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Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the level of serum cholesterol above which the application of cholesterol-reducing measures among populations at risk of coronary heart disease is cost-effective; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of heart attacks that might be avoided by treating serum cholesterol down to (a) current quality and outcomes framework levels and (b) the suggested JBS2 target levels among at-risk populations; and if he will make a statement. 
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will commission research to establish down to what level of serum cholesterol value for money could be achieved in applying cholesterol-reducing measures among populations at risk of coronary heart disease; 
(2) what reductions in serum cholesterol in at-risk populations have been achieved in (a) spearhead primary care trusts (PCTs) and (b) other PCTs; and what the Governments target reductions are in each case; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the effect on the number of heart attacks that would arise from treating serum cholesterol down to (a) current quality outcomes framework levels and (b) the proposed target levels of the Joint British Societies guidelines on prevention of cardiovascular disease among at-risk populations; 
(4) what information his Department holds for benchmarking purposes on target serum cholesterol levels in (a) the UK, (b) other EU member states and (c) the USA; and if he will make a statement. 
In May 2008, NICE published a clinical guideline on lipid modification (managing cholesterol levels) entitled Cardiovascular risk assessment and the modification of blood lipids for the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease.
NICE guidance is developed using the best available evidence from the scientific community. When reviewing the evidence, NICE ensures that the implementation of any new guidance is cost-effective for the local NHS organisations.
In line with previous practice, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State may host a reception for journalists in December. The cost, expected to be less than last years cost of £1,079.30, would be met from the communications budget.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, column 377W, on dementia: research, what estimate his Department had initially made of (a) the number of written responses it would receive to the consultation and (b) how long it would take to assess the financial implications of the final strategy. 
Phil Hope: The Department had expected a significant response to the consultation, but no specific number of written responses was anticipated. The time taken to determine the financial implications of a strategy cannot easily be assessed in advance. This will always be dependant on any changes made to the contents following consultation.
(2) what plans his Department has put in place for the completion of a national oral health survey; when this survey is due to begin; and when he expects the findings of the survey will be reported to his Department; 
Ann Keen: Planning took longer than anticipated, but we are pleased to confirm that the Department has now commissioned the National Health Service Information Centre to let a contract for an updated Adult Dental Health Survey within an allocation of £3 million. An EU procurement exercise is underway and it is anticipated that this will be completed, and that a contract will be let, by the end of 2008. Subject to tenders, the survey fieldwork is planned to begin in 2009, with results to be published by the end of 2010.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what equality and diversity awards his Department has (a) been eligible for, (b) been shortlisted for and (c) won in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) page hits and (b) visitors his Department's website received in 2007-08. [Official Report, 10 December 2008, Vol. 485, c. 4MC.]
Mr. Bradshaw: For the period January 2007 to October 2008 there were 190,428,774 page hits to the Departments website. For the same period, there were 18,115,842 unique visitors to the Departments website.
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The Department takes the security and protection of its assets very seriously. Its policy and procedures are constantly reviewed and cases of losses or thefts are investigated. As a further deterrent, the Department
marks its portable equipment with an invisible forensic dye called Smartwater. The Department's Security Unit continues to raise security awareness and physical protection of information technology equipment among its staff.
The Department has recorded one personal data related incident in 2007-08 in its Resource Accounts published on 10 October 2008. This concerned the Medical Training Application Service website where personal details of some junior doctors were erroneously made available as a result of action taken by a third party managing data on the Department's behalf, contrary to the instructions on data handling issued to them by the Department.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent posts there have been in each of his Department's arm's length bodies in each year since 2003-04; and what the planned staffing numbers for each such body are for each year to 2010-11. 
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|(1 )Several ALBs undertake trading/income generation activities and increases in headcount reflect increases in activity.|
(2 )Several ALBs have been given additional areas of responsibility, which has resulted in additional headcount.
1. See following table.
2. The ALB Review started in 2004-05 so figures have been provided from that year onwards. Figures for 2003-04 have not been previously collected so will require a significant exercise to obtain and therefore are not available at this moment in time.
3. The planning cycle for 2009-10 and 2010-11 is currently in hand so firm figures are not yet available.
4. For 2004-05 to 2007-08 the figures stated are actuals at the end of the financial year (31 March). For 2008-09 the data shown are the planned figures for 31 March 2009.
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