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I understand from the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority that a short series of tests using mildly radioactive xenon gas were carried out in April 1961, in order to improve the understanding of weather conditions on the dispersal of airborne materials.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Health Professions Council regarding the increase in the retention fee for radiographers; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: [Holding reply issued on Monday 21 October]: The Health Professions Council (HPC) ended a three month public consultation exercise on 30 September 2002. One of the issues for consultation was the level at which the HPC should set its fees from April 2003. The Department provided a consolidated response to the consultation of which the issue of the level of fees formed part. The HPC will analyse the feedback it has received and produce a document summarising the replies, which they aim to publish in November.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been waiting more than (a) six, (b) 12 and (c) 18 months for radiotherapy treatment in each English health authority area; 
Ms Blears [holding answers 24 October 2002]: Waiting times for radiotherapy treatment are not collected centrally. In order to tackle radiotherapy waiting times, we are making unprecedented investment in new radiotherapy facilities, streamlining care processes through the cancer services collaborative and working to best utilise the current workforce and to increase the number of staff in post and in training.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has received the South East Health Board Review Panel's analysis of and recommendations for the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust Renal Services; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: Officials of the Department's directorate of health and social care for the south of England have received the report on Portsmouth renal services by the external review panel, commissioned by the regional director of public health for the south east. In response to the report Portsmouth hospitals national health service trust has produced a detailed action plan. Progress against it is being closely monitored by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight health strategic health authority and the directorate of health and social care (south).
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Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the financial position of the Salisbury Alcohol and Drugs Advisory Service; and what the waiting time is for an appointment. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 15 October 2002]: I understand that an additional #60,000 has been made available to Salisbury alcohol and drugs advisory service (SADAS) in recognition of the shortfall in the original allocation for 200203. This will enable the strengthening of staffing resources, which will allow them to improve all their services, including detoxification, capacity and structured day care provision.
|Highest priority cases||12 weeks|
|Treatment for under 25 year olds||Up to 8 weeks|
|Arrest referral||Up to 12 weeks|
|Low risk||Up to 52 weeks|
There are currently no proposals for clinical trials of this vaccine in the United Kingdom, and the Government are not meeting any costs for any future limited clinical trials that might be required in fulfilment of an application for a product licence for smallpox vaccine supplied by Powderject Pharmaceuticals.
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smallpox vaccine must be inferred from other parameters. Clinical trials are not mandatory for unlicensed vaccines.
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year since 1990 in (a) England and (b) each NHS region for (i) all adults, (ii) non-manual groups and (iii) manual groups. 
Ms Blears: Information on smoking prevalence for adults is obtained from the general household survey; questions on smoking were included every two years. The most recent results are for 2000. Information on smoking prevalence in non-manual and manual groups is not readily available by region; sample sizes for some regions are relatively small and would not be very robust. The available information is given in the tables.
|Weighted base (000s)||||35,290||35,452|
(33) From 2000, ONS have weighted the data to compensate for under-representation of people in some groups (for example young men). The 2000 results are provided based on weighted data only. The results based on weighted and unweighted data are not directly comparable, so the results for 1998 have been presented as weighted, and as unweighted data.
In this table, the non-manual social-economic group category includes professionals, employers and managers, and intermediate non-manual and junior non-manual workers. The manual social-economic group category includes skilled manual (including foreman and supervisors) and own account non-professional, semi-skilled manual and personal service, and unskilled manual workers.
ONS General Household Surveys, 1990 to 2000.
|Region||1990||1992||1994||1996||1998||1998||2000||Base 2000 (000)||Sample 2000|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||29||28||28||28||28||29||28||3,771||1,25|
|Outer Metropolitan area||29||26||25||25||24||25||25||8,201||2,80|
|Outer South East||28||28||27||28|
(34) See notes to table 1 re: weighting.
ONS General Household Survey 2000, published as XLiving in Britain", results from the 2000 General Household Survey. Available from the internet at: http://www.statistics.gov.uk/lib/index.html
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