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Mental Health Patients

Mr. Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to change the guidelines on the use of general wards in hospitals for patients with mental disabilities; and if he will make a statement. [145452]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 15 January 2001]: The Department does not issue guidelines on the use of general wards in hospitals for patients with mental disabilities. In common with any case involving co-morbidity, we would expect local services to develop appropriate liaison services to ensure the patient is treated in the setting which meets his or her priority needs.

A thorough assessment of a patient's risk and attention to their individual care needs should be carried out when first being admitted into hospital; this is particularly important where a patient possibly has dementia or is otherwise confused.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he has been notified by NICE of the date for completing its technology appraisals of beta interferon and glatiramer; and if he will make a statement [145722]

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Mr. Denham: We expect the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to consult on draft guidance later in the year, following the development of further economic modelling on beta interferon and glatiramer acetate (Copaxone). Subsequently, NICE plans to issue its guidance to the National Health Service by November 2001, unless there are appeals against the outcome of the appraisal.

Hospital Cleanliness

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the link between hospital cleanliness and the frequency of occurrence of infection in patients; and if he will make a statement; [145743]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 16 January 2001]: Recent research at Thames Valley University has identified, through clinical evidence, links between poor environmental hygiene and the transmission of micro- organisms causing hospital-acquired infection. It has not been possible to make any meaningful assessment relating to cost savings, because of the lack of clear evidence on the connection between dirty hospitals and the rates of hospital-acquired infection.

Patients have a right to be treated in a hospital that has a high standard of cleanliness. No one should be treated, or, have to recuperate, in a dirty or uncared for environment. An initiative to improve standards of cleanliness in hospitals is now well underway. An inspection of 405 National Health Service acute trusts was carried out last year. Unannounced visits to these trusts are taking place now and will be completed by the end of February. These visits will help us establish what has been done and what improvements still need to be made. We will ensure that standards of cleanliness are improved, and more importantly, that they are maintained in the future.

Substance Misuse Treatment Orders

Ms Blears: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for improving the delivery of substance misuse treatment orders. [145940]

Ms Stuart: The cross-departmental review of illegal drugs that reported as part of last summer's spending review 2000 concluded that a new national treatment agency should oversee a pooled treatment budget for substance misusers, with the aim of increasing the numbers treated and raising the standard of that treatment.

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The Department of Health has published a consultation document containing proposals, drawn up in collaboration with other interested Departments, for setting up such an agency. Copies have been placed in the Library.

Hospital Discharges

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 9 January 2001, Official Report, column 538W, concerning hospital discharges, if he will publish the results of the survey completed on 11 December 2000 in the same format. [145871]

Mr. Denham: These data have not yet been collated centrally; they will be published in due course.

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EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT

Selective Admissions

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list for each local authority retaining a selective admissions system (a) the total number of pupils in years seven to 11 in maintained schools and (b) the percentages of this total in the schools designated by his Department as (i) grammar, (ii) modern and (iii) comprehensive. [145028]

Ms Estelle Morris: The information requested is shown in the table.

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Number of pupils aged 11-15 in each local education authority with a selective admission system January 2000

Number of pupils aged 11-15 in maintained secondary schools(19)Percentage of pupils aged 11-15 in grammar schoolsPercentage of pupils aged 11-15 in modern schoolsPercentage of pupils aged 11-15 in comprehensive schools
Barnet17,43210.50.089.5
Bexley14,72221.533.318.1
Bromley16,8177.10.092.9
Enfield17,1515.40.094.6
Kingston upon Thames6,95118.951.419.0
Redbridge14,7168.10.091.9
Sutton11,55628.70.071.3
Birmingham61,5587.90.092.1
Walsall18,3915.10.094.9
Wolverhampton14,0523.80.096.2
Liverpool29,0832.10.094.8
Wirral20,55621.916.257.2
Trafford14,04936.255.53.0
Calderdale12,77511.70.088.3
Kirklees23,4253.20.090.5
North Yorkshire34,0564.33.885.9
Buckinghamshire26,78339.158.10.0
Poole6,40220.00.033.8
Bournemouth8,62817.60.013.7
Stoke-on-Trent14,2423.20.096.8
Wiltshire23,4965.08.581.3
Reading5,38020.10.079.9
Slough6,52237.029.126.5
Devon34,9491.60.098.4
Plymouth15,62913.00.087.0
Torbay7,33526.60.073.4
Essex76,0062.80.097.2
Southend-on-Sea9,62228.933.024.3
Kent76,81028.134.128.5
Medway16,81022.135.920.3
Lancashire70,2523.72.493.9
Telford and Wrekin9,6756.90.085.9
Cumbria29,2612.10.097.9
Gloucestershire32,31012.70.087.3
Lincolnshire37,73424.143.632.3
Warwickshire28,7786.823.665.3

(19) Including grammar, modern, comprehensive, technical, middle deemed and other secondary schools


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Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list, for each local authority retaining a selective admission system, the name of each grammar school and its legal status and for each school (a) the total number of pupils, (b) the number of pupils in the sixth form and (c) the number of pupils in the sixth form as a percentage of the total number of pupils. [145026]

Ms Estelle Morris [holding answer 16 January 2001]: The schools specified in The Education (Grammar School Designation) Order 1998 No. 2219 as amended by The

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Education (Grammar School Designation)(Amendment) Order 1999, No. 2456 are those designated as grammar schools for the purposes of Chapter II of Part III of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. The list of schools and subsequent amendments can be found in the Statutory Instruments 1998 No. 2219 and 1999 No. 2456 on the following Government website www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk.

Information about individual schools is not normally published. Where individual school information is published as in the School Performance tables, the

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information is first checked with the schools concerned. These data on (a) the total number of pupils, and (b) the number of pupils aged 16+ are available in the performance tables which can be accessed on the Department's website www.dfee.gov.uk/perform.

New Deal for Schools

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will list the schools in the Leeds, Central parliamentary constituency which have received funding under the New Deal for schools since May 1997, showing the amount of funding in each case. [145341]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 15 January 2001]: The following table shows those schools in the Leeds, Central constituency which have benefited from investment

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through the New Deal for Schools programme, which commenced in 1997-98. These allocations formed part of the £16.5 million investment made in schools in Leeds local education authority under the New Deal for Schools programme.

In total, since 1997, Leeds local education authority has received some £98.6 million of funding for capital investment in school buildings.

Nationally, investment in school buildings has tripled from £683 million a year in 1996-97 to over £2 billion in 2000-01. It will be £3.2 billion in 2003-04, including grant, credit approvals and Private Finance Initiative credits. There will be central Government investment of £7.8 billion in school buildings in England from 2001-02 to 2003-04.

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New Deal for Schools--allocations for schools in the Leeds, Central constituency

Year/school ProjectTotal allocation (£)
1997-98
Included within packages: Copperfield CollegeGeneral maintenance(20)1,402,000
Agnes Stewart CE High
Blenheim Primary
Grafton School
Merlyn Rees High
Mount St. Mary's RC HighToilet provision/refurbishment
1998-99
Included within a two school package: Replacement of dangerous staircases(20)146,625
Mount St. Mary's RC High
Included within a five school package: Implementation of Fire Officer's safety recommendations(20)84,000
Matthew Murray High
Primrose High
Included within a five school package: Implementation of Fire Officer's safety recommendations(20)68,250
Merlyn Rees High
St. Francis of Assisi RCReplacement of old boilers82,500
St. Joseph's Primary
Included within a two school package: Replacement of old boilers154,000
Merlyn Rees High
1999-2000
Included within an eight school package:Fire Officer's safety recommendation package115,000
Copperfield College
Included within a 10 school package:Fire Officer's safety recommendation package115,000
Grafton School
Included within a 10 school package:Replacement of boilers and heating plant428,950
Hugh Gaitskell Primary
2000-01
Matthew Murray HighElectrical refurbishment701,500
Mount St. Mary's RC HighScience facility refurbishment538,301
Mount St. Mary's RC HighMaths faculty refurbishment301,684
Included within a six school package: Heating improvements329,588
Rosebank
Included within a seven school package: Heating improvements336,050
Corpus Christi
Rosebank
Included within an eight school package:Electrical works675,625
Cottingley
Included within a 15 school package:Kitchen refurbishment405,375
Richmond Hill

(20) Denotes allocations made to package projects. Leeds local education authority will be able to advise the value of investment made in these schools.


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