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Overseas Territories

Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on transport to and from (a) Pitcairn Island, (b) Norfolk Island, (c) St. Helena, (d) Ascension and (e) Tristan da Cunha. [160668]

Mr. Battle: Pitcairn has no air services nor a regular shipping service; however cargo vessels transiting between New Zealand and the Panama Canal are used to transport passengers and freight to and from Pitcairn. A passenger and cargo shipping service operates between the UK and St. Helena, calling at Ascension Island on a regular basis and Tristan da Cunha once a year. Tristan is also served by non-regular visits by research and fishing vessels. There is an American-run military airfield on Ascension Island, through which the RAF operates regular flights to and from the Falklands.

Norfolk Island is Australian territory and we do not have the information sought.

Mr. Nigel Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what the population is of (a) Pitcairn Island, (b) Norfolk Island, (c) St. Helena, (d) Ascension and (e) Tristan da Cunha; and how the population of these islands has changed since 1971. [160667]

Mr. Battle: The current population of Pitcairn is 44 (74 in 1976, the nearest date to 1971 for which there are reliable figures); St. Helena is 5,016 (5,147 in 1976); Ascension is 974 (1,311 in 1971); and Tristan da Cunha is 287 (312 in 1971). Norfolk Island is Australian territory and we do not hold these statistics.

HEALTH

Departmental Policies (Cannock Chase)

Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Cannock Chase constituency, the effects on Cannock Chase of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [158066]

Yvette Cooper: Detailed information on the impact of Department of Health policies nationally is set out in the Department of Health Annual reports. A copy of the most recent report "Department of Health--Government Expenditure Plans 2001-02 to 2003-04 and Main Estimates 2001-02" is available in the House of Commons Library and on the Department of Health website at www.doh.gov.uk/dhreport.

The impact of policies is not examined by constituency, and statistics collected centrally by the Department are not collected on a constituency basis.

My hon. Friend's constituency falls within the geographical area covered by South Staffordshire health authority and Staffordshire social services authority.

Increases in allocations between 1996-97 and 2001-02 for South Staffordshire health authority are set out in the table.

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Increases in allocations between 1996-97 and 2001-02

Increase
£ million (cash)95.9
£ million (real terms)59.2
Percentage (cash)35.89
Percentage (real terms)20.40

Note:

Increases for 1999-2000 onwards are for unified allocations which cover hospital and community health services, prescribing and discretionary family health services. Those for previous years cover hospital and community health services only.


South Staffordshire health authority has also received additional funding for certain policies. This includes: £1.2 million for accident and emergency modernisation (£0.82 million for Burton Hospitals NHS Trust and £0.38 million for Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust); £74,000, £163,000, £217,000 and £175,000 for improving cancer services (breast, colorectal, lung and cancer out-patients) in 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01 respectively; South Staffordshire health authority has also received £0.17 million investment for cancer equipment; £5.68 million to deliver improvement in in-patient waiting lists and out-patient waiting times; £0.77 million for Booked Admissions Projects; £0.41 million for Action on Cataracts Project; £2.20 million to expand critical care services in 2000-01; £0.79 million for winter pressures in 2000-01; £0.13 million for heart disease services 2000-01; £0.11 million for four Investing in Dentistry projects plus £50,000 Dental Care Development Fund award.

Staffordshire local authority's personal social services standard spending assessment for 2001-02 compared with 1996-97 is set out in the table.

Percentage increase
£ millionRealCash
1996-97120.2----
2001-02113.8-16.1-5.3

Note:

On 1 April 1997 Staffordshire local authority was reorganised and Stoke-on-Trent local authority came into existence (i.e. the figures in the table for 1996-97 relate to one local authority (Staffordshire local authority) serving a larger area and population than it now serves. That same area is now served by two local authorities (Staffordshire local authority and Stoke-on-Trent local authority), who each receive a standard spending assessment based on their smaller than previous populations). Therefore, figures for 2001-02 are not directly comparable with 1996-97.


In addition to the SSAs referred to, Staffordshire local authority received additional funding in the form of a number of special and specific grants as set out in the table.

£000

1998-991999-20002000-012001-02
Special Transitional Grant(35)4,779------
Partnership grant(36)--3,4372,952 4,066
Prevention grant(36)--266401
Carers grant(37)--269635887
Children's grant(37)--6751,0592,681
Mental Health Core grant67511,8841,319(38)1,607
Training Support Grant467504519(38)494

(35) The special transitional grant ended in 1998-99

(36) The partnership and prevention grants have been combined in 2001-02 and called the promoting independence grants

(37) The carers' and children's grants were introduced in 1999-2000

(38) Indicative allocation


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Departmental Policies (Sandwell)

Mr. Bailey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Health Authority, the effects of his Department's policies and actions on health provision in the Sandwell district health authority since 2 May 1997. [158331]

Yvette Cooper: Detailed information on the impact of Department of Health policies nationally is set out in the Department of Health Annual reports. A copy of the most recent report, "Department of Health--Government Expenditure Plans 2001-02 to 2003-04 and Main Estimates 2001-02", is available in the House of Commons Library and on the Department of Health website at www.doh.gov.uk/dhreport.

Increases in allocations between 1997-97 and 2001-02 for Sandwell health authority are set out in the table.

Increases in allocations between 1996-97 and 2001-02

Increase
£ million (cash)65.1
£ million (real terms)42.0
Percentage (cash)39.19
Percentage (real terms)23.33

Note:

Increases for 1999-2000 onwards are for unified allocations which cover hospital and community health services, prescribing and discretionary family health services. Those for previous years cover hospital and community health services only.


Sandwell health authority has also received additional funding for certain policies. This includes: £0.79 million for accident and emergency modernisation (Sandwell general hospital) plus £1.4 million invested to build a medical assessment unit; £80,000, £137,000, £153,000 and £158,000 for improving cancer services (breast, colorectal and lung and cancer outpatient) in 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-00 and 2000-01 respectively; Sandwell Health Authority has also received £0.15 million for investment in cancer equipment. £3.58 million to deliver improvements in in-patient waiting lists and out-patient waiting times; £0.38 million for booked admissions projects; £0.12 million for action on cataracts project; £1.25 million to expand critical care services in 2000-01; £0.38 million for winter pressures in 2000-01; £0.16 million for heart disease services 2000-01.

In addition, Sandwell health action zone has received funding of £2.8 million (2000-01) and £2.7 million (2001-02) pending further funding announcements.


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