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Electronic Red Boxes

Mr. Baker: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the savings in (a) transport costs and (b) car mileage which will result from the introduction of electronic red boxes and the electronic transfer of the information contained in them. [26395]

Dr. David Clark: The electronic red box has the potential to be a more convenient and powerful way of processing Ministers' documents, and to reduce a number of costs, including paper-handling as well as transport costs. I expect the benefits to be progressively realised as take-up and connectivity increase.

Millennium Compliance

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he next intends to issue a progress report on the action taken by Government departments and agencies in eliminating year 2000 computer compliance problems. [26983]

Dr. David Clark: As I said in my statement to the House on 27 November 1997, Official Report, columns 1104-05, I intend to review and report to the House on central Government's progress on tackling the millennium date change problem on a regular basis. Work is in hand for the first review in the spring.


Millennium Dome

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Minister without Portfolio what is the current advertising budget for the promotion of the Millennium Dome (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) overseas. [25269]

Mr. Mandelson: Resources for media advertising are incorporated in the New Millennium Experience Company's integrated communications contract awarded to M&C Saatchi after competitive tendering in August 1997. The overall value of that contract, as stated in the Official Journal of the European Communities on 25 June 1997, is approximately £16 million over the life of the project, including media costs, purchasing, production, direct marketing, advertising agency services and other elements of integrated communications.


Local Government Finance

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial allocations have been made to the Redbridge and Waltham Forest District Health Authority in each year since its establishment; and what was the real terms increase in each year compared with the previous year. [24973]

Mr. Milburn: The information requested is in the tables. However, there have been a number of changes which distort inter year comparisons.

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Table 1: Revenue allocations for Redbridge and
Waltham Forest District Health Authority £000

Allocation CashAllocation 1993-94 prices Real terms increase£000percentage
1993-94 159,278 159,278 -- --
1994-95 168,257 165,767 6,489 4.07
1995-96 222,861 213,679 47,912 28.90

Notes: 1. Allocations have been expressed in real terms by using the relevant gross domestic product (GDP) deflator for each year to convert them to 1993-94 prices. 2. Redbridge and Waltham Forest District Health Authority (DHA) was established in 1993-94 from the merger of Redbridge DHA and Waltham Forest DHA. 3. Allocations to DHAs were made by regional health authorities (RHA). These figures have been adjusted to take account of the effects of different regional allocation policies. 4. The 1995-96 figures are not comparable with those for earlier years. This is due to additions which were made to DHA allocations for: (a) entry of special health authorities into the internal market. (b) inclusion of certain former national top sliced budgets. (c) inclusion of capital charges.

Table 2: General allocations and real term increase for Redbridge and Waltham Forest Health Authority

Allocation Allocation 1993-94 prices Real terms increase£000percentage
1996-97 212,275 198,039 -- --
1997-98 221,589 201,294 3,255 1.64
1998-99 231,328 204,418 3,124 1.55

Notes: 1. Allocations have been expressed in real terms by using the relevant gross domestic product deflator for each year to convert them to 1993-94 prices. Consequently, the real terms increases between years will not equate to the announced real terms growth. 2. Figures for 1996-97 are not comparable with earlier years because of: (a) the merger of DHAs and family health services authorities (FHSAs). This means that some elements of expenditure that were previously FHSA will be accounted for in the heath authority allocation. (b) loss of population caused by boundary changes at the formation of Redbridge and Waltham Forest Health Authority in 1996-97. (c) re-calibration to ensure that 1996-97 HA baselines were constructed on a common basis (as RHAs pursued different sub-regional allocation policies). This includes funds which were built into DHA baselines before 1996-97 which subsequently former parts of national levies.

AIDS and HIV (London)

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women were registered as suffering from (i) AIDS and (ii) HIV by London borough council authority in December 1997. [25432]

Ms Jowell: At the end of December 1997, the number of men and women with AIDS reported voluntarily by

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clinicians to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre (of the Public Health Laboratory Service) as resident in London boroughs and not known to have died is shown in the table. These figures are subject to some under-reporting and take no account of movement into and away from London after first report. Similar information for diagnosed HIV infection is not available. For reasons of confidentiality the figures are not shown separately by sex.

Local AuthorityTotal Cases
Barking and Dagenham 4
Barnet 67
Bexley 6
Brent 58
Bromley 16
Camden 162
City of London 4
City of Westminster 157
Croydon 47
Ealing 60
Enfield 24
Greenwich 27
Hackney 100
Hammersmith and Fulham 158
Haringey 101
Harrow 13
Havering 2
Hillingdon 20
Hounslow 39
Islington 132
Kensington and Chelsea 183
Kingston Upon Thames 15
Lambeth 230
Lewisham 64
Merton 36
Newham 79
Redbridge 18
Richmond Upon Thames 31
Southwark 111
Sutton 5
Tower Hamlets 76
Waltham Forest 44
Wandsworth 145

Note: Excludes 105 residents in London, local authority not known.

Minister for Mental Health

Mr. Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has (a) to establish a dedicated budget for and (b) to appoint a minister for mental health; and if he will make a statement. [25879]

Mr. Boateng: It is for health authorities to determine the resources that they allocate for mental health provision from their overall allocation, in the light of the priority accorded to mental health services in the National Health Service Priorities and Planning Guidance 1998-99 and local circumstances. Similarly, it is for local authorities to determine the level of funding they allocate to services for people with mental illness from their total resources.

In recognition of the importance which we place on mental health, we have increased the Mental Illness

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Specific Grant by 9 per cent. to £73.3 million for 1998-99.

These additional resources will be made available through a new £2 million fund for child and adolescent mental health services and through a £4 million local authority mental health partnership fund. This will be matched by a £4 million NHS mental health partnership fund.

We have no plans to appoint a Minister with exclusive responsibility for mental health.

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