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Care Home Beds (Bromsgrove)

Miss Kirkbride: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the number of care home beds lost in the Bromsgrove constituency in (a) the last year and (b) the last two years. [35275]

Yvette Cooper: Information for the Bromsgrove constituency is not available centrally. The number of residential and nursing care homes and beds in Worcestershire is shown in the table.

Number of residential and nursing care homes and beds in Worcestershire, 1999 to 2001. At 31 March

Residential care homes Nursing care homes, hospitals and clinics

Source: Department of Health annual returns

Standard Spending Assessments

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level in 2002–03 was of (a) personal services SSA per resident, (b) personal social services SSA per resident over 65, and (c) personal social services SSA per resident under 18 years of age for (i) Buckinghamshire, (ii) Milton Keynes, (iii) Oxfordshire, (iv) Bedfordshire, (v) Hertfordshire, (vi) Northamptonshire, (vii) Windsor and Maidenhead, (viii) Hillingdon, (ix) Harrow, (x) Kingston-upon-Thames, (xi) Ealing and (xii) England. [35819]

Jacqui Smith: The personal social services spending assessment figures requested are shown in the table.


Local authorityTotal PSS SSA per residentElderly(93) SSA per resident 65+Children's SSA per resident 0–17
Milton Keynes146.03759.67143.23
Windsor and Maidenhead134.57540.98100.16

(93) Includes elderly residential and elderly domiciliary SSAs

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Landfill Sites (Health Effects)

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent evidence he has received concerning the damaging effects caused to the health of people living near landfill sites. [35632]

Yvette Cooper: The Department is aware of a number of research studies published in the scientific literature, which investigate health outcomes in people living near landfill sites. These have been considered by the Department, which has sought advice from the independent expert advisory committee, the committee on the toxicity of chemicals in food, consumer products and the environment (COT). They felt that it was not possible to draw any definite conclusions regarding possible health effects from these studies and further research was warranted. The most recent statement by the COT is available on the Department's website ( landh.htm). The Government have commissioned a programme of work on the impacts on health of landfill sites, details of which are also available on the website, and the Department continues to monitor relevant publications.

Child Care Workers

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 1041W, ref 19094, on child care workers, what measures he has taken to ensure that employers of child care workers notify the Secretary of State when they have dismissed a person from a child care position on the grounds of misconduct which harmed a child or placed a child at risk of harm. [35868]

Jacqui Smith: Guidance on the operation of the Protection of Children Act 1999 was published in September 2000 and distributed to a large range of child care organisations. This guidance explains the statutory responsibilities placed on child care organisations to refer names to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in certain circumstances. The guidance continues to be made available and is published at the Department's website for easy access.

Additionally, local authority children's services are regularly inspected by the social services inspectorate. These inspections include scrutiny of the provisions for children's safeguards to ensure the requirements of the Children Act and subsequent legislation and regulations are being implemented.

Care Beds

Mr. Steinberg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many care beds were (a) closed in the public sector and (b) created in the private sector in each year from 1990 to 1997; [35369]

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Jacqui Smith: Information on the number of home care beds closures or new home care beds is not centrally available. The number of care home beds in independent homes and local authority staffed homes is presented in the table.

Number of residential and nursing care home beds in independent homes and local authority staffed homes, England, 1997 to 2001
Rounded numbers

At 31 March(a) Total number of care beds in independent(94) care homes(b) Total number of care beds in local authority staffed homes

(94) The figures relate to residential care beds in independent residential homes and nursing beds in private nursing homes, hospitals and clinics.

(95) The number of nursing beds in 1997 refers to the period 1 October 1996 to 31 March 1997.


Department of Health's annual returns.

Drug Administration (School Staff)

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what conditions (a) school nurses and (b) other school staff may administer (i) aspirin, (ii) MMR vaccine, (iii) other vaccines and (iv) the morning after pill without parental consent. [35223]

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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 11 February 2002]: The guidance "Supporting Pupils with Medical Needs" issued by the Department for Education and Skills covers circumstances in which medication may be administered, and underlines the need for a clear policy to be set out, drawn up in partnership with parents. School staff should generally not give aspirin to pupils and never to a child under 12 years of age, unless prescribed. Parents must give consent to their child's participation in any immunisation programme, for which school nurses are responsible. Other school staff do not conduct immunisation programmes.

School nurses may provide prescription only medicines, like the morning after pill, to pupils within the legal framework and arrangements set out in Patient Group Directions. There are no circumstances in which other school staff may supply emergency contraception. The necessity for parental consent to these measures depends on whether or not a child is considered to be competent to give consent. Children and young people are often able to provide their own consent for medication—where they are considered to be competent under the Frazer Guidelines set out in 1985. Involving parents is recognised to be good practice but the primary duty is to the child's best interests.


Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the names of staff who have been seconded to his Department from the private sector since May 1997, indicating (a) the names of the organisation from which each has come, (b) their responsibilities and Civil Service grades within his Department, (c) the organisation responsible for paying their salary and (d) the start and end dates of their secondment. [35836]

Ms Blears [holding answer 12 February 2002]: Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. Before an interchange can occur all parties must be satisfied that no conflict of interest arises.

Details of secondments from the private sector commencing in the years shown are in the table.

DatesCompanies seconded from:Civil service gradeJob titleSection seconded to:Summary of work undertaken
November 1995 to November 1997Nabarro Nathanson       
July 1996 to July 1997Walker Morris       
June 1996 to March 1997Secta Group Ltd.       
December 1996 to January 1998Tarmac plc       
January 1997 to September 1997Private Finance Panel    Executive (3)           
February 1997 to January 1998Private Finance Panel    Executive (3)           
April 1997 to July 1998Private Finance Panel    Executive (3)    The secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS    Executive are equivalent to civil service grade IP4 and titled    Secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS Executive
July 1997 to July 1998Pinsent Curtis    'Consultant' except the secondee from Tarmac who was    advise NHS Trusts on legal
September 1997 to August 1998Deloitte & Touche    equivalent to civil service grade SCS and was Head of the    Private Finance Unit    and financial aspects of PFI contracts
September 1997 to September 1998Beachcroft Stanley       
January 1998 to July 1998Dickinson Dees       
May 1998 to May 1999PricewaterhouseCooper       
June 1998 to June 1999Ward Hadaway       
July 1998 to June 1999Lloyds Bank plc       
February 1999 to November 1999Hempson       
March 1999 to January 2000Berwin Leighton       
September 1999 to December 2001British AirwaysSCSBranch HeadOrganisational DevelopmentDeveloping the Department's capacity to change in order to deliver Minister's priorities and to be recognised as a leader in civil service reform
July 1999 to April 2000Addleshaw Booth & Co.       
October 1999 to October 2000Deloitte & Touche               
November 1999 to January 2001Taylor Woodrow               
December 1999 to August 2000Herbert Smith               
March 2000 to July 2000MacFarlanes       
July 2000 to April 2001Capsticks       
August 2000 to September 2001Walker Morris                Secondees to the Private Finance
August 2000 to July 2001Beachcroft Wansborough    The secondees to the Private Finance Unit of the NHS    Unit of the NHS Executive
October 2000 to October 2001Ernst & Young        Executive are equivalent to civil service grade IP4 and    titled 'Consultant'.    advise NHS trusts on legal and financial aspects of PFI
January 2001 to December 2001KPMG                contracts.
May 2001 to July 2001Berwin Leighton       
September 2001 to September 2002Hornergold & Hills               
November 2001 to November 2002Grant Thornton               
December 2001 to November 2002Deloitte & Touche               
January 2002 to July 2002AMEC               
February 2002 to August 2002Eversheds               


For the secondees to the Private Finance Unit the Department of Health negotiates a reimbursement fee with the individual company to cover the period of the secondment.

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Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff were seconded between (a) PWC Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, (b) Ernst & Young, (c) Deloitte & Touche, (d) KPMG and (e) Andersen and his Department in (i) 1999–2000, (ii) 2000–01 and (iii) April 2001 to the latest date for which figures are available. [33867]

Ms Blears: Interchange is a key component of the reform agenda. The Modernising Government White Paper committed us to increasing Interchange, in particular by bringing in more people on secondment and sending more of our people out. Secondments and attachments are part of the Interchange Initiative, which promotes the exchange of people and good practice between the Civil Service and other organisations. All sectors of the economy are involved: voluntary, education, health, public and private.

Centrally held records indicate that the following secondments have taken place:

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