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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 26 April 2002]: The British Red Cross was awarded a Section 64 grant for a three year project in the intermediate care programme at £122,000 for 200102, £122,000 for 200203 and £100,000 for 200304, to be paid with equal matched funding from the Home Office's Active Community Unit.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the newspapers subscribed to (a) Monday to Saturday and (b) on Sunday by his Department, stating for each subscription (i) the number of copies taken, and (ii) the annual cost. 
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|Newspaper||Monday Friday||Saturday||Sunday||Approx. annual cost per title (£)|
|Independent on Sunday||||||5||288|
|Mail on Sunday||||||4||211.20|
|Manchester Evening News||1||||||276|
|News of the World||||||2||62.4|
|Northern Daily Echo||1||||||76.80|
|South London Press||1||||||19.20|
|Southern Daily Echo||(31)1||||||276|
The approximate total annual cost is £27,980 to which suppliers apply a discount of 13.5 per cent. to some titles.This information covers central purchasing through the Department's library for library use and for retention by individual units. The figures are based on subscriptions purchased in January and February 2002, and extrapolated for 12 months to give the annual figures. Newspaper titles purchased remain fairly constant but there are variations in number of copies per title due to cancellations and new purchases.
Ms Blears: No assessment has been made of the extent to which people incurring a charge do not make use of prescriptions. Around 85 per cent. of items are dispensed free of charge and around 50 per cent. of the population do not have to pay charges.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 29 April 2002]: Available information was published in a report, 'Modern Matrons in the NHS: a progress report', on 15 April 2002 and is set out in the table. Data was collected prior to changes that took effect on 1 April 2002, and is therefore presented within old regional office boundaries. Data broken down by PCT area and by age is not available centrally.
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|Region||Number of matrons by April 2002|
|Northern and Yorkshire||239|
(3) what recent representations he has received on behalf of patients regarding conditions at the Villa psychiatric ward at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 29 April 2002]: Information on the occupational therapy services available for patients in the Villa psychiatric ward is not held centrally. However, it is recognised locally that there needs to be improvements in the provision of occupational therapy and other activities for patients. West Sussex Health and Social Care NHS Trust, which now has responsibility for the facility, is taking action as a matter of urgency to bring this about.
The Villa ward is currently undergoing refurbishment to the bathroom and toilet areas. As part of this work, it has been necessary to remove and replace asbestos panels located in the service ducts. I have been assured that the existing panels are contained within the trust's asbestos register, that the work is being undertaken by authorised asbestos removal contractors and notifications have been given to the Health and Safety Executive.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what security arrangements are in force for protection of medical records for psychiatric patients at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath. 
I was very concerned to learn that individuals entered the Villa Ward office and appeared to have looked at confidential records and removed other items. The break-in was reported to Sussex Police and they are currently investigating. An internal investigation is being carried out by the Trust.
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to maintain records of children who have been vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella by separate injections through private providers. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 29 April 2002]: It is the responsibility of private providers to submit information on children who have had separate vaccines either to the general practitioner (GP) responsible for the child's care, or to the primary care trust where they live. If the private provider does not submit such information, it can only be ascertained by either the GP or the community child health unit approaching the parents of apparently unimmunised children.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 29 April 2002]: Over 200 maternity units in England received a share of the £100 million capital investment to carry out a range of major and minor projects some of which included upgrading of antenatal units.
Projects relating to refurbishment of antenatal units are in various stages of completion, with equipment purchased for some, redecoration work underway in most, while some projects involving building work are in the tendering process. All projects should be completed around April 2003.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 29 April 2002]: It is estimated that 0.4 per cent. of the general population in England (about 200,000 people) have chronic hepatitis C infection. Information on the prevalence of chronic hepatitis C infection in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be obtained from the respective devolved administrations.
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 29 April 2002]: In the majority of cases, people who acquire hepatitis C infection do not have any immediate symptoms. Only a small proportion of patients develop an acute illness with jaundice soon after infection. Up to 80 per cent. of people infected with hepatitis C develop chronic infection. Many of those remain well or only develop symptoms after many years, with the onset of complications of chronic liver disease. Some of those with chronic infection report non-specific symptoms, such as tiredness and fatigue, muscle pains and aching joints, depression, and some complain of poor memory or concentration.
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