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Mr. Hutton: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for ensuring they have sufficient appraisers to implement general practitioners (GPs) appraisals. Most PCTs have put forward between three and 10 GPs. We are pleased with the progress being made.
Mr. Hutton: Registration fees for nurses, midwives and health visitors are the responsibility of the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The increase, which was decided by its predecessor, the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, and introduced from 1 October 2001, was to match increases in core business, notably on casework relating to professional conduct.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the new investment in the NHS is to be devoted to (a) workplace health and (b) the development of the occupational health service. 
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Mr. Hutton: Decisions about what proportion of the extra resources for the national health service announced in the 2002 Budget is to be devoted to workplace health and occupational health services will be taken locally rather than nationally.
Good occupational health and safety is an essential part of the effective management of the health of people at work. "The Effective Management of Occupational Health and Safety Services in the NHS", issued by the Department of Health in November 2001, describes the range of services which should be available to all staff working in the NHS and sets a number of standards for their delivery. The service delivery standards form part of the Improving Working Lives programme in the NHS.
Mr. Hutton: As a result of the Budget, the national health service in England will receive an annual average real terms growth in resources of 7.4 per cent. for the five years from 200304 to 200708. Local allocations to primary care trusts will be announced later this year.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 25 March 2002]: The number of improvements to premises used by General Practitioners in England and by health authority from April 1999 to December 2001 are shown in the table.
|County Durham and Darlington||12|
|East Riding and Hull||11|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||1|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||23|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||16|
|St. Helens and Knowsley||29|
|Salford and Trafford||16|
|Bury and Rochdale||10|
|North West Lancashire||6|
|Wigan and Bolton||15|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||23|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||7|
|Kingston and Richmond||2|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||3|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||13|
|Barking and Havering||27|
|Brent and Harrow||35|
|Camden and Islington||7|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||13|
|East London and City||48|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||6|
|Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich||12|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||15|
|North and Mid Hampshire||36|
|Southampton and SW Hampshire||48|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||21|
|South and West Devon||39|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||0|
|North and East Devon||3|
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Mr. Blunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list which individuals and bodies he understands to be represented by the phrase "all concerned" in Sir William Wells' letter to him of 28 February 2001 as being content to publish the draft statement appended to that letter. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many vacancies there were for (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists in each NHS region in each year from 1997. 
1,140 (7.75 per cent.) physiotherapists
400 (8 per cent.) speech and language therapists.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational therapists, (b) physiotherapists and (c) speech and language therapists were employed in the NHS in each NHS region in each year since 1997. 
physiotherapists has increased by 1,970 (14 per cent.)
speech and language therapists has increased by 810 (16 per cent.).
|Northern and Yorkshire||1,390||1,430||1,550||1,640||1,750|
|Northern and Yorkshire||1,970||2,000||2,070||2,120||2,270|
|Speech and language therapists||4,870||5,030||5,180||5,430||5,680|
|Northern and Yorkshire||570||570||600||640||690|
(37) Others include special health authorities and other statutory bodies
(38) Five or less and greater than zero
1. Due to the new regional office boundaries in 1999 the 1997 and 1998 figures are estimated regional splits
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 10
Department of Health non-medical workforce census
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