HC Deb 02 April 1976 vol 908 cc605-6W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidance she has issued to area health authorities on the budgetary provision and numbers and grades of staff for health education.

Dr. Owen

An agreed salary and grading structure for health education officers was promulgated in August 1975. No detailed specific guidance has been issued to area health authorities on financial resources or numbers of staff but the Government's consultative papers "Prevention and Health—Everybody's Business" and "Priorities for Health and Personal Social Services in England", both published in March 1976, indicate clearly the importance which we attach been admitted to hospital, suffering from accidental poisoning, during each of the last 24 months for which records are available; what was the average length of time these children were detained; what were the ages of the children concerned; what was the nature of the poisoning; and how many and what percentage of such poisonings resulted in death.

Dr. Owen

I regret that information is not available in the precise form requested. The estimated number of children aged 0–4 admitted as in-patients to hospitals in England and Wales suffering from poisoning or suspected poisoning (including non-accidental cases which are not separately identified) in 1972 and 1973, the latest years for which figures are available, are as follows:

to health education in the planning and allocation of local resources.