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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) assessment beds, (b) rehabilitation beds and (c) beds in pre-discharge flats there are in the medium secure unit at the Littlemore Hospital in Oxfordshire; 
Ms Blears: A permanent marker or memorial for a grave would be regarded as being formed from a non-perishable material, for example stone. A permanent marker in respect of a cremation would depend on whether ashes had been interred or scattered. This would
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Ms Blears: The information requested and shown in the table is an extract from Table 6 of the Department's Statistical Bulletin "General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 199192 to 200001".
|Year ending 31 March||Number of pharmacies which received Essential Small Pharmacy Scheme payments (England only)|
Ms Blears: In relation to the regulation of medicines, there are no existing regulatory categories defined as traditional or alternative medicines and it is not possible to estimate expenditure on the evaluation of such products. The Medicines Control Agency undertakes a wide range of evaluative activity in relation to herbal and homeopathic medicines, many of which have a basis in
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tradition. These activities include determining whether a product should be classified as a medicine, assessing applications for marketing authorisations for herbal medicines, assessing applications under the homeopathic registration scheme, and assessing safety and compliance issues affecting licensed and unlicensed herbal and homeopathic medicines.
The Department has directly funded a number of research projects which fall within the broad definition of traditional and alternative medicine, most of which are on-going, at a total cost of about £600,000.
In addition, the Cochrane collaboration in the United Kingdom receives substantial support from the NHS research and development levy, and has contributed a large number of systematic reviews of alternative therapies to the Cochrane database of systematic reviews. The website of the Cochrane complementary field (http://www.compmed.umm.edu/Compmed/Cochrane/ Cochrane.htm) lists the titles of those Cochrane reviews.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in the National Patient Safety Agency at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have clinical contact with NHS patients. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have clinical contact with NHS patients. 
It is not part of NICE's role to provide direct clinical care to patients. In the preparation of its guidance NICE receives advice from individuals and organisations in the national health service who provide such care on a day to day basis.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were employed in the National Health Service Litigation Authority at 1 April; and what proportion of those staff have clinical contact with NHS patients. 
Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about the nature and effect of staff shortages at the speech and language therapy service based at the Central Health Clinic in Southampton. 
Ms Blears: The speech and language therapy service is managed by Southampton City Primary Care Trust (PCT) on behalf of several local PCTs including New Forest. The recruitment difficulties affecting the service are mirrored at a national level. The PCT is actively involved in "Improving Working Lives", a national initiative to attract people back to work and other initiatives to do everything possible to improve the recruitment and retention of therapists.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues in the last two years with regard to children and young people who sexually abuse. 
Ms Blears: Information on the 200001 average unit costs (per bed day) for each NHS Trust in England for (a) intensive care unit beds and (b) paediatric intensive care unit beds has been placed in the Library.
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