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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his Department since 1 January 1999 to assist staff in his Department to answer subject access requests under the Data Protection Act 1998. 
Ms Blears: Guidance on data protection and how to handle subject access requests has been available to staff in the Department since January 2000 on the Department's intranet site. The guidance has been regularly updated to reflect changes in organisation or legislation. The three versions, dated 22 December 1999, 24 September 2001 and 6 March 2002 will be placed in the Library as requested.
Mr. Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Edinburgh, North and Leith on 11 January, regarding the potential risks to health caused by the chemical treatment of Christmas trees. 
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Jacqui Smith: All local authorities with social service responsibilities submitted their Quality Protects Management Action Plans (MAPs) to the Department of Health by the end of January. The Social Services Inspectorate has now completed its evaluation of the MAPs and I have considered their findings. The MAPs from all 150 local councils have reached an acceptable standard. Therefore, subject to Parliamentary approval of the special grant report, they will receive payment of their allocation of the children's services grant from 200102.
Jacqui Smith: The advisory committee on pesticides has recently considered a review of the literature relating to epidemiological studies on Parkinson's Disease and pesticides, and also experiment studies in animals exploring the potential of pesticides to induce the disease. The committee agreed that a more detailed specialist assessment of the epidemiology should be carried out. The pesticides safety directorate is currently exploring ways to take this recommendation forward.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the cash releasing efficiency savings achieved by (a) NHS trusts and (b) other NHS bodies, (i) in monetary terms and (ii) expressed as a percentage of the annual expenditure of those bodies on the basis of the information currently available to his Department in respect of 200101. 
Mr. Hutton: Allocations to health authorities are based on an overall assessment of the resources required to cover inflationary pressures and deliver national targets. Allocations to health authorities 200102 were made net of 2 per cent. efficiency savings (equivalent to around £800 million). This means that health authorities needed to achieve the efficiency target to fully fund delivery of national targets and inflation. It is not possible to separately identify the savings made by national health service trusts.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he last met the Secretary of State for Education and Skills to discuss the promotion of mental health in schools; and if he will make a statement. 
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raised at many of these meetings. Officials of both Departments meet frequently to discuss multi-agency mental health services for children.
The promotion of children's mental health and the prevention of mental health problems in childhood are central to many Government programmes. The Department for Education and Skills issued guidance last year specifically addressing mental health promotion in schools, to which this Department contributed. This guidance is designed to increase awareness about children's mental health among teachers and to provide examples of good practice.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the need to amend legislation on mental health in order to implement United Kingdom obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child; and if he will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government published the White Paper "Reforming the Mental Health Act" in December 2000. The White Paper made clear our intention to reform mental health legislation and to bring it into line with the contemporary patterns of care and treatment including the changes and new investment set out in the NHS plan. This included commitment to introduce additional measures to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people with mental health problems where current safeguards are not considered to be sufficiently robust.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what trend data are available to measure progress against the PSA target for a reduction in serious accidental injury relating to admission to hospital. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The White Paper 'Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation' published in 1999 set a target of a 10 per cent. reduction by 2010 against a baseline of the age standardised hospital admission rate for the financial year 199596.
Data to monitor the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the rate of hospital admission for serious accidental injury 1 are obtained from information held in the Department's Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) system, which contains details of patients admitted to and treated in NHS hospitals in England. Data are for England.
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|Financial year||per 100,000 population|
(25) Serious accidental injury is defined as an accidental injury resulting in a hospital inpatient stay exceeding three days.
(26) The 19992000 figure is provisional
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The White Paper 'Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation' set a target of a 20 per cent. reduction by 2010 against a baseline of the average age standardised mortality rate for the three years 19959697.
Data to monitor the Public Service Agreement target to reduce the death rate from accidents and adverse effects are obtained from mortality data published by the Office for National Statistics. Data are for England.
|Period||mortality rate per 100,000 population|
|199596 to 97||16.24|
|199697 to 98||16.36|
|199798 to 99||16.39|
|199899 to 2000||16.33|
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: Information on the total number of incubators in the national health service is not collected centrally. As at 31 March 2001, there was 1194 specialist neonatal intensive care cots available for use in the NHS.
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