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Children's Services

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many whole time equivalent NHS (a) consultant child and adolescent psychiatrists, (b) clinical psychologists working with children and (c) psychotherapists worked with children in each year since 1997. [41717]

Jacqui Smith: Whole time equivalent numbers for child and adolescent psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychotherapists are shown in the tables. Information is not collected about the numbers of clinical psychologists and psychotherapists who work with children.

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Hospital medical staff within the child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy specialties
Whole time equivalent

England at 30 September
All staff640650670710700
of which
All staff140130120120120
of which

NHS hospital and community health services (HCHS): qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff in the specified areas of work
Whole time equivalents

England at 30 September
Clinical psychology3,3803,6603,7604,0504,400


Figures are rounded to the nearest 10


Department of Health medical and dental work force census

Heroin Addicts

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated number of heroin addicts is in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) coalfield constituencies. [41807]

Jacqui Smith: The information is not available in the form requested. The information available for users presenting to drug misuse agencies (including both doctors and other agencies), with heroin as their main drug of misuse in the six-month period ending 31 March 2001 is given in the table.

Number of people presenting for treatment at drug agencies, with heroin reported as the main drug, during the six-month period ending 31 March 2001

Area of treatmentNumber of users
Great Britain26,424
Health authorities in England classified as "coalfields"3,669


1. The data are derived from the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin "Statistics from the Regional Drug Misuse Databases for six months ending March 2001".

2. The Office for National Statistics have derived an area classification of health authorities for Great Britain which includes the category "coalfields" published as "The ONS classification of local and health authorities of Great Britain: revised for authorities in 1999—ISBN 1 85774 355 5".

Intermediate Care

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the allocation of funds for intermediate care planned for each financial year; and if he will list the commitments to spend made by each (a) health authority, (b) health trust and (c) Government office region. [42951]

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Jacqui Smith: The NHS Plan announced an extra £900 million annually by 2003–04 for new intermediate care and related services to promote independence and improve quality of care for older people.

Further details are in HSC 2002–01, LAC (2001) 01, published in January 2001, a copy of which is in the Library.

Spending commitments for future years are not available by health authority (HA), trust and region. However, annual performance monitoring within a given financial year provides details of expenditure by HA and region and projections to the relevant year-end.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the number of parliamentary questions yet to be answered by his Department; how many members (a) are waiting for replies to parliamentary questions and (b) have suffered delays of six months or more in waiting for responses to parliamentary questions; and how many parliamentary questions tabled before the Christmas Recess 2001 have yet to be answered by his Department; [44448]

Mr. Hutton: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health (Mr. Milburn) gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Mr. Miller) on 25 March 2002, Official Report, column 756–59W.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will reply to WPQ numbers (a) 9416, (b) 9403, (c) 8710, (d) 10282, (e) 10262, (f) 11000, (g) 10998, (h) 11957, (i) 12914, (j) 12918 and (k) 13108. [17827]

Ms Blears [pursuant to the reply, 5 March 2002, c. 275W]: Replies to the hon. Member's questions were given as follows:

WPQ numberDateOfficial Report column
941621 January 2002665W
871021 January 2002665W
940320 November 2001242W
1026215 January 2002248W
1028218 January 2002530W
1100023 November 2001568W
109985 December 2001363W
1195725 February 2002938W
1291412 March 2002992W
1291825 February 2002934–36W
1310831 January 2002560W

Justices of the Peace

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members of staff at his Department are Justices

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of the Peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage members of staff to become Justices of the Peace. [44547]

Ms Blears: The Department does not record details of civil service staff who are Justices of the Peace.

Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) requires employers to allow their staff reasonable time off for public duties. The Civil Service Management Code (paragraph 9.2.5) also requires Departments to allow time off for attendance required by section 50 of the ERA 1996.

Special leave policy rests with individual Departments and agencies who are free to decide on the amounts of special leave, the circumstances for which it is granted and whether such leave is paid or unpaid.

As part of its commitment to encouraging staff to be active in the community, the Department has a special leave policy that allows staff who are Justices of the Peace an annual limit of 18 days paid leave as well as reasonable time for travelling to permit up to 26 attendances.

Mental Health

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the pledged (a) secure beds, (b) 24-hour staffed beds and (c) assertive outreach teams with patient access available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those with complex mental health needs are in place; and how many he estimates there will be by April. [46285]

Jacqui Smith: The targets set in the NHS Plan for April 2001 were all achieved on time. These included over 500 additional secure beds, over 320 additional 24-hour staffed beds, 170 assertive outreach teams and access to services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all those with complex mental health needs. At April 2002 the latest forecast figures show that there will be:

Forecast figures for the number of secure psychiatric beds at April 2002 have not been collected. The outturn figure for beds at various levels of security for 2000–01 was 4,860. Current monitoring arrangements for secure beds do not include provision of forecasts. The mental health service mapping provides numbers of secure beds as at September 2001, and the bed availability and occupancy annual returns provide bed occupancy rates by ward classification, of which "secure unit: other ages" is a mental illness ward classification.

NHS Finance

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money was lent under the NHS brokerage system in each of the last five years; and (a) by whom and (b) to whom; [45846]

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Mr. Hutton: The information requested has been placed in the Library. All brokerage within the national health service is managed centrally and not between individual health bodies. Information for 2001–02 is not yet finalised.

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