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Written Answers

Volume 459: debated on Friday 20 April 2007

Written Answers to Questions

Friday 20 April 2007

Church Commissioners

Church Commissioners: Licensing

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners how many special licences were granted in each year since 1997. (133131)

These figures are not held by the central Church institutions but I understand from the Office for National Statistics that the figures for 1997 to 2004 (the latest year for which figures are available) are as follows:

Total number of Special Licences in England and Wales

1997

1,952

1998

1,878

1999

1,861

2000

1,877

2001

1,805

2002

1,784

2003

1,966

2004

2,226

Churches: Gift Aid

To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what assessment he has made of the impact on church income from the gift aid scheme of a reduction in the basic rate of tax following the Budget statement. (132575)

We estimate that the reduction in the basic rate of tax will reduce the income of parishes up and down the country by about £7.7 million.

We do, however, welcome the fact that the Chancellor will consult the charitable sector about measures to increase the take-up of Gift Aid. We also welcome his undertaking to consider in the run-up to the Spending Review what other financial help could be given to churches.

Communities and Local Government

Buildings: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to revise planning guidance, regulations or circulars on tall buildings in London. (129193)

There is no Government planning guidance, regulations or circulars specifically on tall buildings in London, though the Mayor of London sets out policies on tall buildings in his London Plan. In addition, the Government are currently consulting on draft directions for 11 protected vistas being proposed by the Mayor in his London Views Management Framework.

Council Housing: Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people living (a) in Colchester local authority area and (b) outside the Colchester local authority area are on the Colchester housing transfer list; and what the figures were in 1997. (133373)

Information regarding housing transfers is not held centrally. However, local authorities in England report the numbers of households (not people) on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. I refer the hon. Member to my reply given today UIN 133374.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people living (a) in Colchester local authority area and (b) outside the Colchester local authority area are on the Colchester housing waiting list; and what the figures were in 1997. (133374)

Local authorities in England report the numbers of households (not people) on their housing waiting list as at 1 April in their annual Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix returns. However, the information is not broken down by whether the household is living within or outside the local authority district.

The number of households on Colchester borough council’s housing waiting list, as at 1 April each year, is published on the Communities and Local Government website in Table 600. The link for this table is given as follows:

http://www.communities.gov.uk/embedded_object.asp?id::=l163853

Not everyone on the waiting list is necessarily in urgent housing need. The waiting list includes those who consider social housing as their preferred or one of a number of housing options, and those who decide to get on to the waiting list ladder before they need or want to move house—particularly where the priority system is heavily based on waiting time.

Council Housing: Property Transfer

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many and what percentage of those voting in each large scale voluntary transfer ballot voted (a) for and (b) against transfer in each of the last three years. (131052)

The information requested is as follows.

Date tenant ballot closed

LA/scheme

Valid votes cast

Votes in favour

Percentage in favour

Votes against

Percentage against

1 April 2004

Trafford MBC

7,024

5,121

72.91

1,903

27.09

2 April 2004

Manchester CC Woodhouse Park1

2,149

1,993

92.7

156

7.3

14 April 2004

Wirral MBC

10,087

7,803

77.36

2,284

22.64

19 April 2004

Wakefield MDC

25,487

18,767

73.6

6,720

26.4

4 May 2004

North East Lincolnshire Council

6,335

4,249

67.26

2,086

32.74

17 May 2004

RB Kingston

3,812

1,421

37

2,391

63

21 June 2004

LB Tower Hamlets Mile End East1

651

364

55.9

287

44.1

21 July 2004

LB Lambeth Kennington1

507

304

60.08

203

39.92

27 July 2004

LB Islington SURCO1

227

125

55.8

102

44.2

28 July 2004

LB Islington Grove1

103

75

72.82

28

27.18

2 August 2004

LB Tower Hamlets, Tarling East1

48

37

77.1

11

22.92

18 October 2004

LB Tower Hamlets—Crossways1

120

108

90

12

10

22 November 2004

Halton BC

4,672

3,646

78.1

1,026

21.9

8 December 2004

Kings Lynn and W Norfolk BC

5,686

4,350

76.5

1,336

23.5

16 December 2004

Preston CC

3,939

3,188

81.4

751

18.61

20 December 2004

Manchester CC Haughton Green1

747

707

94.9

40

5.1

20 December 2004

LB Tower Hamlets Leopold and Burdett1

255

161

63.4

94

36.6

24 March 2005

LB Lambeth Clapham Park 1

1,108

654

59.3

454

40.7

29 March 2005

Stafford BC

4,462

2,973

66.8

1,489

33.2

31 March 2005

North Norfolk DC

4,387

2,804

64

1,583

36

1 April 2005

Broxbourne BC

2,748

1,908

69.7

840

30.3

4 April 2005

North Somerset Council

4,992

3,800

76.5

1,192

23.5

4 April 2005

Ellesmere Port and Neston BC

4,210

2,027

48.2

2,183

51.8

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Island Homes1

605

391

65.5

214

34.5

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Island Gardens Isle of Dogs1

355

268

76.6

87

23.4

8 April 2005

LB Tower Hamlets St. Georges1

161

105

66.0

56

34

27 April 2005

Manchester CC—Hattersley1

1,394

1,290

92.5

104

7.46

27 May 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Sheltered1

208

124

60.2

84

39.8

9 June 2005

Hyndburn BC

2,562

2,027

79.2

535

20.8

12 July 2005

LB Islington Ringcross1

141

111

78.7

30

21.3

19 July 2005

Sedgefield BC

8,173

3,421

41.9

4,752

58.1

22 July 2005

LB Tower Hamlets—Parkside1

820

413

50.4

407

49.6

26 July 2005

Teesdale DC

831

733

88.2

98

11.8

17 August 2005

Macclesfield BC

4,491

2,794

62.2

1,697

37.8

18 August 2005

Sefton Council

9,113

4,089

44.95

5,024

55.05

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets, Mansford1

212

135

64.0

77

36

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets, Lincoln1

122

52

42.6

70

57.4

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Chicksand West1

112

88

78.6

24

21.4

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlet—Wapping1

363

154

42.5

209

57.5

22 September 2005

LB Tower Hamlets—Glamis1

117

81

69.2

36

30.8

8 November 2005

Rossendale BC

2,795

2,308

82.6

487

17.4

11 November 2005

Aylesbury Vale DC

6,308

4,690

74.4

1,618

25.6

11 November 2005

Sheffield CC Shiregreen1

2,304

1,979

85.9

325

14.1

2 December 2005

Manchester CC W Wythenshawe1

5,065

4,480

88.7

585

11.3

5 December 2005

Derwentside DC

5,322

4,028

75.7

1,294

24.26

9 December 2005

Waverley BC

4,095

1,926

47.25

2,169

52.75

12 December 2005

West Lancs DC

4,683

1,984

43

2,699

57

13 December 2005

Sefton Council

7,261

5,172

71.4

2,089

28.6

19 December 2005

LB Lambeth Stockwell Park1

786

621

79.1

165

20.9

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Longnor Norfolk and Osier1

175

80

45.7

95

54.3

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Stepney Green and Clichy1

369

138

37.4

231

62.6

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Exmouth1

255

199

78.0

56

22

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Cranbrook1

195

55

28.2

140

71.8

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Granby Hereford1

203

74

36.5

129

63.5

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Barleymow1

140

62

44.3

78

55.7

21 December 2005

LB Tower Hamlets Lansbury1

377

232

61.5

145

38.5

22 February 2006

Mid Devon DC

3,054

744

24.4

2,310

75.6

24 February 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Holland1

173

128

74.0

45

26

10 March 2006

Selby DC

3,021

1,055

34.5

1,966

65.5

10 March 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Devons1

326

175

53.7

151

46.3

10 March 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Bow Bridge1

159

114

72.2

45

27.8

15 March 2006

Pendle BC

2,917

2,453

84.4

464

15.6

27 March 2006

Cannock Chase DC

4,696

2,260

48.1

2,436

51.9

28 March 2006

North Lincolnshire Council

7,960

5,012

63.0

2,948

37

31 March 2006

Waveney DC

4,508

1,458

32.3

3,050

67.7

27 April 2006

South Gloucestershire Council

6,314

4,032

64.0

2,282

36

13 July 2006

Sheffield CC Loxley Wadsley Wisewood1

574

437

76.1

137

23.9

28 July 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Collingwood and Horwood1

451

224

49.7

227

50.3

8 August 2006

Chorley BC

2,378

1,499

63.1

879

36.9

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Boundary1

256

32

12.6

224

87.4

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Locksley1

304

105

34.5

199

65.5

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Cleveland1

127

53

41.7

74

58.3

28 September 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Ocean1

666

248

37.3

418

62.7

3 November 2006

LB Tower Hamlets Dinmont1

31

29

93.5

2

6.5

3 November 2006

LB Tower Hamlets East India1

464

365

78.8

99

21.2

10 November 2006

Watford BC

3,497

1,902

54.5

1,595

45.5

13 November 2006

South Kesteven DC

4,791

1,278

26.8

3,513

73.2

29 November 2006

Salisbury DC

4,810

1,377

28.7

3,433

71.3

1 December 2006

Gravesham BC

4,903

685

14

4,218

86

6 December 2006

North Shropshire DC

1,872

1,481

79.5

391

20.5

7 December 2006

Fenland DC

3,257

1,747

53.9

1,510

46.1

7 December 2006

LB Islington Packington1

319

285

89.3

34

10.66

13 December 2006

LB Lewisham Phoenix1

2,976

2,023

68.7

953

31.3

14 December 2006

Daventry DC

2,638

2,025

76.8

613

23.2

15 December 2006

Castle Morpeth BC

1,997

1,745

87.4

252

12.6

15 December 2006

Braintree DC

6,910

4,304

62.3

2,606

37.7

15 December 2006

Rochford DC

1,491

1,234

82.8

257

17.2

15 December 2006

Wellingborough BC

3,500

2,616

74.7

884

25.3

18 December 2006

Taunton Deane BC

4,802

1,502

31.3

3,300

68.7

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Harold Lambert Court1

536

416

77.6

120

22.4

18 December 2006

LB Sutton Roundshaw1

364

214

58.8

150

41.2

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Lower Manor1

919

808

87.9

111

12.1

18 December 2006

Sheffield CC Wybourn1

736

541

73.5

195

26.5

21 December 2006

Tower Hamlets Alfred and Malmesbury1

338

167

49.4

171

50.6

2 February 2007

Sheffield CC Hyde Park Walk and Terrace1

135

101

74.8

34

25.2

2 February 2007

Sheffield CC Richmond Park, Birklands and Athelstan1

428

304

71.0

124

29

20 February 2007

Brighton and Hove CC

8,744

2,014

23

6,730

77

5 March 2007

Manchester CC South1

4,943

2,904

58.9

2,039

41.1

15 March 2007

Chester Le Street DC

3,712

2,251

60.6

1,461

39.4

16 March 2007

Wansbeck DC

4,299

3,648

84.9

651

15.1

21 March 2007

Harborough DC

1,800

1,375

76.4

425

23.6

26 March 2007

Mole Valley DC

3,011

2,587

85.9

424

14.1

30 March 2007

Torridge DC

1,551

1,304

84.1

247

15.9

30 March 2007

Liverpool CC Remainder of stock1

11,100

8,653

78.0

2,447

22

10 April 2007

Bracknell Forest BC

4,560

3,453

75.7

1,107

24.3

1 Denotes partial area.

Council Housing: Street Warden Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities make an additional charge on council house rents to pay for street wardens. (127659)

We do not collect information centrally on local authority funding for particular warden schemes.

Council Housing: Westminster

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many homes she expects to be upgraded in Westminster under the Decent Homes Initiative over the life of the programme; and how much she expects the Government to have spent on the programme over its lifetime. (126445)

In the City of Westminster there are 12,407 homes owned by the local authority and managed by City West Homes the Council’s arm’s length management organisation. The Government have allocated £74 million in supported capital expenditure to City West Homes between 2002 and 2006 for its decent homes programme.

Local authorities started reporting on decent homes in 2002. Between 2002 and 2006 the number of non-decent council homes in Westminster was reduced by 9,665. At 1 April 2006 there were still 1,182 non-decent council homes. Data by local authority for registered social landlords (RSLs) have only been collected since 2005. Between 2005 and 2006 the number of non-decent RSL homes was reduced by 167. At 1 April 2006 there were still 1,706 non-decent RSL homes.

The decent homes programme also covers non decent homes in the private sector occupied by vulnerable households but we do not hold these data at the local authority level.

The cost per house of meeting the decent homes standard varies across the country and the Department does not collect those figures separately. Some local authorities are refurbishing the houses in their area significantly above the decent homes standard. What the improved standard is and how it will be achieved will be determined by local circumstances and the level of resources that can be brought to the programme locally. The Government expect over £31 billion to be spent on refurbishing council homes by 2010, this includes local authorities’ own investment and raising houses above the decent homes standard.

Departments: Consultants

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much her Department and its predecessor spent on (a) consultants and (b) advertising in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06. (130102)

In respect of the spend on consultants I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by Baroness Andrews to Lord Smith of Clifton on 18 May 2006, Official Report, column WA61.

The spend on advertising in 2004-05 and 2005-06

£ million

2004-05

5.04

2005-06

4.7

Home Information Packs

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the estimated total budget is of the Home Condition Report database. (129252)

The Home Condition Report Register is provided under a concession agreement so there is no cost to Communities and Local Government.

Homebuy Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how many individuals have completed a sale to part-own or own their social home under the Social Homebuy scheme; (129227)

(2) how many (a) housing associations and (b) local authorities are offering the Social Homebuy scheme.

33 Social Homebuy sales were completed up to the end of February 2007 and there are 575 applications in the pipeline. The sales are mainly from the four first housing association pilots.

41 housing associations and two local authorities have now begun offering the scheme to their tenants as part of the Social Homebuy pilot. We expect a further 37 housing associations and six more local authorities to do so by April 2007.

Housing: Carbon Monoxide

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the percentage of private homes in (a) England and (b) each region which have carbon monoxide levels higher than those deemed safe by the World Health Organisation. (131017)

While data are collected for carbon monoxide emissions and carbon monoxide related fatalities, no statistics are routinely collected about carbon monoxide levels in homes.

Housing: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what projections the Government have made of the future net financial position of housing revenue authorities over the next five years on the basis of current policy. (128319)

[holding answer 19 March 2007]: This Department does not make forecasts of future net financial positions on a local authority basis.

Housing: Low Incomes

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of the cost of providing new houses for key workers by (a) purchase assistance, (b) purchase from housing associations and (c) construction of (i) social housing and (ii) council housing. (119833)

The Government offer specific housing assistance to key workers in areas experiencing problems of recruitment and retention difficulties under the key worker living (KWL) scheme. The scheme operates in London, the south east and east of England. Key worker living funding is divided between Open Market HomeBuy (equity loans to purchase properties on the open market) and new build products such as New Build HomeBuy (shared ownership of newly built homes) and intermediate rent (where the rent is set at a level between that charged by social and private landlords).

On 2 October 2006 Open Market HomeBuy was re-launched in partnership with four mortgage lenders. Half of the equity loan is provided by Government and half by the mortgage lender. This reduces the level of public sector subsidy required making it possible to help more people into different forms of shared ownership. The average grant per unit for key worker Open Market HomeBuy completions in the current financial year prior to the re-launch of the product was £39,687. Currently the average grant rate per unit for key workers that have purchased under the new Expanded Open Market HomeBuy product is £26,762.

The estimated average grant per unit for New Build HomeBuy properties in the three key worker living regions under the national affordable housing programme for 2006-2008 is £34,623.

We do not collect data on key worker access to social rented properties. The average cost of providing a social rented unit nationally was £133,941 of which £62,000 was the average public subsidy in the form of grant. Statistics are not collected on the construction costs specifically of new council housing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has to bring forward proposals to establish a common definition of community land trust in statute law. (127160)

The Department is currently examining what further action may be required to facilitate development of the community land trust model.

Housing: South East Region

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment her Department has made of the effect of Planning Policy Statement 3 on the number of dwellings that will be built on greenfield sites in the south-east. (131622)

No specific assessment has been made of the effect of Planning Policy Statement 3: “Housing” on the numbers of dwellings likely to be built on greenfield sites in the south-east. This will depend on the decisions of local planning authorities in identifying suitable locations for housing to meet the needs of households in their areas, as well as their wider planning policies, especially in relation to the density of housing development.

PPS3 gives local planning authorities the tools and flexibilities they need to ensure that priority is given to the development of brownfield sites, including by taking stronger action to bring more brownfield land back into use, by setting targets and trajectories for brownfield development which reflect local circumstances, and by managing the release of land over time to deliver against those targets and trajectories.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many new homes in the south-east were built on windfall sites in each year between 2001 and 2006. (131624)

Housing: Surveys

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for the collation of data for the next English Housing Survey. (129273)

The Department currently conducts two continuous housing surveys: the Survey of English Housing and the English House Condition Survey. However, these are to be merged into a single survey, the English Housing Survey, which will start in April 2008 with fieldwork conducted throughout the year.

The proposed timetable for the publication of annual reports from the existing surveys is:

Survey of English Housing

Report for the year

Date of publication

2005-06

September 2007

2006-07

May 2008

2007-08

May 2009

English House Condition Survey annual reports are published every May. The report for 2005 will be published in May 2007.

The timetable for publishing outputs from the new English Housing Survey has not been finalised. Some preliminary reports based on the first survey year (2008-09) may be published towards the end of 2009.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether her Department is (a) gathering and (b) compiling data on individual homes for its housing surveys. (129275)

The Department conducts two continuous housing surveys, the Survey of English Housing and the English House Condition Survey. Both are sample surveys that involve interviewing households at randomly selected addresses in England. Property inspections are also conducted as part of the English House Condition Survey.

In accordance with the National Statistics Code of Practice, no information is published that would enable individuals or their addresses to be identified. Moreover, the identities of participating households are anonymous; and their addresses are known only to the survey teams.

Local Government Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when she expects to make available to local authorities that part of this year’s local authority Business Growth Initiative awards which has been withheld; and what assessment she has made of the impact on local authority budgets of the withholding of those awards. (132747)

As we have previously announced, in the three years to 2007-08 local authorities will receive up to £l billion through the Local Authority Business Growth Initiative. We have abolished the ceiling but due to judicial reviews brought by Corby and Slough borough councils, this year payments have been scaled back to 70 per cent. of their value to protect the important incentive this scheme creates for authorities both in this year and next year. Authorities received £316 million this year which is more than two and a half times the £126 million of grant paid last year and 50 more authorities received LABGI grant this year than last.

There is therefore a detrimental effect on local authorities due to the action of Slough and Corby councils. I have made no assessment of this impact.

Planning: Aviation

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) whether, under Planning Policy Statement 3, open land associated with an airfield and used for recreational aviation will be potentially subject to development; and if she will make a statement; (131225)

(2) whether, under Planning Policy Statement 3, the Government have changed their policy on the protection of airfields from development; and if she will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green) on 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 500W.

Public Footpaths

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 12 March 2007, Official Report, columns 152-3W, on public footpaths, whether the requirements placed on local planning authorities in respect of changes to rights of way also apply in respect of the proposed creation of new public footpaths, cycleways and bridle paths. (128111)

The proposed creation of new public footpaths and bridleways is covered by the Public Paths Orders Regulations 1993, as set out in the answer given to the hon. Member for Colchester on 12 March 2007, Official Report, column 152-3W.

There are three ways of creating new cycle tracks:

(a) New cycle tracks can be created under powers in section 24(2) of the Highways Act 1980. Planning permission is usually required for this.

(b) Cycle tracks can be created by converting an existing footpath, or part of a footpath, by an order made under the Cycle Tracks Act 1984, to which the Cycle Tracks Regulations 1984 apply. These require consultation with one or more organisations representing persons using the footpath, any local authority, parish council or community council whose area the footpath is situated, statutory undertakers and the local police.

(c) Cycle tracks can also be created by converting part of the footway (the pavement adjacent to a road) by an order under the Highways Act 1980. There are no statutory procedures for footway conversions, but proposals are advertised by site notices and notices in local newspapers, following the appropriate council resolution.

Advice on the conversion of footpaths and footways is contained in Local Transport Note 2/86 “Shared Use by Cyclists and Pedestrians” and advice on the establishment of new cycle tracks is to be found in Local Transport Note 1/89 “Making Way for Cyclists”, which also provides advice on footway conversion notices.

Regional Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many regional assemblies are reviewing their social, economic and environmental partners membership; and at what cost. (131207)

Regional assemblies as voluntary bodies decide their own composition so long as a minimum of 30 per cent. of their members represent social, economic and environmental partners as set down in their letters of designation. Regional assemblies will review their membership following local government elections each year. The south west and east of England regional assemblies are currently undertaking a review of their regional stakeholder members. This is being undertaken in the ordinary course of business at no additional cost.

The Yorkshire and Humber assembly has recently commissioned a study into the role of social, economic and environmental partners, with the aim of ensuring that all partners are supported in helping deliver the broad objectives agreed by the region. The total cost of the work is £7,900.

Regional Planning and Development: Eastern Region

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which social, economic and environmental partners receive (a) subscription and (b) grant money from the East of England Regional Assembly; and at what total cost. (132245)

The East of England Regional Assembly (EERA) does not pay subscriptions to partnerships, nor does it provide grants for which organisations can apply. However, as part of its purpose to promote the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the region, it does contribute its funds towards a range of initiatives undertaken by regional partners.

In 2006-07 EERA allocated approximately £150,000 towards the work of regional organisations which carry out social, economic or environmental initiatives, £75,000 of which was allocated to the East of England Sustainable Development Round Table and its associated Climate Change Partnership. Similar amounts are proposed for 2007-08. Further details of projects or partners which have received support from EERA are contained in its Annual Business Plans available at the EERA website.

Rents: North West Region

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for how many Rentcharge payers the Government Office for the North West has arranged to receive Rentcharge redemption in each of the last five years. (127904)

In the period 1 January 2002 to 31 December 2006, the National Rentcharge Unit received 1,786 applications for redemption. Of these, 214 are still under consideration, 667 were redeemed and 905 were not redeemed.

Cases received

Redeemed

Not redeemed

Total

2002

445

139

306

445

2003

406

156

250

406

2004

299

146

153

299

2005

310

152

158

310

2006

326

74

38

1112

Total

1,786

667

905

1,572

1 Cases still under consideration—214.

A regional breakdown is not available.

Right to Buy Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what powers housing associations and trusts have to impose a two-year moratorium on the selling of houses under right-to-buy legislation. (130610)

Social landlords have no general power to suspend the right-to-buy. However, the availability of the right-to-buy may be affected either by demolition plans or by the tenant’s own behaviour.

Where there are plans to demolish the property, service on the tenant of an initial demolition notice suspends the right-to-buy by preventing the tenant from forcing the landlord to complete the sale. Once a final demolition notice has been served, the right-to-buy no longer arises. An initial demolition notice can last up to five years. The final demolition notice must specify, demolition within 24 months (but may be extended by direction of the Secretary of State).

A landlord may also seek an order from the court suspending the right-to-buy for a specified period on the grounds of antisocial behaviour by the tenant. A tenant may not compel a landlord to complete a right-to-buy sale if an application for a demotion order, or for a suspension order or possession order on the grounds of antisocial behaviour is pending against him or her. In addition, where a tenant is in arrears of rent the landlord cannot be forced to complete the sale so long as payment of the arrears remains outstanding.

Culture, Media and Sport

Olympic Games

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answer of 22 February 2007, Official Report, column 871W, on the Olympic games, what estimate has been made of how the £1.5 billion benefit to the London economy from the games will be apportioned between the London boroughs. (132500)

The likely economic benefit to individual London boroughs of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games is not yet known. DCMS and our Olympic partners are continuing to analyse and evaluate the many economic, social, cultural and sporting benefits for London, and all sections of the UK, from hosting the games.

Olympic Games: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department plans to take to ensure that south west London boroughs share in the (a) economic, (b) social and (c) sporting benefits arising from the 2012 Olympic Games. (132580)

The Olympic Board has agreed that the Mayor will be responsible for delivering the games' social, economic and environmental benefits for London, as well as improving sports participation at community and grass roots level for all Londoners. As a result, the Greater London Authority (GLA), on behalf of the Mayor, has co-ordinated the preparation of a detailed delivery plan for each of the Olympic sub-objectives relating to London, looking at how potential benefits can be realised for all boroughs, including those located in the south west

These plans include the summer of sport competitions, the employment and skills taskforce and the pre-volunteer programme, for which Croydon is a pilot borough.

In addition, Wimbledon will host the Olympic tennis tournament in 2012.

Television: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many people were charged for television licence evasion in Lancashire in each of the past five years. (127097)

I have been asked to reply.

Local information on charging is not centrally held.

Data on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to television licence evasion in the Lancashire police force area in the years 2001 to 2005 can be found in the following table.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates court and found guilty at all courts for offences relating to TV licence evasion in Lancashire police force area1,2,3

Prosecuted

Found guilty

2001

4,720

4,292

2002

5,058

4,753

2003

3,824

3,444

20043

4,145

3,733

2005

6,270

5,762

1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 3 The TV licensing provisions of the Wireless Telegraphy Act 1949 were replaced by new provisions in the Communications Act 2003 which came into effect 1 April 2004. Source: RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Defence

Armed Forces: Compensation Scheme

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library (a) the Defence Analytical Services Agency statistical information and (b) feedback from (i) users and (ii) claimants on the analysis of the first year of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. (132291)

I refer the hon. Member to my written ministerial statement of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 31WS. A copy of the report is available in the Library of the House. The report is also available on the Service Pensions and Veterans Agency (SPYA) website:

http://www.veterans-uk.info/pdfs/afcs/afcs_evalreport0506.pdf

Armed Forces: Deployment

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether guidelines exist on how far in advance of deployment a battalion’s flight dates should be confirmed; and if he will make a statement. (131982)

Formal guidelines are laid down on how far in advance flight dates should be confirmed to battalions. Defence Instructions and Notices number 03-020 states that detailed itineraries and arrangements for all tasks are to be issued, generally two weeks before the task date. In practice, however, for operations and exercises, battalions are normally given at least 10 to 30 days notice of departure.

In all situations the guiding principle is to give soldiers as much notice as possible of likely departure dates.

Armed Forces: Drugs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy following its examination of factors which lead to drug use among soldiers referred to in the answer of 17 May 2006, on armed forces (drug offences), Official Report, columns 952-3W. (132212)

The Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy's examination of factors which lead to drug use among soldiers is not yet complete. I will consider placing a copy of the report in the House Library when it becomes available.

Bombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what munitions testing has been undertaken of the ERBS M85 cluster bomb; and what the failure rate is of the self-destruct mechanism. (131014)

[holding answer 18 April 2007]: There have been a number of trials of the 155 mm L20A1 Extended Range Bomblet Shell, which contains M85 bomblets. When the totality of test and acceptance firings is analysed over the life of the munition, the average bomblet failure rate is approximately 2 per cent. As part of its ongoing quality and performance regime the MOD continues to actively monitor the performance of this system and explore ways of reducing the failure rate still further in partnership with the supplier.

Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were redeployed to (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan within (i) one month, (ii) two months, (iii) three months, (iv) four months, (v) five months, (vi) six months, (vii) one year and (viii) two years of completing their last deployment in each of the last three years. (128237)

Deployment figures are currently provided at aggregate levels based on manual returns. They are not available in central individual level databases. As such these data could not be collated without incurring disproportionate cost.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason UK forces operate north of Baghdad; and if he will make a statement. (132619)

UK forces operate in and around Baghdad, including north of the city, in order to provide support to coalition operations, mentoring and training of Iraqi Security Forces and the provision of Force Protection to UK military and civilian personnel based in and around the city.

Iraq: Police

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent assessment he has made of militia infiltration into the Iraqi Police Service; what risk this poses to joint patrols; and if he will make a statement. (131980)

Nimrod Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether he has received representations on the safety of Nimrod aircraft from fleet flight crew since September 2006; (126588)

(2) whether he received representations on the safety of the Nimrod fleet before September 2006;

(3) what representations he has received on the use of fuel lines on Nimrod aircraft.

Representations has been defined as parliamentary questions and letters from third parties to Ministers.

Defence Ministers did not receive any official representations on the safety of the Nimrod fleet or the use of fuel lines on Nimrod aircraft from January 2006 to September 2006. Looking back beyond this date could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

Since September 2006, whilst Defence Ministers have received official representations on the safety of Nimrod aircraft from members of the public, none of these referred to the use of fuel lines on the aircraft. I have no evidence to suggest that any of these representations were from serving flight crew.

In recent weeks the Department has received three requests under the Freedom of Information Act on the safety of Nimrod aircraft and on the use of fuel lines on the aircraft. There is no evidence to suggest that any of these requests are from serving flight crew.

War Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many letters the Veterans Agency has written to personnel in March 2007 waiting for (a) war disablement pensions and (b) Armed Forces Compensation Scheme payments; and if he will make a statement. (131721)

We do not hold specific data on the total number of letters sent to those claiming war disablement pensions and payments under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Education and Skills

Science: Curriculum

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills pursuant to the answer of 19 March 2007, Official Report, column 701W, on science: curriculum, (1) what consultation has taken place on the content of the national curriculum planning guidance; (130264)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the national curriculum planning guidance.

As part of the consultation on the secondary curriculum review, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority is seeking views on general draft supporting materials. The materials have been designed to be used on the website and can be found at:

http://www.qca.org.uk/secondarycurriculumreview/

An extract has been placed in the House Library.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Horses: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he expects (a) the information from the National Equine Database to be available to members of the public and (b) members of the public to be able to retrieve (i) statistics on the number of racehorses slaughtered each year, (ii) the ages of racehorses at the time of slaughter and (iii) the reasons for the slaughter of racehorses. (131245)

The National Equine Database (NED) was developed to hold centrally the information confined in horse passports. This is to prevent theft and aid the early recovery of horses and, in terms of veterinary surveillance, help control equine disease outbreaks.

The NED system has been enhanced to hold pedigree, performance, evaluation and grading information on each horse born or resident in the UK with a passport. The enhanced system will be called NED Online and will be available for the public to use. Some of the information will be free and some will be available for a fee, although horse owner names and addresses are confidential to the Government. Currently, when a horse is slaughtered, basic equine identification information is collected including the passport issuing body (for racehorses this would be Weatherbys) and submitted to NED. However, not all horses with a Weatherbys passport race.

As NED Online develops, its facilities will continue to improve in line with users’ requirements. However, there are no plans as yet to enable members of the public to retrieve details of slaughtered racehorses.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Bangladesh

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received of recent attacks by Muslim extremists against the judiciary in Bangladesh. (132566)

We are aware of reports that the prosecutor in the trial of leading militants has been shot. However, no individual has been charged and we are not aware of any militant organisation having claimed responsibility.

Chad: Peace Keeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response she plans to make to the conclusions of the recent UN mission to the Central African Republic and Chad on the measures needed to bring peace and stability to eastern Chad. (132030)

[holding answer 18 April 2007]: We are very concerned about the humanitarian situation in eastern Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) and the spill over of violence from Darfur. We take every opportunity to call on the Governments of Chad and Sudan to implement their commitments to respect each other's borders and honour their obligations to protect their citizens.

On 27 February, Assistant Secretary-General Hedi Annabi briefed the UN Security Council, in closed consultations, on the Secretary-General's recommendations for deployment of a UN peacekeeping force in Chad and CAR following a second Technical Assessment Mission to the two countries.

The UK will continue to work with the UN and partners on the Security Council to create the necessary conditions for a UN mission to Chad and CAR, as called for under UN Security Council Resolution 1706. On 16 April my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary stated to the Security Council that agreement is needed for a UN peacekeeping operation in Chad.

EC External Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations she has (a) made to the EU and (b) received on the negotiations on economic partnership agreements with African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. (132066)

The Government are working closely with the European Commission who are negotiating economic partnership agreements on behalf of the EU, EU member states and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries. They listen carefully to the views of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) while doing so to ensure that these agreements are truly development-focused and designed to deliver long-term development, economic growth and poverty reduction in ACP countries.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is leading the UK representation on these negotiations supported in its work by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Recent representations:

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development met with ACP Ministers and negotiators in November 2006.

My right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade met NGOs on 11 January. He and my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, meet with them three to four times a year.

As part of the Trade Policy Consultative Forum my right hon. Friend the Minister for Trade meets quarterly with NGOs and the business community to discuss a variety of trade policy issues—Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) usually feature on the agenda; the next meeting will be in May.

DTI and DFID officials met with Richard Bernal, Caribbean negotiator, on 14 March.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for International Development met with ACP and EU Ministers in Bonn on 1 March at the EU-ACP Joint Ministerial Trade Committee.

DTI officials met with Peter Thompson, Director-General Trade in charge of EPAs on 26 March.

UK officials have discussions with the Commission and other EU member states on a daily basis/at/around ACP and 133 meetings and in the margins.

Also, UK officials meet with officials from other member states on a quarterly basis.

DTI, DFID and FCO officials met with NGOs on 17 April.

Honours

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the individuals who are not UK citizens who were awarded honours in the period 1 April 2006 to 31 March 2007, indicating in each case the (a) date of announcement, (b) honour in question and (c) reason for the award. (131058)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: As the information requested is lengthy, I will arrange for it to be placed in the Library of the House and will arrange for a copy to be sent directly to the hon. Member.

As honorary awards to citizens of countries where Her Majesty the Queen is not Head of State are not formally announced, the date of the Queen's formal approval of such awards has been given.

Maldives: Politics and Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports she has received on the recent police beatings of the chairman of the Maldivian Democratic Party and the political situation in the Maldives; and if she will make a statement. (132964)

Our high commission in Colombo, also accredited to Maldives, has been in regular contact with the Maldivian Government and with officials of Maldivian Democratic Party about the arrest and treatment of Mohammed Nasheed. Mr. Nasheed has now been released. We have made clear to the Government that any allegations against the police should be investigated fully and transparently. Law enforcement agencies should abide by the rule of law and any measures to maintain law and order should be proportionate.

The recent collapse of the inter-party talks in Maldives was a setback for the reform agenda. Our high commissioner in Colombo has urged the parties to resume formal talks as soon as possible and to work together constructively to accelerate the implementation of the Roadmap for Reform Agenda.

Sudan: Peace Keeping Operations

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further measures she plans to support at the UN and within the EU in order to put pressure on Sudan to abide by its agreements and accept the hybrid AU-UN peacekeeping force. (132027)

[holding answer 18 April 2007]: My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary chaired a meeting of the UN Security Council on 16 April to take stock of recent international efforts on Darfur, and to make the case for further measures to pressure the Government of Sudan and rebel movements to abide by their agreements. During that meeting she welcomed the announcement by the Government of Sudan the same day accepting deployment of a heavy support package, and called on them to accept the rapid deployment of a full African Union-UN hybrid force, as well as an immediate ceasefire and a resumption of the political process. If they do not, we will be forced to press for tougher measures, including further targeted sanctions and an expansion of the arms embargo.

Following UK lobbying, the EU General Affairs and External Relations Council adopted strong conclusions in January and in March on the need for Sudan to abide by its international obligations. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister wrote to Chancellor Merkel on 21 March to reiterate this ahead of the 25 March European Council. We continue to press the EU to maintain this position.

Health

Carers

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department has taken to provide respite support for carers as referred to in paragraph 5.55 of the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say health White Paper. (131924)

We plan to issue guidance to local authorities in the summer of 2007 to help them design services based on principles that reflect best practice in the provision of planned emergency cover. We are making £25 million available to support implementation of the guidance from October 2007. The funds are additional to the £185 million carers’ grant which helps local authorities support carers through the provision of much needed breaks. The new money is intended to ensure that cover is available in the event of a crisis or an emergency.

Colorectal Cancer: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate has been made of the number of people diagnosed with bowel cancer as a result of participating in the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. (131163)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Billericay (Mr. Baron) on 22 March, Official Report, column. 1128W. These are the latest available figures.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the demand for FOB testing kits outside the 60 to 69 age range for the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme. (131164)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: 3,383 men and women aged 70 and over had opted in to the NHS bowel cancer screening programme as at 23 March 2007.

Dental Services: Birmingham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions patients who met current acceptance criteria for restorative dentistry at Birmingham Dental Hospital have not been given a referral on the ground that there was not the capacity within the NHS waiting list target times for the patient to be seen. (131049)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: The information requested is not centrally collected. However, the Department has made it clear that clinical priority must be the main determinant of when patients are treated.

Dental Services: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children received orthodontic treatment in each year between 2002 and 2006; and how many have received such treatment in 2006-07. (129017)

Information is provided for the years ending March 2002 to March 2006. Information for the year ending March 2007 is not yet available.

Number of children receiving national health service general dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS) orthodontic treatment, England only, April 2001 to March 2006Year ending MarchNumber of children treated2002524,2052003523,4222004552,3322005573,1092006591,064 Notes: 1. Data are for claims scheduled for the financial years ending March 2002 to March 2006 in both GDS and PDS. 2. The number of children treated is based on the claims containing at least one orthodontic treatment which were processed at the DPD during the year stated. 3. The claims for orthodontic treatment may have been for a transitional payment, complete treatment or incomplete treatment. 4. Orthodontic treatment is as defined under items 32, 55e and 55f of the statement of dental remuneration. 5. Children are defined as patients under 18 on the date of acceptance for treatment. 6. Patients have been identified by using surname, first initial, gender and date of birth. 7. England data are for both GDS and PDS. 8. Because of the transition arrangements from GDS to PDS, patients may have been double counted. For orthodontic cases, which have long durations, this could be a serious distortion. Source: NHS Business Services Authority Dental Practice Division.

Dental Services: Northamptonshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Northamptonshire were registered with an NHS dentist (a) in April 2006 and (b) in the most recent month for which figures are available. (131572)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: The information requested is not held in the format required.

Registration data no longer form part of the data available under the new national health service dental contract; the new measure is patients seen within the last 24 months and is available at primary care trust level. In response to part (a), data are available as at 31 March 2006. In response to part (b) the latest data available are as at 31 December 2006.

Both datasets can be found in annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England quarter 3: 31 December 2006” report, which is available in the Library and is available at www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental06q3

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in (a) Kettering, (b) Wellingborough, (c) Corby, (d) Northampton South, (e) Northampton North and (f) Daventry constituency were registered with an NHS dentist (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in the latest month in the most recent year for which figures are available. (131575)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: Constituency level registration data from 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006 are contained in annex C of “NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006” which is available in the Library and also at www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dwfactivity.

Registration data no longer form part of the data available under the new national health service dental contract; the new measure is patients seen within the last 24 months and is available at primary care trust level. This latest data available are as at 31 December 2006. This information is contained in annex 3 of the “NHS Dental Statistics for England Quarter 3: 31 December 2006” report, which is available in the Library and also at www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/dental06q3.

Constituency level data are no longer available and could be produced only at disproportionate cost.

Dental Services: Reform

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to publish the report of the Implementation Review Group on the first 12 months of the NHS dental reforms. (131331)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: The Department plans to publish a report on the first 12 months of the reforms once we have full year data. The first year data are likely to be available in June. The report will take into account the main issues discussed by the Implementation Review Group so far.

Departments: Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost was of publishing the Partnership Agreement - An agreement between Department of Health, NHS Employers and NHS Trade Unions published on 28 February. (127836)

The total cost of publishing the “Partnership Agreement - An agreement between Department of Health, NHS Employers and NHS Trade Unions”, published on 28 February, was £1,464.00 plus VAT.

Departments: Redundancy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in her Department who participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98 were paid between (i) £0 to £25,000, (ii) £25,001 to £50,000, (iii) £50,001 to £75,000, (iv) £75,001 to £100,000 and (v) over £100,000; and if she will make a statement. (131554)

For the period prior to the financial year 2005-06, data could be established only at disproportionate cost. A breakdown of sums paid in financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07, specific to the Department, is given in the following tables.

Number of 2006-07 leavers

Compulsory

Voluntary

£0-£25,000

1

16

£25,001-£50,000

1

2

£50,001-£75,000

1

2

£75,001-£100,000

0

2

£100,001 and over

5

9

Total number

8

31

Number of 2005-06 leavers

Compulsory

Voluntary

£0-£25,000

0

2

£25,001-£50,000

1

2

£50,001-£75,000

1

4

£75,001-£100,000

0

2

£100,001 and over

6

15

Total number

8

25

Doctors: Conditions of Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date she expects the new contract for staff and associate specialist doctors to be implemented. (133048)

NHS Employers and the British Medical Association have submitted proposals to the Government on a new contract for staff grade and associate specialist doctors. In line with the arrangements for all public sector pay proposals, those proposals are currently under consideration by the Public Sector Pay Committee of the Cabinet Office.

Drugs: Prison

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her predecessor’s statement of 28 September 2004 on the integrated drug treatment scheme for prisons, what funding has been spent in each year since the annual £40 million budget was announced; how many and what percentage of prisoners have received drug treatment via the programme; and whether the March 2008 target for allocating effective treatment services will be met.

Caroline Flint [pursuant to the reply, 22 March 2007, Official Report, c. 1131W]: Implementation of the integrated drug treatment system (IDTS) commenced in 2006.

The current year’s investment in IDTS totals £17 million. This comprises £12 million from the Department and £5 million from the Home Office. This will fund IDTS implementation in 45 prisons, allowing some 24,000 prisoners to receive treatment via the programme by March 2008. (127241)

Health Professions: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical staff in the English NHS received all or part of their medical training in Scotland. (128340)

Health Services: Cornwall

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust on future provision of health services for families with under fives previously provided through Surestart funding. (133049)

This is a matter for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust (PCT) which has been working productively over the past year with the Cornwall county council’s children’s services to ensure that there has been no reduction in service delivery and that there is now a focus on the modernisation of service delivery.

NHS South West confirms that Sure Start funding has enhanced the partnership working at the frontline of service delivery in Cornwall, providing a joint agency contribution to delivering the five “Every Child Matters” outcomes. The PCT continues to work in partnership with the county council to address the multi-disciplinary needs of children who have used these services in the past and aims to deliver equitable and sustainable services across the whole of the county.

I understand that a review of children’s health services will be announced at the primary care trust board meeting on 30 April 2007 and the hon. Member may wish to engage with the PCT for further information on this matter.

Health Services: Public Appointments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many directors of public health were medically qualified in each year since 1997. (131327)

Hospital Wards: Closures

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many isolation units were closed in each of the last three years; in which hospitals; what the extent was of the consultation procedure prior to closure in each case; and if she will make a statement. (131102)

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2007, Official Report, columns 438-40W, on hospitals: waiting lists, what percentage of those waiting for (a) out-patient appointments waited longer than 11 weeks, (b) diagnostic tests waited longer than 13 weeks and (c) in-patient appointments waited longer than 20 weeks in the most recent period for which figures are available; and when her Department expects to receive data relating to March 2007. (131884)

At the end of February 2007, 1.8 per cent. of patients waiting for a first out-patient appointment had been waiting longer than 11 weeks; 5.5 per cent. of patients waiting for an in-patient admission had been waiting longer than 20 weeks; and 19.3 per cent. of patients waiting for one of the 15 key diagnostic tests on which monthly data are collected had been waiting more than 13 weeks.

Of the over-13-week diagnostic waits, 62 per cent. were for audiology assessments. Plans to address this were published on 6 March in “Improving Access to Audiology Services in England”.

March 2007 in-patient and out-patient data will be published on 4 May 2007. March diagnostic data for the 15 key tests will be published on 16 May 2007. The March census of diagnostic waits, which covers other long wait tests, will be published in July.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting for inpatient treatment as given by the commissioner-based waiting list in each year since March 1994 until the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many patients were waiting (a) over three months, (b) over six months, (c) over nine months and (d) over 12 months in each period. (131928)

The figures are shown in the table.

Commissioner based in-patient waiting time information, March 1994 to February 2007

Month end March:

Total number waiting

Number waiting over 13 weeks (3 months)

Number waiting over 26 weeks (6 months)

Number waiting over 9 months

Number waiting over 12 months

1994

837,907

439,537

244,479

124,133

52,520

1995

762,180

366,430

182,595

79,022

25,571

1996

1,017,304

458,760

203,235

68,263

3,602

1997

1,131,201

570,237

283,866

118,915

30,245

1998

1,276,965

682,512

377,164

185,102

67,177

1999

1,060,356

524,312

276,752

131,242

46,752

2000

1,024,654

507,104

264,370

126,388

48,145

2001

995,123

480,347

242,953

113,143

41,461

2002

1,021,604

497,015

238,091

96,628

21,869

2003

975,338

443,000

189,054

53,183

103

2004

890,205

323,510

80,125

223

67

2005

808,810

259,250

40,843

78

29

2006

771,123

190,956

222

35

15

February 2007

725,928

166,581

378

n/a

n/a

Notes:

Data from April 2006 collected in weekly timebands with 13 weeks corresponding to 3 months and 26 weeks corresponding to 6 months. Data no longer collected on the numbers waiting over 9 or 12 months.

Source:

Department of Health QF01 and Monthly Monitoring

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients on inpatient waiting lists were seen within six months in each year since 1990, as given by (a) the Hospital Episodes Statistics database and (b) Korner data. (131944)

The figures are shown in the table.

It should be noted that Korner data measures the numbers still waiting at the end of a period, while Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) measures the time waited for patients admitted during a year. HES figures do not take into account periods of suspension for medical and social reasons.

The table shows that 90 per cent. of patients admitted during the financial year 2005-06 had waited under six months. The six-month standard was in place from the end of December 2005, and therefore the HES figures for 2005-06 only reflect only one quarter where the standard was in place.

Percentage of waits under 6 months, 1990 to 2007—Official waiting times data (Korner)—Hospital Episode StatisticsMonth end:Percentage on list who were waiting under 6 monthsFinancial yearPercentage of patients treated in under 6 months19901581989-90n/a19911611990-918619921701991-928419931721992-9385 1994711993-94851995761994-95841996801995-96851997751996-97861998701997-98851999741998-99822000741999-2000852001762000-01842002772001-02832003812002-03822004912003-04822005952004-058720061002005-0690February 200721002006-07n/a 1 All Korner figures from 1994 onwards are commissioner based. All HES figures are provider based.2 From April 2006, data collected in weeks, and therefore figures for February 2007 reflect waits under 26 weeks.Source:Department of Health, QF01, KH07 returns Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care.

Influenza

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 17 July 2006, Official Report, columns 244-5W, on avian influenza, what information her Department holds on (a) the fatality rates for the pandemic influenza outbreaks of (i) 1918-19 (H1N1), (ii) 1957 (N2N2) and (iii) 1968 (H3N2) and (b) the equivalent fatality rates amongst humans catching animal variations of each virus. (131162)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: Contemporary Ministry of Health estimates of deaths in England and Wales were 200,000 for 1918-19 and 30,000 for 1957. Contemporary estimates for the 1969-70 pandemic are around 80,000. The fatality rates for humans catching the animal variations of each virus is not known.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what exercises were conducted to test the UK’s preparedness for an outbreak of pandemic flu; when each was conducted; and if she will place in the Library the evaluations of these exercises. (129906)

The Department funds the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to undertake regional and national exercises to prepare the health community in England to respond to an influenza pandemic.

Local and regional exercises

1. 23 June 2005—Exercise Arctic Sea

2. 21 September 2005—Exercise Aurora

3. 28 October 2005—Exercise New Day

4. 8 January 2007—Exercise Athena

National exercises

5. 14 and 15 June 2006—Exercise Shared Goal

6. 1-2 to 30 January and 19 and 20 February 2007—Exercise Winter Willow

European Union exercise

1. 23-24 November 2005—Exercise Common Ground

The reports for Exercise New Day, Exercise Aurora and Exercise Arctic Sea have been placed in the Library and are also available on the HPA website at:

www.hpa.org.uk/hpa/erd/erd_exercises.htm

The report on Exercise Athena will be published later in the year, and copies will be placed in the Library when available.

Exercise Common Ground, a European Commission (EC) commissioned and HPA-run influenza pandemic exercise, was undertaken with participants that included the EC and European Union member states. The final report is on DG-SANCO of the European Commission website at:

ec.europa.eu/health/ph_threats/com/common.pdf

Evaluation reports for national exercises, such as Exercise Shared Goal and Exercise Winter Willow, are not formally published. However, the lessons identified through national exercises are taken forward and inform national policy where appropriate through TIDO (Prepare), the official committee on resilience.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's central planning assumption is for the (a) clinical attack rate and (b) case mortality rate in an outbreak of pandemic influenza. (131952)

The Government's current planning assumptions are based on a range of possible clinical attack rates of between 25-50 per cent. and overall case fatality rates of 0.4-2.5 per cent.

Junior Doctors: Recruitment

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks are performed on qualifications claimed by applicants under the new procedures for junior doctor hospital appointments. (127201)

Applicants are expected to bring with them to interview and assessments for specialty registrar programmes, evidence of the qualifications required, as outlined in the relevant person specification. The evidence required and the application process has been designed in accordance with the requirements of the post-graduate medical education training board.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what system of accountability is in place for the Modernising Medical Careers programme for junior doctors. (127208)

The four United Kingdom Health Departments are responsible for the overall implementation of Modernising Medical Careers. The Health Departments co-ordinate action through a United Kingdom Modernising Medical Careers Strategy Group which includes members from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council, the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) and national health service employers. Each country also has a dedicated implementation team.

The Royal Colleges are directly responsible for developing the new competency-based curricula which are approved by PMETB. The Royal Colleges also work closely with postgraduate deans over the development of person specifications for the recruitment process and the postgraduate deans themselves oversee selection into posts.

The number of training opportunities available in 2007 was based on local discussions between local NHS employers, strategic health authorities and postgraduate deans.

Kidney Patients: East Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) Eastbourne and (b) East Sussex were on the waiting list for treatment for dialysis services in each year since 1997. (130967)

This information is not collected centrally. There is no specific waiting list for dialysis. Dialysis is often an emergency treatment and patients with no kidney function will die in a matter of weeks if they do not receive dialysis. For patients whose disease has been identified well in advance of end-stage renal failure, dialysis begins at a time when the individual and his or her consultant feel it is appropriate. Part one of the national service framework for renal services recommends starting to prepare people for dialysis about a year before it will be needed, as such preparation leads to better outcomes for the patient.

Maternal Mortality

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will conduct an inquiry into maternal deaths as a contemporary successor to Why Mothers Die 1997-1999: The Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement. (133012)

The Department continues to fund and recognise the work of the confidential enquiries into maternal deaths and the next “Why Mothers Die” report, covering the three-year period from 2003-05, is due out in December this year.

Maternity Services: Expenditure

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total expenditure by her Department on neonatal care services including staff costs but excluding National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group-funded services was in each of the last five years. (132256)

This information is not available in the format requested.

Estimates of total expenditure on neonatal care services for the last three financial years are available from the programme budgeting returns and are as shown.

These data cover all primary, secondary and community expenditure. It is not possible to split the expenditure to exclude information on a National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group.

Gross expenditure (£000)

2003-04

655,015

2004-05

811,215

2005-06

786,390

Source:

PFR4 DH Annual Accounting Forms

Medicine: Students

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the Medical Training Application Service. (131759)

The cost for the Medical Training Application Service in 2006-07 is £1.75 million, funded proportionately by all four United Kingdom Health Departments.

Mental Health Services: Buckinghamshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people treated by a mental health trust responsible for Buckinghamshire were (a) moved from an enhanced care plan approach to a standard care plan approach and (b) discharged from either an enhanced care plan approach or a standard care plan approach in each year since 2001. (132982)

The information requested is not held centrally. The Department is currently undertaking a review of the care programme approach to provide patients with greater control and care tailored to their individual needs. A public consultation was held from 14 November 2006 to 19 February 2007 and further guidance will be issued in due course.

Mentally Ill: Cannabis

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were treated for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years; and how many were under 18 years old; (131203)

(2) what treatments are available for people suffering from cannabis-induced psychosis.

Information about the number of finished consultant episodes in patients with a primary diagnosis of mental and behavioural disorder due to the use of cannabinoids and which has resulted in a psychotic disorder, or a resident or late-onset psychotic disorder is shown in the table. The data do not include those patients seen in primary care.

Data are collected by gender and in the age ranges 0 to 14 years, 15 to 59 years, 60 to 74 years and 75 years and over, but are not available prior to 2002-03. Separate data relating to people under 18-years-old and who were treated for cannabis-induced psychosis are not available.

Number of finished consultant episodes in patients with a primary diagnosis of mental and behavioural disorder following cannabinoid use, resulting in psychotic disorder and resident and late-onset disorder, in the national health service in England, 2002-03 to 2005-06

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Age

Psychotic disorder

Resident and late-onset psychotic disorder

Psychotic disorder

Resident and late-onset psychotic disorder

Psychotic disorder

Resident and late-onset psychotic disorder

Psychotic disorder

Resident and late-onset psychotic disorder

Male

0-14

1

0

2

0

3

0

1

0

15-59

304

3

336

3

331

2

393

3

60-74

0

0

0

0

3

0

1

0

75+

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Male total for year

305

3

339

3

337

2

395

3

Female

0-14

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

15-59

64

0

87

0

68

1

92

1

60-74

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

75+

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Female total for year

67

0

87

0

68

1

94

2

Male and female total for year

372

3

426

3

405

3

489

5

Source:

Hospital Episode Statistics

Since a large number of drug users may be using more than one drug, treatments are generally user-specific rather than drug-specific. Treatments provided for cannabis-induced psychosis can include help with stopping or reducing cannabis use, including specialist services where cannabis addiction may be present, anti-psychotic treatment as appropriate and support in understanding the harmful effects of cannabis.

The Department has also distributed a cannabis toolkit for service users and healthcare professionals, to help to reduce and stop the use of cannabis. However, decisions about the development of drug treatment services are the responsibility of local commissioners who are best placed to assess the needs of their local population.

Midwives: Lancashire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in hospitals in Lancashire in each of the last five years. (126221)

The information requested is shown in the table.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified midwifery staff in each specified organisation as at 30 September

Headcount

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

RVY

127

113

116

116

129

Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust1

RTX

159

159

149

356

177

Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care3

RMB

167

168

n/a

n/a

n/a

Blackpool Victoria2

RMR

176

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust2

RXL

n/a

150

131

126

125

Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust3

REU

106

109

n/a

n/a

n/a

Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust4

RJU

37

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust3

RXR

n/a

n/a

283

303

316

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust4

RXN

n/a

194

149

177

186

Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust4

RMF

165

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a = Not applicable

1 In 2004 Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS submitted an incorrect bank nursing return. The Trust alerted us to this several months after the publication of the Census, by which time it was too late to amend the results. Nursing figures from this Trust for 2004 are inaccurate.

2. Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2002 from a merger of Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Community Health Services NHS Trust and Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust.

3 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in April 2003 from a merger of Burnley Health Care NHS Trust and Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust.

4 Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in August 2002 from a merger of Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

NHS: Crime of Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physical attacks there were on NHS staff in each year between 1997 and 2006 in each strategic health authority. (130814)

The information requested has not been collated centrally for the period 1997-2004.

A table outlining the estimated number of reported violent and abusive incidents collected by the Department for 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03 for each strategic health authority (SHA) in England is available in the Library.

In April 2003 the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for the issue of tackling violence against NHS staff. The NHS SMS has collected data on the actual number of reported physical assaults on NHS staff in England 2004-05 and 2005-06.

A breakdown of the figures for each SHA, for the 2004-2006 reporting periods, is provided in the table shown.

Physical assaults

SHA name

2004-05

2005-06

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire

2,342

2,508

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

1,206

2,104

Essex

1,286

1,142

North West London

1,321

1,293

North Central London

1,249

1,017

North East London

1,162

883

South East London

1,459

1,673

South West London

819

841

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

4,043

3,551

County Durham and Tees Valley

3,333

1,787

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire

1,345

1,347

West Yorkshire

4,796

3,683

Cumbria and Lancashire

2,989

2,534

Greater Manchester

2,481

2,119

Cheshire and Merseyside

2,389

2,567

Thames Valley

1,639

1,600

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1,724

1,882

Kent and Medway

2,407

2,120

Surrey and Sussex

1,821

1,507

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire

2,900

2,863

South West Peninsula

895

1,418

Dorset and Somerset

1,504

1,800

South Yorkshire

2,272

2,310

Trent

3,664

3,612

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland

1,665

2,247

Shropshire and Staffordshire

2,440

2,669

Birmingham and The Black Country

2,952

2,761

West Midlands South

2,277

2,857

Total

60,380

58,695

NHS: Equal Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate of cost over and above current provision she has made of the impact of the Equal Pay Act 1970 on individual (a) primary care trusts and (b) NHS trusts in the Eastern Region; and if she will make a statement. (127636)

There are around 120 equal pay claims outstanding against national health service organisations in the East of England strategic health authority area. It is not possible to estimate what, if any, additional cost will arise from these claims as there are a number of significant legal issues which need to be resolved before liability can be assessed.

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking (a) to safeguard the future of Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust at Headington, Oxford and (b) to ensure that provisions for local services and specialist work can be maintained in the area. (131390)

It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local national health service trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services including orthopaedic services while maintaining financial balance. The Department is working with the Specialist Orthopaedic Alliance, specialist orthopaedic hospitals and their host SHA to reach a long-term sustainable solution to rewarding the work of specialist orthopaedic hospitals through payment by results.

Nurses: Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in each of the last 10 years. (131674)

The number of school nurses employed in each health region is shown in the table. School nurses have only been separately identified in the national health service workforce census since 2004.

NHS hospital and community health services: qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September each specified year

Headcount

2004

2005

Total qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work

Of which: qualified school nurses1

Total qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work

Of which: qualified school nurses1

England

2,409

856

2,887

943

North East Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area

145

64

164

61

North West SHA area

468

157

471

192

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA area

303

115

402

132

East Midlands SHA area

230

38

255

34

West Midlands SHA area

185

110

264

110

East of England SHA area

186

71

287

50

London SHA area

363

131

471

168

South East Coast SHA area

180

82

203

97

South Central SHA area

111

45

117

33

South West SHA area

238

43

253

66

1 Qualified school nurses hold the National Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice Qualification with an outcome in school nursing, which is a recordable qualification on the NMC register. School nurses have only been collected from 2004 as a separate category.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

Nurses: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students qualified to become nurses in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies for nurses there were during that period. (128335)

The Department has not collected information centrally on the number of students who qualified to become nurses over the last five years.

The following table shows the number of vacancies for nurses which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full time equivalents) at 31 March of each year for the last five years.

Total qualified nursing three month vacancies

Number

2002

8,390

2003

7,967

2004

7,508

2005

5,801

2006

2,884

Source: National Health Service vacancy survey as at 31 March each year

Occupational Health: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational physicians and (b) occupational health nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997. (131328)

The latest available data on the number of doctors in occupational medicine in each year since 1997 are shown in the table.

Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): medical and dental staff working in occupational health by grade and year—England as at 30 September each year

Number (headcount)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

England

178

191

185

192

221

218

231

212

209

Consultant

63

65

65

70

80

76

85

87

96

Associate Specialist

2

6

4

4

4

8

6

6

9

Staff Grade

2

1

1

7

5

2

3

6

2

Registrar Group

20

24

33

30

43

46

46

45

47

Senior House Officer

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

0

House Officer

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

Hospital Practitioner/Clinical Assistant

89

94

80

81

76

67

69

49

40

Other

2

1

1

0

13

19

20

17

14

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census

The annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify occupational health nurses from the rest of the nursing workforce.

Occupational Therapy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of how NHS-employed occupational therapists engage with home improvement agencies. (128056)

No assessment has been carried out centrally. It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to assess the needs of their local communities and to commission services accordingly.

Osteosarcoma

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence was of osteosarcoma for each of the age groups (a) 0 to nine years, (b) 10 to 19 years and (c) 20 to 49 years in areas of the United Kingdom supplied with (i) fluoridated and (ii) non-fluoridated drinking water. (129701)

The information requested is provided in the following table.

Osteosarcoma1 in England: Number of new cases, 1995-2004, persons by selected age groups and Government office region

Age group

Percentage of fluoridated water

0-9

10-19

20-49

England

86

462

330

Government office regions

North East

4

30

23

34.8

North West

10

75

45

3.8

Yorkshire and the Humber

8

45

33

2.6

East Midlands

12

41

29

13.8

West Midlands

10

49

39

70.2

East of England

7

49

26

London

15

69

60

South East

14

64

43

South West

6

40

32

1International Classification of Diseases, histology codes 9180, 9181, 9182, 9183, 9184, 9185, 9190. Behaviour code 3. Source: Office for National Statistics.

Procurement Projects

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees have been; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. (106599)

The information requested is not collected in the form requested. However, the Department does have details of the 20 largest private finance initiative and information technology (IT) procurement projects since 1997. For the national programme for IT the lifetime contract value is £6,202.5 million and the expenditure up to 31 December 2006 was £1,001.5 million.

The following table provides details of the 19 largest private finance initiative (PFI) projects.

Commissioning body

Operational status1

Total capital value (£ million)

Estimated total unitary payments to end of contract (£000)

Consultancy fees (£000)

Hard facilities management (FM) only2

Barts and the London NHS Trust

Under construction

1,000

5,071.9

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust

Under construction

627

2,549.4

Y

University College London Hospitals NHS Trust

Open

422

2,014.2

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

420

3,224.5

16,196

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

Open

379

3,090.0

4,775

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

In procurement

343

St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

338

1,747.6

Derby Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

312

2,172.4

6,712

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

299

1,132.8

5,962

Y

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

296

1,746.7

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust

In procurement

282

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

In procurement

272

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

265

891.4

5,138

Y

Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust

Open

238

1,675.6

7,610

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

In procurement

225

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

193

1,654.9

Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust

In procurement

190

Norfolk and Norwich Health Care NHS Trust

Open

158

1,726.2

3,497

1 Unitary payments only start once the facility is operational.

2 Most schemes involve the private sector contractor providing both soft (cleaning, catering etc) and hard (building maintenance) FM services over the lifetime of the contract. Those marked as hard FM only in this column subsequently have lower unitary payments.

Notes:

1. The figures for the unitary payments in column 4 are expressed in nominal terms—i.e. the Department has applied a deflator (RPI—the one normally used in contracts) to the baseline figure submitted to it by the Trust or PCT concerned. Figures will therefore vary as a result of changes to RPI.

2.Unitary payments may fluctuate both up and down as a result of adjustments made relating to the performance of the contractor, additional services requested by the trust and the effect of refinancing.

3.For all schemes the contract length is assumed to be 30 years, the standard length introduced under the Standard Form Contract in 1999.

4.Consultancy Fees: Information on consultancy fees incurred in reaching financial close (i.e. construction in the table) was centrally collected for monitoring purposes for the majority of PFI schemes up to 2005. To collect information on the remaining schemes would incur disproportionate costs.

5.The Department submits details on original budgets and cost increases for PFI schemes each year for the Health Select Committee. This information can be found on their website at:

www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/health_committee/health_committee_reports_and_publications.cfm

Prostate Cancer

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken by her Department to raise awareness of prostate cancer. (132069)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in making National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence-approved treatments for prostate cancer available on the NHS. (132070)

I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Tyne Bridge (Mr. Clelland) on 29 March 2007, Official Report, column 1796W.

Prosthetics

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many amputees have used NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years; (132163)

(2) what estimate she has made of waiting times for NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years;

(3) what provision the NHS makes for therapy and gait training for amputees using prosthetic limbs.

Information about the number of amputees using national health service prosthetic limbs is not collected centrally. There has been no estimate of waiting times for NHS prosthetic limbs made centrally.

It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to commission services in order to meet local needs. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of, and access to, prosthetic services.

A multidisciplinary team, which may be headed by a rehabilitation consultant and usually including a prosthetist, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, nurse, and in some cases a counsellor, will consider the needs and expectations of the patient and will provide the most appropriate prosthetic limb and suitable training where required.

Ritalin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people being prescribed methylphenidate drugs have been prescribed those drugs for longer than (a) two, (b) five and (c) 10 years. (132893)

Speech Therapy

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) post graduates and (b) first degree graduates with recognised qualifications in speech and language therapy there were in 2006, broken down by higher education institution; and what proportion in each case are known to have (i) gained and (ii) retained employment in the NHS in speech therapy after graduating. (127666)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate her Department has made of the number of language and speech therapists required in England; (131604)

(2) what her estimate is of the number of speech and language therapists expected to retire in the next 10 years.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of speech and language therapists who are expected to retire in the next 10 years.

No assessment has been made of the number of speech and language therapists required in England. It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities with support from the national workforce review team to analyse their local situation, develop plans and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver high quality speech and language services.

The workforce review team, an arm's length body hosted by NHS South Central, produces supply estimates (including assumptions about retirement) for professional groups. Its estimates for speech and language therapists is available at:

www.healthcareworkforce.nhs.uk/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=295

Surgical Dressings

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training has been provided for medical and health care practitioners in the NHS on maggot debridement therapy; and if she will make a statement. (127743)

Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service. Because services are delivered at a local level, funding for continuing professional development, including training in new therapies, is included as part of the baseline allocation to strategic health authorities (SHAs). How it is allocated is for individual SHAs to determine locally against their work force planning strategies.

Home Department

Asylum: Iraq

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what monitoring has been put in place since 2004 for failed Iraqi asylum applicants under the UK enforced returns programme upon their return to Iraq. (131593)

Biometrics

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 21 March 2007, Official Report, column 969W, on biometrics, whether technology is (a) currently available and (b) in development to conduct such checks; and if he will make a statement. (130332)

Technology is available that could attempt to match a facial image against a still image obtained from CCTV footage. However, the results are likely to be variable and would depend on the features of the technology used, the quality of the available images and the number of facial images that a single CCTV image was checked against.

Chlorine: Security

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the implications for public security of arrangements for the use of chlorine; and if he will make a statement. (132237)

We regularly review the implications for public security of arrangements for the use of a variety of substances.

Criminal Justice Act 2003

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what he intends the surcharge provided for in sections 161A and 161B of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be used for. (132133)

In a full year it is expected that the surcharge on fines will raise £16 million.

Money from the surcharge will be spent on a range of services for victims of crime and witnesses. These include £3 million for witness care units, £3 million for independent domestic violence advisers, and £1.25 million for services to victims of sexual violence through the Victims' Fund. Details of how the rest of the money will be used in support of victims and witnesses will be announced in due course.

Internet: Counterfeit Manufacturing

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals were prosecuted for internet piracy in each of the last five years. (130832)

Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for certain offences under Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987, Theft Act 1968 added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996, Computer Misuse Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg, and Trade Marks Act 1994, in England and Wales, 2001 to 2005 can be viewed in the attached table.

Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

The number of persons proceeded against at magistrates' courts for certain offences under Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987, Theft Act 1968 added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996, Computer Misuse Act 1990, Trade Marks Act 1994, Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988, Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg, and Trade Marks Act 1994, in England and Wales, 2001 to 20051,2StatuteOffence description20012002200320042005Common Law. Criminal Justice Act 1987 Sec.12.Conspiracy to defraud.1,2159861,018967955Theft Act 1968 Sec 15A as added by Theft (Amendment) Act 1996 S.1.Obtaining a money transfer by deception.434410457442465Theft Act 1968 S.24A as added by Theft (Amendment)Act 1996 S.2.Dishonestly retaining a wrongful credit.909710913881Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec 2.Unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences.469611Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec 3.Unauthorised modification of computer material.1283108Trade Marks Act, 1994 Sec 92 and 94.Unauthorised use of Trade Mark etc in relations to goods. Falsification of Register etc.410407486598928Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, Sec. 198 1a, b, d.iii. and Sec. 107 1a,b, d.iv and E.Makes, imports or distributes illicit recordings. Makes for sale or hire, imports possesses or distributes articles which infringes copyright.57374665107Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 S.107 2A and 4A as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg 26 (1)Person infringes copyright in a work by communicating the work to the public.nilnilnil616Copyright, Designs & Patents Act 1988 S.198 2A and 5A as added by Copyright and Related Rights Regulations Reg 26 (3) Person who infringes a performer's making available right in the course of business/otherwise.nilnilnil32Computer Misuse Act 1990 Sec.1.Unauthorised access to computer material.94755Trade Marks Act, 1994, Sees 84, 85, 95.Contravention of the Rules prescribing the conditions for person entitled to be registered Trade Mark Agents. Falsely representing trade mark as registered44225Total2,2351,9592,1372,2422,583 1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform

Life Imprisonment: Prisoner Releases

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offenders convicted of life sentences since (a) 2000, (b) 2001 and (c) 2002 have been released from prison. (129658)

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply of 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 488W. Answering the earlier question of 12 June 2006 referred to involved significant manual checking of records and was integral to informing the need for a data quality review in the Department. Since then the data quality review has begun and as part of that review we are developing a new database that will enable us to collect the data requested centrally. But, at this time to answer the question would involve a disproportionate cost.

Naturalisation Test

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the key aspects of Britishness are which the Life in the UK naturalisation test is testing; and how they were decided upon. (130018)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 16 April, Official Report, column 470W. These aspects were selected in accordance with the advice of the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Integration.

Offensive Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many and what percentage of people convicted under section 1 of the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 received a (a) fine and (b) custodial sentence in each of the last five years, broken down by age group; (131180)

(2) how many and what percentage of people convicted of having an article with a blade or point under section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each year since the Act was introduced;

(3) how many and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each year since the Act was introduced;

(4) how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months and (iv) 18 to 24 months in each year since the Act was introduced;

(5) how many people and what percentage of people convicted of carrying an offensive weapon under section 1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 received (a) a fine and (b) a custodial sentence of (i) less than six months, (ii) six to 12 months, (iii) 12 to 18 months, (iv) 18 to 24 months, (v) two to three years and (vi) four years in each of the last 30 years.

The information requested is contained in the tables.

Table 1 shows persons sentenced (all persons sentenced have previously been convicted) under the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 by outcome and age group for the years 2001 to 2005.

Table 2 shows persons sentenced for the requested offences relating to knives and offensive weapons by outcome and custodial sentence length since the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 amended or added to section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988. No persons convicted or sentenced have been notified to the Home Office court proceedings database under section 2(1 )(b) of the Knives Act 1997.

Information is available only from 1986 to this level of detail for offences under the Prevention of Crime Act 1953.

Court proceedings statistics for 2006 will be available in the autumn.

Table 1: Persons1 sentenced for offences under the Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act, by age group and outcome, England and Wales

Persons

Fine

Immediate custody

Otherwise dealt with2

Offence

Statute

Year and age group

Total persons sentenced

No.

% of persons sentenced

No.

% of persons sentenced

No.

% of persons sentenced

Making, selling, hiring etc ‘flick knife’ or ‘gravity knife’ etc

Restriction of Offensive Weapons Act 1959 sec 1 and Criminal Justice Act1988 sec 141

2001

Aged 10-17

1

1

100.0

Aged 18-20

1

1

100.0

Aged 21 and over

3

1

33.3

2

66.7

All ages

5

1

20.0

4

80.0

2002

Aged 10-17

Aged 18-20

2

1

50.0

1

50.0

Aged 21 and over

2

2

100.0

All ages

4

1

25.0

3

75.0

2003

Aged 10-17

Aged 18-20

Aged 21 and over

4

1

25.0

1

25.0

2

50.0

All ages

4

1

25.0

1

25.0

2

50.0

2004

Aged 10-17

Aged 18-20

1

1

100.0

Aged 21 and over

9

7

77.8

2

22.2

All ages

10

7

70.0

3

30.0

2005

Aged 10-17

Aged 18-20

1

1

100.0

Aged 21 and over

7

3

42.9

4

57.1

All ages

8

3

37.5

5

62.5

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Absolute and conditional discharges, community sentences and other miscellaneous disposals.

Table 2: Persons1 sentenced for various offences connected with knives and offensive weapons, by outcome, including immediate custodial sentence length, England and Wales

Persons

Immediate Custody

Fine

Total

Offence

Statute

Year

Total persons sentenced

No.

% of persons sentenced

No.

% of persons sentenced

Less than 6 months

6 months and less than 12 months

12 months and less than 18 months

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec 1 39 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 3

1996

890

448

50.3

56

6.3

52

3

1997

3,341

1,177

35.2

372

11.1

347

15

7

1998

3,788

1,184

31.3

550

14.5

493

46

9

1999

3,548

1,026

28.9

534

15.1

493

34

4

2000

3,518

986

28.0

499

14.2

454

38

7

2001

4,303

1,146

26.6

589

13.7

536

47

3

2002

5,269

1,347

25.6

766

14.5

676

76

7

2003

5,311

1,275

24.0

755

14.2

668

69

13

2004

5,802

1,128

19.4

803

13.8

706

88

6

2005

5,957

951

16.0

965

16.2

850

89

23

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec 139A(1) and (5X1) as added by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 4(1)

1996

12

5

41.7

1997

19

4

21.1

3

15.8

3

1998

16

3

18.8

1999

16

6

37.5

2

12.5

2

2000

44

10

22.7

7

15.9

6

2001

61

18

29.5

3

4.9

1

2

2002

57

9

15.8

7

12.3

7

2003

88

14

15.9

6

6.8

5

1

2004

106

20

18.9

12

11.3

11

1

2005

45

2

4.4

5

11.1

4

1

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec139A(2) and (5Xb) as added by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 4(1)

1996

3

2

66.7

1

33.3

1

1997

19

2

10.5

4

21.1

3

1998

20

1

5.0

5

25.0

1

4

1999

20

3

15.0

3

15.0

2

2000

18

0

0.0

6

33.3

4

1

2001

19

2

10.5

3

15.8

3

2002

21

0

0.0

5

23.8

2

3

2003

21

0

0.0

4

19.0

1

1

1

2004

33

1

3.0

4

12.1

2

1

1

2005

30

2

6.7

3

10.0

1

2

Publication of any written, pictorial or other material in connection with the marketing of any knife—the material is otherwise likely to stimulate or encourage violent behaviour involving use of a knife as a weapon

Knives Act 1997 sec 2(1)(b)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 sec 1 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 2(1)

1986

4,961

2,511

50.6

505

10.2

385

89

15

1987

5,916

3,030

51.2

536

9.1

397

96

29

1988

5,804

2,994

51.6

498

8.6

341

104

43

1989

5,121

2,709

52.9

386

7.5

253

102

21

1990

4,288

2,300

53.6

210

4.9

142

53

10

1991

3,907

1,876

48.0

222

5.7

162

40

11

1992

3,608

1,655

45.9

233

6.5

160

53

16

1993

3,129

1,257

40.2

167

5.3

129

27

5

1994

3,302

1,269

38.4

216

6.5

161

44

7

1995

3,196

1,147

35.9

304

9.5

241

38

16

1996

3,545

1,094

30.9

401

11.3

310

66

17

1997

4,130

1,204

29.2

509

12.3

399

72

22

1998

4,375

1,223

28.0

585

13.4

490

67

16

1999

4,135

1,070

25.9

554

13.4

442

79

17

2000

4,108

964

23.5

595

14.5

474

84

25

2001

4,873

1,146

23.5

634

13.0

516

82

21

2002

5,441

1,129

20.7

787

14.5

629

103

31

2003

5,394

1,168

21.7

760

14.1

596

108

29

2004

5,758

1,037

18.0

817

14.2

652

120

28

2005

5,689

741

13.0

829

14.6

644

129

34

Persons

Immediate custody

Otherwise dealt with2

Offence

Statute

Year

Total persons sentenced

18 months and less than 2 years

2 years and less than 3 years

3 years and less than 4 years

4 years

More than 4 years

No.

% of persons sentenced

Having an article with a blade or point in a public place

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec 1 39 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 3

1996

890

1

386

43.4

1997

3,341

3

1,792

53.6

1998

3,788

1

1

2,054

54.2

1999

3,548

3

1,988

56.0

2000

3,518

2,033

57.8

2001

4,303

2

1

2,568

59.7

2002

5,269

6

1

3,156

59.9

2003

5,311

4

1

3,281

61.8

2004

5,802

3

3,871

66.7

2005

5,957

2

1

4,041

67.8

Having an article with a blade or point on school premises

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec 139A(1) and (5X1) as added by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 4(1)

1996

12

7

58.3

1997

19

12

63.2

1998

16

13

81.3

1999

16

8

50.0

2000

44

1

27

61.4

2001

61

40

65.6

2002

57

41

71.9

2003

88

68

77.3

2004

106

74

69.8

2005

45

38

84.4

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse on school premises

Criminal Justice Act 1988 sec139A(2) and (5Xb) as added by the Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 4(1)

1996

3

1997

19

1

13

68.4

1998

20

14

70.0

1999

20

1

14

70.0

2000

18

1

12

66.7

2001

19

14

73.7

2002

21

16

76.2

2003

21

1

17

81.0

2004

33

28

84.8

2005

30

—-

25

83.3

Publication of any written, pictorial or other material in connection with the marketing of any knife—the material is otherwise likely to stimulate or encourage violent behaviour involving use of a knife as a weapon

Knives Act 1997 sec 2(1)(b)

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse

Prevention of Crime Act 1953 sec 1 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 sec 2(1)

1986

4,961

11

5

1,945

39.2

1987

5,916

14

2,350

39.7

1988

5,804

8

2

2,312

39.8

1989

5,121

6

4

2,026

39.6

1990

4,288

4

1

1,778

41.5

1991

3,907

7

2

1,809

46.3

1992

3,608

4

1,720

47.7

1993

3,129

4

2

1,705

54.5

1994

3,302

1

3

1,817

55.0

1995

3,196

7

2

1,745

54.6

1996

3,545

6

2

2,050

57.8

1997

4,130

8

6

2

2,417

58.5

1998

4,375

7

3

2

2,567

58.7

1999

4,135

5

8

2

1

2,511

60.7

2000

4,108

4

4

4

2,549

62.0

2001

4,873

11

3

1

3,093

63.5

2002

5,441

12

8

3

1

3,525

64.8

2003

5,394

13

11

3

3,466

64.3

2004

5,758

9

6

2

3,904

67.8

2005

5,689

10

9

1

1

1

4,119

72.4

1 Principal offence basis.

2 Absolute and conditional discharges, community sentences and other miscellaneous disposals.

Source:

RDS-NOMS, Home Office

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people convicted of encouraging violent behaviour involving the use of a knife under the Knives Act 1997 have been (a) female and (b) male. (131221)

Data from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform show that there have been no convictions for this offence.

Offensive Weapons: Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests were made and (b) convictions were secured under section 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 for the offence of having an article with a blade or point or an offensive weapon on school premises in each of the last five years, broken down by age group. (131219)

[holding answer 16 April 2007]: Information on arrests for recorded crime offences under s139 and 139A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (as amended by s4(1) of the Offensive Weapons Act 1996) and s1 of the Prevention of Crime Act 1953 (as amended by s2(1) of the Offensive Weapons Act 1996) are not separately identifiable within the arrests collection held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. The collection is based on persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) by main offence group (i.e. violence against the person, robbery, burglary, criminal damage etc) only.

Information on the number of persons found guilty for the offences requested in England and Wales for the years 2001-05 is provided in the following table, broken down by age group.

Number of persons found guilty at all courts for certain offences1,2,3, England and Wales 2001 to 2005

Age group

Offence description

Statute

Year