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Food Supplements Directive

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the Government's response to the invitation by the European Court of Justice to comment on the case against the Food Supplements Directive and the Food Supplements (England) Regulations 2003 brought by the Health Food Manufacturers Association and the National Association of Health Stores; whether that response will explain the consequences to the specialist health food manufacturing and retailing sector, and its consumers, of the implementation of the Directive; what his objectives are in formulating the response; and if he will make a statement. [183801]


 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: It is the United Kingdom's practice not to disclose pleadings before the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Therefore, the Government does not intend to place in the Library, its observations in respect of this case.

In responding to the ECJ, the UK Government's aims are to maintain that Directive 2002/46/EC on food supplements is valid as a matter of European Commission law.

HIV (Lancashire)

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reported cases of HIV infection there are in each Lancashire constituency. [180434]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is not collected on a constituency basis but by primary care trust. The table as follows shows the latest available information.
Survey of prevalent diagnosed HIV infections (SOPHID): the number of individuals with diagnosed HIV infection resident in Cumbria and Lancashire
Strategic Health Authority 1997 to 2002
Survey yearCumbria and Lancashire
1997233
1998242
1999295
2000331
2001393
2002479

Survey of prevalent diagnosed HIV infections (SOPHID): the number of individuals with diagnosed HIV infection resident in Lancashire 2001 and 2002 by primary care trust of residence by primary care trust of residence

Survey year
PCT of residence20012002
Blackburn with Darwen PCT1730
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT2835
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT1419
Morecambe Bay PCT(41)2027
Blackpool PCT134156
Fylde PCT2120
Preston PCT5165
Wyre PCT2332
Chorley and South Ribble PCT2026
West Lancashire PCT1420
Lancashire but PCT of residence not known51
Total359431


(41)2001 figure for Morecambe Bay excludes 12 individuals who could potentially reside in either Lancashire or Cumbria.
Notes:
Year relates to year an individual attended for HIV related care or treatment in England, Wales or Northern Ireland Data includes individuals of all ages 2002 is the most recent completed survey PCT of residence has only been applied to the 2001 and 2002 surveys
SOPHID is an annual cross sectional survey established in 1995 to measure the prevalence of diagnosed HIV infection in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (E, W and NI). It collects data on all individuals who attend health services for HIV care within a calendar year.




 
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Internet Drug Sales

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with other Government departments with a view to preventing the advertising and selling of drugs via the internet that are only available in the UK with a general practitioner's prescription. [183493]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) replaced the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) on 1 April 2003.

The MHRA has run two special projects, which have sought to identify those websites offering to supply prescription only medicines (ROMs) to United Kingdom citizens.

In addition, the MCA (as was) has been involved with three initiatives involving the availability of medicines on the internet sponsored by other Government agencies and local authorities, such as the Office of Fair Trading, the Inland Revenue and trading standards departments. These initiatives identified websites which appeared to be in breach of medicines legislation. The MCA investigated the services offered by those websites and took appropriate action.

The MHRA is currently engaged in discussions with Her Majesty's Customs and Excise and the Office of Fair Trading to develop memoranda of understanding with a view to tackling the issues of advertising and
 
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supply of ROMs via the internet. In addition, the MHRA has met with the Home Office drugs branch, with whom discussions have taken place about ROMs which also fall within the Misuse of Drugs Act.

Low-Carbohydrate Sector

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Chief Medical Officer has made of the low carbohydrate sector of the food and drink industry; whether advice will be given to the public on this matter; and if he will make a statement. [183291]

Miss Melanie Johnson: There is consensus among the scientific dietetic community that a diet rich in carbohydrates is beneficial to health. Current Government healthy eating advice recommends that a third of the food we eat should be starchy foods, such as bread, breakfast cereals, potatoes, pasta and rice. These foods are important sources of fibre and certain vitamins and minerals. Government advises against dietary regimes that exclude or limit whole food groups.

NHS Beds (Manchester)

Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS beds have been available in Manchester Central in each year since 1997. [182667]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 14 July 2004]: The information requested is shown in the following table.
Average daily number of available and occupied beds by sector, Central Manchester, 1997–03

NameTotal availableYear total
2002–03Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust1,1721,172
2001–02Central Manchester & Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust1,0501,050
2000–01Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust8811,171
2000–01Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust290
1999–2000Central Manchester Healthcare NHS8431,158
1999–2000Trust Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust315
1998–99Central Manchester Healthcare8481,162
1998–99Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust314
1997–98Central Manchester Healthcare9131,234
1997–98Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust321
1996–97Central Manchester Healthcare9741,297
1996–97Manchester Children's Hospital NHS Trust323




Source:
Department of Health form KH03




NHS Continuing Care Criteria (Challenges)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of individuals challenging NHS continuing care criteria have been supported by (a) community health councils and (b) the Independent Complaints Advocacy Service since February 2003. [182711]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We do not have statistics available on the number of Community Care cases supported by Community Health Councils.

The Independent Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) data collection is based on the complaints subject headings used by the national health service to report on family health services: this does not include a specific category for continuing care. The Department is in the process of reviewing the reporting requirements for the ICAS and a category will be introduced.

NHS Medical Staff

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical staff are employed by each NHS trust in London. [182818]

Mr. Hutton: The number of medical staff employed by each national health service trust in London is shown in the table.
 
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Hospital, public health medicine and community health services (HCHS) medical and dental staff in the London region by organisation. England, as at 30 September 2003

NumberWhole time equivalents
London16,68515,019.1
of which.
5C2Barking and Dagenham PCT99.0
RF4Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust594567.4
RVLBarnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust471440.3
5A9Barnet PCT3016.4
RRPBarnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust185168.8
5AXBexley PCT107.3
5K5Brent PCT2219.8
RV3Brent, Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster Mental Health NHS Trust217202.3
RG3Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust259238.2
5A7Bromley PCT2519.4
TAFCamden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust141125.5
5K7Camden PCT8867.7
RQMChelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust382346.0
5C3City and Hackney PCT3327.1
5K9Croydon PCT87.8
RC3Ealing Hospital NHS Trust234207.1
5HXEaling PCT2018.6
RWKEast London and the City Mental Health NHS Trust179172.2
5C1Enfield PCT129.4
RVREpsom and St. Helier NHS Trust500452.2
RP4Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children NHS Trust394353.2
RG2Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust248229.4
5A8Greenwich PCT3125.4
RJ1Guys and St. Thomas's NHS Trust1,048934.6
5H1Hammersmith and Fulham PCT6240.0
RQNHammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust911724.7
5C9Haringey PCT2219.0
5K6Harrow PCT2119.5
5A4Havering PCT10.8
RASHillingdon Hospital NHS Trust256241.4
5ATHillingdon PCT3630.8
RQXHomerton Hospital NHS Trust257247.4
5HYHounslow PCT33.0
5K8Islington PCT4737.1
5LAKensington and Chelsea PCT73.9
RJZKing's Healthcare NHS Trust844759.3
RAXKingston Hospital NHS Trust332302.0
5A5Kingston PCT138.8
5LDLambeth PCT1211.3
RJ2Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust279266.3
5LFLewisham PCT108.8
RJ6Mayday Health Care NHS Trust347317.3
RP6Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust205176.7
RNHNewham Healthcare NHS Trust194187.4
5C5Newham PCT3937.4
Q05North Central London SHA76.7
RATNorth East London Mental Health NHS Trust7165.0
Q06North East London SHA76.9
RAPNorth Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust276254.6
RV8North West London Hospitals NHS Trust602551.6
Q04North West London SHA22.0
RPGOxleas NHS Trust9487.5
RGZQueen Mary's, Sidcup NHS Trust226209.8
5NARedbridge PCT1410.9
5M6Richmond and Twickenham PCT11.0
RT3Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust297280.1
RALRoyal Free NHS Trust677611.0
RNJRoyal Hospital of St. Bartholomew, The Royal London Hospital and London Chest Hospital897836.8
RPYRoyal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust223215.4
RANRoyal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust9490.1
Q07South East London St. HA65.5
RV5South London and Maudsley NHS Trust507425.4
RQYSouth West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust262238.6
Q08South West London SHA32.8
5LESouthwark PCT109.1
RJ7St. George's Group NHS Trust696645.2
RJ5St. Mary's Hospital NHS Trust642565.5
5M7Sutton and Merton PCT84.3
RNKTavistock and Portman NHS Trust4030.4
5C4Tower Hamlets PCT4233.1
RRVUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Trust855734.9
5NCWaltham Forest PCT1210.3
5LGWandsworth PCT4328.4
RKLWest London Mental Health NHS Trust208190.9
RFWWest Middlesex University NHS Trust231216.0
5LCWestminster PCT3222.5
RGCWhipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust280263.4
RKEWhittington Hospital NHS Trust282255.2




Source:
Department of Health medical and dental workforce census




 
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