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Written Answers

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 6 May 2008

Electoral Commission Committee

Voting Behaviour

To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what assessment the Electoral Commission has made of the effect of weekend voting on turnout in areas where weekend voting pilots have taken place. (202948)

The Electoral Commission has produced evaluation reports on the piloting of weekend voting at a number of local government elections in England since 2002. In every instance weekend voting has been piloted alongside other initiatives or as a form of advance voting. It has therefore not been possible for the Commission to make an accurate assessment of the specific impact of weekend voting on turnout.

The Commission’s pilot scheme evaluation reports can be found on its website at:

www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Leader of the House

Parliamentary Scrutiny: EU Legislation

To ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to review the procedures for scrutiny of secondary legislation emanating from EU directives. (202972)

Secondary legislation arising from the implementation of EU directives is subject to the range of scrutiny processes to which all other secondary legislation is submitted, including examination by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and by other Select Committees of each House, and to approval in Parliament under the process laid down in the relevant primary legislation. Any secondary legislation implementing EU directives is subject to an additional requirement that it should be accompanied by a Transposition Note setting out how the relevant legislation is being transposed into UK law. There are no plans for a review.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Angling: Licenses

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the fees for (a) non-migratory coarse and trout and (b) salmon and sea trout rod licences were in each year since 1997, broken down by category of applicant. (203225)

Rod licence duties for the years 1997-08 to 2008-09 are shown in the following table.

£

Non-migratory trout and coarse fish

Salmon and sea trout

Full

Concession

Junior

8-day

1-day

Full

Concession

Junior

8-day

1-day

1997-08

16.00

8.00

8.00

6.00

2.00

55.00

27.50

27.50

15.00

5.00

1998-09

16.00

8.00

8.00

6.00

2.00

55.00

27.50

27.50

15.00

5.00

1999-2000

18.00

9.00

9.00

6.50

2.50

57.00

28.50

28.50

16.50

5.50

2000-01

19.00

9.50

9.50

6.50

2.50

58.00

29.00

29.00

16.50

5.50

2001-02

20.00

10.00

5.00

6.50

2.50

59.00

29.50

29.50

16.50

5.50

2002-03

21.00

10.50

5.00

6.50

2.50

60.00

30.00

30.00

16.50

5.50

2003-04

22.00

11.00

5.00

7.00

2.75

61.00

30.50

30.50

18.00

6.00

2004-05

23.00

11.50

5.00

8.00

3.00

62.00

31.00

31.00

19.50

6.50

2005-06

23.50

11.75

5.00

8.00

3.00

63.50

31.75

15.88

19.50

6.50

2006-07

24.00

12.00

5.00

8.00

3.00

65.00

32.50

16.25

19.50

6.50

2007-08

24.50

12.25

5.00

8.00

3.00

66.50

33.25

16.63

19.50

6.50

2008-09

25.00

16.75

5.00

9.00

3.50

68.00

45.00

5.00

22.00

7.50

Angling: Licensing

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the percentage increase was in the cost of a fishing licence for an (a) adult and (b) old age pensioner in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. (202117)

[holding answer 28 April 2008]: The rod licence year starts on 1 April. Concessionary rates of rod licence duty do not apply to old age pensioners as a class, but rather to persons over the age of 65, Blue Badge holders and people in receipt of a disability living allowance.

The Environment Agency is under no legal obligation to offer rod licences to any class of persons at concessionary duty rates. Also concessionary rates are offered not because of an inability to pay, but to reflect reduced opportunities for angling available to those who are disabled or infirm.

Both the Agency and I recognise that the increase in concessionary duty rates for this year is significant. The Agency has publicly stated that it will use a significant proportion of the monies raised by the higher duty rates to improve access to angling for the disabled and senior anglers. I welcome this and will seek evidence from the Agency that it has honoured that commitment.

The percentage increase in rod licence duties between 2007-08 and 2008-09 for annual licences at full and concessionary rates is set out in the following table.

2007-08 (£)

2008-09 (£)

Percentage increase

Salmon and sea trout

Full

66.50

68.00

2

Concessionary

33.25

45.00

35

Non-migratory trout and coarse fish

Full

24.50

25.00

2

Concessionary

12.25

16.75

37

Departmental Civil Service Agencies

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many civil service posts are to be transferred to the private sector as part of his Department’s plans to outsource facilities management functions in the core Department and its agencies. (194356)

We are unable to confirm precise numbers of civil service posts to be transferred at this time. We are still undergoing liaison with members of the DEFRA Network to establish this information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what consultation with trade unions his Department has held in relation to plans to privatise the Department’s facilities management functions. (194357)

The DTUS was engaged immediately on adoption of the business case by DEFRA Management Board.

Consultation continues on a monthly basis with the SRO and senior member of the project team. An additional liaison route is extended to DTUS representation via the project HR subgroup forum which deals with local issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if he will make a statement on the framework approach used in his plans to privatise his Department’s facilities management functions. (194358)

DEFRA are not adopting a framework approach. We are currently engaged with the market with a view to securing a single national contract which will deliver:

Meeting all of the workplace Support Strategic drivers.

Assisting in meeting DEFRA’s SOGE Targets.

Providing investment to the estate in return for a long term contract.

Thinking beyond the traditional parameters of FM.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to adopt a 15-year contract to cover the outsourcing of facilities management functions in his Department. (194359)

If tender returns from the market support the cost benefit analysis and value for money can be achieved, a 15-year contract is under consideration.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what savings are expected as part of his Department’s outsourcing of its facilities management functions; and if he will publish the business case for the proposed outsourcing. (194360)

The initial business evaluation reported a potential savings of 7.7 per cent. over the term of the contract.

Responses from the first stage of engagement with the market have confirmed that likely savings should be in the region of 6 to 10 per cent.

We regret that publication of the business evaluation, at this time, would jeopardise the Department’s commercial negotiations with the market.

Departmental Data Protection

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 25 March 2008, Official Report, columns 120-21W, on departmental data protection, if he will include information assurance data on data loss incidents in previous years in his Department's next annual report. (199177)

I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179 and the written ministerial statement made my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data.

The interim report of 17 December 2007 committed to put in place a programme to examine and improve data handling procedures. An update on this commitment will be included in the final report, expected in spring 2008, and this report will detail the information to be included by Departments on data loss in their annual reports.

Departmental Freedom of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. (201725)

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has published two annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 and 2006. These reports can be found at the following address:

http://www.dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/statisticsAndReports.htm

The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformationquarterly.htm

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.

The published reports provide statistics on the number of “non-routine” requests received during each period where: an initial response was provided within 20 working days; an initial response was given outside this time but a public interest test extension had been applied; an initial response was given outside this time and no public interest test extension was applied, and where no initial response had been given at the time the statistics were collected.

The 2006 annual report provides statistics on the duration of the public interest test extensions in that year. Corresponding statistics for 2007 will be available when the 2007 annual report is published.

Information requests where deadlines were extended beyond 40 days is not collected in the form requested; however the proportion of resolvable requests the Department answered “in time” (ie meeting the deadline or with a permitted extension) in 2007 was 87 per cent.

For 2005 and 2006, the reports show the number of requests received by the Department which were withheld, either in full or in part, where an FOI exemption or EIR exception was applied. For 2007, the number of such requests was 77, based on aggregated quarterly statistics from 2007. Requests withheld solely under the exemption applicable to “information available by other means” are not included; statistics on these are not collected centrally because they are dealt with as routine business.

Departmental ICT

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Northavon of 28 February 2008, Official Report, column 1855W, on departmental ICT, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the projected cost of installing and implementing and (b) the likely annual saving in energy costs from (i) VISTA's in-built group policy options to enforce a default switch to the VISTA sleep mode after a pre-set elapsed time of inactivity and (ii) the Nightwatchman technology. (200045)

[holding answer 21 April 2008]: Further to our response to the hon. Member for Northavon (Steve Webb) of 28 February 2008, detailed in Official Report, column 1855W, on departmental ICT, we are now engaged in preparations to roll-out laptop VISTA devices with global pre-set power management settings.

The installation and implementation of VISTA's power management tools are covered within the IT refresh that is currently being undertaken by IBM. Expenditure for the refresh is covered within the annual service charge paid to IBM, DEFRA’s strategic IT partner. As such VISTA’s power management tools are freely available for us to use and no significant extra expense has been incurred in using them to set up power management regimes across the Department.

The power management settings will switch the laptops to ‘hibernate’ after a pre-defined period, in which mode the current desktop is copied to disk and deleted from memory. This mode draws no current, effectively switching off the PC, compared with ‘sleep’ mode that draws current to maintain the in-use desktop in memory.

We are also ensuring in the same VISTA settings that monitors are similarly switched back to their standby power saving mode. In parallel we are increasing ad hoc inspections by our security guards who will be labelling devices found left switched on.

A recent security guard survey indicated some 600 devices were left switched on across the main buildings on the London estate. Assuming these would all be desktops with flat screen monitors in idle mode (we do not allow active screensavers) with a combined power consumption of 53w (determined from recent power monitoring exercise) and that these devices were all left on every night and every weekend throughout the year, we are wasting some 200MwH per annum. Assuming 0.09p per KwH equates to a potential saving of nearly £20,000.

As stated in the previous response, we are taking no further action in the implementation of Nightwatchman or any other power management software until we have assessed the outcome of our VISTA rollout and the savings that the power management settings bring on energy consumed by the Department’s main offices.

Departmental Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department was in each month since May 2005. (199620)

I can provide the following analysis of the costs of salaries for permanent civil servants and payments to temporary or agency workers within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from May 2005. The Department does not maintain permanent non-civil service posts.

Salaries of permanent civil servant posts and payments to temporary and agency workers, within Defra

£000

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Salaries of permanent civil servant posts

Payments to temporary or agency workers

Salaries of permanent civil servant posts

Payments to temporary or agency workers

Salaries of permanent civil servant posts

Payments to temporary or agency workers

April

25,563

845

26,828

464

May

32,132

1,457

25,851

1,051

35,767

394

June

33,179

1,508

26,929

730

35,710

291

July

32,827

1,677

25,570

1,047

30,105

352

August

32,858

1,711

25,449

900

33,950

458

September

33,524

1,572

25,387

772

36,824

258

October

32,603

1,513

25,349

551

29,372

664

November

31,581

1,508

26,702

559

33,437

968

December

29,687

1,734

75,265

539

36,223

272

January

31,713

1,214

30,348

487

31,848

407

February

33,110

1,594

32,582

489

32,017

370

March

32,123

1,669

31,655

620

30,757

577

Departmental Redundancy

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many people were made redundant in his Department in each of the last three years; and how much was paid in redundancy compensation in each such year. (197997)

This Department's 2007-08 voluntary early departure scheme is not a multi-annual scheme but was open for applications between September 2007 and January 2008 with provision set aside in this financial year for any payments to retirees, consequent on their departure under this scheme, which might fall in future years. It immediately followed a previous voluntary early departure scheme which ran from December 2006 to July 2007. We do have some records for 2005-06, however these are not as detailed as those for the last two years, so it is not possible to provide precise figures for this period.

During financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08 a total of 751 people took up the option of voluntary early retirement or severance (133 in 2006-07 and 618 in 2007-08). The estimated cost to the Department for these two periods has been £14.8 million and £49 million, respectively, on the funding of voluntary early departures under either scheme. There are currently no plans to launch further voluntary early departure schemes.

In RPA the estimated costs during the financial year 2006-07 was a credit of £74,000, which was due to a reduction in the provision for exit costs and was made up of five people. This was as a result of some staff from 2005-06 withdrawing from their arrangements. In 2007-08 14 staff left on the early departures scheme, with an estimated cost of £1,062,000.

Departmental Training

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many staff in his Department and its agencies have attended the (a) Influencing with Integrity, (b) Emotional Intelligence, (c) Counselling Skills for the Workplace, (d) Managing your Confidence, (e) Balancing Work/Life Realities and (f) Working Assertively training course run by the National School of Government in the last 12 months for which information is available; and at what cost. (197061)

The following table sets out the number of Defra staff attending each course during the last 12 months and the associated cost.

Course

Defra attendees

Cost (£)

Influencing with Integrity

5

3,630

Emotional Intelligence

0

0

Counselling Skills for the Workplace

0

0

Managing your Confidence

1

1,149

Balancing Work/Life Realities

0

0

Working Assertively

3

2,178

Electronic Government

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether mechanisms are in place to monitor the extent to which his Department's (a) internal and (b) external (i) correspondence and (ii) distribution of publications is carried out electronically. (199190)

The Department does not monitor the format used for internal correspondence but virtually all of it now takes place by email. The Department's Customer Contact Unit (CCU) manages and monitors incoming correspondence. For the last six months, statistics show that around 40 per cent. of this was received and answered through the email channel.

The large majority of the Department's publications are, where practicable, made available electronically via the Department's website and/or from our distribution centre but this is not specifically monitored.

Horseracing: Death

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether racecourse administrators are required to report the deaths of racehorses on the racecourse to his Department; and if he will make a statement. (196325)

Racecourse administrators are not required to report the deaths of racehorses on the racecourse to DEFRA.

Land: Contamination

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he plans to issue guidance to local authorities on the management of contaminated land. (202941)

DEFRA has been working closely with the Environment Agency, the Health Protection Agency, the Food Standards Agency and other stakeholders, on the complex issue of how technical guidance on the assessment of long-term health risks to exposure from contaminated land might be updated and improved. DEFRA plans to announce significant improvements soon.

In the meantime, existing technical guidance produced by the Environment Agency continues to be available to help local authorities assess risks posed by contaminated land. This can be found on the Environment Agency's website. The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) has also published relevant guidance in “Planning Policy Statement 23: Planning and Pollution Control” which can be found on CLG’s website.

Press

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the cost of the press offices of (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) its non-departmental public bodies was in each year since1996-97; what the cost was in each quarter since 1 April 2007; and if he will make a statement. (189654)

DEFRA was established in 2001. The total annual cost of press officers in core DEFRA is tabulated as follows.

Core DEFRA

Total expenditure (£)

2001-02

20,369.42

2002-03

394,339.22

2003-04

2,306,706.08

2004-05

2,395,451.69

2005-06

3,526,933.30

2006-07

2,652,535.98

2007-08

2,693,941.29

Total

13,990,276.98

2007-08 per quarter

Quarter 1

697,736.26

Quarter 2

754,699.23

Quarter 3

804,084.54

Quarter 4

437,421.26

Total

2,693,941.29

The DEFRA press office provides services for the Central Science Laboratory, Government Decontamination Service, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Veterinary Laboratory Agency, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The total annual cost of press officers in each of the remaining DEFRA agencies of CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences) and the Rural Payments Agency, in each year since 2001 is tabulated as follows.

RPA

Total expenditure (£)

2001-02

5,661.40

2002-03

5,529.80

2003-04

6,166.20

2004-05

6,013.60

2005-06

40,500.00

2006-07

131,100.00

2007-08

141,357.80

Total

336,328.80

2007-08 per quarter

Quarter 1

29,280.00

Quarter 2

8,640.00

Quarter 3

63,200.00

Quarter 4

40,237.80

Total

141,357.80

CEFAS

Total expenditure (£)

2001-02

900

2002-03

936

2003-04

18,140

2004-05

41,222

2005-06

50,201

2006-07

43,553

2007-08

45,737

Total

200,689.00

2007-08 per quarter

Quarter 1

13,834.25

Quarter 2

10,764.85

Quarter 3

10,634.25

Quarter 4

10,503.65

Total

45,736.99

In addition to support from the DEFRA press office, Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) employs a head of communications and an external communications manager.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many press office staff were employed by (a) his 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. (189655)

DEFRA was established in 2001. The number of press officers in core DEFRA is tabulated as follows, with the census point for the number of press officers taken as June for each year. The staffing numbers for the press office fluctuate during the course of any one year.

The following figures exclude numbers for ancillary or support staff; numbers have varied, ranging from three to seven during the review period.

Staff numbers as at June

Press officers

2001

22

2002

22

2003

22

2004

18

2005

24

2006

24

2007

20

The DEFRA press office provides services for the Central Science Laboratory, Government Decontamination Service, Marine and Fisheries Agency, Veterinary Laboratory Agency, and Veterinary Medicines Directorate.

The number of staff employed in the Press Offices of each of the remaining DEFRA agencies of CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences) and the Rural Payments Agency, in each year since 2001 is tabulated as follows, with the number of ancillary support staff in brackets (the RPA did not have any ancillary staff associated with the press office).

Agency

CEFAS

RPA

2001

0.02

0.2

2002

0.03

0.2

2003

0.03

0.2

2004

0.68

0.2

2005

1.0 (0.16)

0.2

2006

1.0 (0.24)

1.0

2007

1.0

2.0

In addition to support from the DEFRA press office, Animal Health (formerly the State Veterinary Service) employs a head of communications and an external communications manager.

The “White Book” of contacts in Government Departments and agencies contains listings for DEFRA and is updated twice yearly.

Transport

A12

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when the current programme of A12 improvements will be completed in Essex; and what plans there are for a further programme of improvements to the A12 in Essex to provide for (a) better safety and (b) increased capacity. (203415)

The A12/M25 Brook Street Interchange was opened on 10 March 2008. Major maintenance schemes are currently programmed to be undertaken at Kelvedon in 2008-09 and at Witham to Hatfield Peverel in 2009-10.

Future major improvements of safety and capacity to the A12 are dependent on schemes being prioritised for funding by the East of England from its Regional Funding Allocation for major transport schemes, or from other sources.

A12: Accidents

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many incidents there have been on the A12 and at junctions on the A12 in Essex which have resulted in serious injury or death over the most recent 12-month period for which figures are available; and how many people were (a) seriously injured and (b) died as a result of these incidents. (203414)

The following table shows the number of people killed and seriously injured on the A12 in Essex over the past five calendar years. The Highways Agency does not currently hold any full accident figures for 2008.

Accidents A12 Essex

Fatal

Seriously injured

2003

4

39

2004

4

65

2005

6

58

2006

5

41

2007

4

24

Total

23

227

Asphalt

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) quantity and (b) type is of fossil fuels used to extract, refine and manufacture each metric tonne of road-quality asphalt used on roads. (202511)

This information is not collected centrally. The Highways Agency has developed a framework for calculating the carbon footprint across all of its operations, including asphalt, and this is being applied this financial year. We have asked the UK Roads Liaison Group to consider what further research and advice will be helpful to local authorities.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate she has made of the level of carbon dioxide emissions per metric tonne of road-quality asphalt from (a) all stages of its manufacture for use on roads and (b) the process of laying on to road surfaces in the latest period for which figures are available; and what assumptions are made in each calculation. (202512)

No specific estimate has been made of the levels of carbon dioxide emissions associated with the asphalt used for roads. The Highways Agency is developing a whole life value assessment tool for highway pavements which will include carbon dioxide emission calculations. It plans to implement this tool as part of its Sustainable Development Action Plan. We have asked the UK Roads Liaison Group to consider what further research and advice will be helpful to local authorities.

Brussels

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what visits to Brussels were made by each Minister in her Department by (a) Eurostar, (b) commercial flights, (c) other flights and (d) other means of travel in 2007-08. (203389)

The then Minister of State for Transport, the hon. Member for South Thanet (Dr. Ladyman) visited the European Parliament in Brussels in May 2007 and my right hon. Friend, the Minister of State for Transport (Ms Winterton) attended a meeting of the Transport Council in Brussels in November 2007. Both Ministers travelled by Eurostar.

Bus Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will introduce another Kickstart initiative to help the commercial bus industry to introduce new and enhanced services. (202518)

We are keeping under review whether to hold a further competition for Kickstart funding against the background of the proposals contained in our consultation document ‘Local Bus Service Support—Options for Reform’, published on 13 March.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she has taken to prevent bus companies changing their services to create more journeys within the national concessionary bus fare scheme process for remuneration per journey. (203157)

The main principle which applies to reimbursement is that bus operators should be financially no better and no worse off as a result of taking part in concessionary travel schemes. Reimbursement paid to bus operators takes two forms: revenue forgone and additional costs.

Revenue forgone is reimbursement of the fares operators would have received for existing passengers now travelling free. Here reimbursement is not based on the full commercial adult fare as, in the absence of a concession, discounted fares would be available at off-peak times.

Additional costs are those associated with carrying people who are only travelling because of the concession. The operator only receives a payment to cover the marginal additional costs of carrying these extra passengers.

As such, any rise in patronage as a result of the concession should be revenue neutral to operators.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many journey changes to bus routes were notified by bus companies to the traffic commissioners in each of the last 48 months for which figures are available. (203158)

Information is not available on a monthly basis. The number of applications in Great Britain to vary the registration of a local bus service which were accepted by the traffic commissioners in the latest four years (ending 31 March) for which figures are available is as follows:

Number

2003-04

9,976

2004-05

9,613

2005-06

9,426

2006-07

8,109

Currently, around 23,000 registered bus services operate in Great Britain. This figure does not include local services provided wholly within London, which are not subject to registration by the traffic commissioners.

Bus Services: Concessions

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what percentage of national concessionary bus fares scheme passes applied for have been issued; and what percentage of the eligible population have applied for such passes. (202738)

Responsibility for producing and issuing passes for the England-wide bus concession lies with local Travel Concession Authorities (mainly District Councils, non-metropolitan Unitaries and the Passenger Transport Executives). As such the Department for Transport does not hold information on the number of applications received. We do, however, have an estimate of the number of passes that suppliers expected to have to produce for local authorities in England outside London.

By 1 April 2008, suppliers had produced 95 per cent. of the passes they expected to have to produce and had sent out over 80 per cent. to concessionaires. By 8 April, this had increased to 99 per cent. produced and sent out.

In respect of eligibility, we estimate that around 11 million people in England are eligible for concessionary travel passes. By 8 April, around 6 million people outside London had applied for and received a new pass.

In London, concessionaires who already have a pass do not need a new one, but need to have their existing pass re-stickered to show that they are eligible for the new England-wide concession. Around 800,000 people in London have had their passes re-stickered or (if they are a new applicant) received a new pass.

Bus Services: Pendle

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much funding has been given to Pendle council to pay for the implementation of the free nationwide bus travel scheme for the elderly; and if she will make a statement. (202015)

Pendle borough council will receive special grant funding of £268,000 in 2008-09 for the improvement to statutory concessionary travel to England-wide, which was implemented on 1 April. This is in addition to its existing funding for concessionary travel which is provided through formula grant. In 2006-07, the latest for which we hold outturn data, Pendle borough council spent £1,152,000 on concessionary travel. As such the additional funding through a special grant represents an increase of 23 per cent.

Cycling: Children

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps the Government have taken to encourage children to practise safe cycling. (203017)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: I announced on 17 March that we would be making funding of over £3 million available to local authorities to train nearly 80,000 schoolchildren to the Bikeability standard in 2008-09. This is in addition to the 46,000 children for whom we have already funded training via local authorities and School Sports Partnerships.

Some of the local authorities receiving funding in 2008-09 are also investing their own money in Bikeability standard training to train a further 29,000 children. Other local authorities also provide Bikeability standard training as part of their normal programme without any DFT grant.

We will make further funds available for cycle training in 2009-10 and 2010-11 to help meet our objective of providing cycle training for 500,000 children by 2012.

We have also invested £18.4 million in Links to Schools which extends the National Cycle Network (NCN) from residential areas to schools. We have provided these routes to over 600 schools which encourages pupils to cycle to school by improving their safety. Further funds will be made available to achieve our aim of providing Links to Schools to 500 more schools by 2011.

The Highway Code and Arrive Alive, the Highway Code for Young Road Users both give advice to child cyclists on the wearing of safety equipment such as cycle helmets and light-coloured or fluorescent clothing which makes them easier to see at night or in poor daylight by other road users.

Departmental Internet

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1195W, on departmental internet: Wikipedia, whether former Ministers and special advisers in her Department have created or amended Wikipedia entries; and (a) on which dates and (b) from which IP range the amendments listed in the answer were made. (202378)

We have no central record of whether previous Ministers or special advisers have created or amended Wikipedia entries. Factual entries made by departmental officials were listed in my previous reply.

Departmental NDPBs

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which her Department sponsors at the latest date for which figures are available. (203599)

The Cabinet Office publication “Public Bodies 2007” identifies the following as the non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) that are sponsored by the Department for Transport. For each NDPB that has been identified, the number of people serving on the board has been stated.

Executive NDPB

Number of board members

British Transport Police Authority

14

Passenger Focus

14

Railway Heritage Committee

16

Northern Lighthouse Board

19

Trinity House Lighthouse Service

8

Advisory NDPB (Total)

Commission for Integrated Transport

18

Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee

16

Tribunal NDPB (Total)

Traffic Commissioners for Great Britain

0

Departmental Sick Leave

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many working days were lost by her Department due to stress-related illness in each of the last 24 months. (198934)

In the 12 months to February 2008, the Department for Transport has experienced a 13 per cent. drop in total stress-related absence. Individual monthly figures are as follows:

Month

Total

2006

April

2,479

May

2,794

June

2,935

July

3,105

August

3,456

September

3,359

October

3,431

November

3,426

December

2,876

2007

January

3,416

February

3,067

March

3,072

April

2,794

May

3,317

June

3,266

July

3,634

August

3,880

September

3,215

October

3,430

November

3,451

December

2,746

2008

January

2,924

February

2,660

March

12,053

1 Excludes the central Department. Stress-related absence in the central Department in February 2008 was 163 days.

Local Authorities: Manpower

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether local authorities have recruited additional staff to take account of the change in April in their responsibilities under parking regulations. (202492)

M1: Road Works

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when she expects the roadworks between junctions 6 and 10 of the M1 motorway to be completed; and when she expects all lanes on this part of the road to be open. (203528)

Work on M1 junction 6a to 10 widening is progressing well and the scheme is due for completion to programme in December 2008. The works are being constructed in two sections, section one from junction 10 to approximately 2.5 km south of junction 9; section 2 from 2.5 km south of junction 9 to junction 6a M25.

Highways Agency opened section one to four lanes in both directions over the Mayday bank holiday weekend, initially to 50 mph to trial motorway communications. The speed limit will be increased to the national limit, 70 mph, when commissioning of motorway communication equipment is complete. This is expected to be before the end of May.

Section two will remain under traffic management until the end of the year when it is intended that both carriageways will be running four lanes in both directions in time for the Christmas and new year holidays.

M1: Whipsnade

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) cameras and (b) other equipment are installed on the gantries recently erected in the vicinity of junction 9 of the M1 motorway; what purpose each piece of equipment serves; and if she will make a statement. (203529)

(a) There are currently no cameras mounted on gantries in the vicinity of M1 junction 9. Close circuit television (CCTV) cameras used by the Eastern Regional Control Centre (ERCC) are located, one northbound and two southbound, on 15 m high masts adjacent to the gantries. ERCC use the images from CCTV to monitor local traffic conditions and to direct Highways Agency Traffic Officers to incidents and breakdowns.

(b) The following equipment is mounted on gantries in this area:

Advanced Motorway Indicators (AMI)—Located over every lane and used to control speeds.

Enhanced Message Sign (EMS)—Located over the hard shoulder and used to notify drivers of traffic conditions, weather messages, campaign messages etc.

In addition standard lane indicators which display speed and fog warnings are mounted on 3 m high posts on the entry (on) and exit (off) slip road verge.

Piracy

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what guidance her Department issues to UK-registered ships operating in or passing through areas where there is a risk of piracy on (a) intervention in and (b) taking active steps to prevent acts of piracy. (202713)

UK registered vessels are issued with advice by the Department for Transport on taking active steps to counter piracy, armed robbery and other acts of violence against merchant shipping. This is set out in “maritime guidance note” MGN 298(M), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

In addition to this advice, the Department issues specific tailored advice regarding particular piracy hot spots. This is based on intelligence and threat assessment, and is of a sensitive nature. The Department has regular dialogue with the industry to consider further practical measures, where appropriate.

The Department does not issue guidance to UK registered vessels on intervening in acts of piracy.

Roads

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) what her Department’s definition is of a pothole with reference to roads maintained by (a) the Highways Agency and (b) local authorities; (202885)

(2) what statistics her Department collates on the number of potholes in roads.

Statistics on the condition of roads in England and Wales are published annually in the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey Statistics Bulletin. Abrupt changes in the level of the road such as potholes are only one component of the overall condition of the highway and are not separately defined.

Speed Limits: Cameras

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many speed cameras there were in each local authority area in each year since 2001. (203340)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The Department for Transport only holds information about the number of safety camera sites (covering both fixed and mobile camera enforcement) operating within the national safety camera programme for England and Wales which ended on 31 March 2007. The following table shows the number of speed camera sites operating within the national programme within each year using the ‘date established’ supplied by the safety camera partnerships. Different areas entered the national programme on different dates, and in many cases had established camera sites before joining the programme which are not shown in the table.

Since 1 April 2007, the deployment of safety cameras has been the responsibility of individual local partnerships. The number of cameras in place since then will therefore be a matter for each individual partnership.

Camera sites by area and year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Avon and Somerset

104

189

228

247

247

247

247

Bedfordshire

30

88

90

95

114

114

114

Cambridgeshire

36

56

67

74

88

92

92

Cheshire

18

26

54

64

75

80

80

Cleveland

34

38

47

52

52

54

54

Cumbria

0

0

35

35

39

44

44

Derbyshire

45

73

108

123

127

128

128

Devon and Cornwall

55

95

105

124

145

147

147

Dorset

29

51

92

99

102

105

105

Essex

117

126

159

168

215

220

220

Gloucestershire

29

29

60

72

72

72

72

Greater Manchester

67

79

135

153

261

268

271

Hampshire

19

22

50

61

66

68

68

Hertfordshire

23

23

51

63

80

94

95

Humberside

0

0

64

77

81

81

82

Kent and Medway

38

62

96

118

126

129

129

Lancashire

63

150

268

338

344

345

345

Leicestershire

7

65

77

83

83

88

88

Lincolnshire

25

38

48

57

60

61

61

London

294

305

323

352

403

439

439

Merseyside

0

0

0

0

24

46

51

Mid and South Wales

74

266

327

353

354

355

355

Norfolk

8

14

24

29

31

37

37

North Wales

27

28

66

72

73

73

73

Northamptonshire

26

28

35

39

77

84

84

Northumbria

34

34

103

121

121

126

126

Nottinghamshire

10

44

44

53

55

62

62

South Yorkshire

35

112

119

119

119

119

119

Staffordshire

54

55

65

81

98

98

98

Suffolk

1

3

47

55

55

55

55

Surrey

15

16

16

16

21

23

30

Sussex

25

50

58

69

77

78

81

Thames Valley

213

266

269

274

275

275

275

Warwickshire

8

20

21

34

34

37

37

West Mercia

0

0

40

53

56

60

63

West Midlands

97

100

116

141

155

161

161

West Yorkshire

6

27

47

79

83

86

86

Wiltshire

6

23

50

62

62

63

63

Grand total

1,672

2,601

3,604

4,105

4,550

4,714

4,737

Tintwistle Hollingworth and Mottram Bypass

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for how many days the Mottram bypass public inquiry has sat since June 2007. (203526)

Since June 2007, the A57/A628 Mottram Tintwistle bypass public inquiry sat for 15 days. These dates are listed as follows:

Day 1: 26 June 2007

Day 2: 3 July 2007

Day 3: 4 July 2007

Day 4: 5 July 2007

Day 5: 6 July 2007

Day 6: 10 July 2007

Day 7: 11 July 2007

Day 8: 12 July 2007

Day 9: 4 September 2007

Day 10: 5 September 2007

Day 11:6 September 2007

Day 12: 11 September 2007

Day 13: 19 September 2007

Day 14: 6 November 2007

Day 15: 18 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost to (a) her Department and (b) the Highways Agency of the Mottram bypass public inquiry has been. (203527)

All of the costs for this scheme lie with the Highways Agency. The A57/A628 Mottram Tintwistle bypass public inquiry started in June 2007. Since award of contract in August 2004 the scheme has incurred costs of £15,000,000. This includes design costs for the scheme, publication of draft orders, preparation and publication of the environmental statement, traffic modelling, legal costs, Highways Agency staff costs and the public inquiry. The specific costs for the public inquiry itself are not recorded separately.

Communities and Local Government

Allotments: Local Authorities

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities make provision for allotment sites. (203575)

The provision of allotments is the responsibility of local authorities. Section 23 of the Small Holdings and Allotments Act 1908 places a duty on local authorities (except for inner London boroughs) to provide allotments where they perceive a demand for them in their area. Furthermore, ‘Planning Policy Guidance Note 17: Planning for Open Space, Sport and Recreation, 2002’ requires local authorities to make provision for all types of open space and requires them to undertake robust assessments of local needs and audits of existing open space, to establish standards for new provision. By implementing the guidance in PPG 17, local authorities should make adequate provision for allotments.

A revised good practice guide, “Growing in the Community,” was published by the Local Government Association in March 2008, and includes a section on allotment provision. A free copy was sent to all local authorities.

Departmental Marketing

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the advertising and marketing budget of her Department and each of its agencies is for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. (202463)

The Department does not have a central advertising and marketing budget.

The final evaluation of the public information campaigns carried out by the Department in 2007-08 is currently being prepared and will be published in the Department’s annual report, which will be placed in the Library of the House.

Information on our agencies is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental NDPBs

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many people were serving on the boards of the non-departmental public bodies which her Department sponsors at the latest date for which figures are available. (203601)

The Cabinet Office publication ‘Public Bodies 2007’ lists the number of people serving on the boards of public bodies as at 31 March 2007. These figures are broken down by individual Departments. ‘Public Bodies 2007’ can be downloaded from

www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/public/bodies.asp.

Copies are also available in the Library of the House.

Departmental Publications

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1393-4W, on departmental publications, if she will place in the Library a copy of (a) the contents page, (b) the guidance on travel and (c) the guidance on bonuses from her Department's staff handbook. (202958)

A copy of the staff handbook contents page, guidance on travel and subsistence and guidance on bonuses has been deposited in the Library of the House.

Departmental Temporary Employment

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many full-time posts were filled on a temporary basis for a period in excess of six months in her Department in each of the last three years. (200657)

The Department makes use of temporary staff from employment agencies to fill certain posts. Often such posts require specialised skills. Our historical records of this practice are not in a format that enables us to provide the requested information.

In addition, permanent civil servants are on occasion asked to fulfil a role at a more senior level on a temporary basis. In such instances, a temporary responsibility allowance is awarded. Because of the way that data have been entered on our payroll system, the information requested in relation to periods of temporary responsibility, which subsequently last for longer than six months, could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Digital Mapping

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1397W, on digital mapping, who the members of the Expert Group on the Digital National Framework are. (202956)

The Digital National Framework Expert Group meets three times a year to coordinate its activities. The Expert Group distribution list presently comprises over 60 representatives from 45 organisations, of which 29 are private sector or commercial organisations. Some representatives participate in a corresponding role only. Generally there are around 20 participants at an Expert Group and members host the meetings. The agenda and minutes of the meeting are posted on the DNF website at:

http://www.dnf.org/Pages/about%20dnf/EGroup.asp

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1397W, on digital mapping, when the Expert Group on the Digital National Framework last met. (202967)

The Expert Group on the Digital National Framework last met on 5 March 2008. The meeting was hosted by Natural England in London and the minutes will appear on the DNF website

http://www.dnf.org/Pages/about%20dnf/EGroup.asp

once agreed by participants.

Fire Services: Insurance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what insurance protection for injury or death is provided for firefighters in relation to (a) standard fire and rescue work and (b) terrorist incidents. (203053)

The Firefighters' Compensation Scheme (England) Order 2006 provides for lump sum payments to be made in respect of firefighters who die or are permanently incapacitated on duty. A fixed amount equal to five times the annual pensionable pay of a firefighter with four years' service is paid if the person leaves dependants. £950 is paid if there are no dependants.

The scheme also provides for the payment of injury awards to firefighters injured on duty who are permanently disabled in the performance of duty. The award is based upon an assessment of loss of earnings capacity.

The scheme is non-contributory.

Floods: Repairs and Maintenance

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1405W, on floods: repairs and maintenance, if she will break down by local government area the indicated number of households which are still displaced following the summer floods of 2007. (203525)

The following table breaks down the number of displaced households by local authority area. The table is based on the best information available from local authorities in March 2008, which in some cases were estimates or figures provided in January. We expect figures provided in January to have decreased, and this is reflected in our estimates.

Local authority

Households displaced

Amber Valley District

19

Barnsley District

19

Basingstoke and Deane District

110

Birmingham District

8

Cheltenham District

63

Chesterfield District

88

City of Kingston upon Hull

2,363

Cotswold District

193

County of Herefordshire

20

Doncaster District

92

East Lindsey District

1106

East Riding of Yorkshire

1,312

Forest of Dean District

17

Gloucester District

176

Harrogate District

18

Kirklees District

117

Leeds District

2

Lincoln District

17

Malvern Hills District

100

Newark and Sherwood District

19

Newcastle-under-Lyme District

17

North East Lincolnshire

12

North Lincolnshire

105

North Tyneside District

11

North Wiltshire District

35

Oxford District

35

Rotherham District

11

Sheffield District

113

South Shropshire District

16

Stratford-on-Avon District

200

Stroud District

22

Swindon

174

Tewkesbury District

382

Vale of White Horse District

141

Wakefield District

90

Warwick District

14

West Berkshire

357

West Lindsey District

44

West Oxfordshire District

204

Wokingham

70

Worcester District

1

Wychavon District

256

Wyre Forest District

1

Total

6,710

1 January figures

Housing: Derelict Land

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the figures referred to in the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, columns 1387-88W, on brownfield development are for the most recent year available, broken down by (a) region, (b) county and (c) local authority. (201823)

[holding answer 25 April 2008]: Information on the percentage of new dwellings on previously-developed land (also referred to as ‘brownfield’ land) as a proportion of all new dwellings including conversions, the percentage of new dwellings on previously-residential land as a proportion of all dwellings on previously-developed land and the percentage of new dwellings on previously-residential land as a proportion of all new dwellings for 2006 has been deposited in the Library of the House.

Development on previously-residential land includes conversions, sites where dwellings are demolished and replaced as well as building on back gardens and other types of development. Local authorities have always had the power to turn down applications for inappropriate housing development in back gardens and new planning rules that came into force in April have strengthened those powers further.

In particular, councils have now been given the ability to set local policies that specifically protect gardens and to separate gardens out from their wider brownfield development targets.

Land Use: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Wirral South of 3 April 2008, Official Report, column 1274W, on allotments, whether the Green Space Database will include information on (a) land with green belt designation, (b) green field land, (c) playing fields and (d) gardens; (202467)

(2) what the planned expenditure is on the Green Space Database; and when it is expected to go live.

The contract for the first phase of the green space database was awarded, following an open competition, for £66,163. It is expected to go live in summer 2008. The database's focus is on green spaces. It will not identify whether these are designated as green belt or green field land. It will include data on playing fiends and gardens as well as allotments, public parks and recreational woodlands.

Local Authorities: Assets

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authority assets have been transferred to community control since the publication of the Communities in Control pamphlet. (202557)

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Local Authorities: Closed Circuit Television

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what (a) guidance has been produced and (b) amendments are planned on the use of CCTV by local authorities. (202623)

I have been asked to reply.

No guidance has been produced, nor have any amendments been planned to local authorities on the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV). The Home Office published the National CCTV Strategy last year, and a National CCTV Strategy Programme Board has been established. The programme board is reviewing the recommendations of the strategy and Ministers will have the opportunity to approve the work of the board later this year.

Members: Correspondence

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when her Department will respond to the letter of 21 December 2007 from South Cambridgeshire district council on the Formula Grant Distribution for 2008-09 and 2010-11. (203886)

A response to South Cambridgeshire district council's letter of 21 December 2007 on the Formula Grant Distribution was sent to Councillor Ray Manning on 18 February 2008.

Property: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how frequently the National Land and Property Gazetteer is updated; (203431)

(2) what the cost to (a) the public purse and (b) local authorities has been of creating the National Land and Property Gazetteer.

The National Land and Property Gazetteer is maintained by the Improvement and Development Agency. It is not for Communities and Local Government to comment on it. Further information can be found on the internet at:

www.nlpg.org.uk.

Thames Gateway Delivery Corporation: Olympic Games 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether the remit of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation has been amended following the award of the 2012 Olympic Games to London. (192311)

The remit of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, set up in 2004, is to drive forward the regeneration of the largest concentrations of brownfield land in the capital, in the Lower Lea Valley and Barking Riverside. This area now includes the main Olympic Park site at Stratford. Because of the unique nature of the Olympic Park, a specific organisation, the Olympic Delivery Authority, has been set up to deliver it, and the legacy transformation of the Olympic site is being co-ordinated by the London Development Agency, who own the land. This however is a small part of the overall London Thames Gateway Development Corporation designated area. The Olympic site is anticipated to deliver in the region of 9,000 new homes. The substantial task of regenerating the remainder of the Lea Valley, which is anticipated to deliver some 25,000 new homes, remains with the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation and no change in their remit is necessary. The Development Corporation works closely with key stakeholders and it is anticipated that it will also work with the HCA, which will, once it is set up, have a leading role in bringing together the delivery of regeneration and housing.

Northern Ireland

Census

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what changes in (a) presentation and (b) questions are planned for the 2011 census in Northern Ireland. (203434)

These are transferred matters and therefore the responsibility of the Northern Ireland Administration.

Departmental Freedom of Information

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. (201731)

The Ministry of Justice has published two annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 and 2006. These reports can be found at the following address:

http: //www. dca.gov.uk/foi/reference/statisticsAnd Reports.htm

The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website:

http://www .justice.gov.uk/publications/freedomofinformation quarterly.htm

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.

The published reports provide statistics on the number of “non-routine” requests received during each period where: an initial response was provided within 20 working days; an initial response was given outside this time but a public interest test extension had been applied; an initial response was given outside this time and no public interest test extension was applied; and where no initial response had been given at the time the statistics were collected.

The 2006 annual report provides statistics on the duration of the public interest test extensions in that year. Corresponding statistics for 2007 will be available when the 2007 annual report is published.

Information requests where deadlines were extended beyond 40 days is not collected in the form requested; however the proportion of resolvable requests the Department answered “in time” (i.e. meeting the deadline or with a permitted extension) in 2007 was 89 per cent.

For 2005 and 2006, the reports show the number of requests received by the Department which were withheld, either in full or in part, where an FOI exemption or Environmental Information Regulation (EIR) exception was applied. For 2007, the number of such requests was 46, based on aggregated quarterly statistics from 2007. Requests withheld solely under the exemption applicable to “information available by other means” are not included; statistics on these are not collected centrally because they are dealt with as routine business.

Departmental Telephone Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether any telephone numbers for use by the general public in Northern Ireland to contact offices under his Department's control are premium rate. (203436)

There are no premium rate telephone numbers used by the general public to contact the Northern Ireland Office or its executive agencies.

Sexual Offences: Foreigners

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many foreign nationals were (a) arrested and (b) convicted of sex-related crimes in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total number of those (i) arrested and (ii) convicted of such crimes foreign nationals represented. (201350)

The total number of persons arrested for sexual offences during the financial year 2007-08 in Northern Ireland was 855,110 (13 per cent.) of which were foreign nationals.

Of the 161 persons convicted for sexual offences during the calendar year 2006 (the latest year for which figures are available), six (4 per cent.) were foreign nationals.

Conviction data are collated on the principal offence rule; so only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

It is not possible routinely to reconcile arrest data from PSNI with conviction data as PSNI data denote each offence as it has been initially recorded and this may differ from the offence for which a suspect or suspects are subsequently proceeded against in the courts.

Stratagem

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what payments the (a) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and (b) Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland made to Stratagem in each of the last five years; and on what date each payment was made. (202259)

The following tables give the amounts and dates of payments made to Stratagem by (a) the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and (b) Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland, over the last five years.

(a) Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Amount (£)

7 February 2003

176.25

6 August 2003

293.75

3 November 2005

352.50

28 December 2006

411.25

14 August 2007

411.25

(b) Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland

Amount (£)

3 December 2004

292.58

13 February 2008

587.50

12 March 2008

587.50

8 April 2008

587.50

Health

Hepatitis C

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C. (203371)

We recognise the importance of hepatitis C as a public health issue. This is why we have set a clear national framework to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hepatitis C in the ‘Hepatitis C Action Plan for England’.

To support this, we are running a national hepatitis C awareness campaign for health care professionals and the public and funding improved epidemiological surveillance by the Health Protection Agency.

Infection Control

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve infection control in the NHS. (203372)

The national health service have made significant reductions on infections, and are on track to halve the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) rate by the end of March 2008. MRSA infections are down 30 per cent. and C. difficile infections, for 65s and over, are down 23 per cent. on the same quarter in the previous year.

However, we are not stopping there. The NHS will be expected to maintain improvements on MRSA and deliver a 30 per cent. reduction in C. difficile infections by 2010-11.

We have a strategy we know will reduce infection and equipped the NHS with a toolkit to deliver it. We have invested the money—over £270 million of additional investment per year by 2010-11. We have made proper infection control a legal requirement and are inspecting all trusts against this.

Premature Babies

15. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent changes there have been in the survival rate of premature babies born before 24 weeks. (203373)

In 2005, 435 babies were born in England and Wales with a gestational age below 24 weeks. Of these, 383 (about 88 per cent.) died before their first birthday. No further information is currently available.

Primary Care

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next expects to meet GPs from East Anglia to discuss primary care. (203374)

The Secretary of State regularly meets general practitioners (GPs) and their representatives.

The national health service in the east of England is committed to delivering the strategic health authority's ‘Improving Lives; Saving Lives’ programme, which aims to ensure GP practices improve access.

MP3 Players

18. To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research into the effects on hearing of the use of personal MP3 players. (203377)

It is already widely understood that playing personal audio equipment too loud can damage your hearing.

The European Commission has asked the scientific committee on emerging and newly identified health risks for an opinion on the potential health risk of exposure to noise from personal music players and mobile phones which include a music playing function.

Water

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues on the recommended daily intake of water. (203378)

In temperate climates, such as the UK, the UK Government advise that six to eight glasses (about 1.2 litres) of water, or other fluids, should be consumed every day to prevent dehydration. This amount should be increased when the weather is warm or when exercising.

GP-led Health Centres

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation is being carried out at the local level on the introduction of GP-led health centres. (203379)

Primary care trusts are currently talking to local people and NHS staff about how new GP-led health centre services are best provided to meet local needs. The precise nature of each consultation in each area will vary depending on local circumstances.

Pharmacy White Paper

21. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on the Pharmacy White Paper. (203380)

We have received broad support for our proposals set out in “Pharmacy in England, Building on strengths, delivering the future” from the national health service, pharmaceutical and medical representatives. Dispensing doctors have expressed some concerns about aspects of our proposals. We are currently holding public events to hear views on the White Paper generally, and on some key proposals for structural change on which there will be full consultation later this summer.

Preventive Health Check-ups

22. To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to implement the preventive health check-up policy announced by the Prime Minister. (203381)

The Prime Minister announced in January the Government’s intention to develop a programme to assess people’s risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and kidney disease. “Putting Prevention First”, published on 1 April 2008, showed that a vascular checks programme for those aged between 40 and 74 would be clinically and cost-effective. We are now working with stakeholders to design the programme for delivery from 2009-10.

Health Inequalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress his Department has made in tackling health inequalities. (203375)

In March 2008, the Department published “Tackling Health Inequalities: 2007 Status Report on the Programme for Action”, which showed progress against a range of cross-government health inequalities measures.

Acute Beds

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed transfers of care from acute beds there have been in each NHS trust in the last 12 months; and what proportion of all transfers of care from acute beds this represents in each trust. (202544)

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Delayed transfers of care from acute beds, England, 2007-08

Org code

Org name

Delayed transfers of care from acute beds

England

2,232

RTQ

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

0

RTV

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust

0

REM

Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

11

RCF

Airedale NHS Trust

7

RTK

Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust

8

RVN

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

0

5C2

Barking and Dagenham PCT

0

RF4

Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

60

RVL

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

8

5A9

Barnet PCT

0

RRP

Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust

0

RFF

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

8

RNJ

Barts and The London NHS Trust

8

RDD

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

RN5

Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust

10

5FL

Bath and North East Somerset PCT

0

RC1

Bedford Hospital NHS Trust

12

RV7

Bedfordshire and Luton Mental Health and Social Care NHS Trust

0

5QG

Berkshire East PCT

0

RWX

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0

5QF

Berkshire West PCT

0

RXT

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust

0

5PG

Birmingham East and North PCT

0

RXL

Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

11

RMC

Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust

3

5HQ

Bolton PCT

0

5QN

Bournemouth and Poole Teaching PCT

0

5NY

Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT

0

TAD

Bradford District Care Trust

0

RAE

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

3

RXH

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

37

RG3

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust

3

RXQ

Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust

33

5QD

Buckinghamshire PCT

0

RJF

Burton Hospitals NHS Trust

14

5JX

Bury PCT

0

RWY

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

1

5J6

Calderdale PCT

13

RGT

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10

RT1

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

0

5PP

Cambridgeshire PCT

0

TAF

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

0

RV3

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

0

RW3

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust

9

RQM

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

9

RXA

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0

RFS

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

RLN

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

3

REN

Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHS Foundation Trust

1

5QP

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT

0

RJ8

Cornwall Partnership NHS Trust

0

RJR

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

29

RYG

Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust

0

RNN

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0

5NE

Cumbria Teaching PCT

0

RN7

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

10

5N7

Derby City PCT

0

RTG

Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

30

5N6

Derbyshire County PCT

0

RXM

Derbyshire Mental Health Services NHS Trust

0

RWV

Devon Partnership NHS Trust

0

5QQ

Devon PCT

0

RP5

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

18

RBD

Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

9

RDY

Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0

5QM

Dorset PCT

0

RNA

Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust

34

5PE

Dudley PCT

0

RC3

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

7

RWH

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

18

5P3

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

0

RJN

East Cheshire NHS Trust

1

RVV

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

40

RXR

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

22

5NH

East Lancashire Teaching PCT

0

5P7

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

0

RXC

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

34

5C1

Enfield PCT

0

RVR

Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

8

RDE

Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust

8

RDU

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

13

RR7

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

12

RLT

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust

8

RTE

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

5QH

Gloucestershire PCT

0

5PR

Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT

0

RXV

Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

0

RJ1

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

1

RW1

Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust

0

5QC

Hampshire PCT

4

5C9

Haringey Teaching PCT

0

RCD

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

3

5K6

Harrow PCT

0

5P8

Hastings and Rother PCT

0

5A4

Havering PCT

0

5MX

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

0

RR1

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

54

RD7

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

7

RLQ

Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust

37

5CN

Herefordshire PCT

0

RWR

Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0

RQQ

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust

3

RQX

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5

RWA

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

27

RV9

Humber Mental Health Teaching NHS Trust

0

RYJ

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

29

RGQ

Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

19

5QT

Isle of Wight NHS PCT

0

RGP

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

13

RXY

Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

0

RNQ

Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust

15

RJZ

King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

2

RAX

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

35

5N2

Kirklees PCT

0

RW5

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

0

RXN

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

14

RGD

Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust

0

RR8

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

22

5PA

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

0

RT5

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

0

RP7

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0

5N9

Lincolnshire Teaching PCT

0

5NL

Liverpool PCT

0

RC9

Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

10

RWF

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

32

TAE

Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust

0

5NT

Manchester PCT

0

RJ6

Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust

7

RPA

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

0

5L3

Medway PCT

0

RW4

Mersey Care NHS Trust

0

RBT

Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

10

RQ8

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

13

5PX

Mid Essex PCT

0

RJD

Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

13

RXF

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

23

RD8

Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

6

5CQ

Milton Keynes PCT

0

5D7

Newcastle PCT

0

RM1

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust

50

5PQ

Norfolk PCT

0

RVJ

North Bristol NHS Trust

22

RWW

North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust

4

RNL

North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

3

5PW

North East Essex PCT

0

TAN

North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus

0

RAT

North East London Mental Health NHS Trust

0

RRD

North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

0

5EF

North Lincolnshire PCT

0

RAP

North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

11

5M8

North Somerset PCT

0

RLY

North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust

0

5PH

North Staffordshire PCT

0

RVW

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

5

5D8

North Tyneside PCT

0

RV8

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

21

5NV

North Yorkshire and York PCT

0

RNS

Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust

7

RP1

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Trust

0

5PD

Northamptonshire Teaching PCT

0

RBZ

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

7

RTF

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

16

5EM

Nottingham City PCT

0

RX1

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

35

5N8

Nottinghamshire County Teaching PCT

0

RHA

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

0

RBF

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust

2

RTH

Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust

18

RNU

Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

0

RHX

Oxfordshire Learning Disability NHS Trust

0

5QE

Oxfordshire PCT

0

RW6

Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

25

RT2

Pennine Care NHS Trust

0

RGN

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

14

RK9

Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

20

5F1

Plymouth Teaching PCT

0

RD3

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

30

5FE

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

0

RHU

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

29

RG2

Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust

12

RGZ

Queen Mary’s Sidcup NHS Trust

5

RPC

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

0

5NA

Redbridge PCT

0

5QR

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

0

RL1

Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital NHS Trust

10

5H8

Rotherham PCT

0

RXE

Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

0

RHW

Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

42

REF

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

24

RH8

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

7

RAL

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

17

RQ6

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

13

RAN

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

6

RD1

Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust

35

RPR

Royal West Sussex NHS Trust

22

5F5

Salford PCT

0

RM3

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

23

RNZ

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

14

RXK

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

26

TAJ

Sandwell Mental Health NHS and Social Care Trust

0

RCC

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care NHS Trust

8

TAH

Sheffield Care Trust

0

RHQ

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

18

RK5

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

0

RXW

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

12

5M2

Shropshire County PCT

0

RH5

Somerset Partnership NHS and Social Care Trust

0

5QL

Somerset PCT

0

5M1

South Birmingham PCT

0

RA9

South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

4

RDR

South Downs Health NHS Trust

0

5P1

South East Essex PCT

0

5A3

South Gloucestershire PCT

0

RV5

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

0

RRE

South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0

5PK

South Staffordshire PCT

0

RTR

South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust

13

RE9

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

1

5KG

South Tyneside PCT

0

RJC

South Warwickshire General Hospitals NHS Trust

4

5PY

South West Essex PCT

0

RQY

South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust

0

RXG

South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust

0

5L1

Southampton City PCT

0

RHM

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

18

RAJ

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

18

RVY

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

2

RJ7

St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust

5

RBN

St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust

6

RWJ

Stockport NHS Foundation Trust

13

5PJ

Stoke on Trent PCT

0

RT6

Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

0

5PT

Suffolk PCT

0

RXX

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust

0

RTP

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

1

5P5

Surrey PCT

0

RX2

Sussex Partnership NHS Trust

0

RN3

Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust

12

5K3

Swindon PCT

0

RMP

Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

7

RBA

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

26

RX3

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS trust

0

RAS

The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust

1

RJ2

The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust

7

RTD

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

12

RQW

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

20

RCX

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn NHS Trust

4

RFR

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

11

RDZ

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

8

RL4

The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust

12

RKE

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

9

5C4

Tower Hamlets PCT

0

RA7

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

9

RWD

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

64

RRK

University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

32

RJE

University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

75

RM2

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust

6

RKB

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

16

RWE

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

52

RTX

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust

32

RBK

Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust

8

5M3

Walsall Teaching PCT

0

5NC

Waltham Forest PCT

0

RET

Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust

1

5LG

Wandsworth PCT

0

5PM

Warwickshire PCT

0

5PV

West Essex PCT

0

RWG

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

15

5P4

West Hertfordshire PCT

0

5P9

West Kent PCT

0

RKL

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

0

RFW

West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

6

RGR

West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust

9

5P6

West Sussex PCT

0

RA3

Weston area Health NHS Trust

0

RGC

Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust

14

5QK

Wiltshire PCT

0

RN1

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust

7

RBL

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

14

5MV

Wolverhampton City PCT

0

RWP

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

10

RWQ

Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

0

5PL

Worcestershire PCT

0

RPL

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust

17

RRF

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust

11

RA4

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

4

RGB

York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

0

Note:

Numbers of delayed transfers of care are collected as a snapshot at midnight Thursday each week. The figures provided above are from the last typical week in week 2007-08 to week ending 16 March 2008.

Source:

Department of Health: SitReps

Ambulance Services: Emergency Calls

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical 999 calls were made in each year since 1997, broken down by region; and what percentage of these resulted in ambulance dispatch in each region in each year. (203448)

Calls made to national health service ambulance services through the 999-telephony line are not categorised by type of caller. Information on the number of 999 calls made by the medical profession is therefore not collected centrally. Ambulance services provide data against their trust’s response times to emergency 999 calls, which are collected each year by the Department on return KA34 and published annually in “Ambulance Services, England. Statistical Bulletin, collected in accordance with KA34”. In addition to emergency 999 calls, prior to 1 April 2007, trusts have also reported annual data on urgent cases (i.e. urgent patient journeys), where ambulance services were required to transport patients by an ambulance vehicle to hospital following a request from a doctor, midwife or other health care professional. Information on urgent patient journeys is published annually in the “KA34 statistical bulletin”.

Copies of the “KA34 statistical bulletin” are available in the Library.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many ambulance calls were made to ambulance call or control centres in (a) Middlesbrough and (b) Tyneside in 2007-08 or the most recent year for which information is available; (203769)

(2) how many ambulance calls made to the call centre in Middlesbrough in the last 12-month period for which information is available were from people in (a) Redcar/Cleveland, (b) Middlesbrough, (c) Darlington, (d) Hartlepool and (e) Stockton;

(3) how many 999 calls were made to ambulance or control call centres in (a) Middlesbrough and (b) Tyneside in 2007-08 or the most recent year for which information is available;

(4) how many ambulances arrived late at their destination as a result of being misdirected by the ambulance control centre in (a) Tyneside and (b) Middlesbrough in 2007-08 or the most recent 12-month period for which information is available;

(5) how many deaths occurred as a result of the ambulance service (a) being misdirected and (b) (i) arriving late and (ii) not arriving at the destination in the Teesside area of the North East, including Redcar, Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool and Stockton, in 2007-08 or the last 12-month period for which information is available.

The information requested is not centrally collected. The data that the Department does collect on ambulance response times are published on an annual basis in the statistical bulletin, “Ambulance services, England. Statistical Bulletin collected in accordance with KA34”. These documents are available in the Library.

Breast Cancer: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to identify possible economies of scale in the procurement of digital mammography services. (203614)

The ‘Cancer Reform Strategy’ stated that primary care trusts will need to give high priority to full implementation of digital mammography within the national health service breast screening programme, with all breast screening units having at least one full-field digital mammography set by 2010. Discussions are taking place on the most clinically and cost-effective method of achieving this aim.

Cancer: Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve support services for cancer patients. (201337)

The “Cancer Reform Strategy”, published in December 2007, sets out a number of initiatives to improve patient support services for those living with and beyond cancer.

These initiatives include:

ensuring patients receive high quality personalised information throughout their cancer journey on issues such as cancer treatment, local and national support services, and financial benefits;

working with cancer professionals in the NHS to improve their communication skills when dealing with patients;

the establishment of a new national cancer survivorship initiative; and

monitoring progress on improving patient experience through annual surveys.

More detailed information on these measures is available in chapter five of the “Cancer Reform Strategy” a copy of which is available in the Library and on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_081006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the National Cancer Intelligence Network to complete its framework enabling accurate comparisons of England’s cancer services with other countries; and when he plans to begin making such comparisons. (203610)

The new National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) will be launched on 18 June 2008. The NCIN will bring together relevant stakeholders to develop, build, maintain and quality assure a new national repository of cancer data.

The NCIN will also manage the delivery and publication of comparative national information on diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for types of cancer and types of patients.

During 2008, the NCIN will be collaborating closely with other countries to establish what comparisons can be made, and within what time scales. These plans will be outlined as part of the overall NCIN delivery plans, in the first annual report for 2008-09.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health which costs associated with implementation of the cancer reform strategy will be met by his Department in each of the next five years; and what additional resources have been included in primary care trust allocations to cover other costs of implementing the strategy. (203611)

The Impact Assessment published alongside the “Cancer Reform Strategy” sets out the estimated costs of implementing the strategy in each year. The funding to meet these expected costs is mainly being provided through primary care trusts (PCT) general allocations, with some costs met centrally. PCT allocations are not broken down into funding streams for individual services, and it is for the national health service to decide locally how best to deliver the outcomes set out in the strategy, and the actual level of resources required to do so.

Expected central programme budget expenditure in 2008-09 by the Department in support of the “Cancer Reform Strategy” is estimated at £8.6 million. Decisions on the split between central budgets and primary care trust allocations for later years have yet to be taken.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor how (a) commissioners and (b) providers implement (i) advice, (ii) support and (iii) examples of best practice on (A) how to deliver high-quality, cost effective cancer services and (B) how cancer expenditure should be prioritised. (203613)

Commissioners of cancer services will be subject to the wider assurance system being developed under the World Class Commissioning Programme and managed by the strategic health authorities. The Healthcare Commission will also provide an independent assessment of provider and commissioner health care organisations to ensure that they are providing a high standard of care.

Primary care trusts are funded to meet the health care needs of their populations. It is for them to prioritise this expenditure in accordance with local needs.

Cancer: Medical Treatments

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the development of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer in the next three financial years; (200439)

(2) what recent representations he has received on the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy in the treatment of cancer;

(3) how many patients were receiving photodynamic therapy at the latest date for which figures are available;

(4) how many patients received photodynamic therapy in each of the last three years, broken down by hospital at which treatment was dispensed.

The Department does not collect information on the number of patients receiving photodynamic therapy (PDT), where this treatment is provided or the cost of the treatment.

The Department has received a number of written representations about the effectiveness of photodynamic therapy cancer treatment from the charity Killing Cancer.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has issued guidance on the use of PDT in the treatment of several cancers.

It is for the national health service at a local level to decide whether to offer this treatment to patients.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the efficacy of photodynamic therapy; and if he will make a statement. (200441)

The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) is investing £1 million in a study to gather evidence on the clinical and cost effectiveness of photodynamic therapy for people with age-related macular degeneration.

In addition, two of the NIHR biomedical research centres established in 2007 will be undertaking research concerned with the use of photodynamic therapy. At the University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre, the photodynamic therapy research will form part of a gastroenterology and hepatology research theme to which £5 million has been allocated over five years. At the Moorfields Eye Hospital Biomedical Research Centre it will be part of a programme of research to do with age-related macular degeneration to which £2.9 million has been allocated over five years.

The Department is also providing national health service support for two trials of photodynamic therapy for biliary tract cancers through the NIHR Cancer Research Network, and for two trials of photodynamic therapy for cancer of the gullet (oesophagus) through the joint Cancer Research UK/NIHR Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre at University College Hospital London.

The Medical Research Council has in the last six years funded two studies relating to photodynamic therapy at a total cost of £300,000.

Cancer: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to increase levels of cancer screening in (a) Enfield and (b) England. (200572)

We recognise the important role that screening plays and, as set out in the “Cancer Reform Strategy”, we are taking steps to build on and improve our existing screening services. This includes extending the age ranges for both breast and bowel screening, so that as many people as possible have the opportunity to be screened. We estimate that this will mean that an extra three million men and women will be screened over the next five years.

It is important to remember that no screening method is perfect and anyone invited to be screened for cancer must be aware of both the benefit and harm of being screened and be able to make an informed decision on whether to take part or not.

It is for strategic health authorities working in partnership with their primary care trusts, local screening services and stakeholders to provide appropriate cancer screening services for their local populations and this includes promotion of local screening services.

Cancer: Waiting Lists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the NHS's radiotherapy capacity to meet the 31-day waiting time target for cancer patients; and what plans he has to increase the NHS's radiotherapy capacity; (201173)

(2) whether he plans to expand the scope of the 31-day waiting time target for radiotherapy from initial to all treatment.

As set out in the ‘Cancer Reform Strategy’, published in December 2007, the 31-day standard will be extended to cover all cancer treatments not just the initial treatment. It also acknowledges that this extension will have an impact on radiotherapy services where increased capacity will be needed if NHS trusts are to meet the extended 31-day standard. Copies of the strategy are available in the Library.

The most recent assessment of radiotherapy was undertaken by the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group as part of their report to Ministers. ‘Radiotherapy: developing a world class service for England’, was published in May 2007. Copies of this document are available in the Library. The report set out recommendations for improving productivity of existing radiotherapy services and for planning the increase in capacity over the coming years. These recommendations were considered as part of the development of the ‘Cancer Reform Strategy’, which makes clear that local investment will be needed in both equipment and work force in order to deliver a world class radiotherapy service.

Cardiovascular System: Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the potential of telemedicine as an effective and affordable tool for carrying out vascular checks for those aged between 40 to 74 years; (201367)

(2) what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of telemedicine pharmacies to meeting the Government's programme of free vascular checks for those aged 40 to 74 years.

On 1 April 2008, the Department published ‘Putting Prevention First’; a copy of this publication is available in the Library. This outlined initial analysis which confirmed that a programme to reach everybody between the ages of 40 and 74, to check their vascular risk and provide them with an individual assessment, would be both clinically effective and cost-effective.

The next step is to develop an implementation and delivery programme with key stakeholders. We will be considering different options for delivering vascular checks involving a range of providers, including pharmacies.

Colorectal Cancer: Screening

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people have been contacted about bowel cancer screening by the bowel cancer screening system in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08; (200893)

(2) what percentage of people contacted about bowel cancer screening by the bowel cancer screening system participated in the bowel cancer screening programme in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06, (d) 2006-07 and (e) 2007-08.

The information requested is not available prior to July 2006.

Roll-out of the national NHS bowel cancer screening programme only began in April 2006, with the first invitations sent out in July 2006. Full national implementation is expected by December 2009. Within the programme, men and women are sent an invitation letter a week before they are sent a testing kit to give them the opportunity to decline receiving a testing kit if they do not wish to receive one for personal or clinical reasons.

As at 31 March 2008, 1,185,791 men and women had been sent an invitation letter, 1,099,653 had been sent a testing kit, and 590,769 had completed and returned a testing kit. This represents 50 per cent. of those who had been sent an invitation letter, and 54 per cent. of those who had been sent a testing kit. In addition, 17,192 men and women aged 70 or over had been sent a testing kit on request.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) from where the NHS Connecting for Health: bowel cancer screening system draws its contact data; (200895)

(2) how often the dataset used by the NHS Connecting for Health: bowel cancer screening system is refreshed.

The bowel cancer screening system draws its data from the National Health Applications Infrastructure Services (the ‘Exeter’ system), which contains the names and details of all people registered with a general practitioner in England. The system is refreshed on a daily basis.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to broaden the age range of the bowel cancer screening programme; (201175)

(2) what steps he plans to take to maximise up-take of bowel cancer screening among the target population; and what arrangements he has made to monitor the efficacy of the programme.

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced in September 2007 the NHS bowel screening programme will be extended from 2010 to invite men and women aged 70 to 75 to take part.

A booklet entitled ‘Bowel Cancer Screening: The Facts’, which provides information about bowel cancer and sets out the benefits and risks of participating in the screening programme, is sent out with each invitation. It is important to remember that no screening method is perfect and anyone invited to be screened for cancer must be aware of both the potential benefits and harms of being screened and be able to make an informed decision on whether or not to take part.

It is for strategic health authorities working in partnership with their primary care trusts, local screening services and stakeholders to provide appropriate cancer screening services for their local populations, including the promotion of local screening services.

The NHS bowel screening programme currently reports weekly returns to the Department. We are working with the Information Centre to develop a framework for the annual publication of statistics related to the programme once roll-out is completed in December 2009.

Drugs: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the sources of the planned efficiency savings in the Pooled Drug Treatment Budget 2010-11 are; and if he will make a statement. (201814)

Since 2001, the Department and the Home Office have provided specific resources for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB), which is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide treatment and services according to specific local needs.

The Department does not intend the funding made available through the PTB to represent the totality of funding for any area. Rather, it is designed to supplement mainstream funds and to encourage investment in improving treatment capacity and effectiveness.

The level of Government investment for substance misuse treatment within the PTB is £398 million for 2008-09, which is also the indicative figure for 2009-10 and 2010-11. However, we expect the reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings that will be made year on year until 2010-11 to reach £50 million. This reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings will allow for the expansion of treatment services to support the delivery of indicator 1 (number of drug users in effective treatment) in public service agreement 25.

Partnerships will be helped to deliver more effectively by:

changes to the allocation of the pooled treatment budget to match it more closely to activity;

the development of unit costs data to inform commissioning decisions;

improved processes for assessing local need to improve targeting; and

the national implementation of the treatment outcomes profile tool which will enable resources to be diverted to more effective interventions.

General Practioners: Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries there were in the Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. (201348)

[holding answer 24 April 2008]: The information is not held in the format requested. The following table shows the number of general practitioner (GP) partnerships in the Peterborough primary care trust (PCT) area from 2001 to 2007 (a partnership may comprise a number of premises) and the number of GPs in the Peterborough PCT area from 2001 to 2007. Prior to 2001, no comparable information is available.

I am advised that Peterborough PCT is currently developing proposals for a new GP-led health centre to be opened in Peterborough next year.

Number of GP partnerships (P) and number of GPs (G) in Peterborough PCT area at 30 September for each specified year

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

P

G

P

G

P

G

P

G

P

G

P

G

P

G

Peterborough PCT

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

27

94

27

98

North Peterborough PCT

20

55

18

57

18

60

18

61

18

59

1

1

1

1

South Peterborough PCT

13

53

14

52

14

56

15

61

15

65

1

1

1

1

1 Data not available.

Notes:

1. The GP Census collection does not contain data on number of surgeries. A partnership may comprise a number of premises.

2. 'G' includes full-time and part-time GPs.

3. Peterborough PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of North Peterborough PCT and a part merger of South Peterborough PCT. Due to this part merger, data from 2006 onwards are not directly comparable with data for 2001-05. Prior to 2001, no comparable information is available for this area.

Source:

Information Centre for health and social care—GP Census.

Health Services

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the personal relationship between general practitioners and patients in formulating primary care policy. (203367)

A patient's relationship with their family doctor is of vital importance. List-based general practice is a key strength of the system that we have. It is valued by patients, doctors and the national health service as a whole.

There is no contradiction between the desire by many patients to be seen by their own general practitioner and the £250 million investment we are making in expanding primary care provision particularly in under-doctored areas.

Health Services: North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public expenditure per capita on (a) primary care, (b) emergency care and (c) NHS dental provision in each constituency in the North West was in each year since 1997. (202896)

[holding answer 1 May 2008]: The information is not available in the format requested. The information is not collected at constituency level but has been provided by national health service body in the current North West Strategic Health Authority area. Data are available for the years 2000-01 to 2006-07.

The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Healthcare Commission: Standards

To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date the time taken by the Healthcare Commission to deal with a complaint is measured. (202381)

We understand from the Healthcare Commission that it records the time taken for its reviews from the day it receives a new case. It takes on average three months for an independent review to be conducted.

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) in-patient, (b) day and (c) out-patient appointments at (i) Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and (ii) Cheltenham General Hospital was in each year since 1992. (196419)

Information is not held in the format requested. Information is collected about median waiting times at national health service trust level, rather than individual hospital level. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital are part of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The following tables show median waiting times at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and, before 2002-03, at its predecessor trusts, Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust and East Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.

Median waiting times (in weeks) at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Period ending

Daycase admissions

Ordinary admissions

First outpatient (OP) attendance (from general practitioner (GP) referral)

March 2003

9.5

10.5

7.2

March 2004

9.1

10.3

5.9

March 2005

6.2

8.2

6.1

March 2006

6.0

7.5

5.8

March 2007

5.5

6.9

5.0

September 2007

4.4

6.3

5.1

Source: KH07 and QM08 quarterly returns from NHS trusts.

Median waiting times (in weeks) at East Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust

Period ending

Daycase admissions

Ordinary admission

First OP attendance (from GP referral)

March 1992

8.0

10.8

n/a

March 1993

9.6

10.8

n/a

March 1994

8.4

9.8

3.6

March 1995

8.2

9.4

5.3

March 1996

8.1

9.0

6.0

March 1997

8.7

9.3

5.5

March 1998

10.3

12.3

5.0

March 1999

9.0

10.2

6.4

March 2000

10.8

11.0

7.1

March 2001

9.8

10.2

7.1

March 2002

11.3

9.8

6.8

Source: KH07 and QM08 quarterly returns from NHS trusts.

Median waiting times (in weeks) at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust

Period ending

Daycase admission

Ordinary admission

(First OP attendance from GP referral)

March 1992

n/a

n/a

n/a

March 1993

n/a

n/a

n/a

March 1994

10.9

11.2

3.9

March 1995

10.0

10.7

6.6

March 1996

9.5

9.5

6.3

March 1997

10.7

10.9

7.2

March 1998

11.0

11.0

6.8

March 1999

11.9

10.4

7.2

March 2000

10.3

12.0

7.5

March 2001

10.0

11.4

6.7

March 2002

9.1

12.8

6.9

Source: KH07 and QM08 quarterly returns from NHS trusts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in each primary care trust in London waited for (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine, (d) 12, (e) 15, (f) 18, (g) 21 and (h) 24 weeks and over for out-patient admission in each quarter of each of the last five years. (200366)

The information is not held in the format requested. Data prior to 2006-07 were collected in grouped time bands of four-week waiting times. However, the waiting times measurement was changed from banded weeks to actual individual weeks for 2006-07 onwards as the maximum waiting times reduced.

The information available about the number of outpatients seen in each quarter, for each London primary care trust since 2002-03, has been placed in the Library.

Incontinence: Medical Equipment

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what his Department’s policy is on provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients; and if he will make a statement; (202693)

(2) what representations he has received from patient groups in response to the consultation about provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients;

(3) what the timetable is for his Department’s consultation on provision of aids and appliances for stoma patients.

The general policy on appliances is that patients should receive cost-effective treatment to meet their clinical needs as established by appropriate national health service healthcare professionals.

Since the review of the arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services began in October 2005, the following representations have been received from patient groups.

Number

Ministerial meetings

3

Letters to Ministers

5

Meetings with officials

7

Note:

These figures do not include the numerous letters received directly from patients and their Members of Parliament.

The review is ongoing. A further consultation will be published in May 2008, together with an Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment, and will be open for 12 weeks.

Ipsos MORI

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 1 April 2008, Official Report, column 873W, on Ipsos MORI, which policy teams commissioned work from Ipsos MORI. (203034)

From March 2006 to March 2008, the following directorates commissioned work from Ipsos MORI: Equality and Human Rights; Health Protection International Health and Scientific Development; Health Improvement and Protection; Commissioning and System Management; Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships; and NHS Finance, Performance and Operations and Communications.

Medical Records: Databases

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what datasets are recorded by primary care trusts for inclusion on the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) system. (200888)

The National Health Application Infrastructure Service (NHAIS) comprises of four datasets which support: the recording and maintenance of patient demographics, that is name, national health service number, gender, date of birth and address; the payment of general practitioners, including practitioner and practice details; the call or recall of women for cervical screening, as required by the national cervical screening programme; and the call or recall of women for breast screening, as required by the national breast screening programme. In addition, the NHAIS systems are a mechanism by which patients are able to opt in to being an organ donor.

Methadone

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 April 2008, Official Report, column 1105W, on methadone, what the cost to primary care trusts of dispensing methadone prescriptions was in 2006-07. (200509)

The total net ingredient cost to primary care trusts in England of methadone prescriptions in 2006-07 was £15.7 million1. This does not include prescriptions written in hospitals or clinics that were dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals or private prescriptions.

Note:

Methadone can be prescribed as a cough suppressant, as an analgesic or for the treatment of addiction.

Source:

1The Electronic Prescribing Analysis and Cost Tool system.

NHS: Finance

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference was between the weighted caption formula calculation and the final allocation for each primary care trust in each of the last three financial years; and if he will make a statement. (200454)

The table provides the final allocations made to primary care trusts (PCTs) for the years 2006-07, 2007-08 and 2008-09 and the percentage distance from target allocation set by the weighted-capitation formula for every PCT for the same period.

Revenue allocations are made to PCTs on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. A weighted capitation formula is used to determine each PCT’s target shares of available resources to enable them to commission similar levels of health care for populations in similar need.

The formula is used to set targets, which then inform allocations. The distance from target represents the actual allocation compared to the target allocation. It is the pace of change policy that determines actual allocations, as it dictates how quickly PCTs are brought nearer to target through the distribution of additional funds.

2006-072007-082008-09

PCT name

Allocation (£000)

Closing distance from target (DFT) (percentage)

Allocation (£000)

Closing DFT (percentage)

Allocation (£000)

Closing DFT (percentage)

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan PCT

410,731

-2.3

449,115

-2.4

473,646

-2.40

Barking and Dagenham PCT

240,688

-4.8

267,023

-3.5

281,607

-3.50

Barnet PCT

425,930

8.3

460,640

6.9

485,800

6.90

Barnsley PCT

319,935

-4.5

353,531

-3.5

372,841

-3.50

Bassetlaw PCT

130,267

-4.8

144,874

-3.5

152,787

-3.50

Bath and North East Somerset PCT

206,371

0.9

224,569

0.4

236,835

0.40

Bedfordshire PCT

434,053

-4.4

483,955

-3.3

510,388

-3.30

Berkshire East PCT

429,771

1.6

467,641

1.4

493,184

1.40

Berkshire West PCT

477,657

-0.4

521,310

-0.5

549,784

-0.50

Bexley Care Trust

258,661

0.6

281,904

0.3

297,301

0.30

Birmingham East and North PCT

551,721

-3.1

606,916

-2.2

640,065

-2.20

Blackburn with Darwen PCT

207,706

-3.6

227,152

-3.2

239,559

-3.20

Blackpool PCT

213,766

0.5

232,537

0.2

245,239

0.20

Bolton PCT

355,301

-2.1

388,481

-2

409,700

-2.00

Bournemouth and Poole PCT

418,982

0.8

455,410

0.5

480,284

0.50

Bradford and Airedale PCT

655,461

-0.6

713,986

-1.1

752,984

-1.10

Brent Teaching PCT

407,601

5.3

440,836

4.8

464,915

4.80

Brighton and Hove City PCT

349,706

0

381,965

0.2

402,828

0.20

Bristol PCT

526,977

1.5

571,181

1

602,379

1.00

Bromley PCT

373,188

4.4

403,632

3.2

425,678

3.20

Buckinghamshire PCT

524,765

-0.4

573,490

-0.3

604,814

-0.30

Bury PCT

226,689

-2.3

247,864

-2.2

261,403

-2.20

Calderdale PCT

254,621

3.4

275,396

2.6

290,438

2.60

Cambridgeshire PCT

622,584

-2.1

685,883

-2.1

723,346

-2.10

Camden PCT

368,783

7.4

398,848

5.6

420,633

5.60

Central and Eastern Cheshire PCT

522,824

1.6

571,132

1.2

602,327

1.20

Central Lancashire PCT

556,430

0.9

607,500

0.6

640,682

0.60

City and Hackney Teaching PCT

380,906

-3.3

416,671

-3.5

439,429

-3.50

Cornwall and Isles Of Scilly PCT

645,556

-3.4

710,827

-3.3

749,652

-3.30

County Durham PCT

711,825

-2.2

784,201

-1.2

827,034

-1.20

Coventry Teaching PCT

425,221

-4.9

469,451

-3.5

495,092

-3.50

Croydon PCT

424,028

3

458,633

1.9

483,683

1.90

Cumbria PCT

632,547

-0.1

689,160

-0.5

726,801

-0.50

Darlington PCT

136,390

6.6

147,509

5.5

155,566

5.50

Derby City PCT

329,454

-3.2

361,115

-2.9

380,839

-2.90

Derbyshire County PCT

841,060

-1.3

922,913

-1.1

973,323

-1.10

Devon PCT

871,595

-0.7

956,903

-0.8

1,009,169

-0.80

Doncaster PCT

401,609

-2

439,103

-1.9

463,087

-1.90

Dorset PCT

467,804

-1

512,900

-1.1

540,915

-1.10

Dudley PCT

373,359

-0.6

407,037

-0.7

429,270

-0.70

Ealing PCT

444,899

7.5

481,157

6.7

507,438

6.70

East and North Hertfordshire PCT

608,574

-1.9

667,728

-1.9

704,199

-1.90

East Lancashire PCT

506,236

-1

553,338

-0.8

583,561

-0.80

East Riding Of Yorkshire PCT

345,739

-1.7

380,204

-1.8

400,971

-1.80

East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT

421,307

3.4

458,443

2.6

483,483

2.60

Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT

917,451

-1.3

1,013,331

-0.9

1,068,679

-0.90

Enfield PCT

351,514

0.1

384,190

0.1

405,175

0.10

Gateshead PCT

286,689

-0.6

313,317

-0.1

330,431

-0.10

Gloucestershire PCT

669,670

0.8

731,208

0.5

771,146

0.50

Great Yarmouth and Waveney PCT

286,026

-5.1

319,752

-3.5

337,217

-3.50

Greenwich Teaching PCT

344,632

2.1

372,379

0.7

392,719

0.70

Halton and St Helens PCT

434,697

-1.8

474,176

-1.8

500,076

-1.80

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

265,137

7.1

286,377

6

302,019

6.00

Hampshire PCT

1,404,036

1

1,531,884

0.6

1,615,555

0.60

Haringey Teaching PCT

346,339

1

375,205

0.5

395,698

0.50

Harrow PCT

255,367

8.1

276,176

7.2

291,261

7.20

Hartlepool PCT

131,905

-2.9

144,243

-2.8

152,122

-2.80

Hastings and Rother PCT

248,194

2.6

270,154

2.1

284,910

2.10

Havering PCT

303,017

0.3

331,028

0.2

349,109

0.20

Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT

410,557

-4.7

454,255

-3.5

479,066

-3.50

Herefordshire PCT

202,786

-5.1

226,439

-3.5

238,807

-3.50

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT

288,702

-1.8

316,327

-1.5

333,605

-1.50

Hillingdon PCT

308,041

4.5

333,169

3.4

351,367

3.40

Hounslow PCT

298,309

5.3

322,634

4.7

340,256

4.70

Hull PCT

371,301

0.9

401,457

0.6

423,384

0.60

Isle of Wight NHS PCT

185,563

-3.7

204,994

-3.5

216,191

-3.50

Islington PCT

336,943

9.8

363,928

8.4

383,806

8.40

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

275,175

7.9

297,613

4.9

313,868

4.90

Kingston PCT

202,727

10.6

219,238

9.2

231,213

9.20

Kirklees PCT

485,093

1.1

527,512

0.7

556,324

0.70

Knowsley PCT

243,375

-4.8

268,697

-3.5

283,374

-3.50

Lambeth PCT

467,660

13.3

505,097

12.6

532,686

12.60

Leeds PCT

952,025

3.7

1,032,366

3.2

1,088,754

3.20

Leicester City PCT

386,947

-4.1

424,964

-3.2

448,176

-3.20

Leicestershire County and Rutland PCT

663,407

-2.6

730,485

-2.3

770,384

-2.30

Lewisham PCT

397,785

12.1

429,633

11.4

453,100

11.40

Lincolnshire PCT

829,240

-3.9

922,602

-3.1

972,995

-3.10

Liverpool PCT

733,222

-3.8

803,354

-3

847,234

-3.00

Luton PCT

223,068

-5.1

247,703

-3.5

261,233

-3.50

Manchester PCT

735,995

-4.9

815,430

-3.5

859,969

-3.50

Medway PCT

304,301

-5.1

340,701

-3.5

359,310

-3.50

Mid Essex PCT

365,484

-3.3

405,722

-2.3

427,883

-2.30

Middlesbrough PCT

208,845

-2.3

228,340

-1.5

240,812

-1.50

Milton Keynes PCT

247,043

-5.1

277,919

-3.5

293,098

-3.50

Newcastle PCT

386,439

2.2

417,413

1.6

440,212

1.60

Newham PCT

415,179

-3.2

454,046

-3.2

478,846

-3.20

Norfolk PCT

839,936

-3.4

932,449

-2.4

983,379

-2.40

North East Essex PCT

381,624

-4.2

422,921

-3.3

446,020

-3.30

North East Lincolnshire PCT

210,372

0.3

229,114

0.2

241,629

0.20

North Lancashire PCT

418,760

0.1

456,349

-0.5

481,275

-0.50

North Lincolnshire PCT

190,441

-1.8

208,972

-1.7

220,386

-1.70

North Somerset PCT

225,201

-5.1

251,427

-3.5

265,159

-3.50

North Staffordshire PCT

255,312

0.7

278,040

0.4

293,227

0.40

North Tees PCT

228,058

-4.8

253,743

-3.5

267,603

-3.50

North Tyneside PCT

273,205

0

298,390

0

314,688

0.00

North Yorkshire and York PCT

870,019

0.8

947,379

0.2

999,125

0.20

Northamptonshire PCT

730,405

-5

817,249

-3.7

861,887

-3.70

Northumberland Care Trust

399,055

0.5

434,542

0.2

458,277

0.20

Nottingham City PCT

396,017

-0.2

430,928

0

454,466

0.00

Nottinghamshire County PCT

766,008

-0.8

839,335

-0.6

885,179

-0.60

Oldham PCT

304,145

-3.1

332,588

-2.7

350,754

-2.70

Oxfordshire PCT

663,385

0.3

727,498

0.2

767,234

0.20

Peterborough PCT

200,369

1.6

226,047

4.4

238,393

4.40

Plymouth Teaching PCT

320,442

0.9

348,433

0.5

367,464

0.50

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

232,225

-0.2

253,929

0

267,799

0.00

Redbridge PCT

292,512

1.4

317,506

0.6

334,848

0.60

Redcar and Cleveland PCT

189,438

-0.7

206,163

-0.7

217,424

-0.70

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

224,520

14.5

242,789

13

256,050

13.00

Rotherham PCT

330,233

-1.2

361,022

-1.2

380,741

-1.20

Salford PCT

346,814

1.5

374,615

0.9

395,076

0.90

Sandwell PCT

422,253

-3.6

461,941

-3

487,172

-3.00

Sefton PCT

389,658

2.2

424,393

2.1

447,574

2.10

Sheffield PCT

721,813

4.3

783,833

4.1

826,646

4.10

Shropshire County PCT

331,198

-1

363,336

-0.8

383,181

-0.80

Solihull Care Trust

236,950

-0.8

259,370

-0.4

273,537

-0.40

Somerset PCT

598,119

-3

661,858

-2.3

698,008

-2.30

South Birmingham PCT

467,293

-0.3

510,764

-0.1

538,661

-0.10

South East Essex PCT

405,020

-0.4

441,775

-0.8

465,904

-0.80

South Gloucestershire PCT

250,189

-0.9

275,190

-0.8

290,221

-0.80

South Staffordshire PCT

653,701

-1.6

716,139

-1.6

755,254

-1.60

South Tyneside PCT

222,991

-2.1

243,791

-1.4

257,107

-1.40

South West Essex PCT

473,017

-3.5

525,622

-2.3

554,331

-2.30

Southampton City PCT

295,218

-2.4

323,249

-2.1

340,905

-2.10

Southwark PCT

401,542

3.9

433,721

3.2

457,410

3.20

Stockport PCT

349,861

1.1

379,343

0.7

400,063

0.70

Stoke On Trent PCT

360,415

-0.7

392,763

-0.5

414,216

-0.50

Suffolk PCT

659,034

-2.5

726,691

-2

766,383

-2.00

Sunderland Teaching PCT

413,283

0.6

449,010

0.3

473,535

0.30

Surrey PCT

1,234,594

6

1,335,260

4.9

1,408,192

4.90

Sutton and Merton PCT

459,723

5.8

497,211

4.6

524,369

4.60

Swindon PCT

223,813

0.8

243,943

0.3

257,267

0.30

Tameside and Glossop PCT

308,593

-0.4

337,310

-0.3

355,733

-0.30

Telford and Wrekin PCT

187,621

-5.1

209,334

-3.5

220,768

-3.50

Torbay Care Trust

185,688

-5.1

207,397

-3.5

218,725

-3.50

Tower Hamlets PCT

360,074

-3.6

395,521

-3.5

417,125

-3.50

Trafford PCT

275,442

3

299,535

2.8

315,896

2.80

Wakefield District PCT

444,548

-2.5

489,186

-2

515,905

-2.00

Walsall Teaching PCT

342,196

-0.9

374,066

-0.7

394,497

-0.70

Waltham Forest PCT

320,806

1.3

347,335

0.8

366,306

0.80

Wandsworth PCT

388,415

12.7

420,027

11.9

442,968

11.90

Warrington PCT

237,103

0.1

259,050

-0.1

273,199

-0.10

Warwickshire PCT

592,423

-2.4

652,206

-2.1

687,830

-2.10

West Essex PCT

313,574

1.8

340,399

0.8

358,991

0.80

West Hertfordshire PCT

627,084

3.4

679,655

2.6

716,778

2.60

West Kent PCT

740,523

0

810,316

0

854,576

0.00

West Sussex PCT

952,453

3.2

1,034,023

2.4

1,090,501

2.40

Western Cheshire PCT

303,849

0

332,116

0

350,256

0.00

Westminster PCT

367,029

14.8

396,902

11.6

418,581

11.60

Wiltshire PCT

490,847

-0.1

539,616

-0.1

569,089

-0.10

Wirral PCT

459,538

0.5

500,617

0.3

527,960

0.30

Wolverhampton City PCT

326,781

-4.8

360,656

-3.5

380,355

-3.50

Worcestershire PCT

617,658

-2.2

679,281

-1.8

716,383

-1.80

NHS: Negligence

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the public purse was of (a) legal costs and (b) damages awarded in respect of clinical negligence cases involving the NHS in each of the last three years. (200434)

The information requested is in the following table. The information was obtained from the NHS Litigation Authority's published accounts.

£

Year claim closed

Damages

Defence legal costs

Claimant legal costs

2005-06

412,245,050

54,894,083

91,252,864

2006-07

332,786,934

49,808,394

83,830,905

2007-08

384,841,737

56,848,517

108,921,201

Notes:

1. The data only cover claims made against national health service trusts, NHS foundation trusts or primary care trusts.

2. The year represents the year the claim closed, not the year of incident nor the year the claim was made.