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National Alcohol Strategy

Mr. Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on plans for a national alcohol strategy. [5565]

Ms Blears [holding answer 20 July 2001]: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The NHS Plan says that the Department will be implementing the national strategy to tackle alcohol misuse by 2004. The Department is on course to achieve this target and we expect to publish a consultation paper for the strategy this summer.

Transplants

Ms Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions there have been between the NSCAG and their Scottish colleagues on the new transplant centre in Glasgow. [4379]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 20 February 2002]: I apologise to my hon. Friend for the delay in responding to this question. I refer her to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

Discussions have taken place with Scotland and they are participating in the work to develop national standards for the service.

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Specific decisions on the restart of the adult heart transplant surgery service at North Glasgow University Hospital NHS Trust are however a matter for the Scottish Executive Minister for Health and Community Care.

Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospital medical staff, (b) consultants and (c) nursing and midwifery staff were employed at Hinchingbrooke hospital on (i) 31 March and (ii) in each year since 1996. [6174]

Jacqui Smith: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The information requested is shown in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): hospital medical staff, consultants and qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust as at 30 September each year
Whole-time equivalents

All hospital medical staffof which ConsultantsQualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff
199611050490
199712050510
199812050540
199913050540
200014060530
200114060490

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten.

2. Figures exclude learners and agency staff.

Source:

Department of Health non-medical workforce census

Department of Health medical and dental workforce cenus


Huntingdonshire PCT was established on 1 April 2001 and some qualified nursing and health visiting community staff have transferred from the acute hospital which accounts for the apparent fall in the 2001 whole-time equivalents figure.

Nursing Care (Financial Support)

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of eligible residents in nursing homes have been assessed for the level of need for financial support for their nursing care. [32964]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 4 February 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) on 27 February 2002, Official Report, columns 1398–99W.

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National Service Framework

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the (a) revenue and (b) capital additional funding in 2001–02 to fast-forward the National Service Framework has been (i) allocated and (ii) spent. [35492]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 February 2002]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

Announced with the national health service plan was additional funding to fast forward the national service framework. In 2001–02 £12.35 million revenue and £68 million capital was originally allocated. £4 million capital has been reallocated to 2002–03. The revised allocations for 2001–02 are therefore £12.35 million revenue and £64 million capital.

BCG Vaccination

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of vaccination coverage is among children who should have received the BCG vaccination in the last academic year. [38682]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 28 February 2002]: Information about the numbers of children receiving BCG vaccinations is contained in tables 4 and 5 of the Statistical Bulletin "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 2000–01". A copy of the bulletin is available in the Library and can also be found on the Department of Health website www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0121.htm.

Since the resumption of the schools routine BCG programme in March 2001, up to the end of January 2002, over 2.2 million more doses of vaccine have been distributed to co-ordinators around the United Kingdom compared with the previous year.

Smoking

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effect of rates of tobacco tax on levels of smoking. [40516]

Mr. Boateng: I have been asked to reply.

Research has consistently shown that the demand for cigarettes is affected by their price. So it follows that tax levels can play an important role in determining levels of overall tobacco consumption.

Asbestos

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) Eternit of Belgium and (b) Saint-Gobain SA of France concerning the provision of asbestos substitutes. [39295]

Dr. Whitehead [holding answer 1 March 2002]: I have been asked to reply.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) was in regular correspondence with Eternit UK, as a manufacturer of asbestos cement products, when it was planning legislation to prohibit the importation, supply and use of all forms of asbestos. Officials from HSE also met

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representatives from the company in February 1997, when the availability of asbestos substitute materials was discussed.

When the Health and Safety Commission consulted on draft Regulations in autumn 1998, Eternit UK commented on the proposals, giving their full support.

I am not aware of any similar contacts with Saint-Gobain.

Vaccinated Meat

David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the Government have received regarding the health implications of vaccinated meat entering the food chain. [2577]

Yvette Cooper: I apologise to the right hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to foot and mouth disease vaccines.

The foot and mouth disease vaccines for use in any vaccination programme contain inactivated foot and mouth disease virus as their active ingredient. The FSA advise that there are no appreciable health implications of eating meat from animals vaccinated with the inactivated virus and there are no chemical safety concerns for human consumers associated with the use of the vaccines in food producing animals.

National Cardiothoracic Transplant Service

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 3 July 2001, Official Report, column 149W, on the transplant service, what funds will be available to meet the costs of implementation of the Government's proposals for reorganisation of the National Cardiothoracic Transplant Service. [2840]

Ms Blears [holding answer 9 July 2001]: I apologise to the hon. Member for the delay in responding to this question. I refer him to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State gave my hon. Friend the Member for Blackpool, North and Fleetwood (Mrs. Humble) on 5 March 2002, Official Report, column 192W.

The discussion document on the National Adult Heart and Lung Transplant Scheme was issued on 21 September 2001. From 1 April 2002 the Service will be commissioned by the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group who will be responsible for managing the service within funds allocated centrally.


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