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John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions she has had with the government of Peru on (a) sexual equality and (b) tackling discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. 
Mr. McCartney: We have an ongoing dialogue with the Peruvian Government, both bilaterally and through the EU, on a range of human rights issues. While we have not had any recent discussions on the specific issues to which the hon. Member refers, we will continue to monitor all aspects of the human rights situation in Peru and make representations to the Peruvian Government when appropriate.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of trends in the (a) frequency and (b) severity of rocket attacks into southern Israel from Northern Gaza in the last week of October 2006. 
Mr. McCartney: According to the UN Office forthe Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs, between 18-31 October, at least 46 home-made rockets and three anti-tank rockets were fired by Palestinian militants from the Gaza Strip towards targets inside Israel. As my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said on3 November, we call for an immediate end to the launching of rockets against Israeli civilian targets, and to all forms of violence. Violence serves only to undermine the prospects for peace in the region.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the (a) specific objectives, (b) proportionality and (c) effectiveness in achieving objectives of Israeli military strikes on Northern Gaza on 1 and 2 November; and what representations she(i) has made and (ii) is planning to make in respect of those attacks. 
Mr. McCartney: On 1 November the Israel Defence Force (IDF) launched military operations in Northern Gaza. The IDF have said these are limited operations against targets in the Gaza Strip to suppress the smuggling of weapons, counter Qassam rockets and to secure the release of Corporal Shalit.
We are concerned by increased violence in Gaza, in particular by reports of civilian deaths. We deeply regret the deaths of civilians on both sides of the conflict, and would like to remind all parties of their obligation under international humanitarian law to avoid civilian casualties.
We maintain that Israel has a right to defend itself but any action should be proportionate and in accordance with international humanitarian law. Our embassy in Tel Aviv has raised this with the Israeli Government.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of the breakdown of peace talks between the Sri Lankan Government and the Tamil Tigers in Geneva; which obstacles have blocked the progression of these talks; and what support the Government will commit to achieve lasting peace in Sri Lanka. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the progress of the East Sudan peace talks; and what support the UK Government are providing to those talks. 
Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when she last met the Syrian Foreign Minister; and when a Minister from her Department last met a Syrian counterpart. 
Dr. Howells [pursuant to the reply, 26 October 2006, Official Report, c. 2076W]: I regret that an inaccurate answer was given to part of the hon. Members question. The answer given states that the last official ministerial contact with Syria was when my noble Friend the right. hon. Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean visited in 2003. In fact the last official contact with a Syrian ministerial counterpart was when Baroness Symons visited Syria in 2004.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the (a) number of adverse drug reactions occurring in the Province in each of the last five years and (b) costs resulting from such reactions in each year. 
Paul Goggins: Information on the number of people who suffered adverse reactions to pharmaceuticals is not available. Information is available on those who were admitted to hospital and had a diagnosis of an adverse reaction to drugs.
Table 1 details the number of admissions to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of adverse reactions to drugs, for each year between 2001-02 and 2005-06 (the latest financial year for which data are available). It should be noted that any individual could have been admitted to hospital more than once over the course of a year or over a number of years and would therefore be counted more than once in the table.
|Admissions( 1) due to adverse reactions to drugs( 2)|
|(1) Discharges and deaths are used as an approximation to admissions.|
(2) Drugs refers to drugs, medicaments and biological substances causing adverse effects in therapeutic use.
Hospital Inpatients System.
|Cost (£ million)|
These figures may not reflect the complete cost for all treatments resulting from adverse reactions to medications as they may not have been specifically identified within the hospital coding system. The above costs do not include related treatments in primary, community and outpatient settings.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been convicted of crimes in which alcohol has been a contributory factor in each of the last three years. 
Paul Goggins: Information on the number of people diagnosed with asbestos-related illness in Northern Ireland is not available. However data on the number of hospital in-patients in Northern Ireland with a diagnosis of asbestos-related illness are available.
For this analysis asbestos-related illnesses have been defined, using the tenth revisions of the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10), as Mesothelioma, Pneumoconiosis due to asbestos and other mineral fibres, and Pleural Plaque including pleural thickening with the presence of asbestos.
During 2005-06 (the latest year for which data are available), the total number of admissions(1) to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of these asbestos-related illnesses was 465. Of these 191 related to mesothelioma admissions.
Figures for admissions for asbestos-related lung cancer cannot be obtained as this cancer is clinically indistinguishable from the more commonly occurring lung cancers unrelated to occupational exposure. However statisticians in the Health and Safety Executive in Great Britain estimate roughly equal numbers of asbestos-related lung cancers as there are mesothelioma cases.
(1) Discharges and deaths are used as an approximation to admissions. It should be noted that any individual could have been admitted to hospital more than once over the course of the year and would therefore be counted more than once in the figures.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of (a) verbal and (b) physical violence against NHS staff occurred in each health trust in the Province in each of the last three years. 
|Table A: Total number of verbal incidents|
|(1 )Figures are incomplete and only available for the six-monthly period 1 April 2006 - 30 September 2006.|
|Table B: Total number of physical incidents|
|(1) Figures are incomplete and only available for the six-monthly period 1 April 2006 - 30 September 2006.|
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