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Advisory Committee On Distinction Awards

Volume 202: debated on Tuesday 21 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the membership of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards and of its regional committee for Wales; what is their remuneration; what are their occupations; by whom they are appointed; and what are their terms of office.

The membership of the Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards is given in the table. The membership of the Welsh committee for 1992 has not yet been finalised. The chairman of the advisory committee is paid £23,500 per year, and the vice-chairman £9,249.25 per year. No other members of the committee are paid for their committee work. All members are appointed on behalf of my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Health, for Scotland and for Wales.The chairman is a retired consultant, the vice-chairman is a retired civil servant. With the exception of the chief executive of the NHS management executive, the other members of the committee are consultants in the NHS. The membership is as follows:

  • Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards
  • Professor Sir Gordon Robson, CBE, FFARCS (Chairman) Mr. A. L. Rennie, CB (Vice-Chairman)
  • Professor Sir Herbert Duthie, MD, FRCS
  • Sir Anthony Grabham, FRCS
  • Professor D. K. Peters, FRCP
  • Mr. J. A. P. Marston, MA, DM, FRCS
  • Mr. S. C. Simmons, PRCOG
  • Professor L. G. Whitby, FRSE, PhD, FRCP, FRCPath Sir Terence English, KBE, PRCS
  • Professor Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick, DBE, PhD, PRCP
  • Professor Dame June Lloyd, DBE, MD, FRCP, DCH
  • Professor M. Rosen, CBE, FFARCS
  • Dr. J. 0. M. C. Craig, FRCS, FRCR, DMRD
  • Mr. D. K. Nichol, CBE
  • Dr. F. Moran, FRCP
  • Professor P. Lachmann, FRS, ScD, PhD, FRCP, PRCPath
  • Mr. D. Seel, BDS, FDS, RCS, MOrth
  • Professor W. W. Holland, MD, FRCP, PFPHM
  • Dr. Vera Dallos, FRCP
  • Dr. J. R. Bennett, FRCP
  • Professor D. C. Carter, MD, FRCS
  • Mr. A. W. F. Lettin, MS, FRCS
  • Professor J. D Swales, MD, FRCP
  • Professor A. C. P. Sims, PRCPsych

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the Government intend to implement the recommendations on toxoplasmosis of the Fourth Report of the Health Committee, session 1990–91, on maternity services: "Pre-conceptual Care."

This recommendation is currently being considered by the Government, along with other recommendations contained in the preconception care report of the Health Select Committee maternity services inquiry (Session 1990–91: HC 430–1). A full response to the report will be published shortly.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on toxoplasmosis.

In the last 12 months the Department has received four inquiries from the general public and 32 inquiries from right hon. and hon. Members, three of which were parliamentary questions.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the European countries which test for toxoplasmosis during pregnancy (a) routinely and (b) on request; for each European country what are the rates of pre-pregnancy immunity and sero-conversion during pregnancy; and which countries provide health education to pregnant women on the avoidance of toxoplasmosis infection during pregnancy.

We are aware that France, Austria and parts of Germany conduct screening for toxoplasmosis in pregnant women. No other information is available.