for net council tax receipts for the UK, in Table B8 of the 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review, includes receipts from domestic rates in Northern Ireland. [176418]

Jane Kennedy: The figures for council tax receipts in Table B8 of the PBR/CSR document include Northern Ireland domestic rates.

Council Tax: Valuation

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what purpose the dwellinghouse code valuation grouping was created by the Valuation Office Agency in its preparations for a council tax revaluation. [176427]

Jane Kennedy: No council tax revaluation is taking place, nor has the Valuation Office Agency created a dwellinghouse coding valuation grouping for one.

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A coding system has been in use for over 30 years to simplify recording of domestic property attributes—this continues as part of the Agency's responsibility to maintain the 1993 lists.

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