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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to publish the responses made to his Department's consultation on the Future of Tobacco Control; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average waiting time between a patient being accepted for NHS gender reassignment surgery and completion of the operation was in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(3) how many people have unsuccessfully applied for NHS gender reassignment surgery in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years. 
Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of tuberculosis cases notified in England were of (a) homeless persons, (b) problem drug-users and (c) prisoners in the last 12 months; and what proportion of such people in each category received directly-observed therapy from the start of their treatment in that period. 
Dawn Primarolo: No data are collected on these risk factors, nor on the proportion of people receiving directly observed therapy. The Health Protection Agency has recently redeveloped its surveillance system to collect this information about risk factors and whether patients started on treatment are under direct observation, and the new system is currently being rolled out nationally.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of tuberculosis have been recorded in (a) Gravesham, (b) Kent and (c) England in each quarter of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
1. Cases in Gravesham and Kent were determined on the basis of local authority (of patient's residence).
2. Data for Gravesham are for Gravesham local authority; data for Kent comprise: Medway, Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Mailing, and Tunbridge Wells local authorities.
3. We have not provided data by quarter because the case numbers per quarter would be very small and would have to be suppressed due to the risk of deductive disclosure. Local authority information is not yet available for 2007.
Enhanced Tuberculosis Surveillance, Health Protection Agency
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the guideline thresholds for vitamin B12 levels set by his Department and the World Health Organisation differ; and if he will make a statement. 
In 1991, the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy (COMA) set the Reference Nutrient Intake (the amount of a nutrient which meets the needs of almost all individuals) for vitamin B12 at 1.5 micrograms vitamin B12 per day for UK adult men and women.
In 2004, the World Health Organisation (WHO) revised its recommended nutrient intakes for vitamin B12 upwards, from 1.0 microgram per day (set in 1988) to 2.4 micrograms per day for adults. The WHO recommendation appears to be largely based on the USA Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Dietary Reference Intakes for vitamin B12 published in 2000. The Institute of Occupational Medicine recommendation was based on a review of evidence some of which was not available to COMA in 1991.
The most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey (NDNS) of adults aged 19-64 years reported mean daily vitamin B12 intakes exceed both COMA and WHO recommendations at 6.8 micrograms and 5.1 micrograms for men and women respectively.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assets of his Department are planned to be sold in each financial year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; what the (a) description and (b) book value of each such asset is; what the expected revenue from each such sale is; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members/Peers correspondence. Information relating to 2008 will be published as soon as it has been collated. The report for 2007 was published on 20 March 2008, Official Report, columns 71-74WS. Reports for earlier years are available in the Library of the House. When responding to all correspondence, the Wales Office abides by the guidance set out in Handling correspondence from MPs, Lords, MEPs and Members of Devolved Assemblies which was published by the Cabinet Office in July 2005.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of contractors and suppliers to his Department has reported compliance with the Government's security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Wales Office does not directly use external suppliers or contractors to carry out its responsibilities. The Wales Office is provided with its IT and support services by the Ministry of Justice, who place an obligation on all of their contractors to provide IT and data management systems that meet Government security standards.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many contracts his Department has which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract is held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; and what grade the person holds within the Department. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The responsibility of Senior Information Risk Owner was transferred to the newly-created post of Head of Corporate Services in November. The postholder is a member of the Department's Management Board.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what IT projects his Department is undertaking; and what the most recent estimate of (a) the cost and (b) the completion date of each is. 
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department work to assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: It is not appropriate to disclose pension information for civil servants other than board members, whose details are shown in the remuneration report in annual resource accounts for the Ministry of Justice.
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