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Ann Keen: The Department has established an Organ Donation Taskforce Programme Delivery Board, chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of the national health service to oversee implementation of the recommendations.
NHS Blood and Transplant, which is represented on the Delivery Board, is leading on work to develop a network of donor transplant co-ordinators and has an agreed strategy in place for the establishment of four teams in 2008-09. The remainder, likely to be a further eight teams, will be established in 2009-10.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the conception rate among people aged (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years was in each of the last five years, broken down by region. 
Conception rate for girls aged (a) under 18 and (b) under 16 years by Government Office Region (GOR), England and Wales, 2002 to 2006 (the most recent year for which figures are available) are shown in the following table. Figures for 2006 are provisional.
|(a) Conception rate for girls aged under 18 by Government Office Region (GOR). 2002-2006|
1. Figures for 2006 are provisional.
2. Rates are per 1,000 females aged 15-17.
|(b) Conception rate for girls aged under 16 by Government Office Region (GOR). 2002-2006.|
1. Figures for 2006 are provisional.
2. Rates are per 1,000 females aged 13-15.
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the requested format. However, the following table contains data for the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in County Durham Primary Care Trust (PCT) area. This information is extracted from the Quality and Outcomes Framework for 2006-07 data tables showing prevalence in PCT areas. The information can be found on the Information Centre for health and social care website at:
|County Durham PCT|
Definition of prevalence
Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) prevalence information for 2006-07 is based on the 8,372 practices that were in the QOF achievement dataset.
For 17 of the 19 areas of the clinical domain, the Quality Management and Analysis System (QMAS) captures the number of patients on the clinical register for each practice. (The other two clinical areas, depression and smoking indicators, are based on subsets of other clinical registers.) The number of patients on the clinical registers can be used to calculate measures of disease prevalence, expressing the number of patients on each register as a percentage of the number of patients on practices lists.
Raw prevalence for each clinical area is defined as a percentage of patients on a practice list:
Raw prevalence = (number on clinical register/number on practice list) x 100
It is important to emphasise that QOF registers do not necessarily equate to prevalence, as defined by epidemiologists. For example, prevalence figures based on QOF registers (eg obesity) may differ from prevalence figures from other sources because of coding or definitional issues. QOF registers are constructed to underpin indicators on quality of care. QMAS only uses Read codes that are common to all three versions. It is difficult to interpret year-on-year changes in the size of QOF registers. For example, a gradual rise in QOF prevalence could be due partly to epidemiological factors (such as an ageing population) or due partly to increased case finding.
Dawn Primarolo: Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department's 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 number concerned with spina bifida, are available on the archived national research register at
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