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Office for Standards of Casework

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he established the Office for Standards of Casework; what its mission, purpose and objectives are; and if he will publish its key targets and achievement matrix. [151231]

Dr. Moonie: The Office for Standards of Casework (Army) (OSC(A)) will be formally established by 2 April 2001. Work is currently in progress to develop its outline mission, purpose and goals.

Its mission is to oversee the Army's casework processes in order to achieve the armed forces overarching personnel strategy (AFOPS) goals for discipline.

OSC(A)'s purpose and primary function is to keep the Army's disciplinary and administrative casework processes under constant review and to propose measures that will ensure that these processes are working as efficiently as possible.

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OSCA's objectives and associated tasks are:

It will also seek to ensure a culture of fairness and justice by promoting consistency in resolving casework throughout the Army, enable the swift and appropriate resolution of casework at the lowest level, continually review the documentary guidelines provided for commanders to ensure they are up-to-date and effective, liaise with all agencies involved in Army casework in order to ensure that their activities are co-ordinated and complementary and confirm that appropriate priority is given to casework at all stages and that standards are maintained.

Medical Records

Mr. Tynan: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what measures are taken by his Department to ensure that the medical records of members of the armed forces are not lost; [150262]

Dr. Moonie [holding answer 14 February 2001]: Every care is taken in my Department to ensure that service personnel medical records are securely stored and not misplaced. A receipt note is used to cover the physical transfer of medical records, which is enclosed with the documents for immediate return by the receiving unit to the sending unit. In the event of a medical record going astray, it could be partially reconstructed from secondary sources.

Juliet McBride

Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the telephone and simcard of Juliet McBride are in the possession of the Ministry of Defence Police at Aldermaston; if the text and other messages have been transcribed or recorded; if the Chief Constable of the Ministry of Defence Police has appointed (a) a Ministry of Defence Police officer or (b) an officer from another force to investigate; and if he will make a statement. [151288]

Dr. Moonie: On 18 January 2001, Ms McBride entered the AWE Aldermaston site without authorisation. She was approached and ejected by the Ministry of Defence Police (MDP) officers. Subsequently, Ms McBride reported the loss of her mobile telephone while on the site. This was found in the MDP vehicle used when removing Ms McBride from AWE and was returned to its owner on 19 January 2001. The Deputy Chief Constable of the MDP has appointed a MDP Chief Superintendent to investigate the circumstances surrounding the recovery of Ms McBride's telephone. It would be inappropriate to make any further comment pending the results of this investigation.

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Halal Meat

Mrs. Fiona Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has collated on the amounts of surplus halal slaughtered meat being sold in non-halal retail outlets. [147449]

Ms Stuart: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency that information on the volumes of halal meat sold in non-halal outlets is not collected centrally. All meat, whether produced to halal requirements or not, must

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be produced under the relevant meat hygiene or food hygiene regulations, the requirements of which ensure that the meat is fit for human consumption.

Warrington Hospital

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list (a) the amount and (b) the purpose of each specific grant allocation made to Warrington Hospital since 1997. [149485]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 8 February 2001]: The information requested is in the tables.

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Warrington Hospital NHS Trust

Revenue income
Total income from activities (Health Authorities etc.)48,53552,03657,41662,80470,771
Percentage increase on income from activities--7.2110.349.3812.69
Other operating income5,2044,2654,9455.6095,539
Total overall income53,73956,30162,36168,41376,310
Percentage increase on total income--4.7710.769.7011.54
Capital allocations
Unconditional capital1,3091,3091,0471,1171,151
Conditional capital schemes
Replacement angiographic equipment560--------
Breast screening--6565----
Anaesthetic equipment--254------
Daresbury unit------4131,407
A&E 2nd round of modernisation------750--
ICU bed------69--
Critical care beds--------500
Action on cataracts--------500
Action on other--------90
Rapid access chest pain clinics--------25
Capital project manager--------35
Outpatient equipment--------132
Sub-total conditional capital5603191612,3112,689
Total all capital1,8691,6281,2083,4283,840

(14) Actual

(15) Forecast


1. Information extracted from Final accounts, except for 2000-01 financial year, which is the latest forecast available.

2. Information per Regional capital programme.

3. The analysis represents the year in which funding was made available, the pattern of expenditure may be different.

4. A further £160,000 conditional capital will be made available to the trust for the action on cataracts investment.

5. Capital allocations subsequently transferred to revenue have been excluded and are reflected in the turnover of the trust in the first table.

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Parkinson's Disease

Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Medical Research Council funded trial to compare sub-thalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease with best medical practice will treat all patients that have an unmet need for deep brain stimulation (a) as part of the trial and (b) outside the trial; and if he will make a statement. [151454]

Yvette Cooper: A proposal for a large randomised long-term assessment of the relative effectiveness of

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surgery for Parkinson's disease patients is being considered by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The funding decision on this trial is due to be made by the MRC in March, following which the council would be happy to provide further details.

I regret that in an Adjournment debate on Parkinson's disease on 2 February 2001, Official Report, column 641, funding of £940,000 for a study into the effectiveness of new and old drugs for Parkinson's disease was incorrectly attributed to the MRC. This specific project is in fact funded by the National Health Service Technology Assessment Programme.

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Waiting Lists

Mr. David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) have died while on the waiting list for an operation and (b) have been removed from the waiting list as a result of death in each of the last three years. [151606]

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Mr. Denham [holding answer 27 February 2001]: The Department does not collect statistics on the number of people who have died while on the waiting list for an operation or the number of people who have been removed from the waiting list as a result of death. Data are collected on how many patients are removed from the waiting list without being treated, but these are not broken down in to the reasons why.

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