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Cash Limits

Mr. Rooney: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes will be made to the cash limits of his Department in 1997-98. [13695]

Mr. Gunnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes will be made to the cash limits of his Department in 1997-98. [14054]

Mr. Dobson: Subject to parliamentary approval, the cash limit for class XI, vote 1 (hospital, community health, family health and related services, England) will be increased by £3,982,000 (from £29,349,456,000 to £29,353,438,000). This allows for a transfer of £2,457,000 from class XI, vote 2 (Department of Health administration, miscellaneous health and personal social services, England) for the Medical Device Evaluation Service and an increase of £2,000,000 for the Drugs Challenge Fund made up of a claim on the Reserve (£1,000,000) and by transfers from class VII, vote 1 (Home Office administration, police, probation, immigration and other services, England and Wales) (£350,000), class IX, vote 1 (Department for Education and Employment: programmes and central services) (£300,000) and class XI, vote 2 (£350,000). The overall increase is partially offset by transfers of £367,000 to class XIV, vote 4 (Hospital, community health, family health services and other health services (part), Wales) for Cuyler Declaration, on rebasing of funds between central budgets and health authorities; £8,000 to Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland for the National Poisons Information Service and £100,000 to class XI, vote 2 for the Xenotransplantation Interim Authority.

The cash limit for class XI, vote 2 (Department of Health, administration, miscellaneous health services and personal social services, England) will be reduced by £2,987,000 (from £998,724,000 to £995,737,000). This reduction allows for transfers of £2,737,000 for the Medical Device Evaluation Service made up of transfers to class XI, vote 1 (Hospital, community health, family health and related services, England) (£2,457,000), class XIV, vote 4 (Hospital, community health, family health

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services and other health services (part), Wales) (£187,000) and to the Department of Health and Social Services, Northern Ireland (£93,000); and a transfer of £350,000 to class XI, vote 1 for the Drugs Challenge Fund. The overall reduction is partially offset by a transfer of £100,000 from class XI, vote 1 as mentioned above.

The non-voted cash limit for supplementary credit approvals or personal social services (DoH/LACAP) in England is to be increased by £429,000 from (£14,700,000 to £15,129,000) in respect of the take up of the end year flexibility entitlement as announced by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury on 17 July 1997, Official Report, columns 245-250.

The Department's gross running cost limit will be reduced by £800,000 from £260,929,000 to £260,129,000. This reflects a reallocation for the NHS Health Advisory Service.

All increases will either be offset by savings, increased receipts or transfers to or from other votes or charged to the Reserve and will not therefore add to the planned total of public expenditure.

Tax Advice

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the expenditure by (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies on (i) tax consultants and (ii) other external tax advice in (1) 1995-96, (2) 1996-97 and (3) 1997-98; and if he will make a statement. [13267]

Ms Jowell: The Department, its agencies and non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) have spent the following on

1995-961996-971997-98
££Estimated £
(i) Tax consultants:
(a) Department of Healthnilnil15,000
(b) DH Agenciesnilnilnil
(c) NCPBs26,00019,00013,000

(ii) Other external tax advice: One NDPB uses a telephone Pay As You Earn advisory service at a cost of £180 per annum.

This expenditure has been to provide advice on the proper interpretation of tax law.


Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the policy of his Department on the purchase of tax avoidance advice; and if he will make a statement. [13268]

Mr. Milburn: The Department has used tax advisers to enable it to fulfil its statutory tax obligations rather than for tax avoidance purposes.

Computers (Century Date Change)

Mr. Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is his assessment on the effect of the delivery of NHS services over the next two years of the need to

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divert moneys from within his budget to deal with the millennium computer compliance problem in the NHS; and if he will make a statement. [13250]

Mr. Milburn: The likely cost to the National Health Service of ensuring that systems are millennium compliant is difficult to forecast accurately. Guidance has recently been issued to chief executives outlining the action they are expected to take to deal with the millennium problem. Much of the work required is likely to be funded from budgets already allocated to supporting NHS information management and technology needs.

Cold-related Illnesses

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths where hypothermia was mentioned on the death certificate as the main or contributory cause of death, took place in England and Wales in (a) 1994, (b) 1995, (c) 1996 for (i) all age groups, (ii) people aged 65 years and over and (iii) people aged 80 years and over. [14258]

Mrs. Liddell: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Nigel Evans, dated 5 November 1997:



Deaths with a mention of hypothermia, England and Wales 1994-96

All agesAge 65 and overAge 80 and over
1994345286186
1995338283192
1996414356244

Deaths

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deaths were registered in England and Wales between (a) 1 April 1996 and 30 September 1996 and (b) 1 October 1996 and 31 March 1997, for people aged (i) 60 to 69 years, (ii) 70 to 79 years, (iii) over 80 years and (iv) in total. [14256]

Mrs. Liddell: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the chief executive of the Office for National Statistics, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Tim Holt to Mr. Nigel Evans, dated 5 November 1997:


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Deaths registered in England and Wales

Age1 April 1996 to 30 September 19961 October 1996 to 31 March 1997(1)
60-69 years36,82339.891
70-9 years74,24185,340
80 and over115,932146,033
All ages258,596304,804

(1) Data for 1997 are provisional.


TREASURY

European Single Currency

Mr. Lilley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what communication on the subject of the European single currency has taken place between his special adviser Ms Sue Nye and Mr. Gavyn Davies of Goldman Sachs. [13411]

Mr. Gordon Brown: None.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what applications the Government have made for EU funding to inform or persuade the public about the single European currency. [13187]

Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 30 October 1997]: I refer to the answer that I gave to the Member for Grimsby (Mr. Mitchell) on 27 October, Official Report, column 656.

Application for funding is to inform businesses about the implications of the single currency, whether or not we join. It is a condition of the rules governing the EC funds that information measures must not be regarded as propaganda.


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