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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what his estimate is of the proportion of fish procured by the public sector which has stewardship council certification; 
Huw Irranca-Davies: Data from the 2007-08 financial year as reported in the publication 'Proportion of domestically produced food used by Government Departments and also supplied to hospitals and prisons under contracts negotiated by NHS Supply Chain and National Offender Management Service (previously HM Prison Service)' show that of the 18 Departments for which we have information, five source 100 per cent. of fish from managed sources and a further seven source 70 per cent. or more of their fish from managed sources. The average of the figures provided is 70 per cent.. A 'managed source' is defined here as managed and harvested in ways that do not lead to over-fishing or depletion of exploited populations, e.g. are covered under standards and schemes such as organic certification and Marine Stewardship Council.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what minimum standards and size of caging his Department has set for parrots under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: There are no minimum cage sizes for parrots under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. Under the Act owners must provide for the welfare needs of their animals and this includes a suitable environment.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) coverage and (b) consistency of its long-term monitoring of the marine environment. 
Huw Irranca-Davies: In response to the recommendations from 'Charting Progress', the Government's State of the Seas Report published in 2005, the UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS) was created. The UKMMAS is comprises of approximately 250 stakeholders from more than 20 organisations, including Government Departments and devolved Administrations, and has developed a co-ordinated approach to marine monitoring across the UK as a whole.
UKMMAS co-ordinates and brings together data, including that of long-term monitoring, from a large variety of sources. It is currently involved in producing 'Charting Progress 2'-the second integrated
assessment of the state of UK seas, which is internationally peer-reviewed. This is scheduled for publication in July 2010.
DEFRA also funds a number of research projects and data initiatives, some of which have helped continue important data series so that we can make assessments of marine trends over time and monitor progress. One such project, funded since 2002, is the Marine Environmental Change Network (MECN). The network consists of UK and Isle of Man organisations working together to collect long-term time series information for marine waters. It also brings together scientists working on various components of marine ecosystems, enabling them to share data and carry out more robust analysis of trends. One of the project aims is to be able to analyse marine environmental change over long periods and determine what is being driven by humans (anthropogenic change) and what change is due to natural variation.
The Government have recently published the first UK Marine Science Strategy, produced by the Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC). The strategy recognises the key importance of sustained observations to marine science and includes a commitment by the Committee to work with others to develop a prioritisation framework to ensure the provision of secure, long-term data sets. This action is being taken forward by the MSCC's Long-Term Monitoring Working Group.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the average salary in (i) his Department and (ii) the executive agencies is of (A) full-time disabled staff, (B) full-time non-disabled staff, (C) part-time disabled staff and (D) part-time non-disabled staff. 
The following table gives details the average basic salary costs for all general service staff in the NIO. Staff are paid in line with the pay scale for each grade irrespective of whether or not they have a disability. All staff who work reduced hours receive a pro-rata amount based on hours worked.
|Grade||Northern Ireland civil servants||Home civil servants|
17. Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time was for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient NHS treatment (i) in 2005 and (ii) on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The median waiting time for in-patient admissions was 8.5 weeks in March 2005, and 4.9 weeks in December 2009, which is the latest date for which figures are available. The median waiting time for first out-patient appointment in March 2005 was 4.8 weeks, and 3.4 weeks in December 2009.
18. Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which primary care trusts use funding provided to them for respite care for carers. 
Phil Hope: The Department of Health does not determine how PCTs spend their money. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to decide their priorities for investment locally, taking into account their local circumstances and priorities as set out in the NHS Operating Framework.
However, the Department's Directors of NHS Performance and Adult Social Care Performance recently wrote to Strategic Health Authority Directors of Performance asking them to identify those PCTs that have agreed with their local authority to prioritise carers' support for the current year and those that are likely to prioritise it for the next year. The information will help ensure we have a rounded picture when considering the priority afforded carers in future planning rounds. I am placing a copy of the letter in the Library in the House.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: There is no target for the balance between public or private provision of NHS services. The balance must be driven by the best interests of patients and citizens. The NHS is the preferred provider, but we recognise the important contribution of the independent and third sectors where they can add capacity, drive up quality, increase patient choice and enable innovation.
20. Michael Fabricant: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of the pricing of alcoholic drinks on the level of alcohol abuse; and if he will make a statement. 
21. Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether registration of products manufactured by the Health Protection Agency at the Centre for Emergency Preparedness and Response at Porton Down is tied to the site of manufacture. 
Gillian Merron: The address of the registration holder for a medicinal product licence and the address for the site of manufacture can be, and often are, different. Either address can be changed using the formal process of a variation submission to the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the Department's medicines agency.
22. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the introduction of first aid training as part of the national curriculum. 
Under the current non-statutory provisions, at key stages 1 and 2 children learn about some basic aspects of first aid; the programme of study for PSHE at key
stage 3 includes ways of recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations; at key stage 4 it includes how to use basic and emergency first aid. It is for schools to retain flexibility over how topics included within PSHE should be delivered to meet the needs of their pupils.
Ann Keen: We have developed a number of important systems to improve the standard of nursing care in hospitals including the introduction of senior clinical roles such as modern matrons and nurse consultants. These are having a real impact, as patient surveys continue to demonstrate.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The table provides the number of prescription items dispensed in the community, in England, overall, together with the number for asthma drugs and the percentage this represents of overall drugs dispensed.
|Number of prescription items dispensed in the community, in England, for drugs used to treat asthma, as defined in the British National Formulary (BNF)|
|Calendar year||Number of items dispensed overall (thousand)||Number of items of asthma drugs (thousand)||Percentage of total items dispensed used to treat asthma (percentage)|
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system
Asthma drugs are defined as those listed within BNF sections 3.1.1 Adrenoceptor agonists, 3.1.2 Antimuscarinic bronchodilators, 3.1.3 Theophylline, 3.2 Corticosteroids, 3.3.1 Cromoglicate and related therapy, 3.3.2 Leukotriene receptor antagonists and 3.4.2 Allergen Immunotherapy. Some of these medicines are also indicated for conditions other than asthma.
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