Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for those comments. I agree that one of the reasons that has been given for the situation is co-morbidities—that, I think, is the technical term referring to other diseases and conditions. But women are now living healthier, longer lives, and that has to be taken into account with reference to what my hon. Friend said. We must also recognise that if we are to...
Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to the hon. Lady for highlighting that very relevant point. I mentioned earlier the recent survey by the charity Breakthrough Breast Cancer, which found that 47 per cent. of women do not know how to perform a self-examination, and 80 per cent. certainly had not done so in the previous month. I return to the 20 per cent. of women with breast cancer who are dismissed, on a...
Shailesh Vara: I repeat the answer that I gave the hon. Gentleman earlier. I appreciate the concerns, but I shall address them. Breakthrough Breast Cancer has reservations, but that is not to say that it has not sent me a letter encouraging the debate in which I am engaging. The hon. Gentleman will doubtless be aware of charities other than Breakthrough Breast Cancer. I have had a letter from Breast Cancer...
Shailesh Vara: I am grateful to my hon. Friend and constituency neighbour. He made a valid point, and the debate has certainly been raised. While there are reservations, which I shall seek—indeed am seeking—to address, the fact is that there will never be 100 per cent. certainty in the field of medicine. At times, we have to take a view when certain factors are present. We must also recognise when...
Shailesh Vara: Certainly that is one of the issues that has been raised. As well as a lack of funds, there is a lack of technical equipment and of specialist staff. The Government have a record: when issues need to be addressed and they have the will to do it, they are prepared to make long-term plans. In the 2001 manifesto, for example, Labour thought that there ought to be more hospitals. It said that by...
Shailesh Vara: The Minister mentions Breakthrough Breast Cancer, but I hope she will acknowledge that a number of charities do an enormous amount of work. I have a letter from Breast Cancer Care, which states: "Following the publication of results by Cancer Research UK of a Swedish trial that screened women aged 40–50 in 2003, Breast Cancer Care believes screening women between the age of 45 and 50 can be...
Shailesh Vara: For the record, the caveats to which I referred were not to do with the survey in Sweden. They were to do with resourcing, manpower and so on.
Shailesh Vara: If she will make a statement on recent progress towards meeting the UK climate change targets.
Shailesh Vara: Last year, aviation CO 2 emissions increased by 12 per cent. The aviation White Paper envisages a trebling of airport capacity in the south-east. What specific measures is the Minister proposing to ensure that, despite the increased airport capacity, aviation CO 2 emissions will decrease, rather than continue to increase?
Shailesh Vara: The European Union will shortly embark on a review of the European wine industry. May we have a statement from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to ensure that Britain's embryonic wine industry is well protected in that review?
Shailesh Vara: My right hon. Friend says that the consultation process is a sham. Huntingdonshire PCT has already been informed that some £12 million to £13 million will be taken away from its budget in the 2006–07 financial year. Does he agree that that clearly reflects the fact that this is a sham?
Shailesh Vara: If she will make a statement on the current level of water supplies.
Shailesh Vara: Although I welcome improvements in reducing the amount of water leaking from pipes, 3,649 million litres continues to leak every day. What measures are the Government taking to encourage water companies to deal with that problem?
Shailesh Vara: If he will make a statement on the political situation in Iran.
Shailesh Vara: Will the Secretary of State tell the House what discussions he has held with other Gulf states, with a view to putting pressure on Iran to sever its links with terrorist groups such as Hezbollah?
Shailesh Vara: Given that many primary care trusts are not replacing jobs to ensure that employment numbers are kept low, will the Secretary of State undertake to publish regular employment figures for trusts so that we know exactly where job losses are occurring?
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green (Lynne Featherstone) of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 2028W, on section 64 funding, when she expects the review to start; and how long she expects it to last.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what (a) guidance and (b) support his Department offers on inoculation against the H5N1 virus to British nationals living overseas in countries where there is a major outbreak.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow much money was distributed to voluntary organisations through section 64 General Scheme of Grants in each year since 1997; and if she will list the organisations which received such funding in 2005–06.
Shailesh Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what measures are in place for the inoculation of the population in the event of an outbreak of avian influenza in Britain.