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Written Answers

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 23 April 2008

Health

Breast Cancer: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate for breast cancer re-screening within 36 months was in (a) England, (b) West Yorkshire and (c) the Leeds/Wakefield screening area in each of the last six months; and what proportion of eligible women in the Leeds/Wakefield breast screening area received scans within 36 months in the most recent period for which figures are available. (199518)

Data on the 36 month interval for breast cancer screening are collected quarterly by the national health service cancer screening programmes. Data for England and each breast screening unit are shown in the following table. Monthly interval rates of 38 months are also given as an indicator of how close intervals are to the national standard of 36 months.

Breast screening unit

Percentage 36 month breast cancer screening interval rateinterval rate – October to December 2007

Percentage 38 month breast cancer screening interval rateinterval rate – October to December 2007

England

70

88

Bolton

80

99

Chester

90

99

Crewe

97

99

East Lancashire

28

99

Greater Manchester

29

61

Liverpool

62

99

Macclesfield

79

99

North Cumbria

86

100

North Lancashire

8

11

Warrington

96

99

Wigan

40

99

Wirral

99

99

North Tees

73

90

Newcastle

90

96

Gateshead

74

99

Pennine

37

97

North Yorkshire

96

99

Leeds Wakefield

38

66

Humberside

34

43

Sheffield

77

97

Doncaster

97

99

Barnsley

100

100

Rotherham

96

100

North London

17

26

West of London

96

97

Barking and Havering

95

97

Central and East London

55

76

South East London

76

99

South West London

80

96

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

63

95

Chelmsford and Colchester

96

98

Cambridge and Huntingdon

61

98

Epping

2

2

East Suffolk

97

99

James Paget

62

94

King's Lynn

39

84

Norfolk and Norwich

63

97

Peterborough

67

97

South Essex

57

86

West Suffolk

95

98

City Hospital (Birmingham)

96

97

Dudley and Wolverhampton

98

99

Hereford and Worcester

94

98

North Staffordshire

96

99

Shropshire

57

93

South Birmingham

99

99

South Staffordshire

97

97

Walsall and Sandwell

99

100

Warwickshire, Solihull and Coventry

99

100

Avon

80

98

Cornwall

98

99

Dorset

97

98

East Devon

96

98

Gloucestershire

97

99

Somerset

84

99

South Devon

90

98

West Devon

99

99

Wiltshire

95

99

Northampton

93

99

South Derbyshire

93

99

North Derbyshire

98

98

North Nottinghamshire

99

99

Kettering

98

99

Leicester

94

96

Lincolnshire

28

41

Nottingham

98

99

Jarvis Centre (Guildford)

98

99

West Sussex

61

95

Brighton

16

61

Canterbury

92

98

Maidstone

41

98

Medway

70

99

Aylesbury

100

100

Wycombe

100

100

Milton Keynes

98

99

Reading

98

99

Windsor

100

100

Oxford

45

99

North and Mid Hampshire

44

96

Southampton and Salisbury

21

84

Portsmouth

99

99

Isle of Wight

97

98

Information on breast screening coverage in the Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority (SNA) area is shown in the following table. Coverage is the proportion of women resident and eligible that have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous three years.

Breast screening programme: coverage of women aged 53-64 by specified organisations, at 31 March 2007

Eligible population1

Number of women screened (less than three years since last test)

Coverage (less than three years since last test) (percentage)

England

3,690,074

2,805,717

76.0

Q32

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

373,320

282,165

75.6

Of which:

5NY

Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT

30,921

23,481

75.9

5J6

Calderdale PCT

14,873

11,059

74.4

5N2

Kirklees PCT

27,772

21,795

78.5

5N1

Leeds PCT

48,063

34,507

71.8

5N3

Wakefield District PCT

25,500

17,218

67.5

Notes: 1. This is the number of women in the registered population less those recorded as ineligible. 2. The coverage of the breast screening programme is the proportion of women resident and eligible that have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous three years. 3. Coverage of the screening programme is currently best assessed using the 53-64 age group as women may be first called at any time between their 50th and 53rd birthdays. 4. The breast screening programme covers women aged 50-64 but it was extended to invite women aged 65-70 in April 2001. The last unit began inviting women aged 65-70 in April 2006 and full coverage should be achieved by 2008-09. Source: KC63

Cardiovascular System: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged between 40 and 74 years of age received a vascular risk assessment in 2007. (199443)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged between 40 and 74 years have access to vascular risk assessments. (199885)

There is no standardised format for a vascular risk assessment currently in use within the primary care system. However, we do know that many of the elements of the vascular check proposed in “Putting Prevention First” are offered to patients. Copies of this publication are available in the Library. These are not recorded under the heading of vascular risk assessment, but it is possible to make some estimates on the basis of samples of primary care data sets. For example, using a sample of 1.14 million general practice records for adults aged 40 to 74 provided by Q Research, relating to 2007, we can estimate numbers in that age group in England who have records of the four measures we are proposing should form part of a vascular risk assessment. These measures are cholesterol, smoking status, body mass index and blood pressure.

We estimate that in the five years between 2002 and 2007 an average of 620,000 adults per annum will have undergone all four measures. This excludes people who already have one or more vascular diseases because they would not be eligible for primary prevention, which is what the vascular risk assessments are intended for. In addition, from the same data we estimate that 1.2 million people are being prescribed statins for primary prevention of disease and we can assume that each of these is likely to have undergone at least some of the elements of the proposed vascular risk assessment when the initial decision to prescribe statins was made.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has recently issued on the diagnosing of myalgic encephalomyelitis. (200599)

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published, in August 2007, a clinical guideline on the diagnosis and management of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.

Commission for Social Care Inspection: Pensions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cash equivalent transfer value is of the public sector pension of the Chief Inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection; (198445)

(2) what pensions scheme is offered to staff joining the Commission for Social Care Inspection; what the rate of employer contributions to the scheme is; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the terms and benefits of the scheme.

We have been informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that the cash equivalent transfer value of the public sector pension of the Chief Inspector of CSCI equals £925,134.39p as at 31 March 2008.

We have also been informed by CSCI that the pensions scheme offered to staff joining CSCI is the Teesside Local Government Pension Scheme. For 2008-09, the employer contribution rate is 13.7 per cent. The scheme applies to the great majority of existing CSCI staff and to all new starters who opt for pension fund membership. In addition, when CSCI was created, it inherited some employees who were members of various other pension schemes. The employer contribution rate of these schemes ranges from 6.2 per cent. to 33 per cent.

The details of the terms and benefits of the scheme have been placed in the Library.

Continuing Care: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government have taken to ensure that those in the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust area entitled to continuing NHS healthcare are receiving it; (200592)

(2) what steps he has taken in the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust area to ensure that Government guidelines on the equitable entitlement to continuing NHS healthcare achieve their objectives.

The “National Framework for NHS Continuing Healthcare and NHS-funded Nursing Care in England”, implemented from 1 October 2007, sets out the process for determining eligibility for national health service continuing healthcare. To minimise variation in interpretation of the principles outlined in the Framework and to inform consistent decision-making, the Department has developed the national decision support tool in conjunction with stakeholders. The decision support tool supports practitioners in obtaining a full picture of needs and indicates a level of need that could constitute a primary health need as set out in the Framework. The decision support tool, combined with practitioners’ own experience and professional judgment, will enable them to apply the primary health need test in practice, in a way that is consistent with the limits on what can be lawfully provided by local authorities. It is too soon to gauge the Framework’s impact. We will review the Framework and the decision support tool in September 2008.

We have been informed that Mid Essex Primary Care Trust is committed to the principles of continuing healthcare and to working with its partners to provide funding and support to any individual who meets the national criteria.

Dental Services: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost (a) per patient and (b) per visit for emergency dental treatment at a dental access centre in Milton Keynes has been since their inception. (200767)

The information requested is not collected centrally. Primary care trusts (PCTs) set funding and service requirements for individual dental access centres, locally. The hon. Member may therefore wish to raise this with the chief executive of Milton Keynes PCT.

Departmental Legislation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since May 1997; (198294)

(2) what criminal offences have been created by primary legislation sponsored by his Department since July 2007.

The information requested on what criminal offences have been abolished by primary legislation since May 1997 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

No new criminal offences have been created by primary legislation since July 2007. However, Regulations 27 and 185 of the European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/3101), which amended the Medical Act 1983 and the Opticians Act 1983 respectively, expand the scope of existing offences in primary legislation. The Mental Health Act 2007, which was given Royal Assent on 19 July 2007 increases the maximum penalty for ill-treatment or wilful neglect (s.42).

Developing Patient Partnerships Programme: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason his Department decided to cease funding for the Developing Patient Partnerships programme; and what arrangements have been made for the continuity of the provision of its services to patients. (199338)

The Department has supported Developing Patient Partnerships through two section 64 specific grants since April 2003. The latest grant covering 2006-08 was agreed with Developing Patient Partnerships on the basis they would no longer require central funding as they would be self-sufficient from April 2008 through increasing their subscriber base. Developing Patient Partnerships are currently in discussions with several organisations to make their material available to patients in the future.

Eyesight: Testing

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people aged 60 and over had an NHS sight test in the last year for which figures are available. (199500)

The number of general ophthalmic services (GOS) sight tests paid for by the national health service, for persons aged 60 and over, in England, in the year ending 31 March 2007 was 4,518,672. Based on Office for National Statistics population estimates for mid- 2006 the sight tests number is 41.9 per cent. of the population aged over 60.

This information is available in Table B4 of the “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales, Year Ending 31 March 2007” report. This table also includes the number of tests for persons aged 60 and over as a proportion of the total number of sight tests.

This report, published by The Information Centre for health and social care on 31 July 2007, is available in the Library and is also available on-line at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/gosactivity310307

Numbers of GOS sight tests paid for by the NHS, for persons aged 60 and over and as a proportion of the 60 and over population for the year ending 31 March 2008 are due to be published in the “General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Wales—Year Ending 31 March 2008” report. This report is due to be published, by The Information Centre for health and social care, in July 2008. This report will also include the number of sight tests for persons aged 60 and over as a proportion of the total number of sight tests.

Forced Marriage

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what monitoring and evaluation his Department carries out on the implementation of its guidance on forced marriages; and if he will make a statement. (198786)

The Department does not monitor the FCO-led guidance on recognising forced marriages. It is for NHS trusts and primary care trusts to monitor the performance of their own staff in recognising domestic violence, including cases of forced marriage.

Health Professions: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are under consideration by his Department to ensure that strategic health authorities meet their service level agreement commitments regarding multi-professional education and training. (200175)

In 2007-08 a service level agreement (SLA) and accountability framework has been issued to ensure that strategic health authorities (SHAs) are held to account for the training they support. The SLA also sets out that there should be a learning and development agreement in place with service providers to underpin the education and training funds passed to national health service trusts. The role of the Department should be to focus on outputs and accountability rather than on ensuring a fixed amount of money is spent for a particular purpose regardless of local priorities. Strategic health authorities (SHAs) provide relevant financial and activity data four times per year to the Department. SHAs also published an annual investment plan by 30 June 2007 setting out their planned investment in education and training for the year. We will be asking SHAs for an end of year report on the SLA shortly. They also provide relevant financial and activity data up to four times per year to the Department.

Health Services: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bids he has received for designation as an Academic Health Services Centre; and what criteria will apply to determining the outcome of such bids. (198388)

[holding answer 2 April 2008]: The Department is currently in the process of developing proposals for the roll-out of Academic Health and Science Centres.

Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has published guidance on the duty of foundation trusts to release medical records to the next of kin of a patient who has died in their care; (198899)

(2) whether his Department has powers to require foundation trusts to release medical records to the next of kin of a patient who has died in their care.

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: Access to deceased patients’ health records is permitted under the Access to Health Records Act 1990 (AHR) though this does not automatically provide a right of access for next of kin. Applications for access under the AHR may be made by the deceased’s personal representative and any person who may have a claim arising from the patient’s death. This may be the next of kin in some cases.

The Department has provided the national health service with guidance on access to the records of deceased but is currently reviewing this guidance in light of recent legal cases. Essentially, the decision whether or not to disclose records of the deceased is the responsibility of the organisations holding the record, taking into account obligations of confidentiality and any directions provided by the deceased individual.

The Department does not have the authority to require foundation trusts to release health records of deceased patients, but foundation trusts must comply with the AHR in the same way as other NHS trusts.

NHS: Pay

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether changes to the unsocial hours payment were agreed in the 2004 agenda for change. (199952)

The agenda for change agreement included an interim regime for unsocial hours that had some early implementer and some Whitley provisions. It included an agreement that the NHS Staff Council would work toward developing a new harmonised unsocial hours arrangement. These arrangements were agreed in February 2008, with an effective date of 1 April 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has informed NHS staff of the changes to unsocial hours payment. (199953)

Responsibility for communication to individual members of staff rests with the employing organisation. However, changes to the unsocial hours arrangements were discussed, developed and agreed in partnership with the unions and NHS Employers represented on the NHS Staff Council. NHS Employers have written to employing organisations to ensure they are aware of the changes and have provided information on their website, which may be used by managers to support local briefing.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings he has had with (a) Unison, (b) the Royal College of Nursing and (c) other representative bodies on the changes to the unsocial hours payment; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of those meetings. (199989)

NHS Employers lead the negotiating machinery for changes to the terms and conditions for staff covered by the agenda for change terms and conditions. Any meetings to discuss unsocial hours with the 14 unions that represent these staff, including Unison and the Royal College of Nursing, were held by NHS Employers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes he has made to the unsocial hours payment; and if he will break down the percentage change by (a) pay band and (b) staff role. (199990)

The old arrangements were related to Whitley staff groups and pay scales, and there is no easy read-across to agenda for change pay bands. The changes to the unsocial hours payments have an effective date from 1 April 2008, the impacts will vary but in headline terms:

any time on Saturday (midnight to midnight) and any week day after 8 pm and before 6 am is time plus 50 per cent. for band 1, time plus 44 per cent. for band 2, time plus 37 per cent. for band 3 and time plus 30 per cent. for bands 4 to 9; and

all time on Sundays and public holidays (midnight to midnight) is double time for band 1, time plus 88 per cent. for band 2, time plus 74 per cent. for band 3, time plus 60 per cent. for bands 4 to 9.

It is not possible to identify what this means by role; payment depends on their band. However, it is important to note that all staff employed in ambulance organisations will remain on the original prospective agenda for change system, as it has worked well in early implementers and for national roll-out.

NHS: Public Participation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantitative public opinion research has been commissioned as part of the NHS next stage review. (198467)

The national health service next stage review, ‘Our NHS, our future’, has commissioned two national public opinion surveys. These surveys are being used as a source of evidence to inform the findings of the review. The results of these surveys will be released in the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the formula is for funding local involvement networks; and what the (a) unweighted funding per council and (b) unweighted funding per 100 people is for each local authority in 2008-09. (200169)

The Department received an allocation of £84 million over three years from HM Treasury to fund the establishment and costs incurred by local involvement networks (LINks). The allocations to local authorities (LAs) were based on two elements used in many similar cases to take account of key geographical factors such as deprivation, sparsity, area costs, etc. The first was a general baseline payment of £60,000 awarded to each LA. The second was calculated according to the relative needs formula (RNF), which is used to allocate funds to LAs in other areas of work.

The RNF relates to three population groups: children, younger adults (aged 18-64) and older people (aged 65 and over). The RNF includes needs components and costs components that are specific to the three age groups. The children’s formula consists of a basic amount per resident child aged 0 to 17, and top-ups for deprivation, fostering cost and area costs. The older people’s formula consists of a basic amount per person aged 65 and over and top-ups for age, deprivation, sparsity, low income from fees and charges, and area costs. The younger adults’ formula consists of a basic amount per person aged 18-64 and tops-ups for deprivation and area costs.

The formula is therefore defined in terms of need and costs. There is not a weighting component that could be extracted from the calculations because the calculations use local values (‘weights’) for ‘needs’ and for ‘costs’, and removing them would make it impossible to calculate the funding allocations. Extracting weights from the calculation would have the effect of each local authority receiving an equal funding allocation.

Using the allocations for LINks for 2008-09, we have been able to calculate the amount of local funding per 100 people (£) for 2008-09 and this is shown in the following table.

LA

Grant per 100 people (£)

Cornwall

48.02

Cumbria

46.75

Gloucestershire

39.85

Hertfordshire

34.11

Lincolnshire

41.56

Norfolk

41.08

Northamptonshire

37.80

Northumberland

53.23

Oxfordshire

35.13

Somerset

43.60

Suffolk

39.89

Surrey

30.67

Warwickshire

40.62

West Sussex

36.49

North Yorkshire

37.46

Bedfordshire

42.25

Buckinghamshire

37.29

Derbyshire

41.67

Dorset

45.47

Durham

51.08

East Sussex

46.68

Hampshire

29.89

Leicestershire

34.52

Staffordshire

36.58

Wiltshire

40.39

Cambridgeshire

37.11

Cheshire

37.41

Devon

40.23

Essex

35.28

Kent

35.57

Lancashire

38.98

Nottinghamshire

39.53

Shropshire

51.74

Worcestershire

40.13

Isles of Scilly

2,856.58

Barking and Dagenham

88.88

Barnet

55.38

Bexley

59.27

Brent

68.26

Bromley

50.46

Croydon

55.82

Ealing

59.84

Enfield

62.80

Haringey

76.30

Harrow

64.44

Havering

58.42

Hillingdon

58.86

Hounslow

64.82

Kingston upon Thames

65.22

Merton

62.28

Newham

86.22

Redbridge

61.81

Richmond upon Thames

59.44

Sutton

63.73

Waltham Forest

73.75

Camden

77.36

Greenwich

84.34

Hackney

99.50

Hammersmith and Fulham

83.68

Islington

91.86

Kensington and Chelsea

78.81

Lambeth

76.17

Lewisham

76.98

Southwark

78.32

Tower Hamlets

97.68

Wandsworth

60.58

Westminster

74.95

City of London

817.07

Bolton

63.09

Bury

66.64

Manchester

63.67

Oldham

68.97

Rochdale

70.99

Salford

73.03

Stockport

53.23

Tameside

68.29

Trafford

61.30

Wigan

57.15

Knowsley

92.51

Liverpool

66.74

St. Helens

74.40

Sefton

61.94

Wirral

64.27

Barnsley

67.90

Doncaster

59.27

Rotherham

63.20

Sheffield

50.11

Gateshead

73.26

Newcastle upon Tyne

63.15

North Tyneside

68.83

South Tyneside

84.23

Sunderland

62.66

Birmingham

55.39

Coventry

58.10

Dudley

56.56

Sandwell

70.42

Solihull

58.55

Walsall

66.60

Wolverhampton

71.32

Bradford

52.50

Calderdale

65.43

Kirklees

50.68

Leeds

41.10

Wakefield

56.74

Isle of Wight Council

83.04

Bath and North East Somerset

62.20

Bristol

51.06

South Gloucestershire

48.67

North Somerset

60.31

Hartlepool

108.96

Middlesbrough

88.09

Redcar and Cleveland

83.13

Stockton-on-Tees

66.53

East Riding of Yorkshire

47.64

Kingston upon Hull

67.42

North East Lincolnshire

75.82

North Lincolnshire

71.57

York

56.46

Luton

70.14

Milton Keynes

57.59

Derby

63.31

Bournemouth

73.63

Poole

74.95

Darlington

96.69

Brighton and Hove

58.87

Portsmouth

63.62

Southampton

61.78

Leicester

64.06

Rutland

179.13

Stoke-on-Trent

67.90

Swindon

60.26

Bracknell Forest

76.80

West Berkshire

63.82

Reading

72.81

Slough

86.64

Windsor and Maidenhead

66.86

Wokingham

56.81

Peterborough

74.87

Halton

92.57

Warrington

60.41

Plymouth

60.98

Torbay

89.69

Southend-on-Sea

77.23

Thurrock

74.86

Herefordshire

66.64

Medway

54.10

Blackburn with Darwen

87.04

Blackpool

88.25

Nottingham

64.28

Telford and the Wrekin

73.73

NHS: Reorganisation

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis is for Lord Darzi's assessment in his interim report that the NHS is perhaps two-thirds of the way through its reform programme set out in 2000 and 2002. (199431)

As stated on pages 14-15 of the NHS chief executive's annual report, published on 21 June 2007, there are three stages in the journey to reform the national health service. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library and is also available at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/AnnualReports/DH_076170

The aim of the NHS Next Stage Review, “Our NHS, our future”, is to identify the way forward for a 21st century NHS which is clinically-driven, patient-centred and responsive to local communities.

Nurses: Schools

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March 2008, Official Report, column 2392W, on nurses: schools, (1) if he will break down the number of full-time equivalent fully-qualified school nurses by (a) region, (b) primary care trust and (c) local authority; (194727)

(2) what estimate he has made of the percentage of schools in England that are visited by a fully qualified school nurse;

(3) on nurses: schools, how many children were seen by a fully qualified school nurse in each year since 2004.

No estimate has been made centrally of the percentage of schools in England that are visited by a fully-qualified school nurse or of the number of children who were seen by a fully-qualified school nurse in each year since 2004. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) in partnership with local authorities (LAs), strategic health authorities (SHAs) and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of school nursing services.

The following table shows the number of full-time equivalent fully-qualified school nurses in England broken down by SHA and PCT.

The information showing the breakdown by LA is not collected centrally.

National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nursing staff in the school nursing area of work as at 30 September 2007

Full-time equivalent

Total qualified nursing staff

Of which:Qualified school nurses1

England

2,232

893

North East SHA area

127

42

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

13

13

County Durham PCT

26

21

Darlington PCT

8

2

Gateshead PCT

16

2

Hartlepool PCT

6

Middlesbrough PCT

19

Newcastle PCT

1

1

North Tees PCT

11

Northumberland Care Trust

3

3

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

13

South Tyneside PCT

12

North West SHA area

495

188

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

21

5

Blackburn with Darwen PCT

19

Blackpool PCT

16

7

Bolton PCT

27

26

Bury PCT

16

16

Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT

29

5

Central Lancashire PCT

22

2

Cumbria PCT

17

9

East Lancashire PCT

38

5

Halton and St. Helens PCT

35

13

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT

16

13

Knowsley PCT

20

1

Liverpool PCT

13

Manchester PCT

52

34

North Lancashire PCT

17

6

Oldham PCT

27

9

Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital NHS Trust

13

Sefton PCT

23

Stockport PCT

10

3

Tameside and Glossop PCT

18

18

The Wirral Hospital NHS Trust

24

9

Warrington PCT

13

10

West Cheshire PCT

10

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA area

268

130

Barnsley PCT

15

15

Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT

21

17

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust

1

Calderdale PCT

14

9

East Riding of Yorkshire PCT

4

2

Hull Teaching PCT

13

5

Kirklees PCT

25

25

Leeds PCT

47

33

North East Lincolnshire PCT

12

North Lincolnshire PCT

9

1

North Yorkshire and York PCT

19

6

Rotherham PCT

27

6

Sheffield PCT

30

11

Wakefield District PCT

21

York Hospitals NHS Trust

8

East Midlands SHA area

183

45

Bassetlaw PCT

2

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

24

1

Derby City PCT

22

15

Derbyshire County PCT

14

1

Leicester City Teaching PCT

14

2

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

38

1

Lincolnshire Teaching PCT

26

6

Northamptonshire Teaching PCT

23

19

Nottingham City PCT

5

Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT

8

1

The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

6

West Midlands SHA area

272

138

Birmingham East and North PCT

15

14

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS trust

1

Coventry Teaching PCT

12

Dudley PCT

13

1

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

22

North Staffordshire PCT

15

10

Sandwell PCT

18

1

Shropshire County PCT

9

1

Solihull Care Trust

10

South Staffordshire Healthcare NHS Trust

6

1

South Staffordshire PCT

36

36

Stoke on Trent Teaching PCT

25

24

Telford and Wrekin PCT

8

Walsall Teaching PCT

17

4

Warwickshire PCT

27

17

Wolverhampton City PCT

17

17

Worcestershire PCT

20

14

East of England SHA area

162

51

Bedfordshire PCT

22

4

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

1

1

Cambridgeshire PCT

9

5

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

16

13

James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust

4

1

Luton PCT

13

5

Mid Essex PCT

13

9

Norfolk PCT

1

North East Essex PCT

17

6

Peterborough PCT

8

1

South East Essex PCT

16

2

South West Essex Teaching PCT

21

West Essex PCT

1

0

West Hertfordshire PCT

19

5

London SHA area

327

132

Barking and Dagenham PCT

10

2

Barnet PCT

5

1

Brent Teaching PCT

19

15

Bromley PCT

1

Camden PCT

6

1

Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust

2

2

City and Hackney PCT

16

9

Croydon PCT

11

Ealing PCT

13

2

Enfield PCT

16

Greenwich Teaching PCT

17

16

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

7

7

Haringey Teaching PCT

11

2

Havering PCT

9

9

Hillingdon PCT

13

4

Hounslow PCT

8

Islington PCT

19

4

Kingston PCT

5

1

Lambeth PCT

15

15

Lewisham PCT

16

11

Newham PCT

8

6

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

2

Redbridge PCT

19

13

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

13

2

Southwark PCT

6

6

Sutton and Merton PCT

17

Tower Hamlets PCT

10

2

Waltham Forest PCT

8

Wandsworth PCT

15

4

Westminster PCT

10

1

South East Coast SHA area

136

61

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

14

10

Eastern and Coastal Kent Teaching PCT

12

11

Hastings and Rother PCT

14

14

Medway NHS Trust

10

South Downs Health NHS Trust

18

Surrey PCT

28

2

West Kent PCT

13

2

West Sussex Teaching PCT

27

22

South Central SHA area

108

46

Berkshire East Teaching PCT

14

10

Berkshire West PCT

22

13

Hampshire PCT

30

4

Isle of Wight Healthcare PCT

5

Milton Keynes PCT

4

4

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

11

Oxfordshire PCT

13

13

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

6

1

Southampton City PCT

2

South West SHA area

156

60

Bath and North East Somerset PCT

1

Bournemouth and Poole PCT

6

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

15

15

Devon PCT

20

18

Dorset PCT

9

6

Gloucestershire PCT

20

1

North Bristol NHS Trust

11

North Somerset PCT

6

1

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

1

Plymouth Teaching PCT

11

Somerset PCT

9

5

Swindon PCT

10

3

Torbay Care Trust

8

6

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

11

4

Wiltshire PCT

17

2

1 Qualified school nurse: Qualified school nurses hold the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Specialist Practice Qualification with an outcome in school nursing—which is a recordable qualification on the NMC register. Figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.

Source:

The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce census.

The 2007 census showed there were 2,232 qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work, an increase of 613 or 37.86 pr cent. since 2004. Of these there were 893 school nurses with a post registration school nurse qualification. This is an increase of 286 or 47.12 per cent. since 2004.

Nurses: Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake to restore the underspend by strategic health authorities on multi-professional education and training, with particular reference to nurse training for each of the last five years for which there has been an underspend. (199947)

The multi professional education and training budget forms part of the national health service bundle of budgets issued to strategic health authorities (SHAs) and as such is not ring fenced. It is up to the SHAs to determine how much they spend on education and training and whether underspends should be restored to the following year’s budgets in the light of their own local priorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to ensure that strategic health authorities spend their full budget allocation on nurse training. (199948)

The Department is not taking any steps to ensure that strategic health authorities spend their full budget allocation on nurse training. The role of the Department should be to focus on outputs and accountability rather than on ensuring a fixed amount of money is spent for a particular purpose regardless of local priorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the aggregated underspend on nurse training over the last five years. (200176)

We do not allocate funding specifically to nurse training. We therefore cannot provide figures on the level of underspending for the last five years. However figures on the total underspend from the multi-professional education and training (MPET) budget are shown in the following table.

MPET underspend (£ million)

2003-04

58.7

2004-05

86.3

2005-06

135.7

2006-07

357.0

2007-081

99.0

1 Forecast based on quarter three quarterly monitoring returns.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Perinatal Mortality

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many instances of perinatal mortality there were in Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. (199930)

The following table shows the number of perinatal deaths and the perinatal mortality rate for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust1 from 2001 to 2005, which are the latest data available.

1 The trust was founded in April 2004. The data are taken from the following hospitals that are now part of the trust: Peterborough district hospital; Edith Cavell hospital; Stamford and Rutland hospital; and the district maternity unit.

Perinatal deaths1

Perinatal mortality rate2

2001

31

9.4

2002

28

8.4

2003

36

10.4

2004

20

5.6

2005

24

6.9

1 Stillbirths plus early neonatal deaths (deaths under seven days of age).

2 Stillbirths and early neonatal deaths per 1,000 live births and stillbirths.

Source:

Office for National Statistics

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for buying or attempting to buy alcohol under age in each of the last three years for which information is available. (191306)

The number of young persons under 18 years of age issued with a reprimand or final warning, penalty notice for disorder, or proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to buying or attempting to buy alcohol under age in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2. From June 2000, cautions for offenders under 18 years old were replaced by reprimands and final warnings.

Number of young persons aged under 18 years issued with a reprimand/final warning, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 20061, 1, 3, 4, 5

Offence description

Person under 18 buying or attempting to buy or consuming intoxicating liquor. Person under 18 buying or consuming intoxicating liquor

Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 18

14316

14383

Proceeded against

Reprimanded/Final warning3

Proceeded against

Reprimanded/Final warning3

2004

10

32

2005

14

19

3

2006

6

3

2

4

- Nil

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Offence Code 14316

Person under 18 buying or attempting to buy or consuming intoxicating liquor.

Person under 18 buying or consuming intoxicating liquor in licensed premises.

Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(2). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(2).

Offence Code 14382

Purchase of alcohol by an individual under 18.

Licensing Act 2003 S. 149(l)(7a)

3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings.

Reprimands and final warnings are included in the above data.

4 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

5 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, other agencies, 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:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Our Ref: IOS 205-08 (Table 1) [Contribution for PQ 191306]

Number of young persons aged 16 to 17 years issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offence—Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18 in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 20061, 2, 3, 4

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by person under 18

2004

2005

21

2006

73

- Nil

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute:

Buying or attempting to buy alcohol by a person under 18.

Section 149(l)of the Licensing Act 2003 (c.17)

3 New legislative reference with effect from, 24 November 2005 on implementation of Licensing Act 2003.

4 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, other agencies, 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:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform Ministry of Justice

Our Ref: IOS 205-08 (Table 2) [Contribution for PQ 191306]

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances there were of alcohol found in the possession of children being seized in accordance with section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in each of the last three years; and how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder, having failed to comply with such a request in each of the last 10 years. (191316)

Offences recorded under this legislation are summary offences and as such do not form part of the recorded crime statistics collected by the Home Office.

The number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following table.

The offence is not one for which a PND (penalty notice for disorder) can be issued, as it is not part of the scheme.

Number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences under section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4

Proceeded against

Caution

2004

12

2

2005

14

10

2006

19

5

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, other agencies, 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 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. The total figure of reprimands and final warnings makes up cautions.

4 Data include the following statute and corresponding offence description: Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 Sec.1. Police Reform Act 2002 Sch.4 para.6 (Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 S.1). Failure to surrender intoxicating liquor and/or to state name and address. Contravening a community support officer’s requirement to surrender liquor.

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were (a) cautioned, (b) prosecuted and (c) given a penalty notice for disorder for buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of a person under 18 years old in each of the last three years for which information is available. (191307)

The number of persons issued with a caution, penalty notice for disorder or proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to buying or attempting to buy alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in England and Wales for the years 2004 to 2006 can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2.

Number of persons issued with a caution, and proceeded against at magistrates courts for certain alcohol offences in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4, 5

Offence description

Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18. Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar

Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18.

Proceeded against

Cautions3

Proceeded against

Cautions3

2004

38

14

6

6

2005

29

12

6

2

2006

14

11

18

13

1 These data are on the principal offence basis.

2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:

Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18.

Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar.

Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(3). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(3).

Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18.

Licensing Act 2003 S149(3,4,7b)

3 From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and final warnings. Reprimands and final warnings are included in the abovementioned data.

4 The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005.

5 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, other agencies, 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.

6 Nil

Source:

Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder for the offences purchasing alcohol for under 18 and purchasing alcohol for under 18 for consumption on premises in England and Wales for the years 2004-061, 2, 3, 4Purchase alcohol for person under 18Purchase alcohol for person under 18 for consumption on premises20041866200517083200640760 1 These data are on the principal offence basis. 2 Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statute: Buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of person under 18 s149(3) of the Licensing Act 2003 Buys or attempts to buy alcohol for consumption on relevant premises by person under 18. s149(4) of the Licensing Act 2003 3 New legislative reference with effect from, 24 November 2005 on implementation of Licensing Act 2003 4 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, other agencies, 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: Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice

Antisocial Behaviour Orders

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached since 31 December 2005, broken down by criminal justice system area. (200365)

Data on how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued and breached since 31 December 2005 are not yet available. Data from 1 January to 31 December for 2006 are due to be published shortly.

Asylum

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place in the Library copies of information provided about the Case Resolution Directorate to the legal representatives of individuals whose cases are to be considered by the Case Resolution Directorate; and if she will make a statement. (196103)

No such guidance has been provided to legal representatives of individuals whose cases are being considered by the Case Resolution Directorate. Information about the Case Resolution Directorate can be found on the UK Border Agency website.

Crimes of Violence: Dorset

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in West Dorset constituency in each of the last five years. (200926)

Statistics are not collected specifically on a constituency basis. The Home Office does publish statistics at Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area level. The number of offences of violence against the person for each of the last five years by CDRP is available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrpog.xls

Also available is a look-up table that identifies which constituencies are associated with CDRPs. In many instances, a CDRP may comprise of more than one constituency. Conversely, some constituencies will come within two or more CDRPs, either wholly or partially. The look-up table is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrp-constituency-table.xls

Copies of both the statistics table and the look-up table are available in the Library.

Crimes of Violence: Hertfordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes involving violence against a person were recorded in (a) South West Hertfordshire and (b) Watford constituency in each of the last five years. (200398)

Statistics are not collected specifically on a constituency basis. The Home Office does publish statistics at Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area level. The number of offences of violence against the person for each of the last five years by CDRP is available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrpog.xls

Also available is a look-up table that identifies which constituencies are associated with CDRPs. In many instances, a CDRP may comprise of more than one constituency. Conversely, some constituencies will come within two or more CDRPs, either wholly or partially. The look-up table is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrp-constituency-table.xls

Copies of both the statistics table and the look-up table are available in the Libraries of the House.

Crimes of Violence: Market Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in Harborough constituency in each of the last five years. (200415)

Statistics are not collected specifically on a constituency basis. The Home Office does publish statistics at Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area level. The number of offences of violence against the person for each of the last five years by CDRP is available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrpog.xls

Also available is a look-up table that identifies which constituencies are associated with CDRPs. In many instances, a CDRP may comprise of more than one constituency. Conversely, some constituencies will come within two or more CDRPs, either wholly or partially. The look-up table is available at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrp-constituency-table.xls

Copies of both the statistics table and the look-up table are available in the Library.

Criminal Records: Young People

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people under the age of 18 years gained a criminal record in each year since 1997. (188571)

Although annual figures for each year since 1997 are not available, the Statistical Bulletins on juvenile re-offending published by the Ministry of Justice show quarterly figures for the number of offenders aged 10-17, who at the time of receiving a reprimand, final warning or conviction had no previous offences.

Figures are available for cohorts of offenders from the first quarters of 2000, 2004 and 2005. The cohorts are constructed in order to measure re-offending and therefore exclude juveniles receiving custodial sentences but include juveniles discharged from custody during each quarter.

The numbers of juveniles with no previous offences in each of the quarterly cohorts were as follows:

Number

2000

21,546

2004

23,379

2005

24,739

These figures have been derived from the police’s administrative IT system, which, as with any large scale recording system, is subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Departmental Alcoholic Drinks

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many events held by her Department (a) wine and (b) Fairtrade wine were served in the last three years; and what assessment her Department has made of the merits of serving Fairtrade wine at future events. (196951)

Figures for the number of events held by my Department at which wine was served are not available. Fairtrade wine is not currently offered at the Home Office HQ at 2 Marsham Street but the facilities provider will be invited to make an assessment of the merits of doing so at future events.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department has adopted the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Management Programme or plans to do so in the next 12 months. (198046)

My Department has committed to working with the Carbon Trust to address its carbon emissions.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department met the target in the sustainable operations on the Government estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007. (198047)

My Department did not meet the sustainable operations target on the Government office estate to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007. The target related to the Department’s offices which increased substantially in number through the inclusion in the figures of the national probation service estate. After allowing for this, an increase in emissions of 12 per cent. occurred. There are a range of other factors that need to be taken into account, including density of occupation, IT provision and use of air-conditioning across the estate.

Departmental Fixed Penalties

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of her Department in the last five years; and what the total cost was. (200487)

Departmental Public Relations

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many external contracts her Department held with public relations companies in each of the last 10 years; and what the total cost of those contracts was. (183165)

Government policies and programmes affect the lives of millions of people, and in order for them to work they must be communicated effectively. The Home Office communicates directly to the public through individual campaigns that provide advice, information and reassurance. These campaigns are often supported by paid-for PR activity which is essential to ensure broader reach of our target audiences.

The following information details the number, nature and cost of PR contracts for the last five years (not including the current financial year). The costs include resources required to generate PR and any necessary supporting materials. Collating information for the last 10 years would incur disproportionate costs in terms of staff time.

Nature of PR contract

Cost (£)

2002-03

Contracts (Number)

4

Total cost

257,484

Drugs Misuse

79,219

Criminal Justice

36,900

Mobile Phone Safety

44,190

Child Protection on the Internet

97,175

2003-04

Contracts (Number)

5

Total cost

975,909

Holocaust Memorial Day

44,142

Security Industry Authority

150,573

Domestic Violence

75,000

Sexual Offences Act

56,465

Citizenship

650,729

2004-05

Contracts (Number)

13

Total cost

3,037,320

Mobile Phone Safety

44,190

Acquisitive Crime Reduction

260,373.99

Antisocial Behaviour

646,570

Sexual Offences Act

128,359

Criminal Justice

982,410

Domestic Violence

75,000

Year of the Volunteer

210,789.95

Police—High Potential Development

62,760

Alcohol and Violent Crime

501,692

Drugs

71,239

Communities

18,412

Familial Homicide

4,940

Holocaust Memorial Day

30,586

2005-06

Contracts (Number)

7

Total cost

1,377,633

Antisocial Behaviour

363,040

Criminal Justice

265,780

Year of the Volunteer

74,027

Police—High Potential Development

41,400

Community Support Officers Recruitment

2,380

Tackling Violent Crime

156,620

Drugs

474,386

2006-07

Contracts (Number)

7

Total cost

975,301

Criminal Justice

174,473

Community Sentences

193,181

Drugs

374,666

Single Non Emergency Number Pilots

29,186

Community Support Officers Recruitment

113,511

Police—High Potential Development

28,716

Respect

61,568

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to members of her Department on the authorship and publication on the internet of material relating to their official duties; and if she will make a statement. (196751)

The Civil Service Code, the Civil Service Management Code and Propriety Guidance on Government Communications, all provide guidance to staff on the publication of material relating to their official duties. Copies of each of these are in the Libraries of the House. They are also available on the Cabinet Office website at:

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/

Departmental Sustainable Development

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department is on course to meet the sustainable operations on the Government estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31 March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010. (198045)

I direct the right hon. Member to the 2007 Sustainable Development in Government report, a copy of which is held in the House of Commons Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings. (198048)

My Department’s facilities supplier has implemented an accredited ISO 14001 environmental management system in our 2 Marsham Street headquarters building. My Department is also working toward accredited certified environmental management systems in some of its other buildings within the framework of a corporate environmental management system.

Deportation: EU Countries

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will raise in the EU Justice and Home Affairs Council the procedures for notifying other member states when a member state deports an EU national from another state following conviction for a serious criminal offence; and if she will make a statement. (197671)

The UK Border Agency may disclose information to a foreign Government regarding an individual’s criminal conviction provided the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and Human Rights Act 1998 are met.

Domestic Violence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made under the domestic violence rule; and how many have included children in the last three years. (199963)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: The number of applications received under the domestic violence rule in the last three years is 3,505. Of these 3,505 applications, 570 included one or more children as part of the application.

Entry Clearance: Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1048W, on entry clearances: employment, if she will give a breakdown by nationality of those receiving leave to (a) enter and (b) remain under the International Graduate Scheme. (181145)

The information is provided in the following tables:

(a) Leave to enter in Table A

The difference in total from that previously indicated is that the figures provided are up to 31 December 2007.

(b) Leave to remain in Table B

The figures quoted are not provided under National Statistics protocols and have been derived from local management information and are therefore provisional and subject to change.

Table A: Leave to enter

Nationality

Number of people

Albania

1

Australia

1

Bahrain

1

Bangladesh

5

Brazil

5

British national overseas

25

Brunei

1

Burma (Myanmar)

1

Canada

15

Chile

1

China

80

Egypt

5

Ethiopia

1

Ghana

1

Hong Kong

20

India

150

Indonesia

1

Iran

5

Israel

5

Jamaica

1

Japan

50

Jordan

5

Kazakhstan

1

Kenya

5

Lebanon

1

Malawi

1

Malaysia

110

Mauritius

10

Mexico

5

Moldova

1

Nepal

1

Niger

1

Nigeria

5

Oman

1

Pakistan

10

Palestinian authority

1

Peru

1

Philippines

1

Russia

5

Seychelles

1

Sierra Leone

1

Singapore

10

South Africa

1

South Korea

10

Sri Lanka

5

St. Lucia

1

Sudan

5

Taiwan

35

Tanzania

1

Thailand

15

Trinidad and Tobago

1

Turkey

5

Uganda

1

United States

35

Uzbekistan

1

Vietnam

5

Yugoslavia

1

Zambia

1

Zimbabwe

1

Total

690

1 Indicates one or two

Table B: Leave to remain

Nationality

Number of people

Afghanistan

1

Albania

10

Algeria

10

Angola

5

Antigua and Barbuda

1

Argentina

5

Armenia

5

Australia

30

Azerbaijan

5

Bahamas

1

Bahrain

1

Bangladesh

215

Barbados

10

Belarus

10

Belize

1

Benin

5

Bosnia and Herzegovina

5

Botswana

10

Brazil

40

British National (Overseas)

85

British Overseas Citizen

5

Brunei Darussalam

1

Burkina Faso

1

Burundi

1

Cameroon

35

Canada

65

Cape Verde

1

Chile

5

China (Peoples Republic of China)

1,405

Colombia

40

Congo

1

Costa Rica

1

Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

5

Croatia

5

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

1

Dominican Republic

5

Ecuador

5

Egypt

15

Ethiopia

5

Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

1

Gambia

25

Georgia

10

Ghana

195

Grenada

1

Guatemala

1

Guinea

1

Guyana

1

Honduras

1

Hong Kong SAR of China (holder of certificate of identity or document of identity)

1

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

40

India

1,395

Indonesia

35

Iran (Islamic Republic of)

75

Iraq

5

Israel

20

Jamaica

45

Japan

130

Jordan

25

Kampuchea

1

Kazakhstan

20

Kenya

150

Kuwait

5

Kyrgyzstan

5

Latvia

1

Lebanon

20

Libya

20

Macao Special Administrative Region of China

5

Macedonia (Former Yugoslav Republic of)

5

Madagascar

1

Malawi

25

Malaysia

415

Maldives

5

Mauritius

140

Mexico

30

Moldova, Republic of

5

Mongolia

10

Morocco

5

Mozambique

5

Myanmar

30

Namibia

5

Nepal

45

New Zealand

10

Nigeria

835

Pakistan

790

Palestinian Authority

1

Panama

1

Paraguay

1

Peru

15

Philippines

15

Refugee—Other

1

Republic of Montenegro

1

Republic of Serbia

5

Romania

1

Russian Federation

115

Rwanda

1

Saudi Arabia

1

Senegal

5

Seychelles

5

Sierra Leone

15

Singapore

25

South Africa

35

South Korea (Rep of Korea)

135

Sri Lanka

330

St Kitts and Nevis

1

St Vincent and the Grenadines

10

St. Lucia

10

Sudan

10

Swaziland

5

Syria Arab Republic

15

Taiwan (Republic of China)

65

Tajikistan

1

Thailand

55

Togo

1

Trinidad and Tobago

25

Tunisia

1

Turkey

95

Turkmenistan

1

Uganda

55

Ukraine

35

United Arab Emirates

1

United Rep of Tanzania

45

United States of America

225

Uzbekistan

15

Venezuela

15

Vietnam

30

Yemen

5

Zambia

25

Zimbabwe

110

Total

8,200

1 Indicates one or two

Notes:

1. The data in this publication are based on management information, are provisional and may be subject to change. The data are not National Statistics.

2. Figures rounded to nearest five. Because of rounding, figures may not add up to totals shown.

Genetics: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people living in Romford were registered on the national DNA database at the most recent date for which figures are available. (186911)

It is not possible to provide figures for the number of people registered on the National DNA Database (NDNAD) who are resident in a particular area, as the NDNAD does not hold address details.

Heathrow Airport: Security

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason it was decided to take fingerprint impressions from domestic transfer passengers at Heathrow airport; and what use was to be made of the information gathered. (199173)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: In the building of Terminal 5 at Heathrow, the British Airports Authority (BAA) took the decision to introduce a Common Departure Lounge (CDL). BAA was required to ensure that any immigration risks arising from the mixing of domestic and international passengers were mitigated.

It is the intention that the admission of domestic passengers into the lounge will be controlled by means of biometric fingerprint enrolment together with a digital photograph, the details of which will then be validated at boarding. This system will ensure that only those individuals entitled to travel within the UK as a domestic passenger can do so. However, to ensure that the proposed system is fully validated by the Information Commissioner, it has been agreed that the system will operate using only digital photography until such validation is given.

BAA has undertaken that all data obtained will immediately be encrypted and destroyed within 24 hours in accordance with the Data Protection Act. They have confirmed that data stored do not include any personal details and are not cross referenced with any other database or organisation.

Illegal Immigrants: China

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Chinese people have been arrested during raids carried out under the stop illegal working campaign; how many of those were found to be (a) illegal workers and (b) employers of illegal workers; and, of those found to be illegal workers, how many have been (i) deported, (ii) detained and (iii) released on bail. (198529)

From 14 January 2008 to 31 March 122 Chinese nationals were arrested following illegal working operations, all of whom were found to be working illegally. We do not record the nationality of employers of illegal workers arrested. This information is derived from provisional local management information which may be subject to change.

Information relating to questions (i) (ii) (iii) could be obtained only by the detailed examination of individual records at disproportionate cost.

Illegal Immigrants: Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many of the raids conducted under the stop illegal working campaign were the illegal workers discovered of predominantly (a) Chinese, (b) Indian, (c) Pakistani and (d) Malaysian nationality. (198531)

Immigrants: Personal Records

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects from landing cards completed by migrants arriving in the UK; and if she will make a statement. (199714)

All passengers who are citizens of countries outside of the European Economic Area and who arrive in the United Kingdom from outside of the Common Travel Area are required to complete their name, date of birth, nationality, gender, address in the United Kingdom and signature on a landing card.

In cases where a passenger has been granted leave to enter, immigration officers will place any conditions of entry and an admission category on the landing card. In certain circumstances immigration officers will make notes on the reverse of the landing card about a passenger’s intentions and duration of stay and will record details of their travel document. In cases such as these, landing cards are copied and retained on microfiche.

Immigration: Detainees

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to police forces on the holding of immigration detainees in police cells; and if she will place in the Library a copy of such guidance. (198501)

The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) applies to all persons detained in police custody, including those detained under immigration legislation. Copies of PACE are available in the Library.

No additional guidance specifically for immigration detainees has been issued.

Immigration: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will amend the Fees Regulations for applications for indefinite leave to remain to allow for payment by instalments in exceptional circumstances. (199939)

We do not have any plans to make changes to the fee regulations to allow payment by instalments.

Immigration: Forced Marriage

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data her Department collects in respect of immigration applications arising from forced marriage. (198798)

I have been asked to reply.

The joint Foreign and Commonwealth Office/Home Office Forced Marriage Unit records a variety of data on cases they handle where the sponsor of an immigration application informs the unit that they have been forced into marriage and are reluctantly sponsoring the application. Since 2006 the Forced Marriage Unit has handled the following numbers of reluctant sponsor cases:

2006: 92 cases (69 Pakistan, 12 India, 10 Bangladesh, 1 Sudan);

2007: 95 cases (63 Pakistan, 15 Bangladesh, 11 India, 1 United Arab Emirates, 1 Albania, 2 Yemen, 1 Jordan, 1 Turkey); and

2008: (to date) - 67 cases (63 Pakistan, 3 Bangladesh, 1 India).

Immigration: Forms

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what forms individuals seeking (a) indefinite leave to remain, (b) asylum, (c) visa entry to the UK and (d) UK citizenship are required by her Department to complete. (198993)

The forms to be completed for each of the purposes requested are set out in the following table:

Further information as to which form should be used for a particular purpose can be found on the UK Border Agency website or, in the case of visa entry to the UK, is available from British Diplomatic posts abroad.

Purpose sought

Forms to be completed

Comment

Indefinite leave to remain

One of the following:

The form to be used is dependent on the grounds for seeking indefinite leave to remain

SET(M)

SET(F)

SET(O)

SET(DV)

BUS

ELR

Asylum

No form required

Asylum seekers are required to claim in person. They are required to sign a form completed at interview

Visa Entry to the UK

One of the following:

The form to be used is dependent on the purpose of visa sought.

VAF1

VAF2

VAF3

VAF4

UK Citizenship

One of the following:

The form to be used is dependent on the grounds for seeking UK Citizenship

AN

B(OS)

B(OTA)

EM

MN1

RS1

T

UKM

Or one of these forms, now rarely used:

G

51

52

53

WW

Karian and Box

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of each contract awarded by her Department to Karian and Box since 1997. (199634)

From best available records the Home Department inclusive of its executive agencies has not awarded contracts to Karian and Box.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when her Department expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Aylesbury of 27th October 2007 about the case of Mr J K of Aylesbury (reference B30208/7; \\\\\k1031482/3) about which the hon. Member wrote to the Border and Immigration Agency on 24th January. (198901)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: The UK Border Agency wrote to the hon. Member in relation to this matter on 27 February 2008. A further letter was sent on 4 April 2008.

Offensive Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences involving use of a knife there were in (a) each London borough and (b) England and Wales, broken down by type of offence, in the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement. (200370)

It is not possible to identify those offences which are knife-related from the data centrally collected on recorded crime. However, since April 2007, police forces have been providing separate aggregate data on serious violence involving knives. Home Office statisticians will assess the quality of these data and it is planned that figures for 2007-08 will be published in the main crime bulletin in July 2008.

Available data from the Homicide Index relate to offences currently recorded as homicide where the apparent method of killing is ‘sharp instrument’. Between 1997-98 and 2006-07 police in England and Wales recorded 2,333 such homicides, 635 of which were recorded by the City of London or Metropolitan police forces. These data cannot be broken down to a more local level than police force area.

The Government fully recognise the importance of tackling knife crime. This is a complex issue and we are using a variety of measures, encompassing legislation, enforcement, education and prevention, to address it. On 18 February we published a new Tackling Violence Action Plan, outlining plans to tackle serious violence, including knife crime.

Press

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many press office staff were employed by (a) her Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies (i) in each year since 1996-97 and (ii) at the latest date for which information is available. (189649)

Media relations for the whole Department and agencies are handled by the Home Office Communication Directorate based press office. Press office staff who deal with the media are employed at the information and senior information officer grades.

The following table provides information on the numbers of staff employed or managed by the Communication Directorate during the past 10 years. Data on staff numbers in earlier years and non-departmental bodies are not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

Press officers

1999

13

2000

16

20011

31

2002

35

2003

39

2004

43

2005

38

20062

34

2007

35

March 20083

32

1 Prison Service and core Home Office press office merged.

2 The total number of press officers for 2006 onwards. Includes two part timers, who are employed as a job share.

3 Machinery of Government changes May 2007, 11 press officer posts transferred to the Ministry of Justice. The total also includes five Border and Immigration Agency regional press officers; whose posts were created in 2007.

Prisoners: Foreigners

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what data are held by her Department on non-UK national detainees released from prison without notification to the Department at the time; and what estimate she has made of the number of non-UK national detainees not included in data at all, as referred to by the National Audit Office report Asylum and Migration: a review of Home Office statistics (HC (2003-04) 625) of 25 May 2004. (180514)

The section of the National Audit Office report on Asylum and Migration statistics published on 25 May 2004 to which is referred relates to the accuracy of statistics held by IND (now known as the UK Border Agency) governing the number of individuals held in detention for immigration reasons.

Since the report was published, the DELMIS system, to which it referred, has been superseded by a different system known as the Case Information Database (CID). This is designed for use within all areas of the agency as opposed to just the Detention Service Directorate. It is through CID that the agency is able to ensure that it keeps accurate records on all individuals’ immigration cases as well as ensuring that caseworkers are aware of where an individual resided or whether they were detained.

The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has written to the Home Affairs Committee on several occasions over the past 18 months and explained that we have reviewed and strengthened our processes in identifying those foreign nationals serving custodial sentences and should be considered for deportation following the events of April 2006.

Rape

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of rape were reported to the police by (a) women and (b) men in each of the last 10 years; how many reports of rape resulted in prosecutions; and how many such prosecutions were successful in each year. (198461)

Details on the number of allegations of rape are not collected centrally.

The Home Office collects crime statistics on the numbers of rape offences recorded by the police in England and Wales and data for 1997 to 2006-07 are given in table 1.

Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty of rape, in England and Wales, 1997 to 2006 are shown in table 2.

The figures given in table 2 relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offence for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.

Police recorded crime (notifiable) data and court proceedings data are not directly comparable. Recorded crime data, published on a financial year basis, concentrate on the numbers of offences and detections, whereas court proceedings data are published on a calendar year basis and concentrate on defendants.

Table 1: number of recorded offences of female and male rape, England and Wales, 1997 to 2006-07Offences recorded19976,6281997-9816,8981998-992,37,6361999-20002,38,4092000-012,38,5932001-022,39,7342002-034,512,2952003-044,513,2722004-054,5,614,0132005-064,5,614,4432006-074,5,613,780 1 The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the coverage and is in use until 31 March 1998.2 The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.3 These data are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.4 These data take account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.5 Includes British Transport Police from 2002-03.6 The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.

Table 2: number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for rape1, England and Wales, 1997 to 20062,3

Proceeded against

Found guilty

1997

1,961

618

1998

2,185

675

1999

2,169

659

20004

2,046

598

2001

2,651

572

2002

2,945

655

2003

2,790

673

2004

2,689

751

2005

2,826

796

2006

2,567

863

1 Includes rape of a female, rape of a male, attempted rape of a female and attempted rape of a male.

2 These data are on the principal offence basis.

3 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.

4 Staffordshire police force were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures.

Vandalism: Bus Services

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences of criminal damage to bus shelters were recorded in (a) Wiltshire and (b) Swindon in 2007; how many (i) prosecutions and (ii) convictions resulted; and if she will estimate the number of unrecorded offences of criminal damage to bus shelters in (A) Wiltshire and (B) Swindon in 2007. (200905)

The information requested is not available centrally. Offences of criminal damage to bus shelters would be recorded under the Home Office classification ‘Other criminal damage’ and such offences cannot be separately identified from other offences recorded within that classification. For the same reason, statistics for prosecutions and convictions are not available from the court proceedings database held by the Ministry of Justice.

It is not possible to estimate the number of unrecorded offences of criminal damage to bus shelters.

Zurich Financial Services

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much her Department paid to Zurich Financial Services in each year since 1997; and what the purpose of the payment was in each case. (199610)

The Home Office's accounting systems hold the following records of payments to Zurich Financial Services.

£

Purpose

2005-061

2006-07

2007-08

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Rent and service charge for accommodation

14,828.21

Rent and service charge for accommodation

10,417.19

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Vehicle insurance

225.71

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,962.50

Building insurance

9,622.93

Rent and service charge for accommodation

6,918.00

Rent and service charge for accommodation

8,426.37

Rent and service charge for accommodation

8,292.91

Annual total

53,321.11

37,428.43

16,719.28

1 2005-06 covers payments for 2003-04 and 2004-05 as well as 2005-06.

Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 24 April 2008

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Bluetongue Disease: Vaccination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will hold discussions with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe on the Government’s bluetongue vaccination strategy. (198119)

We have no plans to hold discussions with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe to discuss DEFRA’s vaccination plan.

Coastal Areas: Access

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consideration he has given to the extension of the right to roam to encompass the foreshore; and if he will make a statement. (201271)

Part 9 of the draft Marine Bill which we published on 3 April 2008 contains provisions for improving access to the English coast. The draft Bill includes provisions to provide a coastal margin, within which people will be able to walk along a long-distance route for the length of the English coast (with certain exceptions, including, for example, developed land). In addition people will have access to coastal land including the foreshore, beaches, cliffs, rocks and dunes, for the purposes of open-air recreation on foot. It is unlikely that the route itself will be established over the foreshore, but the coastal margin (to which the public will have access for open-air recreation) will be.

The right of access under the draft Marine Bill will be established by means of an Order under section 3A of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, and the approval of a proposal for a long-distance route on a particular stretch of coast will be made under the procedures in the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many (a) permanent Civil Service posts, (b) permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment there were in his Department in each month since May 2005. (199621)

The Office for National Statistics publishes Civil Service employment statistics every quarter in the Public Sector Employment First Release. The latest statistics published are for Q4 (December) 2007. These can be viewed at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/pdfdir/pse0308.pdf.

Table 6 of the publication provides a breakdown of employment by Government Department. This has been available since Q1 2006, and since Q4 2006 it has included a breakdown of permanent and temporary/casual employees. Links to the on-line publications can be viewed at:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/ReleaseCalendar/findreleases.asp?releasetitle= Public+Sector+Employment&releaseorganisation=42&releasetheme=&daterange=3&sday=18&smonth=03&syear=2008&ShowHits=10&SortOrder=0&ShowYear=2008.

Prior to 2006 Civil Service employment numbers were available on only an annual basis. A link is provided to the Civil Service statistics on the Cabinet Office website:

www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/statistics/archive/index.asp.

Civil Service statistics collected are the number of employees and not the number of posts. An employee covering multiple posts is counted only once and no information on vacancies is held.

The ONS does not publish statistics for non-Civil Service posts broken down by Government Department.

Information on employment agency workers could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Flood Control: West Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what estimate he has made of the value of assets at risk from flooding in Selsey over the next 20 years; and what probability assessment is attached to the estimate. (200158)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: There are currently 1,028 residential properties at risk of flooding between Pagham and East Head, which have an estimated total asset value (based upon work completed to date) of around £250 million. Due to sea level rise, this figure is expected to increase to 1,230 properties by 2028. This equates to an estimated value of £300 million in 2028 at today’s prices.

The existing defences at Selsey East Beach currently provide protection against a one in 200 year storm and it is expected that these will remain in place for at least the next 20 years.

Geographical Information Systems

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, column 126W, on geographical information systems, which Government Departments and agencies other than his own have been given access to the Shared Spatial Information Service. (199509)

The following organisations outside of DEFRA and its executive agencies have registered users who have access to the Shared Spatial Information Service (SPIRE):

British Waterways

Energy Saving Trust

English Heritage

Environment Agency

Government Office for the English Regions

Joint Nature Conservatory Council

Meat Hygiene Service

Natural England

Ordnance Survey

Pesticide Safety Directorate

Forest Research

Forestry Commission

Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether his Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 327. (200228)

DEFRA does not currently provide health and social care services paid for out of public funds.

Natural England: Early Retirement

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many employees of Natural England have (a) been offered and (b) accepted early retirement in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. (197076)

[holding answer 26 March 2008]: We do not hold this information as Natural England is a non-departmental public body (NDPB).

I have asked Dr. Helen Phillips the chief executive of Natural England to write to you with the information requested.

Rabies: Disease Control

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps he has taken to prevent incidents of rabies in the UK; and if he will make a statement. (201258)

Under the Rabies (Importation of Dogs, Cats and Other Mammals) Order 1974 (as amended) all dogs, cats and many other mammals must be licensed into quarantine for six months on arrival in the United Kingdom.

The only exception to those that would normally require quarantine is for dogs, cats and ferrets that enter under the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) rules, or when animals enter the UK as commercially traded animals where they have to comply with other strict requirements.

Health

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evaluation he has made of research on the effects of genetics on people with myalgic encephalomyelitis. (200265)

Dental Services: Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to increase access to NHS dentistry in Stroud constituency. (201460)

It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission health services, including dentistry, to meet the needs of their local populations. My hon. Friend may therefore wish to raise this with the chief executive of Gloucestershire PCT.

Increasing the number of patients seen within national health service dental services is now a formal priority in the “NHS Operating Framework” for 2008-09, and we have supported this with a substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008.

Disabled: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the provision of short breaks for disabled children; (201345)

(2) what recent guidance has been issued to primary care trusts on support for short care breaks for disabled children.

I jointly chair the Aiming High for Disabled Children (AHDC) Ministerial Implementation Group with my noble Friend Lord Adonis, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families. We wrote to primary care trusts (PCTs) and local authorities (LAs) on 19 December 2007, setting out the investment and growth funding put in place to support our commitments and priorities for disabled children set out in the “Children's Plan” and the “National Health Service Operating Framework”. This includes substantial investment to increase the range and number of short breaks. Copies of the letter have been placed in the Library.

We will shortly be issuing guidance to PCTs and LAs to inform their delivery of the AHDC Short Break Transformation programme. The Government are also commissioning a national support body to assist PCTs and LAs in their implementation of the improved provision of short breaks.

Doctors

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward proposals to fund the work of specialised pre-hospital doctors outside London. (199405)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: The Department acknowledges the valuable support that these doctors offer to the national health service locally, recognising that the availability of medical advice and assistance can bring added advantages to some seriously injured patients. However, it is a matter for the NHS locally to both fund and decide how they use British Association of Immediate Care doctors.

Drugs: Fees and Charges

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the costs associated with running a further consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff; (201227)

(2) when his Department plans to publish its further consultation on Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement.

The costs associated with running a further consultation have been estimated at £393,000. These costs will be for the services of professional advisors. The Department's costs are part of its ongoing operational budget.

The Department intends to publish a further consultation regarding the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances—and related services—in primary care towards the end of May 2008. An impact assessment and equality impact assessment will be published alongside this.

Eyes: Diseases

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had a diagnosis of keratoconus at the latest date for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust. (200438)

The Department does not collect data on the total number of people with a diagnosis of keratoconus. The majority will receive contact lenses or glasses from their optometrist or ophthalmic medical practitioner, and will have their condition managed in the community.

Patients with more advanced keratoconus may be seen by the hospital eye service on an outpatient basis. The Information Centre for health and social care collects data on outpatient attendances but these data cannot be broken down by diagnosis.

A very small proportion of those with keratoconus, mainly those requiring corneal grafting, will be seen as inpatients. The following table shows the count of hospital admissions for those with a primary diagnosis of keratoconus1 broken by strategic health authority (SHA) area. The data could not be broken down by primary care trust given the small numbers involved.

1 A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission with the year.

Current SHA of residence

Total hospital admissions

North East SHA

23

North West SHA

83

Yorkshire and the Humber SHA

142

East Midlands SHA

67

West Midlands SHA

86

East of England SHA

60

London SHA

168

South East Coast SHA

36

South Central SHA

45

South West SHA

54

Non England and unknown

19

Total

783

HIV Infection

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females aged (i) under 21, (ii) 22 to 35, (iii) 36 to 50 and (iv) over 50 years were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust. (201287)

The information requested, which has been provided by the Health Protection Agency, is only available in the age ranges 15 to 24, 25 to 34, 35 to 44, 45 to 54 and 55 and above and has been placed in the Library.

Macular Degeneration

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports his Department has received on the efficacy of essential fatty acids and lutein in slowing the progress of age-related macular degeneration. (200776)

The Department has received no reports on the efficacy of essential fatty acids and lutein in slowing the progress of age-related macular degeneration.

Mental Health Services: Greater London

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to each mental health trust in London by his Department in each year since 1997. (200272)

The information requested is not held centrally.

The Department makes revenue allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs), but not to national health service trusts or mental health trusts. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations.

Commissioners, mainly PCTs, pay NHS trusts to provide services, and the trusts recognise this as income and not as funding.

Multiple Sclerosis

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will appoint a national director for multiple sclerosis; (201285)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effects of the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions on the provision of services and staffing for people with multiple sclerosis.

We have not assessed the effect of the “National Service Framework (NSF) for long term conditions” on service provision for people with multiple sclerosis. The NSF has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of differences in local priorities and needs.

We have no plans to appoint a national director for multiple sclerosis. National directors oversee the implementation of specific NSFs or major clinical or service strategies. In line with devolving responsibility to local organisations, we believe that it is more appropriate for local health and social care communities and the third sector to take responsibility for driving forward the service changes and improvements envisaged by the NSF for long- term conditions.

NHS: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 5.33 of the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review, how much growth funding has been included in each primary care trust's baseline allocations for 2008-09 to enable them to work with local authorities to significantly increase the range and number of short breaks for disabled children; whether this money is ring-fenced; and if he will make a statement. (201347)

The 2008-09 primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations were announced on 13 December 2007. These represent £74.2 billion investment in the national health service, nearly £4 billion more than in 2007-08. All PCTs will receive an above inflation cash increase of 5.5 per cent., a total cash increase of £3.8 billion. The funding for services to support disabled children forms part of this allocation.

It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations. The Department deliberately does not break down PCT allocations into funding for individual policy programmes, as this would constrain local innovation and decision taking. Instead, the approach the Department takes is to be clear about the priorities for the NHS through the Operating Framework. It is then for the NHS to decide how best to achieve those outcomes in the light of local needs and circumstances, including the level of resources to invest.

NHS: Leaflets

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on producing NHS leaflets in languages other than English in 2006-07. (197870)

The information is not recorded in the format requested by financial years. National health service publications are produced by the Department as well as by NHS agencies and local organisations and records are not held centrally.

The Department commissioned translation services at a total cost of £180,319.29 in the calendar year 2006 and £141,352.03 in the calendar year 2007. These costs were for publications branded either NHS or Departmental or jointly branded, as well as for the translation of correspondence and guidance. Printing or recording and production costs are not included in these figures.

Nurses: Uniforms

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department has issued to nurses and other medical staff on wearing uniforms beyond hospital premises; and what assessment his Department has made of the risk of infection arising from nurses and medical staff wearing uniform outside hospitals. (200349)

The Department has published, ‘Uniforms and Workwear: An evidence base for developing local policy’ (September 2007), which sets out the evidence1 relating to good and poor practice relating to the wearing of uniforms. The publication states that “there is no conclusive evidence that uniforms pose a significant hazard in terms of spreading infection”. It acknowledges, however, that patient confidence may be undermined if staff are seen travelling in uniform and states that; “it is good practice to change into and out of uniform at work” or “to cover uniform when travelling to and from work”. The publication is intended for use by individual trusts in determining their own policies on the wearing of uniforms in and around the workplace.

1 An evidence-base developed by Thames Valley University, (authors: JA Wilson, H.P. Loveday, P.N. Hoffman and RJ. Pratt)

Patient Choice Schemes: Costs

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS Choose and Book IT project has cost to date. (200105)

Choose and Book is one of the new, linked, IT systems and services which are being delivered by NHS Connecting for Health to help modernise the NHS and to ensure that patients have a clear choice of time, date and place when booking into first outpatient appointments.

Total payments to date relating to the development, delivery and maintenance of the Choose and Book IT system total £98.9 million. This includes £45.1 million for the development and deployment of the core system by the supplier under the original core contract worth £64.5 million over five years. It also includes a further £53.8 million for approved additional services and functionality identified in the contract, the costs of which are within the budget for the original Choose and Book business case.

Patients: Essex

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people in the Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust area were receiving continuing care using Q4 2006-07 and Q3 2007-08 figures to compare the start and the end of the year; and what percentage change the figures represented; (201151)

(2) for what reasons the number of people in the Mid-Essex Primary Care Trust area receiving continuing care fell using the Q4 2006-07 and Q3 2007-08 figures to compare the start and the end of the year.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Number of people receiving continuing care, Mid-Essex PCT

Period

Number of people receiving continuing care

Q4 2006-07

76

Q3 2007-08

94

Percentage change

24

Source:

Department of Health Local Delivery Plan Return Commissioner (Revised 23 April 2008)

Prescriptions

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether medication reviews undertaken in respect of residents of care homes count towards the general medical services contract quality and outcomes framework performance indicator; (200361)

(2) what the performance of each primary care trust was against the general medical services contract indicator for the undertaking of medication reviews for patients being prescribed four or more repeat medicines in each year for which figures are available.

Medicine review indicators within the quality and outcomes framework include all patients prescribed repeat prescriptions regardless of their living arrangements.

The percentage achievement for the undertaking of medication reviews for patients being prescribed four or more repeat medicines has been placed in the Library.

Psychiatry: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable has been set for the consultation on defining national occupational standards for the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists under the Health Professionals Council; and when he expects to be able to introduce those standards. (201461)

Discussions on the scope of practice and the national occupational standards for psychotherapists and counsellors are continuing. Once agreement has been reached we will publish proposals on statutory regulation for public consultation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the Prime Minister's response of 11th March to the petition on the national occupational standards for counselling and psychotherapy. (201462)

No discussions have taken place. The response to the petition represents the Government's position on the regulation of counsellors and psychotherapists.

Work and Pensions

Housing Benefit

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to publish the equality impact assessment relating to the proposed reduction in backdating facilities for housing benefit; and what account the assessment will take of vulnerable groups. (200103)

The equality impact assessment was published on 21 April 2008; a copy has been placed in the Library. It is also available on the Department for Work and Pensions website at:

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/resourcecentre/PC-HB-CTB-EIA-Apr08.pdf

The assessment considers the potential impact on a range of groups, including the most vulnerable, and proposes steps to mitigate any adverse effects. A publicity campaign will be launched, to raise awareness of the change and to advise tenants to apply for benefit in good time. We will also be working with landlords to encourage them to tackle rent arrears at the earliest possible time as this is often a trigger for a backdating claim.

Mortgages

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans he has to amend the income support for mortgage interest regime. (201300)

Although we have no current plans to reform support for mortgage interest, we keep the scheme under review.

Leader of the House

Ministers: Official Residences

To ask the Leader of the House how much was spent on the refurbishment of the Leader of the House’s office in 26 Whitehall following the departure of the former Deputy Prime Minister. (199513)

The rooms referred to have been redecorated as part of the lifecycle programme covering the whole of the building (26 Whitehall). Further additional costs specifically relating to the relocation into the building of the Office of the Leader of the House were incurred to a value of £4,379 plus VAT.

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Contracts

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which Welsh companies or organisations have obtained contracts through the Olympic Delivery Authority; what the value of each contract is; and what work is involved in each. (201314)

To date three businesses or organisations registered in Wales have supplied goods and services to the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA). These are John Evans Photography; Strategy and Solution Limited; and the Office for National Statistics. These contracts were awarded for photography, management consulting services and data processing and preparation. Due to commercial sensitivities I cannot make public the value of each of these contracts, but I can tell you that spend to date with them is £5,053.

In January, the Olympic Family launched the London 2012 Business Network, helping businesses across the country to access and compete for 2012 related contracts. Over 200 Welsh companies have registered for the CompeteFor service, and businesses in every constituency should be encouraged to sign up and get support. The ODA will be visiting Cardiff in May 2008 to speak to Welsh businesses about the opportunities generated by the Games.

To ask the Minister for the Olympics which contracts have been let by the Olympic Delivery Authority; and what (a) value and (b) percentage of contracts have been let to companies based in (i) England, (ii) Scotland, (iii) Wales and (iv) Northern Ireland. (201315)

The Olympic Delivery Authority will directly procure over 2,000 contracts; these are expected to generate 50,000 supply chain opportunities. At this early stage, 600 contracts have been awarded. The percentage shares are as follows:

Percentage share

England

97

Scotland

1

Wales

1

Northern Ireland

1

The London 2012 website provides information about contracts awarded by sector. The value of these contracts is in excess of £1 billion.

In January, the Olympic Family launched the London 2012 Business Network, helping businesses across the country to access and compete for 2012 related contracts. Businesses in every constituency should be encouraged to sign up and get support. To this end ODA have a programme of business engagement covering all of the UK's nations and regions. Events took place in Northern Ireland in November, in Scotland in February, and will take place in Wales in May.

In addition to these direct opportunities flowing from London 2012 procurement, there are of course wider opportunities for the nations and regions to benefit economically from the Games. These include a potential £2.1 billion boost to the UK's tourism industry and volunteering opportunities which can help drive up skills levels and improve employability. Over 600 top class sporting facilities from across the UK will appear in the London 2012 Pre-Games Training Camps Guide to be launched this summer, with 31 in Wales alone. These have the potential to attract top athletes from around the world bringing a range of sporting and business opportunities, including inward investment. In addition, UK Trade and Investment are developing programmes to use the Games as a springboard for export.

Prime Minister

Tibet

To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his oral answer of 19 March 2008, Official Report, column 915, on Tibet, what plans he has to report to the House following his proposed meeting with the Dalai Lama. (201359)

Defence

Armed Forces: Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the competence of non-registered/qualified health care assistants operating the triage system for the telephone assessment service in British Forces Germany. (201362)

The primary and community care contract has been commercially let using standard MOD terms and conditions of contract which has clear performance requirements, including the professional standard required of their staff. Previously, out-of-hours services involved 24-hour manning of British Forces Germany (BFG) medical centres. With the introduction of the new contract a telephone advisory service (TAS) triage system for out-of-hours is being operated by qualified nurses, whilst health care assistants provide support. The system was assessed and found successful for over a year in two pilot sites in Germany before its successful introduction on 1 April 2008.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect on the retention of staff of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) of the change of terms and conditions in his Department's contract with Guys' and St. Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and SSAFA for health care staff in British Forces Germany. (201364)

The primary and community care contract has been commercially let using standard MOD terms and conditions of contract, which were accepted by the SSAFA/GSTT partnership. The contractor has responsibility to manage their own staff retention in order to meet the requirement of the contract. However, evaluation of the contract tender considered the fact SSAFA have provided similar services on a commercial basis to MOD over several years and have been able to offer employment terms and conditions that have ensured a good track record of recruitment and retention. Since contract signature in December 2007, both British Forces Germany Health Services and the contractor have engaged in a comprehensive communication strategy with all staff, to ensure what has been a successful transition to the new contract.

Armed Forces: Mental Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of (a) robustness and (b) appropriateness of the clinical interventions and health care provided for servicemen and their families at the Gilead mental health facility in Germany. (201363)

Gilead mental health facility is provided by a contract with Guy's and St. Thomas's Trust (GSTT) which has clear performance and clinical governance requirements which are reported and monitored regularly. As such, GSTT are responsible for the clinical governance of this service. This service has been assessed and subsequently validated by the South London and Maudsley (SLAM) NHS Foundation Trust and the Defence Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry.

Bombs

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how the Government classify and define CRV-7 weapons. (193321)

CRV7 is 2.75inch/70mm unguided rocket system offering a range of motors, launchers and warheads depending upon mission objectives. The rocket is classified according to whether it will be fired from a fixed wing or helicopter platform and is further sub-classified according to the warhead that has been fitted to the round.

European Security and Defence Policy

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with his French counterpart on (a) European Security and Defence Policy, (b) NATO and (c) France's EU presidency between July and December 2008; and if he will make a statement. (200955)

I met the French Defence Minister for bilateral discussions during the UK-France summit held in London on 27 March. I also had the opportunity to meet him at the NATO summit held in Bucharest on 2-4 April.

In the course of these meetings we discussed a range of issues, including European Security and Defence Policy, NATO, and France's EU presidency between July and December 2008.

HMS Argyll

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence where HMS Argyll has been deployed in 2008 to date; what plans he has for further deployments prior to its decommissioning; and if he will make a statement. (200307)

HMS Argyll was engaged in sea and pre-deployment training from April to October 2007 and has been deployed East of Suez, taking part in operations in the Arabian Gulf from October 2007 to April 2008. HMS Argyll is due to be removed from service in 2019. I am withholding HMS Argyll’s future programme as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of our armed forces.

Iraq: Detainees

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether individuals captured by British forces during the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan have at a subsequent time been held at the United States detention facilities at (a) Bagram Theatre Internment Facility, (b) Balad Special Forces Base, (c) Camp Nama BIAP and (d) Abu Ghraib prison. (200771)

I am withholding the information requested as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice the effectiveness of our armed forces.

However, I am confident in the processes that are in place to ensure that any persons captured by UK forces in either Iraq or Afghanistan and subsequently detained by US forces are held in accordance with the UK's policy and legal obligations.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he plans to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North of 25 February on a constituent (ref: MC01269/2008). (201165)

Military Aircraft

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the percentage shortfall requirement for a (a) Hercules, (b) Tornado and (c) Typhoon aircraft was at the latest date for which figures are available. (199472)

Under the Hercules C-130 availability contract, performance is measured in terms of aircraft available for operations averaged across each calendar month. Spares availability is not measured.

For Tornado, the current figures for spare demands satisfied are 97 per cent. for the Tornado F3 and 98 per cent. for the Tornado GR4, as recorded on 29 February 2008.

Aircraft spares for Typhoon are partly provided direct from industry and partly by the MOD through an international contract. These arrangements are being built up as the RAF fleet grows and demands satisfied from MOD stocks average 68 per cent. as recorded on 29 February 2008.

Military Exercises: Nuclear Weapons

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates the last joint US-UK nuclear weapon accident exercise was held; where it was held; on what dates the next joint US-UK nuclear weapon accident exercise will be held; and where it will be held. (201272)

The last joint US/UK nuclear weapon accident exercise (Exercise DIMMING SUN 03) was held in Norfolk over the period 16-20 June 2003. The next joint US/UK nuclear weapon accident exercise is scheduled to be held in 2010, the date and location have yet to be determined.