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Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children under the age of 16 years have been identified as young carers in (a) the London borough of Bexley, (b) London and (c) England in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Beverley Hughes: The 2001 census, which is the only source of nationally comparable data on the number of carers of all ages, indicated that the number of young carers aged under 16 was 400 in the London borough of Bexley, 14,000 in London and 90,000 in England as a whole.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of whether the partial-birth abortion procedure is practised in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) issued a request in 1996 to ask all its members and fellows to ensure that they are recording details of any abortion using a procedure involving intrauterine decompression of the aftercoming head of the foetus on the form on which each abortion must be notified to the chief medical officer. Each form is checked and monitored.
It is the RCOGs belief that this form of abortion is never used as a primary or proactive technique and is only ever likely to be performed in unforeseen circumstances in order to reduce maternal mortality or severe morbidity.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many women in Scotland aged (a) 18, (b) 17, (c) 16, (d) 15, (e) 14, (f) 13 and (g) 12 years who had had an abortion in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007 had had (A) one, (B) two, (C) three, (D) four and (E) five or more previous abortions; 
(2) how many abortions were performed in Scotland under the Abortion Act 1967 as amended by section 37 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 where the unborn child was suffering from cleft (a) palate and (b) lip, broken down by (i) grounds for abortion, (ii) length of gestation and (iii) health authority in each of the last 15 years; 
(4) how many abortions have been performed in Scotland under the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967 in the last 30 years; and how many and what percentage of these abortions were performed in emergency to save the life of the mother; 
(5) how many women in Scotland were referred by national health service GPs to the British Pregnancy Advisory Service for an abortion in each of the last four years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) gestation of the pregnancy and (c) region of residence; 
(6) how many early medical abortions were performed in Scotland by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service at the request of the national health service in each of the last four years, broken down by (a) age of the woman, (b) gestation of the pregnancy and (c) region of residence; 
(7) how many girls in Scotland, aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14 and (d) 15 years of age had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three and (iv) four or more abortions in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of recorded under 18-year-old conceptions were followed by (a) first abortions and (b) repeat abortions in (i) England in each year since 1997 and (ii) each primary care trust area in the last 12 months. 
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Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the potential effects of the proposed revisions to the EU Animals in Research Directive on medical research activity in England; what proposals he has made to the European Commission on the matter; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government welcome the publication of the European Commissions proposal for a revised directive. We support the Commissions aim to harmonise the regulation of animal experimentation across the European Union. We also support measures to promote high welfare standards for laboratory animals and to promote the development and use of alternatives. At the same time we believe it is vital that regulation properly balances the protection of animals and the legitimate needs of science and industry while maintaining public confidence that animals are not allowed to suffer unnecessarily.
We are in the process of assessing the detailed technical provisions of the draft directive and will shortly launch a public consultation to assist in developing the Governments negotiating position. Our key priority in negotiating the revised directive will be to develop practical, proportionate and enforceable legislation that makes proper provision for the welfare of laboratory animals, facilitates their responsible use, and can adapt to further technical progress.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the cost to (a) the NHS and (b) social services of providing services to those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the number of people with rheumatoid arthritis in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust area in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has estimated that there are 400,000 people with rheumatoid arthritis in the United Kingdom and approximately 12,000 people develop the condition each year.
NICE has also estimated that the annual cost of fully implementing its clinical guideline on the management of rheumatoid arthritis in adults in England would be £54 million. No assessment has been made of the cost of providing social services to people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust on the availability of bone marrow for transplants; what his policy is on encouraging people to offer to be bone marrow transplant donors; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health met with the African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust on 4 February 2009. The meeting focused on the work of the charity and their role in promoting bone marrow donation. Combined, the three UK Bone Marrow Registries (the British Bone Marrow Registry (BBMR), the Welsh Bone Marrow Registry and the Anthony Nolan Trust Bone Marrow Registry) are the third largest in the world. In 2008, the Department agreed a business case from the NHS Blood and Transplant Authority to support the BBMR through to 2012.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that people who attend blood donor sessions should be invited to join the register of bone marrow transplant donors; if he will issue posters inviting people to be bone marrow transplant donors to GP surgeries, dispensing chemists and NHS trusts; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The British Bone Marrow Register was established by the National Blood Service (NBS, which is now part of NHS Blood and Transplant) over 30 years ago. Bone marrow donors are primarily identified through the blood donation service. Leaflets promoting blood donation are routinely sent to a wide range of organisations including general practitioners surgeries, chemists and national health service trusts.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were diagnosed with brain tumours in the last 12 months; and what the survival rate for such children was in each of the last 10 years. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many children were diagnosed with brain tumours in the last 12 months; and what the survival rate for such children was in each of the last 10 years. 
The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2006. There were 233 newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer in children (aged under 15) in 2006.
The Office for National Statistics does not routinely produce figures for cancer survival in children.
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