§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts in England and Wales have in place a system of nutritional screening for newly admitted patients; and what advice his Department has given on the introduction of such systems. 
§ Mr. Hutton
There are no data available on the number of hospital trusts which have in place a system of nutritional screening for newly admitted patients as this information is not collected centrally. The Department commissioned a resource pack from the University of498W Newcastle-upon-Tyne which was published in 1997 and a copy was issued to all trusts. It is intended to help trusts to develop and implement a system for nutritional screening.
§ Mr. Denham
Guidance on delivering a good quality catering service and improving nutrition standards has been issued to the National Health Service in recent years. All NHS trusts have been asked to adopt a recommended framework for auditing and monitoring performance to ensure consistent standards.