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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 17 January 2002]: All claims for compensation are assessed individually, on their merits. Any compensation payments made in relation to cardiac surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary will be handled in accordance with the arrangements in place for all other clinical negligence claims against national health service trusts and health authorities.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases where children were left mentally disabled resulting from the Bristol heart cases (a) have been settled and (b) are outstanding. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 17 January 2002]: There have been a total of 61 claims made in relation to children who are alleged to have suffered injury following cardiac surgery at Bristol Royal Infirmary. In two of these cases legal proceedings have been issued. Admissions of liability have been made in two other cases, but neither of these were subject to court proceedings. 24 cases have either been withdrawn or are unlikely to proceed. In the remaining 33 cases solicitors have been asked to provide further details.
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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 22 January 2002]: The expenditure by weighted head of population for each English health authority area for 200001 is shown in the table. Expenditure estimates for 200102 are not yet available.
|Health authority||Expenditure by weighted head (£)|
|Barking and Havering HA||773.42|
|Bexley and Greenwich HA||886.09|
|Brent and Harrow HA||823.29|
|Bury and Rochdale HA||771.15|
|Calderdale and Kirklees HA||763.88|
|Camden and Islington HA||1,067.88|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA||796.09|
|County Durham and Darlington HA||738.32|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA||826.21|
|East and North Hertfordshire HA||803.66|
|East Kent HA||810.16|
|East Lancashire HA||740.66|
|East London and The City HA||869.91|
|East Riding and Hull HA||787.13|
|East Surrey HA||958.66|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA||827.74|
|Enfield and Haringey HA||817.53|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside HA||784.29|
|Isle of Wight HA||867.61|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA||1,011.24|
|Kingston and Richmond HA||829.50|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA||886.88|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA||882.91|
|Morecambe Bay HA||1,346.04|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside HA||811.10|
|North and East Devon HA||800.95|
|North and Mid Hampshire HA||835.93|
|North Cheshire HA||811.75|
|North Cumbria HA||793.52|
|North Derbyshire HA||744.33|
|North Essex HA||839.97|
|North Nottinghamshire HA||761.33|
|North Staffordshire HA||760.11|
|North West Lancashire HA||770.48|
|North Yorkshire HA||814.07|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA||762.50|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA||901.60|
|Salford and Trafford HA||839.62|
|South and West Devon HA||800.84|
|South Cheshire HA||801.87|
|South Essex HA||806.50|
|South Humber HA||802.29|
|South Lancashire HA||779.41|
|South Staffordshire HA||792.06|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire HA||781.00|
|Southern Derbyshire HA||759.33|
|St. Helens and Knowsley HA||749.06|
|West Hertfordshire HA||800.40|
|West Kent HA||786.21|
|West Pennine HA||746.22|
|West Surrey HA||840.34|
|West Sussex HA||784.64|
|Wigan and Bolton HA||732.65|
1. In many health authorities there are factors which distort the expenditure per head. These include:
(i) the health authority acting in a lead capacity to commission health care or fund training on behalf of other health bodies;
(ii) asset revaluations in NHS trusts being funded through health authorities; and
(iii) some double counting of expenditure between health authorities and primary care trusts within the health authority area.
2. Expenditure per head cannot therefore be reliably compared between health authorities.
3. Allocations per weighted head of population provide a much more reliable measure to identify differences between funding of health authorities.
4. Expenditure is taken from health authority and primary care trust summarisation forms which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from cash allocations in the year. The expenditure is the total spent by the health authority and by the primary care trusts within each health authority area. The majority of General Dental Services expenditure is not included in the health authority or primary care trust accounts and is separately accounted for by the Dental Practice Board.
5. Health authorities and primary care trusts should account for their expenditure on a gross basis. This results in an element of double counting where one body acts as the main commissioner and is then reimbursed by other bodies. The effect of this double counting within the answer cannot be identified.
Health authority audited summarisation forms 200001
Primary care trust audited summarisation schedules 200001
Weighted population estimates for 20002001
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Peter Bradley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health following the Competition Commission Appeal Tribunal's upholding of the Office of Fair Trading's findings against Napp Pharmaceuticals, what assessment he has made of the extent of similar abuses and their cost to the NHS; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will make a statement on the change in the number of civil servants working within the Scotland Office in the last 12 months. 
The Advocate-General: The vast majority of cases to date have involved human rights issues. The reasons for intervention will vary according to the circumstances and the criteria are not rigid. In considering intervention I always have very much in mind the need to avoid unnecessary delay in criminal proceedings and the cost of intervention to the public purse. I have taken the view that intervention should not be a routine matter. I might for instance intervene where the case raises human rights issues of serious concern to the Government and I am satisfied that these are more likely to be resolved satisfactorily with my intervention. Experience has shown that the vast majority of devolution issues are disposed of satisfactorily by the courts, without any need for my intervention and consequent public expense. Where cases reach the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, intervention is particularly apt because that is the final authority. But even in these cases my intervention may not be necessary. My role as Advocate-General is not to
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intervene in cases at any level, at significant public expense, merely because there is an interesting legal point being debated.
The Advocate-General: I have not been responsible for the raising of any devolution issue proceedings in the Scottish courts. All issues concerning the competence of the actings of the Scottish Parliament, or the Scottish Ministers, have been resolved without any need for me to instigate court actions.
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