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Ms Blears: No research is currently being funded by the Government to examine the effect on health of using Quat. The advisory council on the misuse of drugs' research committee is now actively looking into commissioning research to gain an increased understanding of the risks associated with chewing Quat.
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column 608W, on recruitment, if he has written to NHS organisations with a list of unsuitable nursing agencies who persistently recruit nurses from developing countries, contrary to the code of practice; and what action he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take, against those NHS employers who have used nursing agencies who have breached the code of practice. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 10 December 2002]: The Department investigates any agency whose behaviour appears to be inconsistent with the code of practice. The agency will be investigated and given the opportunity to respond to the allegations and reconsider their practice.
(3) what criteria were used to assess the appropriate level of increase in the charges in connection with the treatment of road traffic casualties by the NHS, set out in the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment No.2 Regulations 2002; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the impact upon motor insurance premiums of the proposed charges set out in the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (No 2) Regulations 2002; 
(5) what changes in NHS income will result in 200304 from the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2002. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 16 December 2002]: Regulations to increase the tariff and cap for the recovery of national health service (NHS) costs following road traffic accidents were laid before Parliament on 11 December 2002. The regulations increase the tariff to take account of hospital and community health services (HCHS) inflation since 1997, which is the year the tariff was set. The regulations also increase the cap, as operational experience has shown
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that this was set too low when the scheme was introduced in April 1999. The increased cap would still relieve insurers of the full cost of treating those seriously injured in road traffic accidents.
The Department undertook a consultation on the proposed increases, which ran for three months between July and September 2002. Departmental officials discussed the consultation and the proposed increases with members of the insurance industry and their trade bodies.
The increased charges would increase income to NHS hospitals by around #56 million per year. However, as NHS costs are not repaid until the accident victim's compensation claim settles, which takes on average 18 months, NHS hospitals would not feel the full effect of the increases until the latter part of 2004. If this cost was spread evenly among all holders of compulsory motor vehicle insurance, then the cost of the average policy could be expected to rise by around 0.7 per cent., or around #3 per policy.
|Government Office Region||Percentage|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||28|
Note: For 2000, ONS have weighted the data to compensate for under-representation of people in some groups (for example, young men).
Source: Analysis of the ONS General Household Survey, published as 'Living in BritainResults from the 2000 General Household Survey'.