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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that immunosuppressive people with a prescription for influenza vaccine have access to the vaccine; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The national policy is that seasonal influenza vaccine should be offered to all those aged six months or over in a clinical at-risk group, including immunosuppression. The responsibility for ordering seasonal influenza vaccines for the target population lies with general practitioners (GPs). GPs have a contractual responsibility to their primary care trust under the Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2006 to develop a proactive and preventative approach to offering immunisation against influenza with the aim of maximising uptake in the interest of at-risk patients.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children aged under 10 years attended hospital accident and emergency departments where the primary or secondary diagnosis was a stab wound or other injury inflicted by a sharp or pointed instrument in each health trust area in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information about the number of children aged 10 years or younger, who have been admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments where the primary or secondary diagnosis was a stab wound or other injury inflicted by a sharp or pointed instrument is not collected centrally and it is therefore not possible to specify numbers.
Dawn Primarolo: Clinical guidelines for the treatment of borreliosis, commonly known as Lyme disease, are provided to general practitioners and other physicians by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and published on the HPAs website at:
The treatment guidelines published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America in 2006(1) are included within the HPAs advice, together with published guidance for the diagnosis and treatment of neuroborreliosis(2,3).
(1) The Clinical Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Lyme Disease, Human Granulocytic Anaplasmosis and Babesiosis: Clinical Practice Guidelines by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Wormser GP, Dattwyler RJ, Shapiro ED, et al. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2006; 43: 1089-34. Available at:
(2) Halperin JJ, Logigian EL, Finkel MF, Pearl RA. Practice parameters for the diagnosis of patients with nervous system Lyme borreliosis (Lyme disease). Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. Neurology 1996 46: 619-627.
(3) Practice Parameter: Treatment of nervous system Lyme disease (an evidence-based review). Report of the Quality Standards Subcommittee of the American Academy of Neurology. E-published ahead of print on 23 May 2007. Available at:
Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department plans to provide (a) high level alerts and (b) public health advice to those resident in areas prone to high levels of radon gas. 
Dawn Primarolo: Householders and employers are able to find out the risk of a high radon gas level in a property from the radon probability maps of the United Kingdom published by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and, for England and Wales, the British Geological Survey.
It holds annual radon forums with local government, the national health service, the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and other stakeholders to publicise the radon programme, to receive feedback, and to explore any policy gaps. HPA also supports regional radon steering groups comprising groupings of local authorities in high risk areas of England and recommends testing homes in radon affected areas (that is where 1 per cent. or more of homes are estimated to be above the Action Level of 200 Bequerels/m(3)).
The basis of the Government radon programme in England for existing homes is to target the higher risk areas, where 5 per cent. or more of the houses are estimated to be above the action level. Radon testing programmes are run in partnership between HPA and local authorities, with radon tests offered free to householders in these areas. The local primary care trust and the BRE provide support and registered social landlords such as local councils and housing associations are encouraged to extend the radon testing programmes to all their properties in radon affected areas. HPA informs householders and landlords by letter of the result of the radon test and whether it is near to or exceeds the action level. If so, remediation is advised and householders are encouraged to attend special local events to discuss remediation organised jointly by the HPA, the relevant local authority and the BRE. A small number of homes in England have been found to have radon levels in excess of 10,000 Bq/m(3) (50 times the action level). HPA offers financial help and works with the local authority to remediate these homes, using advice from the BRE to help local contractors.
Devolved Administrations generally mirror English policies and contribute proportionate funds to HPA for each initiative. In particular, a similar radon programme has recently been announced by the Scottish Government, to accompany publication by the HPA of new radon maps for Scotland.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the job descriptions of his Departments Deputy Regional Directors for Social Care and Partnerships are; and who has been appointed to each such post. 
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Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to make swine influenza information distributed by the Government accessible to deaf people who use British Sign Language. 
Dawn Primarolo: A British Sign Language version of the swine flu information leaflet will be available to download from the NHS Choices and Directgov websites from Thursday 14 May and by DVD from Wednesday 20 May.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions his Department will make to ensure that deaf and hearing-impaired people have access to the same information as hearing people in respect of the National Flu Helpline. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Swine Flu Information helpline is automated. It offers recorded information but no interaction with call handlers and is not therefore accessible to deaf or hearing impaired people. However, deaf and hearing-impaired people may access the same information through websites and a British Sign Language version of the swine flu information leaflet, available from the NHS Choices and Directgov websites from Thursday 14 May and on DVD from Wednesday 20 May.
Mr. Khan: The competition for the contract to act as national partner for the Community Builders programme is still in progress. The Department is currently evaluating tenders and expects to make an announcement in June.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the contribution of the Minister for Local Government on 26 March 2009, Official Report, column 473, on council tax, what ideas were submitted to the Minister by the hon. Member for Southampton, Test (Dr. Whitehead). 
John Healey: The contents of letters from an individual Member to Communities and Local Government Ministers are treated as private; and, unless the sender specifies otherwise, are not released for public consumption.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Peterborough (Mr. Jackson) of 12 March 2009, Official Report, column 736W, on council tax: valuation, how many domestic dwellings in England were assigned the code CL26 in each year between 1997-98 and 2005-06. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what procedure her Department follows for dealing with complaints received (a) by e-mail, (b) by post, (c) by telephone and (d) via her Department's website. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what funding has been assigned to the production of video content for her Department's YouTube channel in 2009-10. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 4 February 2009, Official Report, column 1279W, on departmental procurement, what the title was of the digital mapping project; and what services that project was commissioned to provide. 
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Yorkshire and Humber.
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