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Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the likely effect on the number of GP surgeries upgraded to training practices of the £100 million in capital funding brought forward from 2010-11 to 2009-10 and 2008-09; and how much of the funding has been spent in each month since it was announced. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Our initial indications are that over 700 general practitioner practices have made bids for funding to upgrade their practices. It is too early in the programme to indicate the amount of money spent.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on (a) the adequacy of recommended safe levels of exposure to electromagnetic radiation and (b) the adequacy of guidelines for protection from such radiation established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection; 
(2) what steps the Government has taken to implement the recommendations of the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones; and what measures are in place to protect children under the age of 12 years from exposure to potentially harmful radiation from mobile telephones; 
(3) what discussions he has had in the Council of Ministers on the recommendations concerning EU member states contained in the European Parliament's
Resolution of 2 April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) what steps he is taking to (a) identify and (b) protect against the effects of mobile telecommunications radiation emissions those categories of people who have particular susceptibilities to them. 
Gillian Merron: Between 1 June 2009 and 8 July 2009 the Department received one letter and one e-mail, both from the same member of the public, that mention guidelines for exposure to electromagnetic radiation.
In 2004 the National Radiation Protection Board (NRPB) recommended adoption of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) exposure guidelines for occupational and public exposure to electromagnetic fields between zero and 300 gigahertz (GHz). The NRPB's recommendations can be found in the document "Advice on Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (0-300 GHz)" Documents of the NRPB volume 15 number 2, on the Health Protection Agency (HPA) website at:
The NRPB's scientific review underpinning their recommendations is entitled "Review of the Scientific Evidence for Limiting Exposure to Electromagnetic Fields (0-300 GHz)". Documents of the NRPB volume 15 number 3 are on the HPA website at:
The Government response to the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones (Stewart) report was reviewed in the report "Mobile Phones and Health 2004: Report by the Board of NRPB" Documents of the NRPB volume 15 number 5 which is on the Health Protection Agency (HPA) website at:
A departmental leaflet on mobile phones and health, published following the Stewart report recommendation for further public information, includes advice concerning children's use of mobile phones and can be seen on the Department's web site at:
In response to the Stewart report, the Government have supported research on exposure to radio waves in the independently managed Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR). A copy of the MTHR report of 2007 has already been placed in the Library. Information on a further phase of research is available on the MTHR website at:
The HPA report on electrical sensitivity "HPA-RPD-010-Definition, Epidemiology and Management of Electrical Sensitivity. Report for the Radiation Protection Division of the Health Protection Agency" cab be found on the HPA website at:
United Kingdom Health Ministers have not had any discussions in the Council of Ministers on the recommendations concerning European Union member states contained in the European Parliament's Resolution of 2 April 2009 on health concerns associated with electromagnetic fields.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was (a) claimed and (b) recovered from each partner nation for medical claims under the provisions of (i) form E111 and (ii) the European Health Insurance Card in each of the last five years. 
Gillian Merron: The following table shows the amounts actually claimed to date by the United Kingdom against other European economic area (EEA) member states and the actual amounts paid to date against those claims for each of the last five calendar claim years.
The amounts are combined claims for temporary visitors (via European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC), or form E111 prior to its replacement in 2005 by the EHIC), posted workers (via form E106) and referrals for treatment in other EEA countries (via form E112). Due to the nature of the claims system between member states, it is not possible to disaggregate these data consistently for all member states by either type of claim or type of treatment. The figures in the tables reflect the fact that EEA medical costs are typically submitted by member states (including the UK) one to three, and sometimes more, years in arrears.
|EEA health care cost claims: Claims under Article 93 of Regulation (EC) 1408/71: UK claims against member states|
|(1) Under European Union regulations claims are made on a calendar year basis. Totals for each calendar year are based on actual claims submitted to date.|
(2) Acceded to the European Union in 2004
(3) Acceded to the European Union in 2007
(4) Total waiver.
(5) Previous total waiver, expired on 30 June 2008.
(6) Waiver, excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) and Article 55.1c (industrial injury) claims.
(7) Waiver, excepting Article 22.1c (patient referral) claims
(8) Totals for Ireland for 2008 and previous years are estimated and subject to negotiations.
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