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Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from airport operators on threats to public order arising from overcrowding or delays in processing passengers. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted entry into the United Kingdom on a working holiday visa have (a) lost their immigration status and (b) had to
return to their country of origin in order to reapply for entry into the UK since the introduction of the points-based system. 
Mr. Byrne: The working holidaymaker scheme (WHS) will be abolished later this year when the new Youth Mobility Scheme under the Points-Based System (PBS) is launched. All those who have valid working holiday visas granted before the abolition of the scheme will not lose their working holidaymaker status, and will be able to complete their working holiday.
Working holidaymakers will remain able to switch in country into the Innovator or Businesspersons categories until those categories are closed down at the end of the summer, and those eligible under the current immigration rules to switch into employment in shortage occupations will be able to do so until the work permits provisions are closed down in the autumn. Since under the PBS it will not be possible to switch from Tier 5: youth mobility into Tier 1: highly skilled migrants, we announced, in anticipation of that, there would be no switching from the WHS into Tier 1 in our Statement of Intent, published on 5 December 2007. Working holidaymakers who wish to work in the UK as highly skilled migrants therefore need to return to their home country to apply for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) before it is closes at the end of the summer, or for Tier 1 (General) once HSMP has been closed. There are no figures available for how many working holidaymaker have returned home to apply for HSMP entry clearances.
| Source: Annual Entry Clearance Statistics, UKBA Visa Services website.|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on abortion, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a copy of his Departments file CPO 2/29 David Amesss Abortion (Amendment) Bill; how many parts the file consists of; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The answer of 30 April 2008 was based on the cost of providing both sets of requested files. The cost of providing a copy of file CPO 2/29 does not incur disproportionate cost. Copies of the file have now been placed in the Library. The file consists of one volume only and the majority of the contents have been withheld. The individual reasons for this are stated within the copy of the file.
Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not held centrally. The purchasing of ambulances is a matter for national health service ambulance trusts to manage in order to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how each ambulance service performed against targets for (a) category A eight-minute response, (b) category A 19-minute response and (c) category B 19 minute response in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The ambulance response time data that is collected, and which includes performance against targets for category A eight-minute and 19- minute responses, and category B 19-minute responses is published annually in the KA34 statistical bulletin. Ambulance response time data for 2007-08 is planned for publication by the Information Centre for health and social care in June 2008.
The latest KA34 statistical bulletin, Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07 was published in June 2007 and copies are available in the Library and on the Information Centre for health and social cares website at:
Dawn Primarolo: The Department is conducting a review, including a dialogue with stakeholders, to examine current United Kingdom practice on the collection and use of umbilical cord blood and to compare this practice with other countries. This analysis will be used to inform future policy on cord blood.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, (d) Colchester Hospital and (e) Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in each of the last three years. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, (d) Colchester Hospital and (e) Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in each of the last three years. (205401)
It is not possible for ONS to calculate mortality rates for specific conditions for individual hospitals, as there are no readily available data for the denominator populations.
Analyses of mortality rates for specific cancers, including cancer of the brain, and cancer of the lip, oral cavity and pharynx, are undertaken annually by ONS and are reported for England and Wales as a whole. The latest figures currently available are for the year 2006.(l)
(1) Death rates per million population for England and Wales, by selected underlying cause, sex and age group are available from the following link:
Data for 2004-2006 are available in the following volumes and tables:
2004: DH2 no. 31, table 4
2005: DH2 no. 32, table 4
2006: Mortality Statistics: Deaths registered in 2006, table 8
|Departmental expenditure on cancer surgery research|
Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Departments total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time, including a substantial number concerned with surgical treatment of cancer, are available on the archived national research register at:
The Medical Research Council (MRC), one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government support medical and clinical research, are currently funding a broad portfolio of cancer research that includes early stage trials and basic and underpinning research. Most of the MRC-funded cancer trials relate to combination therapies, although the MRC does support a small number of trials where surgery is a critical element of the intervention.
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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.
The Act came into force on 1 January 2005. The following table sets out, for 2005 and 2006, figures for the Department drawn from the statistical reports listed. The figures shown for 2007 are drawn from statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) for each quarter in 2007.
|Resolvable Requests( 1)|
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|(1 )Resolvable requests are all those where it would have been possible to provide a substantive response. They exclude requests which are lapsed or on-hold, where the information was not held, and where it was necessary to provide advice and assistance to the requester, since in each of these cases it would not have been possible to resolve the request in the form it was asked.|
The MOJ publishes quarterly and annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 (Freedom of Information Annual Report 2005: Operation of the FOI Act in Central Government) and 2006 (Freedom of Information Act 2000: Second Annual report on the operation of the FOI Act in Central Government 2006). These reports are available in the Library and can be found at:
The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website at:
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