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Plymouth Derriford NHS Trust

Mr. Burnett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Plymouth Derriford NHS Trust has spent on legal fees in (a) each of the last three financial years and (b) the financial year to date; and what steps have been taken in relation to the patients whose personal details came into the possession of Channel 4 Television. [161055]

Mr. Denham: The Department does not collect information on spending on legal services by National Health Service trusts.

The actions taken as a result of the obtaining of patient confidential information by Channel 4 Television are the responsibility of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust.

For information on these matters, the hon. Member should contact Mr. Russell Mitchell, Chairman of the trust.

Parliamentary Questions

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will provide an answer to the question from the hon. Member for the Vale of York concerning the price of inspection for small and medium-sized abattoirs, ref. 160645. [161110]

Ms Stuart: I replied to the hon. Member on 10 May.

Meningitis

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of deaths ascribed to meningitis for each of the last 10 years. [160927]

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Yvette Cooper: Data on the number of deaths attributable to meningitis for the last 10 years (1990-99) have been provided by the Office for National Statistics and are shown in the table. These figures include all causes of bacterial meningitis disease, such as haemophilus influenza type B, meningococcal, pneumococcal, and viral meningitis. It also includes deaths where the type of meningitis has not been specified. Data for deaths attributed to meningitis for 2000 are not yet available.

Number of deaths attributable to meningitis infection (all causes)

YearNumber
1990242
1991269
1992247
1993253
1994189
1995241
1996289
1997272
1998253
1999(17)209

(17) provisional


Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on proposals to inoculate foreign students studying in the UK against meningitis. [160928]

Yvette Cooper: As in line with previous years, we recommend that new first year students coming to United Kingdom universities should obtain meningococcal vaccine in their country of origin before coming to the UK or shortly after arrival.

Fasting

Mr. Stinchcombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers he has to intervene in respect of a person (a) in psychiatric hospital and (b) elsewhere who is seeking to fast to death; and what guidance he has issued to (i) health care workers, (ii) social workers and (iii) others, in respect of the exercise of such powers. [161024]

Yvette Cooper: The Secretary of State for Health has no power to intervene in respect of a person in a psychiatric hospital or elsewhere who is seeking to fast to death. The "Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment" published in March 2001 (www.doh.gov.uk/ consent) provides guidance on English law concerning consent to physical interventions that are relevant to all health care professionals. Further information concerning people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 may be found in chapters 15 and 16 of the Mental Health Act Code of Practice.

PRIME MINISTER

Correspondence

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter dated 4 April from Mrs. Frances Beatty, Regional Director of the Country Landowners Association, regarding animal welfare concerns in connection with foot and mouth disease. [159983]

The Prime Minister: [holding answer 1 May 2001]:

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The Minister for Fisheries and the Countryside wrote my hon. Friend the Member for Scunthorpe (Mr. Morley) to Mrs. Beatty on my behalf on 10 May.

St. Thomas's Hospital Pain Management Clinic

Mr. Peter Bottomley: To ask the Prime Minister what plans he has to visit St. Thomas's hospital pain management clinic in the next four weeks. [161097]

The Prime Minister: I have no plans at present to do so.

Hinduja Brothers

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list all the occasions on which he has met any of the Hinduja brothers since 1 May 1997. [161102]

The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the right hon. Member for Maidstone and the Weald (Miss Widdecombe) on 31 January 2001, Official Report, column 224W.

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if prior notification of the meeting of 4 June 1998 between the Prime Minister and S. P. Hinduja, G. P. Hinduja and Brajesh Mishra was given to the United States Administration; [161081]

The Prime Minister: I have regular exchanges on a variety of matters with Commonwealth and foreign Governments. It is established practice under successive Administrations not to disclose details of confidential discussions with such Governments, or confirm whether they have, or have not occurred.

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister (1) if (a) he or (b) his office told Sir Anthony Hammond QC of the existence of the exchanges of correspondence that had taken place between him and the Hinduja brothers since 1 May 1997; [161084]

The Prime Minister: I made it clear when I set up the independent review headed by Sir Anthony Hammond QC into the applications for naturalisation by S. P. and

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G. P. Hinduja, that all relevant information that he required would be made available to him. I also said that it was for Sir Anthony to decide how he carried out the review, what papers and files he needed to see and to whom he needed to speak.

I published Sir Anthony's report in full on 9 March which concluded that:


Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister (1) when he was first asked to agree to the meeting of 4 June 1998 with S. P. Hinduja, G. P. Hinduja and Brajesh Mishra; [161083]

The Prime Minister: As had been made clear no such meeting took place. I greeted Brajesh Mishra, the Principal Secretary to the Indian Government, who delivered a letter from the Indian Prime Minister. Mr. Mishra then had a meeting with Downing street officials. They discussed Anglo-Indian relations and regional issues.

EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Trading Standards Departments

(Test Purchasing)

Mrs. Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what his Department's policy is on the use of children of compulsory school age in undertaking test purchasing on behalf of local authority trading standards departments during school hours; and if he will make a statement. [158492]

Ms Estelle Morris: Policy on the employment of children is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health. I refer my hon. Friend to his reply on 26 April 2001, Official Report, column 330W.

Education Funding (Shrewsbury and Atcham)

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the allocations for literacy and numeracy funding for each school in Shrewsbury and Atcham; and if he will make a statement. [160514]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 9 May 2001]: The allocations for literacy and numeracy for individual schools are determined by local education authorities, and the Department does not collect such information. For 2001-02, Shropshire LEA has been allocated £619,405 for the National Literacy Strategy and £669,904 for the National Numeracy Strategy.

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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list for each school in Shrewsbury and Atcham the value of grants given directly by his Department to purchase books since 1 May 1997; and if he will make a statement. [160522]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 9 May 2001]: Local education authorities are responsible for determining the allocation of funding to individual schools for the purchase of books, and the Department does not collect such information. Under the Books for Schools grant, Shropshire LEA has received £691,728 since 1997-98.


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