Previous Section Index Home Page

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what resources have been made available for counselling unaccompanied asylum seeking children suspected to be at risk of being victims of trafficking. [36640]

Jacqui Smith: No specific resources have been made available for counselling accompanied asylum seeking children suspected to be at risk of being victims of trafficking. However, eligible unaccompanied asylum seeking children will have access to the full range of local services.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many places are available in safe houses in the United Kingdom for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children suspected to be at risk of being victims of trafficking. [36641]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Mr. Woodward: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has undertaken into the disappearance of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from social services care for the suspected purpose of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation; and what resources have been made available for this research. [36642]

Jacqui Smith: No specific research has been undertaken into the disappearance of unaccompanied asylum seeking children from social services' care for the purposes of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation. We are aware that a number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children in care in West Sussex have in the past gone missing, and that West Sussex Social Services Department and Sussex police have put in place protocols and procedures to help tackle this problem.

Private Hospitals

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) monitoring and (b) evaluation of private hospitals his Department undertakes. [31128]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 January 2002]: Currently, private hospitals are regulated under the Registered Homes Act 1984 by health authorities, rather than the Department, which carries out no monitoring or evaluation centrally. On 1 April this year, responsibility for regulating private hospitals will be taken over by the National Care Standards Commission under the Care Standards Act 2000. Information collected by the Commission about the services and facilities they inspect will be published.


Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to commission research into the incidence of dementia. [35083]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 11 February 2002]: The Department of Health has a research programme underpinning the National Service Framework for Older People. Dementia will be one of the topics to be considered in the research attached to the NSF underpinning strategy.

27 Feb 2002 : Column 1418W

Bids for policy-related research projects will be sought in the near future. The successful projects, and their research findings, will be included on the National Research Register when available.

Mental Health

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his written answer of 26 January 2002, Official Report, column 717W, on additional health services, whether the number of (a) early intervention teams and (b) crisis resolution teams are known; and what the figures are. [35570]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 February 2002]: A service mapping exercise was completed by Local Implementation Teams (LITs) and submitted on the 31 October 2001.

Based on the details supplied at that time which are now becoming ready for report following validation and assessment:

It is worth noting that these services are undergoing rapid development as part of 2004 NHS Plan target and these figures will rise over the coming months.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 16 January 2002, Official Report, column 376W, on mental health, if he will provide a breakdown of how the revenue expenditure in 2002–03 and 2003–04 will be spent in respect of (a) crisis resolution, (b) assertive outreach, (c) early intervention, (d) primary care workers and (e) services for women and carers. [35482]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 12 February 2002]: In 2002–03 additional £93.5 million revenue has been allocated to mental health services. £75 million of this will go out with health authority allocations as shown in the table and is earmarked for mental health. Breakdown of allocations is not yet available for 2003–04.

Crisis resolution30
Assertive outreach10
Early intervention15
Gateway to specialist services10
Women services0
Primary care workers0

In addition to the health authority allocations, some budgets will be held centrally to support specific schemes. Of this £2.5 million has been allocated to support training projects for primary care workers.

Although health authority allocations are calculated on the basis above, expenditure data will not be collected for specific areas of mental health. Local investment plans

27 Feb 2002 : Column 1419W

will dictate the proportion of allocation spent in each area and performance against targets set out in local implementation plans will be measured.

Civil Servants

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new entrants to the civil service were employed in his Department in each of the last five years; and how many in each year were aged 50 and over. [36488]

Ms Blears [holding answer 25 February 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the Cabinet Office on 25 February 2002, Official Report, columns 875–80W.

27 Feb 2002 : Column 1420W

Delayed Discharges

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish a table of delayed discharge times for each hospital trust in England and Wales, grouped by health authority area. [37129]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 26 February 2002]: The information is not available centrally in the format requested.

Information on lengths of delayed discharge at national, regional and health authority level in September 2001 (quarter 2 2001–02) is in the table.

Annexe A: length of delayed discharge—patients of all ages—quarter 2 2001–02
National and regional summary

Total delayed Percentage delays
AreaLess than 8 daysBetween 8–14 days14–28 daysMore than 28 daysLess than 8 days(41)Between 8–14 days(41)Between 14–28 days(41)Greater than 28 days(41)Percentage HAs included in analysis
Northern and Yorkshire16514516435519.917.519.842.8100.0
West Midlands27816920237127.316.619.836.4100.0
North West16410712221427.017.620.135.393.8
South East38724240281221.013.121.844.1100.0
South West22516116521129.521.121.727.7100.0

Health authority summary

Total delayed Percentage delays
Health authorityLess than 8 daysBetween 8–14 days14–28 daysMore than 28 daysLess than 8 days(43)Between 8–14 days(43)Between 14–28 days(43)More than 28 days(43)HA included
County Durham and Darlington247133829.38.515.946.3Yes
East Riding and Hull4202114.874.17.43.7Yes
Gateshead and South Tyneside1612232.414.328.654.8Yes
Newcastle and North Tyneside4513161749.514.317.618.7Yes
North Cumbria1415297510.511.321.856.4Yes
North Yorkshire91315559.814.116.359.8Yes
Calderdale and Kirklees-22265-6.571.019.416.1Yes
North Derbyshire330050.
Southern Derbyshire310075.
North Nottinghamshire711122014.
South Humber4917188.318.835.437.5Yes
North Staffordshire1723202619.826.723.330.2Yes
South Staffordshire22538491.821.933.343.0Yes
South Lancashire831161.523.17.77.7Yes
Morecambe Bay4617475.
St. Helens and Knowsley10394016.14.814.564.5Yes
Salford and Trafford2711191338.615.727.118.6Yes
West Pennine12515433.313.941.711.1Yes
Bury and Rochdale506238.
North Cheshire1613181326.721.730.021.7Yes
South Cheshire424625.012.525.037.5Yes
East Lancashire1020462.512.50.025.0Yes
North West Lancashire3786171.215.411.51.9Yes
Wigan and Bolton1452260.921.78.78.7Yes
North Essex252834No
South Essex42532673.119.525.052.3Yes
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster7910820.626.529.423.5Yes
Redbridge and Waltham Forest924163111.330.020.038.8Yes
Kingston and Richmond7106499.713.98.368.1Yes
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham-67721737-113.6122.028.862.7Yes
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth02832440.026.930.842.3Yes
Barking and Havering-6302478-4.823.819.061.9Yes
Brent and Harrow32614853.310.023.313.3Yes
Camden and Islington101282617.921.414.346.4Yes
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow299115228.78.910.951.5Yes
East London and City121183019.718.013.149.2Yes
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey6619252250.014.418.916.7Yes
Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich162435No
East Kent221165224.212.16.657.1Yes
West Kent3726183332.522.815.828.9Yes
East Surrey94142417.67.827.547.1Yes
West Surrey142936978.016.520.555.1Yes
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove852586043.412.843.90.0Yes
West Sussex6340528526.316.721.735.4Yes
North and Mid Hampshire41174811918.27.621.352.9Yes
Southampton and SW Hampshire27263611413.312.817.756.2Yes
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire4015274132.512.222.033.3Yes
South and West Devon1760170.825.00.04.2Yes
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly462011556.124.413.46.1Yes
North and East Devon3227361628.824.332.414.4Yes

(43) All ages

27 Feb 2002 : Column 1421W

Next Section Index Home Page