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NHS Finance

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the CD referred to in paragraph 5.576 of her Department’s annual report; what the cost was of producing the CD; and what the conclusion was of the evaluation to which she refers. (117121)

The compact disk (CD) was produced and 20,000 copies distributed at a cost of £82,000. These were disseminated throughout the HM Prison Service young people's estate and to young offenders. An additional 20,000 copies are currently being prepared at a cost of £32,000. A copy will be placed in the Library shortly.

The Government’s “Hepatitis C Strategy for England” recognised the importance of targeting young people in custody, many of whom are not yet injecting, with primary prevention messages to help them stay safe and avoid risks from blood-borne viruses. As a result, the Department commissioned this CD, as a resource to raise awareness and attempt to influence this group away from injecting and drug use, or at least to adopt harm reduction measures.

The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s evaluation of the CD will be published shortly and a copy will be placed in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1418-9W, on NHS finance, what she expects the (a) remit, (b) function and (c) activity of the NHS Bank to be; and if she will make a statement. (117757)

[holding answer 31 January 2007]: As stated in the Departmental Report 2006, the NHS Bank was set up in 2003-04 as a mutual organisation of the 28 strategic health authorities (SHAs) with the purpose of supporting national health service organisations in maximising the use of resources across the NHS over time.

Its current functions include:

working with SHAs to manage the profile of capital expenditure across the NHS;

assisting in the management of the impairments/accelerated depreciation central budget and any other central budgets it is requested to manage; and

providing advice to the Department on the financial impact of new policy developments.

It is planned that the future functions and remit of the NHS Bank will be reconsidered shortly.