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Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on paying pensions to retired employees of his Department in 2001–02; if he will estimate the corresponding amounts to be spent in (a) five years' time, (b) 10 years' time, (c) 20 years' time and (d) 30 years' time; if he will estimate in each case the proportion of such liabilities which will arise from (i) unfunded pension schemes and (ii) pre-funded pension schemes; and in the case of pre-funded schemes, if he will estimate the value of the corresponding pre-funded funds in each of these years. [57371]

Ms Blears [holding answer 20 May 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office on 23 May 2002, Official Report, column 561W.


Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what products have been (a) approved and (b) rejected for use in the NHS by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence since its inception. [58789]

Mr. Lammy: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) does not approve or reject products for use within the national health service. The role of NICE is to provide guidance for health care professionals and patients and their carers, that will help to inform their decisions about treatment and health care. NICE guidance does not override the responsibility of health care professionals to make appropriate decisions on the

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circumstances of individual patients. However, they are expected to take the guidance fully into account when exercising their clinical judgment.

It is possible to place the technology appraisals published to date into the following categories:

RecommendationNumber of appraisals
Recommended for routine use11
Selective use27
Research only4

Scottish Executive

Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many representations the Scottish Executive has made to his Department since May 1999, broken down by (a) Scottish Executive Department, (b) subject and (c) date; [59511]

Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided to her by the Prime Minister on 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 601W.

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of ordinary written questions for his Department were answered within a week of tabling in each month since June 2001; and what proportion of questions for named day received a substantive answer on that day in each month since June 2001. [58983]

Mr. Lammy: Available data 1 are shown in the table:

Percentage of:
Month (current Session)Ordinary written questions answered within one week of tabling Named day written questions answered on day named

(25) Based on 10 per cent. sample of the records

(26) To date

We are developing an improved database capable of providing more sophisticated analysis of information which should be introduced before the next parliamentary Session.

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Land Sales

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the land that his Department is (a) offering for sale and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months, giving its (i) location and (ii) size. [59054]

Mr. Lammy: No land held by the Department for its own use is being offered for sale nor are there any plans to do so in the next 12 months.

This answer does not include the national health service.

Press Releases

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases have been issued by his Department in each month of 2002. [59503]

Mr. Lammy: The information is shown in the table:

MonthNumber of press releases issued
January 200240
February 200245
March 200249
April 200232
May 2002(27)32

(27) To date, 22 May

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press releases were issued by his Department (a) in each month between May and December 1997 and (b) in each year from 1998 to 2001 inclusive. [59502]

Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Isle of Wight (Mr. Turner) on 20 March 2002, Official Report, column 436W.


Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to transfer the administration of reserved powers and functions of the Department of Health, its executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies within its remit from the Department of Health to the Scotland Office. [59510]

Mr. Lammy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer provided to her by the Prime Minister on 24 May 2002, Official Report, column 601W.


Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost per head of resident population and (b) average cost per prescription was of (i) tranquillisers and (ii) anti-depressants prescribed by GPs in each health authority in England in (A) the most recent available year and (B) the previous three years. [59724]

Mr. Lammy: Information for 2000 and 2001 is shown in the table. Information for 1999 and 1998 was provided in a reply to my hon. Friend to a previous question on 17 July 2000, Official Report, column 79W.

The net integrated cost per head of population and the average net ingredient cost per prescription item for tranquillisers and antidepressants dispensed in the community in England by health authority, 2000 and 2001

Tranquillisers Antidepressants
Net ingredient cost per head of population Average net ingredient cost per prescription item Net ingredient cost per head of population Average net ingredient cost per prescription item
Health authority in which items were dispensed20002001200020012000200120002001
Barking and Havering2.63.37.829.684.24.614.4314.40
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey3.03.89.4012.
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich2.32.76.778.195.15.415.5715.35
Brent and Harrow3.24.111.3514.443.94.416.7717.14
Bury and Rochdale3.
Calderdale and Kirklees3.13.75.536.776.26.813.8013.56
Camden and Islington3.94.68.6510.426.46.717.9117.53
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly2.42.84.465.127.07.712.6412.54
County Durham and Darlington2.93.55.546.657.68.212.9912.77
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow2.93.69.0511.364.34.617.5117.29
East Kent3.54.27.509.396.36.814.7414.77
East Lancashire3.
East London and The City3.44.411.6214.444.24.715.2115.08
East Riding and Hull3.03.45.946.925.66.312.5512.38
East Surrey2.
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove3.
Gateshead and South Tyneside3.03.65.937.158.18.813.9113.59
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire2.83.56.918.127.68.615.4415.82
Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster3.34.09.6711.755.35.619.0918.92
Kingston and Richmond2.
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham3.23.89.9511.934.54.814.6014.45
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth3.34.09.8911.994.75.016.4616.31
Morecambe Bay3.34.05.456.537.78.413.5613.25
Newcastle and North Tyneside3.54.66.558.527.78.712.5712.79
North and East Devon3.33.76.447.116.26.712.9512.96
North and Mid Hampshire2.83.47.909.456.37.015.0515.29
North Cheshire2.63.04.545.317.17.713.4913.40
North Cumbria3.23.96.477.768.09.114.8115.18
North Derbyshire2.
North Essex2.
North Nottinghamshire1.92.44.365.475.56.111.3611.14
North Staffordshire2.
North Yorkshire2.22.65.386.525.56.011.9311.84
North West Lancashire3.84.85.707.247.68.613.2513.36
Redbridge and Waltham Forest2.93.79.8112.494.44.716.2016.31
Southampton and South West Hampshire3.13.87.618.967.78.714.4414.61
Salford and Trafford3.
South and West Devon3.
South Cheshire2.
South Essex2.
South Humber2.63.34.475.645.36.012.2712.18
South Lancashire2.63.25.576.866.06.813.2613.61
South Staffordshire2.02.45.406.555.66.114.5314.20
Southern Derbyshire1.
St. Helens and Knowsley3.74.85.597.337.38.412.4812.93
West Kent2.
West Pennine2.73.24.425.335.76.212.6512.47
West Surrey2.43.06.447.895.86.316.5016.49
West Sussex2.73.25.927.066.67.314.9915.21
Wigan and Bolton2.83.64.826.156.77.613.0413.39


1. Tranquillisers are defined as those drugs within the British National Formulary (BNF) sections 4.1, hypnotics and anxiolytics, and 4.2 drugs used in psychoses and related disorders. Antidepressant drugs are those within the BNF section 4.3

2. The data are from the Prescription Cost Analysis system and cover all prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists and dispensing doctors in England. The system covers prescriptions originating from general practices and also those written by nurses

3. The net ingredient cost refers to the cost of the drug before discounts and does not include any dispensing costs or fees. It does not include any adjustment for income obtained where a prescription charge is paid at the time the prescription is dispensed

4. ONS mid-year population projections have been used

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