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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the sponsors for the public consultation to confer on the NHS plan referred to in Annex E (p112) of the Department's Annual report 2001. 
Mr. Hutton: The sponsors in kind who helped us with the distribution of the NHS Plan by making copies available on their shelves were five retail chains: Safeway, Morrisons, Waitrose, Tesco and Sainsbury; and three high street pharmaceutical chains: Boots, Lloyds and Superdrug.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he will take to encourage primary care organisations to consider the recommendations in "Primary Care Strategy for Falls and Osteoporosis", published by the National Osteoporosis Society in July; 
(3) what estimate he has made of the impact which recommendations in the "Primary Care Strategy for Falls and Osteoporosis", published by the National Osteoporosis Society in July, could have on reducing the number of fractures which the health service has to deal with; 
(4) what estimate he has made of the impact which recommendations in "Primary Care Strategy for Falls and Osteoporosis", published by the National Osteoporosis Society in July, could have on reducing the cost to the national health service of dealing with fractures. 
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Jacqui Smith: The latest evidence suggests that the annual cost of hip fractures in the United Kingdom is in excess of £1.7 billion. Hip fractures are caused mainly by osteoporosis. Through the National Service Framework for Older People we have signalled the importance of addressing osteoporosis. This document sets targets and milestones for local health and social care systems to establish an integrated falls service, which will include appropriate interventions and advice to prevent osteoporotic fracture.
We welcome the National Osteoporosis Society's primary care strategy for falls and osteoporosis. This strategy, involving many different agencies, is an excellent example of the type of integrated approach that is likely to be successful in the long term. We hope that local health care providers make its implementation a priority in their work to develop the osteoporosis aspects of integrated falls services.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to his Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those named day parliamentary written questions to his Department that received a holding answer between 15 October and 5 November received the substantive answer (a) within three parliamentary days, (b) within seven parliamentary days, (c) within 10 parliamentary days, (d) within 15 parliamentary days and (e) over 15 parliamentary days after the holding answer was issued. 
Dr. Howells: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department my hon. Friend the Member for Wallasey (Angela Eagle), on 13 November 2001, Official Report, columns 63839W.
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Dr. Howells: National plans for the 2003 European Year of People with Disabilities are still in an embryonic state. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston is leading on this issue, and I understand that a decision to approve the formation of the National Co-ordinating Committee will not be taken until 3 December. I will be pleased to consider what contribution would be most appropriate for my Department when this is requested.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) at the employment tribunal hearing of the claim by WPC Kaur, how many days were taken (a) by the claimants' case and (b) by the response on her behalf; when the judgment is expected; and if she will instruct the Royal Park Constabulary not to stop paying WPC Kaur before the judgment is given; 
Dr. Howells [holding answer 15 November 2001]: Responsibility for the subject of these questions has been delegated to the Royal Parks Agency under its chief executive, William Weston. I have asked him to arrange for replies to be given.
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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many named day parliamentary written questions were tabled to her Department between 15 October and 5 November; and what proportion of these have received holding answers; 
Dr. Howells: Of the 44 named day written questions tabled to the Department between 15 October 2001 and 5 November 2001, 27 received holding answers. Of these, 20 received substantive answers within three parliamentary days, four within seven parliamentary days, two within 10 parliamentary days, and one within 15 parliamentary days of the holding answer being issued.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what her Department's policy is in relation to departmental spending for supplies concerning the purchase of fair trade goods. 
Dr. Howells: The Department for Culture, Media and Sport recognises the public desire to purchase ethically and environmentally sound goods where this is practical. It is inherent in the Department's environmental management system that it should seek to influence the supply chain in favour of fair trade type goods but, at the same time the expenditure of public money demands that procurement must achieve value for money via a competitive market. Where fair trade can compete successfully against other suppliers for cost, quality and service the Department will give preference to the ethical and environmentally acceptable option.
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