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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in his Department; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) result was in each case. 
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Mr. Murphy: All overseas travel by officials in my department is undertaken in accordance with the principles set in Chapter 8 of the Civil Service Management Code. Detailed information about individual trips is not held centrally, and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many jobs under the remit of his Department in (a) the core department, (b) non-departmental public bodies, (c) executive agencies and (d) independent statutory bodies, organisations and bodies financially sponsored by his Department and other such organisations, are located in (i) Scotland, (ii) England, excluding Greater London, (iii) Greater London, (iv) Wales, (v) Northern Ireland and (vi) overseas, broken down by (A) whole time equivalent jobs and (B) the percentage per individual department, body or organisation. 
Mr. Murphy: My department's structure currently contains 48 permanent posts, 9 of which are based in Cardiff and the remainder of which are based in central London. It has no NDPBs, agencies, or other related bodies.
Mr. Murphy: I and my colleague the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales undertake a regular programme of activities with the aim of extending the profile of Wales abroad. This programme includes: visits to the European institutions; bilateral visits overseas; meetings with key national and regional politicians, both in the UK and abroad; attendance at international conferences and events; support for trade missions overseas; and meetings with UK based representatives of Wales' overseas partners.
In the past twelve months, our programme has included visits to Brussels, Strasbourg, Spain and the Czech Republic and other activities with partners from the USA, Ireland, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain and Slovakia. Future meetings are planned with Danish and Japanese representatives.
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The Court Service Report "Modernising the Civil and Family Courts" is the responsibility of my noble and learned Friend the Lord Chancellor. This involves a major programme of investment, which will enable the Court Service to change radically the way that the courts across all jurisdictions work, and provide a significantly improved overall level of service to its customers. I understand that the National Assembly for Wales was consulted about the programme.
Mr. Simon Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the National Assembly for Wales concerning the backlog in processing the results of TB tests; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Murphy: The interim programme of action to tackle TB in Wales announced on 29 May 2002 gives priority to tackling the backlog of overdue tests. The State Veterinary Service in Wales has already acted to minimise the spread of TB through the introduction of movement restrictions on herds in annual testing parishes with overdue 6 and 12-month check tests. Prioritisation has also been given to those herds with tuberculosis tests that are overdue. Significant progress has been made. In Wales the number of overdue tests has reduced from 5,135 at 30 November to 3,450 at 30 June 2002.
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from Councillor Carole Paternoster of Aylesbury Vale District Council about the provision of hospital beds in the Aylesbury area. 
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will obtain for the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton a reply to the letter regarding Ms M. Allcock which the right hon. Member sent to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 27 May and which the Secretary of State fowarded to the Medicines Control Agency for reply. 
Mrs. Roe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 12 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June and 4 July 2002 relating to her constituent, Mr. Gordon Thorne of Hoddesdon. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to the letters from the hon. and learned member for Harborough regarding (a) St Luke's Hospital and the Coventry Road Hospital in Market Harborough, dated 7 February, (b) Mrs. C Foreman of Wigston, dated 10 January and (c) a constituent and Leicester City Social Services Department concerning allegations of child abuse dated 30 July 2001. 
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 25 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Miss Irene Boyd. 
Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes have been made since May 2001 in the way waiting lists are compiled; and whether NHS trusts in England apply the same criteria. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan set waiting time targets for first outpatient appointments following general practitioner (GP) referral and for inpatient treatment. Waiting list data are collected from National Health Service trusts to monitor progress against these targets. NHS trusts are required to compile their waiting list returns according to criteria and guidance set out by the Department and the NHS information authority.
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Further to recommendations made in the national audit office report "Inappropriate Adjustments to NHS Waiting Lists", guidance setting out the main rules for recording waiting list or waiting time information, and some related technical guidance prepared by the NHS information authority, will be sent to trust directors of information shortly. The NHS and social care bulletin number 21 issued on 18 July 2002 referred to this forthcoming guidance and also reminded chief executives of their duties of reasonableness to patients and honesty to the public when reporting waiting list information.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amounts have been provided for in 200203 (a) primary care trust budgets and (b) strategic health authority budgets for the cost of premature retirements. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 14 May 2002]: No funding has been earmarked in allocations to health authorities and primary care trusts in 200203 to meet the costs of premature retirements. National Health Service organisations meet such costs from their general allocations.
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