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Yvette Cooper: If a woman wishes to be treated by an obstetrician or a gynaecologist who does not perform abortions then she should ask her general practitioner or consultant beforehand who will advise her. She is entitled to refuse treatment if she wishes.
Ms Blears: Health professionals work to the legal principle, drawn from case law, that a young person under 16 may give consent for him/herself if the health professional treating them considers them to have sufficient understanding and intelligence to understand
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fully what is proposed. This is described as competence and is judged by the health professional on a case-by- case basis.
If a young person under 16 is considered competent to consent to the proposed treatment, parental consent is not legally necessary. However the involvement of a parent or other appropriate adult should be encouraged.
Yvette Cooper: Evidence as to the effect of tobacco advertising on tobacco consumption was reviewed by the Department's Chief Economic Adviser in the Smee Report, published in 1992. The evidence has since been reviewed from time to time. The advice is that the likely eventual net effect of an advertising ban would be to decrease tobacco consumption, and the size of the decrease could lie in a range up to about 5 per cent. It is reasonable to use the mid-point of this range to indicate the likely effects of a ban.
Other recent work supports the view that comprehensive advertising bans are likely to reduce tobacco consumption. A report from the World Bank 1 suggests that implementation of Directive 98/43/EC could have reduced cigarette consumption within the European Union by nearly 7 per cent.
Ms Blears: The current exemption and charge remission arrangements are intended to ensure that no one need be deterred from obtaining any necessary treatment on financial grounds. People who have to pay can seek help under the National Health Service low income scheme which provides help on an income related basis broadly following Income Support arrangements. We have no plans at present to change these arrangements.
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing students from non-European countries have received bursaries in (a) 1995, (b) 1996, (c) 1997, (d) 1998, (e) 1999 and (f) 2000. 
Mr. Hutton: The National Health Service Student Grants Unit's best estimate is that, as of 16 July 2001, some 2,400 students from non-European countries, at different stages of diploma courses in nursing and midwifery, were in receipt of NHS bursaries. Reliable figures on a comparable basis from earlier time periods are not available.
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The Nursing and Midwifery Admissions Service (NMAS) reports that the number of students from non- European countries accepted for entry to pre-registration diploma level nurse training programmes at English universities from 1997 to 2000 was:
Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the adequacy of accident and emergency facilities in Birmingham, with particular reference to its impact on the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust; and if he will make a statement. 
The recent negotiations between Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Health Authority, with the support of the Department, have addressed the situation in relation to delayed transfers of care in Birmingham. All the agencies involved will continue to work together to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to meet any future additional pressure on accident and emergency departments in Birmingham, which will minimise any possible impact on the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals National Health Service Trust.
Yvette Cooper: The National Health Service breast screening programme has a target of 70 per cent. for uptake of breast screening invitations. This was the level recommended by the Forrest Report on Breast Cancer
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Screening (1986) and has been in place since the start of the programme in 1988. Copies are available in the Library.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of extending breast screening to women over the age of 70 years; and how many more women would receive breast screening as a result. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 17 July 2001]: It is estimated that it would cost an extra £104 million a year to extend the National Health Service breast screening programme to women over the age of 70 years. It is estimated that the current programme costs £52 million a year and the current cost per woman screened is £40.
It is estimated that 2.6 million women aged 70 and over would participate in the programme taking account of 2001 population projection data and if uptake were in line with younger groups (75.6 per cent. in 19992000).
Mr. Hutton: The number of chiropodists/podiatrists will increase as part of the NHS Plan commitment to provide more staff for the National Health Service. The NHS Plan states that by 2004 there will be 6,500 more therapists and other health professionals (including chiropodists/podiatrists) in post by 2004 and that 4,450 more therapists and key professional staff (including chiropodists/podiatrists) will be being trained.
Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for consultant psychiatry posts in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Psychiatry group of specialities|
|Rates (Percentage)||Posts (Number)||Rates (Percentage)||Posts (Number)|
|Northern and Yorkshire||7.3||20||7.7||30|
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|Total for 2001(16),(17)||of which:|
|(Percentage)||(Number)||Forensic||General||Old age||Learning disabilities||Forensic||General||Old age||Learning disabilities|
|Northern and Yorkshire||9.0||30||0.0||8.2||10.0||13.5||0||20||10||10|
(14) Three month vacancies are vacancies as at 31 March for each year which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (whole-time equivalents).
(15) Three month vacancy rates are three month vacancies expressed as a percentage of three month vacancies plus staff in post from the September medical and dental and non-medical workforce censuses (whole-time equivalent).
(16) In 1999 and 2000 breakdown of data was not available and includes consultants within child and adolescent and psychotherapy. The figures are therefore not comparable with the 2001 figures.
(17) Total for consultants in forensic psychiatry, general psychiatry, learning disabilities and old age psychiatry.
(18) Figures based on less than 10 posts.
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Percentages rounded to one decimal place.
3. Totals may not equal sum of component parts due to rounding.
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