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Good Health (Jarrow)

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures he is introducing to encourage healthy eating and exercise and to promote good health in the Jarrow constituency. [148746]

Yvette Cooper: Parts of the Jarrow constituency have been classed as an area for special action within the Tyne and Wear Health Action Zone (HAZ). The HAZ co-ordinates a positive health campaign within the constituency which tackles areas such as smoking cessation, healthy eating, health promotion, accident prevention and physical activity.

Examples of projects within the Positive Health Campaign include the Jarrow Festival smoking cessation project; positive health campaigns at St Aloysius and Greenfields Schools; an aromatherapy project at the PHAB Club; Fitness Up North; a rehabilitation service at the Charles Palmer Centre, Palmer Community Hospital;

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an older persons information and advice centre; a mobile chip pan fire demonstration unit; a weekend contraception service and the appointment of education for health and healthnet workers.

In addition to the above, the South Tyneside Health Care NHS Trust's Palmer Hospital is affiliated to the World Health Authority's health promoting hospital initiative and is involved in the provision of health related information for patients. The Community Learning Centre project uses the district hospital site as a computer and training access point for the South Tyneside College. The Food Education and Action in South Tyneside partnership with the local authority aims to revive the place of healthy eating among young people. Smoking cessation initiatives include specialist clinics and "smokefree schools awards". Finally, the trust gives seminars to local employers on health issues such as developing policies on stress, smoking and alcohol.

HIV

Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines exist for the provision of post-exposure prophylaxis with anti-HIV drugs following potential sexual exposure to HIV. [148671]

Yvette Cooper: The United Kingdom's Chief Medical Officers' Expert Advisory Group on AIDS published updated guidance on HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis in July 2000. This includes advice on non-occupational (including sexual) exposure. Copies of this guidance are available in the Library and on the Department of Health website at: www.doh.gov.uk/eaga.

Teenage Pregnancy

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the relationship between levels of support for parents of young children and levels of teenage pregnancy. [148666]

Yvette Cooper: Development of the cross- departmental teenage pregnancy strategy drew on a full analysis of United Kingdom and international research in the area. There is no direct evidence to suggest any relationship between levels of teenage conceptions and material or financial support for teenage parents. Research does, however, suggest that support offered by a young woman's parents may impact on her decision whether to continue with a pregnancy. Further information on this will become available as the impact of the strategy is evaluated.

Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has assessed on the nature of the connection between levels of financial or other service support for parents of young children and levels of teenage pregnancy (a) in the UK and (b) in other European countries. [148665]

Yvette Cooper: Development of the cross- departmental teenage pregnancy strategy drew on a full analysis of United Kingdom and international research in this area. Research conducted to inform the Social Exclusion Unit's report on teenage pregnancy found little relationship between a country's allocation of its funds to family related benefits and teenage birth rates. Research in the UK does, however, suggest that support offered by a young woman's parents may impact on her

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decision whether to continue with a pregnancy. Further information on this will become available as the impact of the strategy is evaluated.

Hospital Developments

Miss Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital developments were started in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000. [149131]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is shown in the table. Since May 1997, 38 major hospital building projects worth over £3.9 billion have been approved to proceed. Of these, 24 schemes had signed final contracts and started construction by the end of 2000.

Major hospital developments given approval to proceed Started construction
1997194
1998139
199967
2000--4
Total3824

North Cumbria Health Authority

Dr. Jack Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the impact of his Department's financial

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allocation has been on the budget of the North Cumbria health authority in real terms in each year since 1997; and what his estimate is of the impact in 2001-02 on the basis of his proposals in the pre-Budget report. [149297]

Mr. Denham: North Cumbria health authority will have received additional funding in excess of £57 million from 1997-98 to 2001-02. This equates to nearly £35 million extra in real terms. A yearly breakdown is shown in the table.

Cash increase £ millionPercentageReal terms increase £ millionPercentage
1997-985.6094.022.7671.99
1998-996.5124.712.6391.91
1999-200012.6326.787.7884.18
2000-0113.8226.928.6114.31
2001-0218.6978.6612.9746.01

Polio

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the specialist units dealing with the late effects of polio and their location. [149101]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 6 February 2001]: The information requested is not held centrally, but the Lincolnshire Post-polio Network website states that 10 clinics deal with the late effects of polio. These are shown in the table.

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Clinic
City Hospital Birmingham NHS TrustDepartment of Neurology
South Buckinghamshire NHS TrustDepartment of Neurology
Papworth Hospital, CambridgeRespiratory Support and Sleep Centre
Havering Hospitals NHS TrustEssex Centre for Neurological Sciences, Department of Neurology
The Glenfield Hospital NHS Trust, LeicesterDepartment of Respiratory and Thoracic Surgery
St. Thomas' Hospital, LondonLANE-FOX UNIT
The Royal Victoria Infirmary and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS TrustDepartment of Neurology
Queens Medical Centre University Hospital NottinghamNeurosciences Directorate
Hope Hospital, SalfordDepartment of Neurophysiology
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS TrustDepartment of Neurophysiology

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Nurse/patient Ratios

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average qualified nurse to patient ratio was in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. [149351]

Mr. Denham: The data requested are not collected centrally.

Dental Charges

Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of dental treatment provided to people aged 60 and over required patients to pay (a) under £100, (b) £100 to £199, (c) £200 to £299 and (d) £300 or over in the last year for which figures are available. [149328]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 7 February 2001]: For people aged 60 years and over paying full patient charges up to the maximum limit for dental treatment in the General Dental Services, the number of courses of treatment with patient charges of (a) under £100 (b) £100 to £199 (c) £200 to £299 and (d) £300 or more is shown in the table for England in 1999-2000.

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General Dental Service: Number of courses of treatment by patient charge for patients aged 60 and over

Thousand
Patient charge Number of courses of treatment
Under £1004,777.7
£100 to £199187.9
£200 to £29913.4
£300 or more8.0

NHS Psychiatric Counsellors

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting times have been over the last year to see an NHS psychiatric counsellor in (a) London, (b) Surrey and (c) Devon. [149610]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is not available centrally.

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