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Orthopaedic Operations

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of patients who see an orthopaedic surgeon went on to have an operation in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [23126]

Jacqui Smith: Patients who attend national health service trauma and orthopaedic out-patient clinics are treated in a range of ways, such as non-surgical treatment, physiotherapy, drug treatment and receive advice on lifestyle changes. A significant number of these patients will not need hospital admission. In 2000–01 there were:

Mrs. Vyan Gresty

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the care of Mrs. Vyan Gresty by Harrow and Hillingdon Healthcare Trust. [23042]

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Mr. Hutton: We are not aware of any representations relating to the care of this patient.

Lou Gehrig's Disease

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the United Kingdom by nation and region, are diagnosed as having Lou Gehrig's disease; and what percentage of these are veterans of the Gulf War in the last year for which figures are available. [23207]

Jacqui Smith: Lou Gehrig's disease is classified as motor neurone disease (MND) in this country and there are between 5,000 and 6,000 sufferers of MND in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, the annual incidence of MND is estimated to be 1.5 new cases per 100,000 people. To date, the Ministry of Defence is aware of five veterans of the 1990–91 Gulf conflict who have been diagnosed with motor neurone disease, one of whom died in 1992. The table shows the hospital admission figures for motor neurone disease in 2000–01.

Admissions for motor neurone disease by region of residence,
NHS hospitals, England 2000–01

Regional office
Northern and Yorkshire396
West Midlands169
North West320
South East359
South West259
England (NOS)1
Not known4

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the membership of (a) the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition and (b) its sub groups. [23882]

Yvette Cooper: Membership of the committee, its subgroups and working groups, is shown in the table. Papers relating to the committee and its groups are available through the committee's website

Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN)

Main committee members
Professor Alan JacksonProfessor of Human Nutrition, Southampton University
Professor Peter Aggett (OBE)Head of School, Lancashire Postgraduate School of Medicine and Health, Professor of Child Health and Nutrition, University of Lancashire
Professor Annie AndersonResearch Professor of Food Choice at the Centre for Public Health Nutrition Research, University of Dundee
Professor Sheila BinghamDeputy Director of the Medical Research Council's Dunn Human Nutrition Unit, Cambridge
Professor John CummingsClinical Scientist at Department of Molecular and Cellular Pathology, University of Dundee
Ms Gillian FineCompany Nutritionist at Sainsbury's Supermarkets Ltd.
Ms Paulette JonesSenior Mentoring Development Officer, Divert Trust, London
Dr. Tim KeyReader in Epidemiology at the University of Oxford, works at ICRF Cancer Epidemiology Unit in the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford
Professor Peter KopelmannProfessor of Clinical Medicine, Assistant Warden (Education), Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of London
Dr. Ann PrenticeDirector, MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge
Professor Andrew Rugg-GunnUniversity Clinical Professor, Newcastle University Dental School
Dr. Anita ThomasPractising Consultant Physician in general (internal) and geriatric medicine, Derriford hospital, Plymouth
Mrs. Stella Walsh Senior LecturerLeeds Metropolitan University, National Federation of Consumer Groups
Dr. Anthony WilliamsSenior Lecturer and Consultant in Neonatal Paediatrics, St. George's hospital, London
Professor Christine WilliamsProfessor of Human Nutrition, University of Reading
Working Group on Iron
Professor Peter AggettProfessor of Child Health and Nutrition, Head of School, Lancashire Postgraduate School of Medicine and Health. Member of SACN
Vice Chairman
Dr. Ann PrenticeDirector, MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge. Member of SACN
International Observer
Dr. Bruno de BenoistSenior Adviser, Micronutrients, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. World Health Organisation
Dr. Philip CalderFetal Origins of Adult Disease Division, University of Southampton, School of Medicine
Professor Sue Fairweather-TaitHead of Nutrition and Consumer Science Division, Institute of Food Research
Professor Sally Grantham-McGregorCentre for International Child Health, Institute of Child Health
Ms Paulette JonesSenior Mentoring Development Officer, Divert Trust. Lay Member of SACN
Dr. Tim KeyICRF Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Radcliffe Infirmary Oxford. Member of SACN
Professor Joe LunecDirector of Chemical Pathology, Leicester University
Professor Martin PippardProfessor of Haematology, University of Dundee Medical School
Professor Mark WorwoodDepartment of Haematology, University of Wales Hospital
Subgroup on Risk
Professor John Cummings (Chair)SACN Member
Professor Christine WilliamsSACN Member
Dr. Tim KeySACN Member
Subgroup on Salt
Professor Alan Jackson (Chair)SACN Member
Professor Peter AggettSACN Member
Professor Sheila BinghamSACN Member
Gill FineSACN Member

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Food Standards Agency

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what scientific evidence the Food Standards Agency based its statement on dietary salt and its effect on human health contained in its announcement on salt in bread on 29 November; and for what reason the statement was made by FSA before the salt review by the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition had been completed. [23890]

Yvette Cooper: I am advised that the statement was based on the finding of the Committee on the Medical Aspects of Food Policy, as recently endorsed by the Chief Medical Officer in his annual report for 2001, as well as the large body of scientific evidence on the issues. The statement is without prejudice to the work that the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition currently has in hand on salt.

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Health Expenditure

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate health spending per head of population by health authority for 2002. [24011]

Mr. Hutton: Health authority allocations for 2002–03 per weighted head of population for each health authority in England are shown in the table:


Health authority(17)2002–03
Barking and Havering814
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey798
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich858
Brent and Harrow843
Bury and Rochdale817
Calderdale and Kirklees809
Camden and Islington867
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly829
County Durham804
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow817
East Kent834
East Lancashire824
East London and the City794
East Riding828
East Surrey846
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove829
Gateshead and South Tyneside823
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire824
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster757
Kingston and Richmond810
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham852
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth827
Morecambe Bay851
Newcastle and North Tyneside834
North and East Devon821
North and Mid Hampshire807
North Cheshire839
North Cumbria820
North Derbyshire823
North Essex797
North Nottinghamshire814
North Staffordshire815
North West Lancashire832
North Yorkshire802
Redbridge and Waltham Forest843
Salford and Trafford839
South and West Devon830
South Cheshire830
South Derbyshire797
South Essex789
South Humber839
South Lancashire829
South Staffordshire804
Southampton and South West Hampshire807
St. Helen's and Knowsley822
West Kent817
West Pennine809
West Surrey839
West Sussex821
Wigan and Bolton799
England Total817

(17) Allocation per weighted head of population

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