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Miss Melanie Johnson: The NHS Cancer Plan set out our commitment to maintain a modern stock of equipment in the national health service which offers the latest imaging and treatment techniques. We are aware of the benefits proton therapy can offer to the small number of patients with ocular cancer and will keep under review its potential for the treatment of other cancers.
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matters of concern about malpractice or illegal acts (whether it has been committed or is likely to be committed), such as,
a failure to comply with any legal obligation;
a miscarriage of justice;
danger to the health and safety of any individual at work;
damage to the environment; and
concealing of information in relation to any of the above.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts offer (a) pulmonary rehabilitation and (b) domiciliary respiratory physiotherapy; and how many patients are undergoing such treatment in each. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 11 November 2003]: This information is not held centrally. However, a survey carried out earlier this year by the British Lung Foundation and British Thoracic Society found that 160 out of 266 hospitals across the country provide some form of pulmonary rehabilitation to lung patients.
The National Institute of Clinical Excellence is currently developing a guideline on the management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in primary and secondary care. It is expected that the guideline will be published in February 2004.
Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional resources the Government made available for respite care since 1997 in (a) the UK, (b) the north west region and (c) St. Helens. 
Dr. Ladyman: The Carers Grant was introduced in 1999 to support local councils in arranging short breaks services for carers. It has provided an extra £325 million over five years to increase the number of breaks for carers.
|England(£ million)||North west region (£)||St. Helens(£)|
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Dr. Ladyman: Carers are entitled to an assessment to determine their needs as carers and eligibility for support including short-term breaks. The Carers Grant, worth £100 million this year, provides money for local councils to provide short breaks and other services for carers to enable them to take a break. The introduction of the short-term break voucher scheme earlier this year provides more choice and flexibility for service users and their carers.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of smear tests in England and Wales resulted in women being recalled as a result of inadequate smears in the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Screening year||Number of inadequate smears|
On 22 October, the National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommended that liquid based cytology (LBC) should be introduced across the cervical screening programme in England. LBC is a new method of preparing cervical samples for examination and reduces the likelihood of an inadequate test from one in 10 to one in 100. The Government welcomed the recommendations, which mean that approximately 300,000 women a year will not need to be recalled.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of UK women participated in the Pap Screening Programme, broken down by those (a) under 30, (b) 30 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and (d) 60 to 64 in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The percentage coverage of the national health service cervical screening programme, broken into age groups and taken from the cervical screening programme statistical bulletin, is shown in the table.
|Age range||Percentage coverage|
|20 to 29||63|
|30 to 49||82.8|
|50 to 59||82.3|
|60 to 64||77.3|
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|Less than 10 per day||9||10||10|
|10 to 19 per day||10||16||13|
|20 or more per day||2||4||3|
|Total current smokers||21||30||26|
|Never or only occasionallysmoked cigarettes||74||64||69|
ONS General Household Survey, published as "Living in Britain 2001, results from the General Household Survey".
|Number of administrative staff|
These are whole-time equivalents and the figures are as at 30 September in each year. They represent a wide range of staff, including senior directing staff, planning staff, training managers and officers, registration and inspection officers and senior support staff.
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The source of these figures is form SSDS001. This is the annual return of staffing figures provided by local authorities to the Department. The Department does not hold figures on staff employed indirectly by authorities, or employed by the independent sector.
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