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"Mental Health and Stress in the Work Place"

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the booklet "Mental Health and Stress in the Work Place" to be published. [17425]

Mr. Bowis: This is not a departmental publication.

Nottingham Health Authority

Mr. Heppell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will be announcing the new membership of Nottingham health authority. [17695]

Mr. Malone: The names of the non-executive members appointed to the proposed new health authorities will shortly be announced by the appropriate regional office of the national health service executive.

South Birmingham Health Authority

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the amount of funding allocated to South Birmingham health authority in respect of VAT liability in the current financial year; and what it has been in each of the past three years. [17771]

Mr. Horam: There is no separate allocation of funds in respect of value added tax liability.

Emergency Hospital Admissions (London)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were refused emergency medical admission to a hospital in the Greater London area during 1995. [17787]

Mr. Horam: This information is not available. Patients have the right to get emergency treatment from the national health service at any time.

Continuing Health Care

Mr. Riddick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the key results of the NHS executive-social services inspectorate's monitoring of the implementation of the guidance on NHS responsibilities for meeting continuing health care; and if he will make a statement. [18076]

Mr. Bowis: We have recently written to health and local authorities outlining the key results of the monitoring work carried out by the national health service executive and social services inspectorate and highlighting recommendations for further action. Copies of the letter have been placed in the Library.

The monitoring work suggests that the majority of health authorities have made good progress in preparing to implement the guidance. This has been effective where

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health and local authorities have worked together closely. There are also issues on which progress in some parts of the country has been less encouraging. We have indicated our commitment to ensuring that these issues are addressed.

Work on continuing health care will continue to be a priority for the NHS during 1996-97 and beyond to ensure the full implementation of the guidance. Health authorities, working closely with local authorities, will need to monitor closely the impact of their eligibility criteria and to develop further services to meet continuing health care needs. The letter highlights the key priorities for further work. The NHS executive and social services inspectorate will continue to monitor implementation closely and will make further reports on progress in due course.

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16823]

Mr. Horam: The non-departmental public bodies which

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Patient Admissions

Mr. Loyden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what are his Department's guidelines for the admission of gynaecology and psychiatric patients through casualty units in hospitals where there is no registrar appointed for either of these specialities; and what recommendations are made by his Department for proper differential diagnosis to be made in such cases for admission or discharge of patients; [17404]

Mr. Horam: There is no central guidance. Procedures for admitting patients to hospital are determined in accordance with local arrangements.

Health Economics Consortiums

Mr. Loyden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health economics consortiums have been set up in the United Kingdom; what capital the Government have allocated to these units; what is their remit and to whom they are accountable; and how many district health authorities, or other public bodies, have commissioned reports on service provision from these units. [17403]

Mr. Horam: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that I gave him on 7 February 1996, Official Report, column 270.

NHS Charges

Mr. McLeish: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give the revenue from NHS charges for (a) prescriptions, (b) dental services, (c) dental examinations and (d) eye tests in (i) 1978-79 and (ii) 1995. [17823]

Mr. Malone: The information available for the last full year is given in the table:

Revenue from national health service charges--£ million, cash terms

Income from1978-791994-95
Prescription charges24.2287.2
Dental charges (for general dental services)55.4(8)383.3
Dental examinations(9)0(9)60.0
NHS eye tests(10)0(10)0

(8) Includes patient charge income from dental examinations.

(9) No patient charges for dental examinations were levied before 1 January 1989. The figure for 1994-95 is an estimate, as patients pay charges on the basis of their whole course of treatment and the amount paid in respect of individual procedures is not separately recorded.

(10) There is no charge for the provision of NHS sight tests. Since April 1989 entitlement to NHS sight tests has been restricted to certain priority groups, including children and those on low income. People not entitled to an NHS test now pay for a private sight test.

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16. Dr. Michael Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many owner-occupiers there were (a) at the latest available date and (b) in 1979. [15502]

Mr. Curry: The number of owner-occupied dwellings in Great Britain in 1979 was 11,348,000, and in December 1994 the number had grown to 15,807,000.


17. Mr. Sutcliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what additional measures he proposes to combat homelessness. [15503]

Mr. Curry: The Housing Bill includes measures to prevent homelessness by ensuring that housing advice is available and that long-term social housing tenancies are allocated to households with the greatest underlying need.

Energy Conservation

18. Ms Roseanna Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what recent discussions he has had with local authorities on the implementation of the Home Energy Conservation Act 1995; and if he will make a statement. [15504]

Mr. Robert B. Jones: The implementation of the Act was discussed by the Central and Local Government Environment Forum on 6 December. The local authority associations were represented on the working group established to consider guidance on the Act. Guidance for England will be issued very shortly; all English district and metropolitan authorities, and many other interested bodies, had the opportunity to comment on a draft.

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