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Departments: Public Bodies

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, what changes were made to the NHS Information Centre's responsibilities in each year since 2004-05; to which bodies any such responsibilities were transferred; and what the budget of the Centre was in each year. (154014)

The Health and Social Care Information Centre, now known as The Information Centre for health and social care (IC), was created by statutory instrument as a special health authority on 1 April 2005.

The Information Centre's revenue resource limit from the Department is set out in the following table.

Revenue resource limit for The Information Centre 2004-05 to 2007-08

Revenue Resource Limit (£ million)

2004-05

10

2005-06

53.1

2006-07

41.5

2007-08

237.2

1 No funding allocated in 2004-05 because the IC was only established on 1 April 2005. 2 The 2007-08 figure is subject to change because the revenue resource limit for 2007-08 will only be finalised in January.

The IC took over some of the functions of the earlier NHS Information Authority, which it replaced, together with most of the activities of the former Department of Health Statistics Division and the Prescribing Support Unit of West Yorkshire Health Authority, from which staff were transferred into the IC. These areas of work have been reviewed, integrated and further developed within the remit of the IC.

There have been no changes to the responsibilities of the IC since its establishment in April 2005. As part of the process of integration and consolidation since this date, every opportunity has been taken to ensure that the work undertaken by the IC has been delivered in the most effective and efficient manner. Changes in processes and ways of working have ensured that the IC has delivered efficiencies since it was established, while ensuring that priorities are still delivered.