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To inform the UK Air Quality Strategy (2007), COMEAP estimated that the average loss of life expectancy would be around seven to eight months in 2005. With the implementation of measures outlined in the Strategy, this is predicted to drop to around 5.5 months in 2020. As with any average, the loss of life expectancy will be greater than this for some people and less than this for others.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned or assessed on the levels of (a) PM10, (b) PM2.5, (c) ozone, (d) nitrogen dioxide and (e) nitrogen oxide in the atmosphere; and if he will make a statement. 
The effects of particles, S02 and ozone have all been quantified and valued as part of the UK Air Quality Strategy review in 2007, using recommendations by the Department's Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP).
The health effects considered include both short-term effects (daily deaths, respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions) and long-term effects. There is, however, still considerable uncertainty surrounding the precise scale and mechanisms linking air quality and health, especially for the long-term effects on life expectancy.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding the National Cancer Research Institute provided for (a) brain tumour and (b) leukaemia related research in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; 
Dawn Primarolo: The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a membership organisation that brings together the major funders of cancer research in government, the voluntary sector and industry along with cancer patient representatives to ensure a national strategic approach to cancer research. The NCRI does not itself fund or manage research.
The NCRI publishes an analysis of the national cancer research portfolio that includes details of expenditure by its partner organisations on research into individual tumour sites. The analysis is available on-line at:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many diagnosed cases of malignant neoplasm of the breast there were in (a) Essex and (b) England in each of the last five years. I am replying in her absence. (250034)
The most recent available figures for newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer are for the year 2006. Figures for the years 2002 to 2006 are in the table below.
|Table 1: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer( 1) , Essex and England, 2002 - 06|
|(1)Breast cancer is coded to C50 in the International Classification of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10)|
Office for National Statistics
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding the National Cancer Research Network has provided for paediatric oncology in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this support has been spent on projects relating to (a) brain tumours and (b) leukaemia treatment and care. 
Dawn Primarolo: The National Cancer Research Network (NCRN) forms part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) clinical research network. It supports high quality research studies funded by the NIHR and its research partners through the provision of the necessary health service infrastructure.
The NCRNs specialised research network on paediatric oncology, led by the UK Childrens Cancer and Leukaemia Group, receives dedicated funding from the NCRI. The amounts allocated over the last four years have been:
Ann Keen: Proposals for the statutory regulation of clinical physiologists will be resolved as part of a separate consultation, as outlined in The Future of the Healthcare Science Workforce Modernising Scientific Careers: The Next Steps: A Consultation published in November 2008. A copy of the consultation has already been placed in the Library.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 December 2008, Official Report, column 444W, how much the second homes allowance for David Nicholson and Bill Kirkup were; where the second homes are; and for what reasons they are eligible for the allowance. 
Departmental policy allows for individuals to claim Second Home Allowance if they are expected to work away from their permanent workplace for long periods and if the temporary workplace is not within daily travelling distance from their home.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) food and (b) drinks suppliers have been used by his Department in each of the last three years; and how much his Department paid to each such supplier in each of those years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Provision of food and drink for the Department's catering needs in London is provided under contract by Quadrant Catering Limited. The Department's catering needs in Leeds is provided by Eurest Services.
The Department has a contract with Quadrant Catering Limited to supply restaurant and hospitality services to four buildings in London, (Richmond house, Skipton house, Wellington house and New King's Beam house.) Eurest provide catering services to the Department's offices in Quarry house (Leeds) under arrangements through the Department of Work and Pensions.
The Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority at Market Towers ((MHRA)London) has a contract with Bartlett Mitchell to supply a restaurant service which is subsidised by MHRA. The amount is £72,000 per year. This figure is not directly attributed to food and drink and includes the running costs of the restaurant.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 14 July 2008, Official Report, column 193W, on departmental personnel, how many staff without posts there are in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies; how many of the staff without posts were classified as such upon return from maternity leave; and how many of the staff without posts have been classified as such for at least (i) six and (ii) 12 months. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The table presents an analysis of staff without posts in the core Department classified by period of time in that situation and by grade. No one has been displaced for a period of over 12 months
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