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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the take-up rate of child vaccinations is; and what assessment she has made of the factors which lead some parents not to have children vaccinated. 
Caroline Flint: Information about the uptake of childhood immunisations is published annually in the national health service statistical bulletins. The latest bulletin, NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 200405", is available in the Library and on the Department's website at:
Since 1991, the Department has commissioned a twice yearly survey to understand parents' knowledge of immunisation, attitudes towards immunisation and experience of immunisation services. Since the start of the survey more than 25,000 parentsmostly mothershave been questioned and their responses fed back into the programme. Our results suggest that mothers are more strongly influenced by the perceived risk of a vaccine, rather than assessing the overall risks/benefits of vaccinating or not vaccinating their child. This is be because mothers are no longer aware of the risk from the diseases that vaccination protects against.
Mr. Byrne: Supporting People with Long Term Conditionsan NHS and Social Care Model", was published in January 2005. Since this publication primary care trusts, supported by strategic health authorities, are working in partnership with local authorities to develop robust improvement plans for taking this forward, with an initial focus on implementing the case management approach to care.
It is not Governments place to recommend one particular form of communication with deaf babies and children. Through the Newborn Hearing Screening Programme it seeks to empower parents of hearing impaired children so that they can make informed choices about early communication and support options.
The Newborn Hearing Screening Programme has greatly improved the early identification of hearing impairments. This has enabled local services to provide earlier support and appropriate interventions, and parents to get the best information on local options. The screening programme also aims to improve practice throughout services. It works alongside other wider DfES initiatives such as the Early Support Programme.
The Early Support Programme aims to improve the services for disabled children aged 0 to 3 years and their families and has been operating since May 2002. It has produced a Monitoring Protocol for Deaf Babies and Children which, for the first time, offers a national resource to track development and progress over the first 3 years or so after identification of deafness.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children have been registered with a dentist in each year since 1997; and what percentage in each case was registered with
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a dentist (i) operating under general dental service contracts and (ii) operating under personal dental service contracts. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on the estimated percentages of children, adults and the total population who are registered with general dental services (GDS) dentists and personal dental services (PDS) dentists at the end of March 2005 for each year since 1997 has been placed in the Library.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of five-year-olds have no decayed, filled or missing teeth, according to the latest British Association for the Study of Community Dentistry Survey of the dental caries experience of five-year-old children, in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust. 
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of the population was registered with an NHS dentist in (a) England, (b) Lancashire and (c) Lancaster and Wyre in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; 
|Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||55||50||51||51||50||50||49||49||48|
|Blackburn with Darwen PCT||60||52||55||55||54||54||52||50||45|
|Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT||58||52||52||50||40||39||40||43||41|
|Carlisle and District PCT||57||57||54||56||58||56||54||56||55|
|Chorley and South Ribble PCT||46||42||44||45||46||48||47||50||51|
|Eden Valley PCT||51||44||42||40||40||38||42||35||37|
|Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT||51||44||45||44||43||41||42||37||28|
|Morecambe Bay PCT||55||50||51||52||52||52||50||48||48|
|West Cumbria PCT||52||49||54||56||56||57||54||48||50|
|West Lancashire PCT||51||45||46||48||46||48||49||51||56|
|Number of patients registered|
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists were practising in (a) Lancaster and Wyre constituency and (b) England per head of population in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of national health service dentists practising in Lancaster and Wyre and in England. Population data are not available by parliamentary constituency, but the table includes comparable information on NHS dentists by head of population for Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and for England.
|Lancaster and Wyre constituency||45||45||46||43|
|Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||651||671||682||669|
|Lancaster and Wyre constituency||44||46||43||45||54|
|Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||693||684||690||726||791|
|Lancaster and Wyre constituency||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||2,918||2,834||2,784||2,843|
|Lancaster and Wyre constituency||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Cumbria and Lancashire SHA||2,749||2,793||2,781||2,658||2,440|
From April 2006, the national health service will be implementing a major programme of dental reforms. Primary care trusts will have responsibility for the local commissioning of dental services, which will help improve access to dental services.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 28 October 2005]: The total number of recorded courses of treatment by national health service dentists in the general dental service and personal dental service in England for the years requested are:
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