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Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to assist hard to reach groups, including those from black and minority ethnic communities and people who are homeless, to access medical services for the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis. 
Gillian Merron: The Department is funding a United Kingdom charity, TB Alert, to provide awareness raising messages for groups vulnerable to tuberculosis (TB), including black and minority ethnic communities, to increase referrals for TB testing and treatment.
The Department also funds the Find & Treat (F&T) programme in London, to work alongside local TB services. The F&T team are providing support to homeless people in accessing medical services for the prevention and treatment of TB. F&T have provided help to over 400 people with TB to complete their treatment.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many women died of ovarian cancer in Merseyside in each year since 1997. (322630)
The table attached provides the number of deaths where ovarian cancer was the underlying cause of death, for women in Merseyside metropolitan county from 1997 to 2008 (latest year available).
|Table 1 : Number of deaths where ovarian cancer( 1) was the underlying cause of death in females, Merseyside( 2) , 1997-2008( 3)|
|(1) Cause of death for ovarian cancer was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 183.0 for the years 1997 to 2000, and Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code C56 from 2001 onwards. The introduction of ICD-10 in 2001 means that the numbers of deaths from this cause before 2001 are not completely comparable with later years. (2) Based on boundaries as of February 2010. (3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.|
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many death certificates which mentioned thrombosis have been issued in each of the last five years. (322541)
Internationally accepted guidance from the World Health Organisation requires only those conditions that contributed directly to death to be recorded on the death certificate. Medical practitioners and coroners are not supposed to record all of the diseases or conditions present at or before death. Whether a condition contributed is a matter for their clinical judgement.
The table attached provides the number of deaths where the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes recorded indicate whether any of the following conditions were mentioned anywhere on the death certificate, either as the underlying cause or as a contributory factor, in England and Wales, for 2004 to 2008 (the latest year available).
(a) Myocardial infarction and coronary thrombosis
(b) Thrombotic strokes
(c) Pulmonary embolism and deep vein thrombosis
(d) Arterial embolism and thrombosis
It is not possible from death certificate data to separate thrombotic, embolic and atherosclerotic conditions affecting the arteries to the brain. Atherosclerosis of arteries in the neck and inside the skull can lead to strokes through thrombosis, embolism or sometimes haemorrhage. The table therefore includes a single category of deaths with mention of one or more ICD codes in the range that includes thrombotic, embolic and atherosclerotic cerebrovascular diseases. Pulmonary embolism and venous thrombosis have been combined, because when one is part of the sequence leading to death, the other nearly always is as well, whether it is mentioned on the certificate or not.
When interpreting the data in these tables, it is important to be aware that some deaths may have more than one of the requested conditions mentioned. Therefore, some deaths may be counted in more than one of the causes listed.
|Table 1. Deaths where thrombosis was mentioned on the death certificate,( 1) England and Wales,( 2) 2004-08( 3)|
|(1) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). The specific causes of death categorised in Table 1, and their corresponding ICD-10 codes, are shown in the following box. Deaths were included where one of these causes was mentioned anywhere on the death certificate.|
(2) Figures for England and Wales include deaths of non-residents.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.
|Box 1. Causes of death codes used-International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)|
|Cause of death||ICD-10 code(s)|
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many university graduates with a degree in (a) law, (b) engineering, (c) mathematics and (d) medicine have been in employment at any time since 2005. 
Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply. The letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate the Office for National Statistics has made of net (a) borrowing and (b) debt, including financial sector interventions, public sector pensions liabilities, private finance initiative liabilities, Network Rail liabilities, nuclear decommissioning liabilities and loans to banks, expressed as a percentage of gross domestic product in each year from 2008-09 to 2014-15. 
Angela E. Smith: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Libraries of the House.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what the level of unemployment in Glenrothes constituency was in each year since 1997. (322402)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles unemployment statistics for local areas from the Annual Population Survey and its predecessor the annual Labour Force Survey (LFS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions. However, due to small sample sizes estimates of unemployment for the Glenrothes constituency are unavailable.
As an alternative, in Table 1 we have provided the number of persons claiming Jobseeker's Allowance for the Glenrothes constituency for January 2010 and January of each year since 2005. Figures prior to this date are unavailable as Glenrothes only became a parliamentary constituency in the 2005 General Election.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at
|Table 1. Number of persons resident in Glenrothes parliamentary constituency claiming jobseeker's allowance|
|As at January each year||Number|
Jobcentre Plus administrative system
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Rural Land Registry on the accuracy of the maps used to calculate acreage for payment purposes; and if he will make a statement. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: I either meet, or discuss with the chief executive of the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) almost weekly to discuss agency progress on a range of issues including the Rural Land Register (RLR).
The RLR Mapping Update exercise currently in progress uses the most recent Ordnance Survey (OS) data available in conjunction with aerial photography to update the RLR maps. This includes improving the positional accuracy of our map data and reflecting any real world change and ineligible land recorded by OS and farmers. The acreage for each field is calculated in hectares after the farmer has agreed the boundaries and declared any further land which is ineligible for the SPS payment.
As of 12 March 2010, approximately half of the 107,000 farmers who were sent maps as part of the RLR Mapping Update had agreed with their maps and the remaining half had requested changes to be made. RPA has now completed the request and sent confirmatory maps to over 72 per cent. of these farmers. Of these, only 3 per cent. have requested further changes to be made, many of which are new and have not been requested previously.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether it is his policy to support (a) the provision of direct payments to farmers under Pillar One of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and (b) a CAP budget of at least equivalent monetary value following reforms of the CAP with effect from 2013. 
Jim Fitzpatrick [holding answer 18 March 2010]: The UK Government's position on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was set out in the joint DEFRA/Treasury CAP Vision published in 2005. We want to see the elimination of all Direct Payments under Pillar I of the CAP. Direct Payments are an expensive and inefficient mechanism and undermine the ability of farmers to be truly competitive. They do not help farmers to tackle the challenges of the future and our policy is therefore to see them phased out by a carefully managed transition by 2015-20. A sustainable CAP would comprise of EU spending on agriculture that would be based on the current Pillar II, allowing a considerable reduction in total spending by the EU on agriculture and bringing this into line with other sectors.
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