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|Table 4. Prevalence of obesity and overweight among children aged two to 15 by gender, England 2004|
| Source: Health Survey for England 2004updating of trend tables to include 2004 data. The Information Centre for health and social care.|
The relationship between body mass index (BMI) and malnutrition in children is not straightforward as it is affected by age, gender, growth patterns and ethnicity. A BMI below the second centile of the UK 1990 BMI Percentile Charts for children, indicates that a child is at risk of malnutrition whilst a BMI above the 95th centile indicates that a child is at risk of being obese.
Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the availability of palliative care beds in Worcestershire; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Funds are allocated direct to primary care trusts (PCTs) who are responsible for commissioning appropriate services to meet the needs of their local communities. It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities (SHAs) to work with PCTs and national health service trusts to ensure that those services commissioned do meet the needs of local communities and reflect national priorities. In this instance, this is a matter for West Midlands SHA.
The Department collects data relating to individual ward types. The information relating to the number of adult terminally ill/palliative care beds within the South Worcestershire PCT area is shown in the table.
|Average daily number of available terminally ill/palliative care: wholly or mainly adult beds, NHS organisations in England, 2001-02 to 2004-05|
|South Worcestershire PCT||Number|
| Source: Department of Health form KH03|
Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cancer centres have (a) permanent Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) offices located on the same site and (b) access to outreach PALS offices; 
Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is available to patient advice and liaison service (PALS) workers to enable them to offer or refer clients to information and advice on welfare benefits; what proportion of PALS workers have (a) requested and (b) received such training. 
Our Health, Our Care, Our Say; a new direction for community services proposes that an information prescription will be developed for people with long-term health and social care needs. The information prescription will signpost people, including patients with cancer, to further information and advice about services, including where to get advice and information on benefits. We expect to include any support, like training, that professionals might need to give information prescriptions to people, in pilots that will be taking place before the prescription is introduced in 2008.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on which occasions in the last five years
local authority scrutiny panels have referred complaints against NHS trusts to her Department; and which authorities made the referrals in each case; 
|OSC||Date of referral|
|(1 )Referral originally made under Community Health Council Regulations 1996.|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers overview and scrutiny committees have (a) to delay the introduction of health service changes, (b) to oppose such changes and (c) to present her with a clear proposal for further investigations. 
if consultation with the OSC has been inadequate; and
if the OSC does not believe the proposals for change are in the interests of the health service or local community.
a member of a committee of the county council or another local authority, for the purposes of relevant function of the committee in relation to the county council; or
a member of a committee of the county council, for the purposes of relevant functions of the committee in relation to another local authority.
In addition to formal co-option, OSCs can ask people, such as members of patient forums, to
participate in other ways, for example, by providing information to the committee, attending as an expert witness, or acting as an adviser to the committee.
Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has received from the Healthcare Commission on the number of unregistered laser machines in medical use in England; and what steps she has taken to reduce this number. 
Andy Burnham: I have received no such information and understand from the Chairman of the Healthcare Commission that it is not available. The Chairman has said, however, that he would consider that there are very few unregistered laser machines being used for medical purposes, that is for laser eye surgery. The Commission has held discussions with the sector and its representatives about registration issues.
Intense pulsed light and laser machines are also used for beauty treatment purposes. Providers of this type of service are required to register with the Commission. The Commission is currently reviewing its policy for targeting unregistered providers and has been working to raise public awareness of the requirement on such providers to register with it.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of performance against the Governments commitment that no-one should wait more than six months for an NHS in-patient operation. 
Andy Burnham: The number of patients waiting over six months at the end of April 2006 was 144 as published on 2 June 2006. The figures relating to the end of May will be published on 30 June. Breaches of waiting time standards are unacceptable and the Department will continue to work closely with the small number of national health service organisations with patients waiting over six months. Patients can continue to expect inpatient treatment within six months of a decision to treat in line with the standard established in December 2005.
Mr. McFadden: The National School of Governments estimate for the total cost of the conference 21st Century Public ServicesPutting People First on public service reform held on 6 June 2006 at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre is £281,000 (including VAT).
The figures given are taken from actual invoices and financial estimates maintained for the project. Most invoices have now been received and are in the process of payment. For any outstanding invoices, detailed estimates of costs have been obtained from suppliers. Figures given have been rounded.
External speakers, including the three international speakers, made their contributions on an expenses-only basis and no fees were paid for the preparation or delivery of any of the 11 speaker presentations at the conference.
Hilary Armstrong: The Cabinet Office acquired 26 Whitehall in December 1998. The cost of refurbishing 26 Whitehall from then until December 2002 cannot be separately identified as the refurbishment was undertaken as part of an integrated project which included the refurbishment of the inter-connected 22 Whitehall and Admiralty Arch.
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