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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: We understand the report to be entitled Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children, (Lancet. 1998 Feb 28;351(9103):637-41) to which a retraction was published in the Lancet in March 2004.

Children with learning or motor disability have an increased incidence of gastroenterological problems. These include feeding difficulties, gastro-oesophageal reflux, and constipation. A child with gastroenterological symptoms suggesting inflammatory bowel disease should be referred to a paediatric gastroenterologist for specialist investigation. These considerations apply irrespective of any other medical conditions in the child, including learning disability, neurological disorders, or autistic spectrum disorders.
 
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MMR: Department of Health Website

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The Department of Health paid £5,875 to Whiteloop for technical support and maintenance of www.mmrthefacts.nhs.uk in 2003–04. Whiteloop were paid £13,054 for joint technical support and maintenance of www.mmrthefacts.nhs.uk and www.immunisation.nhs.uk in 2004–05.

Ealing: Vulnerable Children and Adults

Lord Laming asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: We understand from the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that Ealing Council must submit to it by 10 January 2005 a performance improvement plan. CSCI will evaluate whether it will deliver the improvements needed. The commission will monitor Ealing's performance against this plan monthly.

Following the commission's evaluation of Ealing's performance improvement plan, the commission will write in January 2005 to the Secretary of State for Health recommending any special measures, which it considers we should take.

Diabetes: Patient Education and Screening

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: The Diabetes National Service Framework (NSF) Delivery Strategy makes it clear that primary care trusts (PCTs) should offer structured education programmes and a joint care planning process to people with diabetes to support self-management. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence technology appraisal on the use of patient-education models for diabetes supports this approach.
 
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Two national structured education programmes for people with diabetes are currently being rolled-out. These are DAFNE (Dose Adjustment for Normal Eating) for Type 1 and DESMOND (Diabetes Education and Self-Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed) for Type 2.

Patient education programmes should include an element of goal setting and action planning. This supports the care planning process where people with diabetes agree a self-management regime with their healthcare professional. Empowering People With Diabetes: An Exploration of the Role of Personal Diabetes Records and Care Plans

—a report drawing together examples of care plans for people with diabetes and identifying best practice—was published in April 2003 and is available on the National Diabetes Support Team website. This is supported through Standard 3 of the Diabtes NSF and is about patient empowerment. All people with diabetes will receive a service that encourages partnership in decision-making and supports them in managing their diabetes.

Diabetic retinopathy screening is a priority for PCTs with a target in the Priorities and Planning Framework 2003–06 and Diabetes NSF Delivery Strategy. Strategic health authorities performance-manage PCTs on progress. Capital funding of £27 million is available to support the purchase of digital cameras and related equipment for diabetic retinopathy screening for implementation of the target. A UK National Screening Committee programme, carried out with professional organisations and Diabetes UK is setting standards and supporting local implementation.

HIV: Testing of Immigrants by Overseas Countries

Earl Howe asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Warner: Such information is not collated centrally.

Foot and Mouth Disease

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Whitty): Yes, the Government can give such an assurance.

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Whitty: No he did not. I would refer the noble Baroness to the Written Ministerial Statement made about the video on 13 December.

Badgers

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: I am not aware of any figures for 1975. However, two surveys were carried out after that. One between 1985 and 1988 1 and the other between 1994 and 1997. 2 The first study gave an estimate of the badger population in Britain as around 250,000. The second study estimated an overall increase of 77 per cent but noted that there was regional variation in the amount of change. Regional breakdowns are available in the 1980s and 1990s surveys, references for which are given below.

English Nature advises there are currently likely to be about 300,000 to 400,000 badgers in Great Britain.


 
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National Bee Unit

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The Government acknowledge that beekeepers are concerned about a number of risks that may arise from its proposals to reduce inspections for certain diseases over the coming three years. However, we believe our proposals are reasonable in the light of current disease status and available means of control. We will continue to work closely with the National Bee Unit and beekeeping associations to manage the changes envisaged and the risks which have been identified.

BSE Testing

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Whitty: The Over Thirty Months Scheme (OTMS) is likely to be amended when the OTM rule is replaced with a system of BSE testing.

Work is continuing in parallel both to ensure that there is a robust testing system in place so that the OTM rule can be amended and to ensure that export restrictions are eased and the Date Based Export Scheme can be closed.

Any changes in the domestic OTM rule are unlikely to come into effect until the latter half of 2005. Changes in export restrictions are not expected to come into effect until late 2005.



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