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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: For the purposes of the "NHS Cancer Plan" and "The NHS Cancer PlanMaking Progress" a voluntary organisation is a body which is not a public or local authority whose activities are carried out not for profit.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many heart operations were carried out in England and Wales in each of the last five years, broken down by major categories of heart operation; and what comparative figures he has collated for other OECD countries. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The number of heart operations carried out in the national health service in England during the last five years rose by 30 per cent. The figures are as follows.
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Figures from other Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development countries are not available on a comparable basis. Information about heart operations undertaken in Wales is the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investigation he has made into carcases being imported into the UK with spinal cords still in place; how many of these came from countries (a) with and (b) without records of BSE infection; and if he will make a statement. 
On each occasion where consignments of imported carcase meat have been found with remnants of spinal cord still attached, the matter has been vigorously pursued with the chief veterinary officer of the European Union member state of origin, and with the European Commission. Where the incident has revealed a systematic problem, the FSA has pressed for firm action at the exporting plant. In eight cases, this has led to plant licences being suspended or certain operations halted until the authorities have been satisfied that the problems have been rectified.
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|Exporting country||consignments where spinal cord found by UK veterinary inspectors(52)||reported BSE cases (2001)|
(52) 1 January 2001 to 26 February 2002
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 28 February 2002]: The table shows schemes with a capital value of £20 million or greater which are currently developing Outline Business Cases (OBCs) with the intention of going on to tender under the Private Finance Initiative. Information is not collected centrally on schemes below £20 million, which do not have approved OBCs.
|DOH regional office||Scheme name||Value (£ million)|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Bradford||116|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Wakefield||164|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Hull||39|
|North West||St. Helens||211|
|North West||Tameside and Glossop||41|
|South East||East Kent||102|
|South East||Tunbridge Wells||175|
|West Midlands||North Staffs||224|
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In the period from 1 March 2001 to 28 February 2002, NOF funded a number of health related projects. Approximately £90 million was spent on 115 healthy living centres; £39.75 million was spent on projects to help in the treatment of coronary heart disease and cancer, including funding for 27 cardiac angiography machines and 16 MRI scanners. Finally, £1.4 million was provided to fund multi-viewers to view breast screening X-rays.
The proposed congestion charging scheme for central London is a matter for the Mayor of London. In his statement of 26 February he explained his reasons for deciding to proceed with the scheme and his position on exemptions, including those for essential workers. Copies of the statement have been placed in the Libraries of the House.
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|Calendar Year||Fathers in professional occupations (SC I)||Fathers in unskilled occupations (SC V)|
(53) Children were classified as deaths occurring to persons aged 0 to 15.
(54) Defined as deaths where the underlying cause indicated that a pedestrian was involved in a land transport accident. Deaths from land transport accidents were defined using codes E800-E829 from the International Classification of Diseases Ninth Revision.
(55) Registrar General's Social Class based on occupation. Father's Social Class is used for children under 16.
(56) Data are for occurrences of death per calendar year.
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