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Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to ensure that the European Medical Devices Directive is in accordance with the Furniture and Furnishing Regulations of 1988 with respect to flame resistance tests for furniture. 
Mr. Lammy: The Medical Devices Agency, an executive agency of the Department, has consulted the European Commission about the mechanism for requiring manufacturers of orthopaedic mattresses who place their products on the market as a medical device to also meet the national measures relating to the flammability of furniture in the United Kingdom and is waiting a response.
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the (a) Chairman of the Council of the BMA, (b) President of the Royal College of Physicians, (c) President of the Royal College of Surgeons, (d) President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, (e) President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, (f) President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and (g) President of the Royal College of Nursing. 
Mr. Lammy: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, my Ministerial colleagues and I meet regularly, formally and informally, with key stakeholders, including representatives of the medical and nursing professions and other bodies.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 991W, on NHS-funded activity, if he will share the key findings referred to. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations in the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on "The Management of Surplus Property by Trusts in the NHS in England"; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: Departmental officials are making substantial progress in implementing the recommendations contained in the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General on "The Management of Surplus Property by Trusts in the NHS in England".
Mr. Lammy: The Department maintains comprehensive guidance covering all aspects of procurement activity, including the European Union Public Procurement Directives. This information and guidance is posted on the Department's Intranet to which all its staff has access.
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In addition to written instructions, the Department's central procurement policy and advisory unit exists to instruct and provide support to anyone in the Department who may be engaged in any procurement activity. It is a specific Departmental requirement that all procurements in excess of £50,000 involve the services of a trained purchaser.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken on children with (a) repetitive strain injury, (b) text message injury and (c) long-term injuries from playing gaming consoles. 
Jacqui Smith: The main Government agency for medical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is funded via the Department of Trade and Industry. The MRC funds research into repetitive strain injury and spent £97,000 on research into this condition in 200001. The MRC is not supporting any research into children with repetitive strain injury, text message injury or long term injuries from playing gaming consoles.
His pre discharge and discharge plan was in line with the care programme approach which in general terms involves a multi-disciplinary assessment of health and social care needs, including risk assessment, and an appropriate care plan.
Jacqui Smith: It is estimated that 1,300,000 individual people benefited from National Health Service and social services community equipment services in the year ending 31 March 2001. An estimate is not available for the year ending 31 March 2000.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures his Department has put in place to ensure that members of staff at sites where automated defibrillators have been installed have been appropriately trained in the use of such equipment. 
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Ms Blears: A defibrillator advisory committee (DAC) was established at the outset of the initiative to assist the government with the implementation of the defibrillator initiative. One of its tasks was to recommend criteria for the training competencies of those individuals who may be required to use an automated external defibrillator (AEDs) at sites identified. An initial four hour training programme was agreed that covered the training outcomes of basic life support (BLS) and the use of an AED. Trainees are not certified if they fail to achieve the crucial competencies. Refresher training occurs at six monthly intervals to ensure skill and knowledge retention. All trainees who pass the course are issued with a training record card that is certified by the trainer to show they have attended a training course in BLS and the use of an AED; this is updated following the successful completion of subsequent refresher training courses.
A formal procurement process to purchase training services was undertaken to meet the training requirements of the programme's national roll-out and to ensure the appropriate training of personnel at sites identified. Training contracts were awarded under the direction of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) and in conjunction with medical and educational advisors from the resuscitation council (UK) Training contracts for five National Health Service regions were awarded to ambulance service training departments, St. John Ambulance was awarded contracts for two regions, and the British Red Cross was awarded a contract for one region.
Ms Blears: Since 1 May 2002, fifty-five automated external defibrillators (AEDs) have been installed across seventeen public sites in England. Since the launch of the first site in April 2000, 542 AEDs have been installed across eighty-two sites.
Ms Blears [holding answer 10 July 2002]: By the end of June 2002, 2914 personnel across seventy-five sites identified for the Defibrillators in Public Places Initiative had received training in basic life support and the use of an automated external defibrillator. A breakdown of training activity at each site is illustrated below:
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|5||Manchester Piccadilly Station||40|
|6||Birmingham New Street Station||30|
|7||Waterloo Station Waterloo International||51|
|9||Heathrow Terminal 4||53|
|10||Earl's Court Station||19|
|11||Heathrow Terminal 2||45|
|13||Heathrow Terminal 3||60|
|18||London Bridge Station||31|
|22||Exeter St David Station||12|
|23||Bristol Templemeads Station||19|
|27||Continental Ferry PortPortsmouth||34|
|31||Euro Tunnel, Folkestone||104|
|34||Victoria Coach Station||21|
|35||West Bromwich Bus Station||6|
|37||Luton Airport Parkway Station||23|
|38||King's Cross Station||17|
|39||Newcastle Central Station||25|
|40||Manchester Coach Station||13|
|41||Charing Cross Station||14|
|42||Leeds Bradford Airport||60|
|44||Albert Dock Company||24|
|46||East Midlands Airport||11|
|50||Liverpool Lime Street||8|
|52||Birmingham International Airport||144|
|55||Heathrow Ground ops & Fire Service||90|
|56||Heathrow Terminal 1||65|
|58||Norwich International Airport||52|
|61||Sheffield City Airport||16|
|62||London City Airport||20|
|65||Birmingham International Station||8|
|66||Birmingham Snow Hill Station||7|
|67||Bristol Parkway Station||10|
|68||Clapham Junction Station||16|
|70||Digbeth Coach Station||8|
|73||Hull Paragon Station||23|
|74||Wakefield West Gate Station||9|
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