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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) general practitioners and (b) doctors in other settings are (i) able to issue and (ii) regularly issuing electronic prescriptions. 
Mr. Bradshaw: 6,676 (79 per cent.) of general practitioner practices have had the software upgrades needed to operate the electronic prescription service (EPS), of which 5,433 (64.1 per cent.) have been confirmed by primary care trusts as able to issue electronic prescriptions. Currently, over 1.5 million electronic prescription messages are issued each week. The number of individual general practitioners and doctors in other settings that are able to and regularly use the EPS is not captured nationally.
Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many official complaints about treatment in (a) the Royal Lancaster Infirmary and (b) Westmorland General Hospital were received in each of the last five years. 
1. Morecambe Bay NHS Trust contains Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Westmorland General Hospital, Furness General Hospital and Queen Victoria Hospital.
2. Data as at 1 April to 31 March.
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To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1086W, on Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza, (1) if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agendas for the (i) induction meeting on 4 March 2008 and (ii) meeting on 4 April 2008 and (b) the minutes of the induction
meeting of 4 March 2008; and if he will make a statement; [R] 
(2) if he will place in the Library copies of the Scientific Advisory Sub-group on Modellings minutes of its meetings of (a) 15 January 2007, (b) 29 March 2007, (c) 6 June 2007 and (d) 19 October 2007; and if he will make a statement. [R] 
Dawn Primarolo: The Scientific Advisory Group on Pandemic Influenza was reviewed in 2007 and has been replaced by the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Committee (SPI). The induction meeting on 4 March 2008 for SPI was informal to provide members with background information related to the pandemic influenza preparedness programme. No notes of the meeting were taken.
The agenda for the SPI induction, and its first meeting on 4 March 2008, have been placed in the Library. The agreed minutes of the SPI meeting will also be placed in the Library once they are available.
As a working group, the scientific sub-group on modelling does not take minutes as such, but instead updates their modelling summary based on the discussions held within the group and the conclusions reached. The latest available summary has been placed in the Library.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 40 to 49, (b) 50 to 59, (c) 60 to 69, (d) 70 to 79 and (e) 80 years and above, were diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection in each of the last five years, broken down by disease. 
Dawn Primarolo: Data by age group are only collected for selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in certain age range formats which are 35 to 44, 45 to 64 and over 65. The number of STIs diagnosed in genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics, within these age ranges broken down by infection from 2002 to 2006, the latest year for which figures are available, are shown in the following table.
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1. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are for diagnoses made in GUM clinics only. Diagnoses made in other clinical settings, such as general practice, are not recorded in the KC60 dataset.
2. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are the number of diagnoses made, not the number of patients diagnosed. Individual patients may have more than one diagnosis in a year.
3. The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.
4. Data are not yet available for 2007.
5. Aggregated data are collected in a predefined format and age group can only be presented in the above categories.
6. Data by age group are only collected for selected STIs (uncomplicated chlamydial infection, uncomplicated gonorrhoea, anogenital herpes simplexfirst attack, anogenital wartsfirst attack and primary and secondary infectious syphilis).
Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns
Dawn Primarolo: Improving young people's sexual health is a priority for the Government and is being tackled in a number of ways. These include national media campaigns highlighting the benefits of delaying first sex and highlighting the risks of sexually transmitted infections and promoting condom use for those that are sexually active. We have also introduced a national target to offer access to genito-urinary medicine clinics within 48 hours and rolled out the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. These measures will reduce the risk of undiagnosed infection being transmitted to others.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of banning the display of cigarettes in shops on smoking levels among (a) adults and (b) children. 
Dawn Primarolo: In the Cancer Reform Strategy published in December 2007, the Department has undertaken to consult on the next steps in tobacco control later this year. We will consider evidence on the issue during the consultation. However, a preliminary assessment of the published evidence from jurisdictions including Canada, Australia and New Zealand suggests that in-store advertising of tobacco, including point-of-sale displays, has an impact on children and young peoples attitudes to smoking.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what additional money allocated to social care from the NHS budget in Budget 2008 will be spent on in each year, broken down by budget; 
(2) how much of the (a) £166 million in 2008-09, (b) £236 million in 2009-10 and (c) £230 million in 2010-11 to be transferred from the NHS England's resource DEL to the Department of Health's resource DEL is as a result of the transfer of functions from the NHS to social care; and how much has been transferred from the NHS to other Government departments in each year. 
Mr. Bradshaw: £30 million (4 per cent.) only of the reported £692 million does not relate to transfer of functions from the national health service to social care. The £30 million that is not a transfer to social care comprises:
£20 million for a Ministry of Justice Transfer into NHS funds for Healthcare Escorts and Bed Watches that was assumed in NHS Baseline but not yet actioned on HM Treasury Database.
£10 million of small machinery of government type changes the largest being a £3.85 million transfer to cover Spanish pensions liabilities.
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