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Speech Therapy

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the current average waiting time between a child being referred for speech therapy, an assessment taking place and referral for treatment. [20132]

Mr. Burns: The information requested is not available centrally. Under the childrens charter, parents can expect to be told the local charter standard for the maximum waiting time before their child is seen.

Trust Boards (Disabled People)

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with disabilities are members of NHS trust boards; and what percentage this is of the total membership. [20131]

Mr. Malone: Information on all trust board members is not available. Of 845 non-executives appointed since monitoring began in July 1996, nine--1.06 per cent.--considered themselves to have a disability. Information about executive trust board members with disabilities is not collected centrally.

Residential Care Charges

Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to ensure that the partial equity release insurance scheme will form part of the long-term care partnership proposals set out in the draft Community Care (Residential Charges) Bill. [20127]

Mr. Burns: The Government remain willing to explore options for making equity release a safe and affordable way of financing the purchase of long-term care insurance, as made clear in paragraph 29 of the policy statement "A New Partnership for Care in Old Age" (Cm 3563), copies of which are available in the Library.

Food Poisoning

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of food poisoning were notified to his Department in each year since 1979; and if he will make a statement. [20194]

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Mr. Horam: I refer the hon. Member to the reply that my hon. Friend the Economic Secretary gave the hon. Member for Edinburgh, East (Dr. Strang) on 27 February 1997, Official Report, columns 307-308. Data for the preceding years are available from the same source.

Medicinal Drugs (Third World)

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has to persuade other nations to reduce the distribution of surplus medicinal drugs in third world and other countries following the recent medicinal drug deaths in Nigeria, Haiti and Lithuania. [20292]

Mr. Malone: The United Kingdom will continue to work with other countries and appropriate international organisations, particularly the World Health Organisation, in pursuit of agreed standards and guidelines regarding drug donations and their safety.

Funding (Market Forces Factor)

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of overall funding reflects the pay element of the market forces factor in the allocations of resources in each health authority. [20461]

Mr. Horam: The market forces factor is one component of the weighted capitation formula used to calculate health authority targets which in turn inform allocations.

There are six elements within the MFF adjustment and their corresponding weightings are shown in the table:

ElementWeighting Percentage
Staff57.31
Medical and dental London weighting8.68
Non pay22.57
Land1.17
Buildings7.94
Equipment2.33
Total100

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact of the market force factor in his health authority funding formula

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in areas which his Department has identified as having low rates of pay largely based on Whitley Council agreements. [20459]

Mr. Horam: The staff market forces factor enables all health authorities to meet trust prices which reflect national pay agreements.

Anti-anthrax Vaccination

Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the recommended interval between each injection in a course of anti-anthrax vaccination. [20449]

Mr. Horam: This information is contained in the book "Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases" issued by the Health Departments, which was issued to all practising clinicians and copies of which are available in the Library. The information is also routinely included in the insert included in every pack of vaccine.

Four injections of 0.5 ml is recommended. There should be an interval of three weeks between the first three injections, and six months between the third and fourth. Subsequent reinforcing doses of 0.5 ml are recommended at annual intervals.

Oakleaf Rehabilitation Centre, Guildford

Mr. David Howell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will pay an official visit to the Oakleaf rehabilitation centre in Guildford. [20473]

Mr. Burns: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has no plans to visit the Oakleaf rehabilitation centre.

GP Fundholding

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 10 March, Official Report, column 114, how much money was spent by fundholding general practitioners practices in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) Yorkshire region and (c) Northern region on purchasing hospital and community health services from private sector providers as defined by sub-code 160 in form FAA23 in the accounts filed by health authorities in each year since general practitioner fundholding started. [20690]

Mr. Malone: The information requested is given in the table.

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Expenditure by GP fundholders on the purchase of healthcare from non-NHS providers

£ thousand
1991-921992-931993-941994-951995-96
North Yorkshire family health services authority101512348618989
Northern region2389601,978n/an/a
Yorkshire region3151,0862,182n/an/a
Northern and Yorkshire regionn/an/an/a7,3908,870

Source:

The annual accounts of family health services authorities.

Notes:

1. The 1995-96 figures are provisional.

2. Northern and Yorkshire Regions merged in 1994-95, though South Cumbria transferred to the North West region.

3. Expenditure in North Yorkshire family health service authority is included under the Yorkshire region for 1991-92 to 1993-94 and the Northern and Yorkshire region total for 1994-95 and 1995-96.


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Anti-depressants

Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment his Department has made of the (a) short-term and (b) long-term effects of (i) tricyclic anti-depressants and (ii) selective serotinin re-uptake inhibitors; and if he will make a statement. [20537]

Mr. Malone: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 6 February 1997, Official Report, at column 723, which referred to benzodiazepines and tricyclic anti-depressants. The answer to that question also applies to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.

Funding (Private Health Care Investment)

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account is taken of the level of investment in private health care in the formula used to distribute resource allocations to health authorities. [20460]

Mr. Horam: The national weighted capitation formula determines health authorities' shares of available resources and its aim is for health authorities to be able to purchase similar levels of health services for resident populations in similar need. The formula does not take explicit account of levels of private medical insurance and therefore allocations are not directly affected.

The national health service is available to all, regardless of ability to pay, and people with private medical insurance always have the option to use the NHS.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Pensioners

Sir Andrew Bowden: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what are the number and proportion of pensioners in each region of the United Kingdom who received (a) income support, (b) housing benefit and (c) council tax benefit. [17484]

Mr. Heald: The information is in the tables. The information for May 1994 corrects that given in my reply of 9 January 1996, Official Report, columns 171-72.

Income support pensioner recipients by region: May 1995

GSS regionNumber of claimantsProportion of the pensioner population (percentage)
South East444,00012.7
South East (except London)236,00010.4
London (inner/outer)209,00017.0
North101,00015.4
Yorkshire and Humberside157,00015.1
East Midlands107,00012.6
East Anglia55,00011.8
South West116,00010.2
West Midlands173,00016.0
North West218,00016.7
England1,372,00013.7
Scotland165,00015.9
Wales95,00014.6
Total (Great Britain)1,632,00013.9
Northern Ireland59,00021.0
Total (United Kingdom)1,690,00014.1


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Housing benefit pensioner recipients by region: May 1995

GSS regionNumber of claimantsProportion of the pensioner population (percentage)
South East539,00015.4
South East (except London)286,00012.6
London (inner/outer)253,00020.6
North135,00020.6
Yorkshire and Humberside196,00018.8
East Midlands123,00014.5
East Anglia68,00014.5
South West128,00011.2
West Midlands188,00017.4
North West231,00017.7
England1,609,00016.0
Scotland234,00022.6
Wales88,00013.5
Total (Great Britain)1,932,00016.5
Northern Ireland42,00015.0
Total (United Kingdom)1,974,00016.4

Council tax benefit pensioner recipients by region: May 1995

GSS regionNumber of claimantsProportion of the pensioner population (percentage)
South East732,00020.9
South East (except London)424,00018.7
London (inner/outer)308,00025.0
North184,00027.9
Yorkshire and Humberside283,00027.2
East Midlands193,00022.6
East Anglia101,00021.5
South West203,00017.8
West Midlands293,00027.1
North West360,00027.6
England2,347,00023.4
Scotland304,00029.4
Wales132,00020.3
Great Britain2,784,00023.7
Northern Irelandn/an/a
United Kingdomn/an/a

Notes:

1. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. Percentages are given to one decimal place.

2. A case is defined as being a pensioner if in receipt of the pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium. It excludes those aged 60 or over without a premium, i.e. preserved right residential care cases.

3. There will be an overlap between recipients of the named benefits.

4. Regions used are Government standard statistical regions.

5. Income support sample size 5 per cent.

6. Council tax benefit does not apply to Northern Ireland.

7. Figures are for benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.

Sources:

1. Income support statistics quarterly inquiry May 1995.

2. Housing benefit management information system, annual 1 per cent. sample inquiries taken at the end of May 1995.

3. Office of Population and Censuses and Surveys mid-term estimates 1995.

4. Income Support (Northern Ireland) 100 per cent. sample May 1995.

5. Northern Ireland Housing Executive inquiry taken at 15 December 1995.


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Housing benefit pensioner recipients by region: May 1994

GSS regionNumber of claimantsProportion of the pensioner population (percentage)
South East (except London)283,00015.4
London (inner/outer)256,000(34)--
North136,00020.6
Yorkshire and Humberside205,00019.7
East Midlands120,00014.2
East Anglia66,00014.2
South West127,00011.2
West Midlands189,00017.5
North West227,00017.3
England1,609,00016.0
Scotland245,00023.7
Wales90,00013.8
Total (Great Britain)1,944,00016.6
Northern Ireland42,00015.1
Total (United Kingdom)1,986,00016.5

Note:

(34) London and South-east regions have been added together for the population estimate.


Council tax benefit pensioner recipients by region: May 1994

GSS regionNumber of claimantsProportion of the pensioner population (percentage)
South East (except London)433,00020.9
London (inner/outer)299,000(35)--
North187,00028.3
Yorkshire and Humberside297,00028.5
East Midlands192,00022.7
East Anglia102,00022.0
South west213,00018.8
West Midlands305,00028.3
North west362,00027.5
England2,390,00023.8
Scotland304,00029.4
Wales135,00020.7
Great Britain2,829,00024.1
Northern Irelandn/an/a
United Kingdomn/an/a

Notes:

(35) London and South-east regions have been added together for the population estimate.

1. In each table the figures in italics were transposed in error in the original reply.

2. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand. Percentages are given to one decimal place.

3. Regions used are Government standard statistical regions.

4. Figures for housing benefit council tax benefit are for benefit units which may be a single person or a couple.

5. Pensioners are defined as either a claimant or partner aged 60 or over except for the figures for Northern Ireland where claimant or partner are aged 65 or over.

6. Council tax benefit does not apply in Northern Ireland.

Sources:

1. Housing benefit management information system, annual 1 per cent. sample inquiry taken at the end of May 1994.

2. Office of Population and Censuses and Surveys mid-term estimates 1993.

3. Northern Ireland Housing Executive inquiry, taken at 15 December 1995.



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