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Ms Blears [holding answer 1 November 2001]: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency that all genetically modified crops approved for human consumption in the European Union following a rigorous safety assessment are considered as safe to eat as their non-modified counterparts.
Ms Blears [holding answer 1 November 2001]: As negotiations on the site for the new Coquetdale Community Hospital at Rothbury are continuing, at this stage we are unable to give a date by which construction work will have commenced.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 159W, how many residential nursing homes have closed and beds been lost in Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1 May 1997. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 2 November 2001]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 23 October 2001, Official Report, columns 15960W. The figures are for England only. Figures for other parts of the United Kingdom are matters for the devolved Assemblies.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 October 2001, Official Report, columns 159-60W, which client groups have been included in the figures provided in written answers N115 and N113 tables 1 and 2. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 2 November 2001]: The number of residential care homes, residential places in these homes and year on year changes, refer to the adult and older people client groups of: older people; younger physically/sensorily disabled adults; older mentally infirm adults; people with mental illness; people with learning disabilities and alcohol/drug misusers and other people. For residential care homes, information on client groups is based on the principal client group of the homes as defined for registration purposes and not of the client group of the places.
The number of nursing homes, registered nursing beds and year-on-year changes refers to all those available and includes those intended for children, older people, younger adults and for maternity usage and all of the primary registration categories. For nursing care homes, the allocation of homes and places is based on a combination of primary registration category (general nursing, people with learning disabilities, specialist nursing, maternity, mental health nursing, specialist mental health nursing, general specialities and other) and intended use (children, older person, other person).
Information by client group is available in the publications "Community Care Statistics 2000: Residential Personal Social Services for adults" and "Community Care Statistics 2000: Private Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Clinics". Copies of these publications are available
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in the Library and on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0028.htm and sb0107.htm respectively.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written answers of 23 October 2001, Official Report, column 159-60W, whether the figures provided include small residential homes of less than four beds. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 2 November 2001]: The figures include residential care homes (and places) for small homes, defined as homes with less than four places, registered under the Registered Homes (Amendment) Act 1991.
Jacqui Smith: Adequate provision was made in the personal social services expenditure settlement for 200102 to cover the costs of uprating the capital limits from April 2001 to restore them to their 1996 value.
Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations he has received concerning the ending of the transition period for entry of non-consultant career grades to the specialist register; and if he will make a statement; 
As laid down in the NHS Plan, we are committed to increasing the number of consultants working in the National Health Service and it is important all available resources are harnessed. We are fully aware there is a pool of doctors within the non-consultant grades with the potential to become consultants. We are committed to removing unnecessary restrictions on the career progression of these doctors to ensure each is given the appropriate opportunity to demonstrate his or her potential.
Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) NHS consultants, (b) general practitioners, (c) public health doctors and (d) managers presently suspended, indicating the durations of the suspensions; and what plans he has to shorten the length of these suspensions. 
Mr. Hutton: In the quarter ended 30 September 2001, a total of 33 hospital doctors and dentists had been suspended for six months or longer. The information is not broken down as between consultants and public health doctors. Information is not collected centrally on managers. Currently, three general practitioners are
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suspended by the National Health Service Tribunal. New procedures and guidance are being developed which should reduce both the incidence and length of suspensions. In addition, NHS employers will be able to seek advice from the National Clinical Assessment Authority.
The NHS Tribunal is due to be abolished in December 2001. Health authorities (and later primary care trusts) will then be able to suspend or remove general practitioners from their lists where appropriate. Time limits will be applied to these suspensions.
Jacqui Smith: [holding answer 31 October 2001]: The Department is in the process of developing, under the direction of the National Director for Mental Health, Professor Louis Appleby, a coherent national suicide prevention strategy to ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent suicides. We hope to launch this strategy in spring 2002.
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Committee, the Department is working to improve collaboration between the National Health Service and the private sector. There are five aspects to this collaboration. First, £40 million is being made available to the NHS to buy treatment for NHS patients in the private sector over the coming months. Secondly, officials are working on a national framework agreement to build longer term relationships between the NHS and the private sector with a view to doubling the number of NHS patients treated in private hospitals to 100,000 a year from next year. Thirdly, the Department is exploring the possibility of contracts under which part of or indeed even entire private hospitals would become NHS providers of services for a number of years. Fourthly, Ministers will consider approaches from private sector providers to build privately owned diagnostic treatment centres which will perform operations purely on NHS patients. And finally we are exploring whether private sector providers in mainland Europe have spare capacity available to treat NHS patients. Three sites in south-east England are providing a test-bed for this new policy.
Mr. Pollard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many major hospital developments have been authorised under the Private Finance Initiative; how many of these are (a) completed and (b) nearing completion; what plans exist for expanding the number of these developments; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The table shows the major hospital developments which have been approved to go ahead under the private finance initiative. There are currently no plans to approve any further waves of major PFI schemes.
|Regional office||Scheme||Capital value (£ million)|
|PFI schemes reached financial close which are completed:|
|South East||Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust||94|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust||65|
|South East||South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust||45|
|London||Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust||93|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust||65|
|Northern and Yorkshire||North Durham Health Care NHS Trust||61|
|North West||South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust||66|
|Eastern||Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust||158|
|8||Total PFI Schemes at Financial Close which are completed||647|
|PFI schemes reached financial close and under construction:|
|London||Bromley Healthcare NHS Trust||118|
|London||Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust||54|
|West Midlands||Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||87|
|West Midlands||Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust||64|
|Northern and Yorkshire||South Durham Healthcare NHS Trust||41|
|Northern and Yorkshire||South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||122|
|South West||Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust||96|
|London||King's Healthcare NHS Trust||64|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Leeds Community and Mental Health services Teaching NHS Trust||47|
|London||St. George's Hospital NHS Trust||49|
|London||University College London Hospitals NHS Trust||404|
|Northern and Yorkshire||Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust||22|
|London||West Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust||60|
|West Midlands||Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust||137|
|South East||Berkshire Healthcare NHS Trust||30|
|15||Total PFI Schemes reached Financial Close with work started on site||1,395|
|23||Total PFI Schemes Reached Financial Close with work started on site or completed||2,042
||PFI Schemes approved to proceed and out to tender
||South West||Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust||32
||North West||Central Manchester Healthcare/Manchester Childrens Hospitals NHS Trusts||199
||Northern and Yorkshire ||Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals/Newcastle City Health NHS Trusts||124
||West Midlands||University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire/Coventry Healthcare NHS Trusts||178
||Northern and Yorkshire ||Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||125
||South East||Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust||95
||London||Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust||156
||South East||Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust||121
||North West||Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Healthcare NHS Trust||61
||Trent||Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||177
||PFI Schemes approved to proceed but not yet out to tender:
||London||Barts and The London NHS Trust||620
||West Midlands||University Hospital Birmingham/South Birmingham Mental Health NHS Trusts||291
||Northern and Yorkshire ||Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust||116
||South West||Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health NHS Trust||68
||London||North West London Hospitals NHS Trust||56
||South East||East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust||102
||Trent||University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust||286
||London||Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust||44
||Eastern||Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust||135
||North West||Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trusts||114
||South East||Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells/Invicta Community Care NHS Trusts||175
||Northern and Yorkshire ||Pinderfield and Pontefract Hospitals/Wakefield and Pontefract Community/Dewsbury Health Care NHS Trusts||164
||London||Whipps Cross Hospitals NHS Trust||184
||South East||Brighton Health Care NHS Trust||28
||South West||United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust||104
||Trent||Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust||66
||London||Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust||41
||Eastern||Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust||80
||Eastern||Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust||79
||Northern and Yorkshire ||Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust||39
||London||North Middlesex Hospitals NHS Trust||73
||West Midlands||North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trusts||224
||South West||Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust||101
||North West||St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust||211
||West Midlands||Walsall Hospitals/Walsall Community Health NHS Trusts||43
||West Midlands||Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust||110
||South East||Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust||28
||South East||Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust||52
||South West||South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust||65
||North West||Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust||41
||64 ||Total PFI||7,510
The capital value of PFI schemes is approximate and defined as:
Total Capital Cost to the private sector includes the costs of land, construction, equipment and professional fees but excludes Value Added Tax, rolled up interest and financing costs such as bank arrangement fees, bank due diligence fees, banks' lawyers fees and third party equity costs. As PFI procures a service rather than the underlying asset, capital values shown are necessarily estimates.
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