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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts had finance directors in post on 1 April; and what the total budget is for these organisations with finance directors in place; 
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We have allocated £41.5 billion in total to health authorities (HAs) for 200203. Of this, £40.9 billion has been shared by HAs between their constituent PCTs.
The number of PCTs that had directors of finance in place on 1 April 2002 was 208. Acting directors of finance are in place where a permanent appointment has not yet been made. Their share of HA allocations was £27.9 billion for 200203.
An element of the allocation shared between PCTs will be retained at HA level for HA level functions, collective commissioning and other items funded at HA level. Information on this is not collected centrally.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial assistance is provided to those nurses wishing to return to the NHS for (a) tuition fees, (b) subsistence and (c) travel costs; and if he will make a statement. 
a minimum of £1,000 financial support while retaining (£1,500 for midwives)
assistance with child care support of up to £135 per week for one child and £200 for two or more children
assistance with travel and books.
Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations the UK has made in respect of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive with specific reference to moves to bring herbal remedies into the regulatory regime dealing with pharmaceutical drugs; and what position the UK has taken on the proposal to extend this to cover combinations of herbs and nutrients. 
Negotiations on the proposed directive on traditional herbal medicinal products are at an early stage. So far the Government have argued in particular that there should be greater flexibility to take account of non European herbal traditions and that an early date should be set for the review of the scope of the directive in relation to non herbal traditional medicines.
The medical control agency is holding a consultation exercise on the directive. This is showing that there are varied views on the proposed manufacturing and quality standards. Some respondents, including UK manufacturers of traditional herbal remedies, have argued
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that the standards are achievable and are necessary in the interests of consumer protection and of the long-term reputation of the herbal sector.
Others, particularly from the health food sector, have argued that the standards are inappropriate or unnecessary. We have extended the consultation until the end of July in order to allow those with concerns to identify the specific areas where they believe the standards to be over-regulatory. We will further develop the UK negotiating position on this issue once we have assessed the additional information provided during the extended period of consultation.
Ms Blears: Current immunisation targets are for 95 per cent. of children to be immunised by age two against measles, mumps and rubella; there is no formal target for a reinforcing (booster) dose. The Department recommends that MMR, a combined vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella, is administered in a single dose at between 12 and 15 months of age.
Information about the percentage of children immunised against measles mumps and rubella by their 2nd birthday, and from 19992000 by their 5th birthday, is contained in the statistical bulletin "NHS Immunisation Statistics, England: 200001". A copy of the bulletin is in the Library and can also be found on the Department's website www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0121.htm.
Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the meetings he and his Ministers (a) have had and (b) propose to have with NHS trust and health authority chairmen and chief executives to discuss (i) reducing radiotherapy waiting lists and (ii) the associated financial implications of such action. 
Ms Blears: Ministers have not met chairmen and chief executives specifically to discuss reducing radiotherapy waiting times. However, we are taking wide ranging action to improve radiotherapy waiting times including a number of initiatives aimed at tackling the shortage of professionals associated with radiotherapy delivery, major investment in radiotherapy equipment, streamlining radiotherapy delivery through the cancer services collaborative and increased the number of training places for radiographers.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which agencies are responsible for monitoring and caring for individuals who have been released from a mental hospital; and what arrangements ensure that agencies are co-ordinating these systems. 
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Jacqui Smith: The lead health service provider, usually the National Health Service Trust, and the local authority social service department have the responsibility for the care of individuals who have been discharged from hospital. The care programme approach provides the framework for the care of people with mental health problems wherever the user is in the system, including residential and community settings. This framework is also used by the probation service, the police, and housing agencies who will be involved in on-going review of care arrangements and risk assessments
Arrangements for monitoring the care programme approach are set out in the policy booklet: "Effective Care Co-ordination in Mental Health Services" (Department of Health, October 1999) and "An Audit Pack for Monitoring the Care Programme Approach" (Department of Health, June 2001).
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action has been taken in respect of each of the recommendations for action of the key area group of the Workforce Action Team on recruitment and retention issues in the mental health field. 
ensuring that wider recruitment and retention issues across the NHS include the correct focus on mental health.
a community engagement programme to recruit local people into the mental health workforce;
producing recruitment videos;
disseminating good practice.
Mr. Hutton: We have given a high priority to improving service quality in general in the national health service and social care services, as well as in the private sector. A number of initiatives testify to this, including the development of national service frameworks, the establishment of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the new framework of clinical governance. These modernised and more accountable professional regulatory arrangements will work alongside NHS quality assurance arrangements to offer much better protection for patients, wherever they are seen.
Proposals for the regulation of these groups are in the first instance a matter for the health professions council. The Department have indicated that we will be supporting moves to establish a scheme of statutory professional regulation of applied psychologists.
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of those suffering from severe mental illness (a) who are capable of undertaking paid employment and (b) who undertake paid employment. 
Jacqui Smith: This information is not available. However, the psychiatric morbidity survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and published in 2001 provided some information on the prevalence of psychiatric disorder by employment status. A copy of this report has been placed in the Library.
Jacqui Smith: The costs of the Mental Health Bill are being considered as part of the Department's spending review and the timescale for implementation will be determined by the availability of funding from the spending review settlement.
Jacqui Smith: The Department's research, analysis and information directorate has commissioned a review of current evidence in the field of early intervention in psychosis. This is being undertaken by Professor Max Marshall and is due to be completed by the end of September 2002.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of those people who suffer severe mental illness were first treated for it by compulsion under a section of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made on the selection and implementation of instrumentation for the routine measurement of outcomes in mental health. 
Jacqui Smith: The Department is developing an outcomes programme pilot for the implementation of instruments, which should be set up by September 2002. The plan to begin routine measurement of outcomes in mental health from April 2003 is currently on target.
Jacqui Smith: During 200102 mental health in-reach services were being established in 18 prisons in England. During 200203 it is planned that in-reach teams should be established in a further 26 prisons. Funding amounting to £3,850,000 has been allocated in 200203 to cover the costs of these developments. Specific allocations are made taking account of participating prisons' type, size and throughput.
Jacqui Smith: We have already fulfilled our NHS Plan commitments to create 500 extra secure beds and 320 extra 24-hour staffed beds by April 2001, and are on track to deliver 200 additional long-term secure beds by 2004.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what systems are in place to notify (a) police and (b) local authorities about persons who have been placed in a mental hospital being released; and if he will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: The Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 required the police and probation services (the 'responsible authorities') in each of the 42 areas of England and Wales to establish arrangements for assessing and managing the risks posed by sexual and
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violent offenders. These arrangements include those who have been detained in respect of a conviction by a hospital or guardian ship order within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983. These arrangements were introduced in April 2001. Scope to disclose information to the responsible authorities only exists within current legislation, where there is a high risk of harm to self or others, consistent with the Human Rights Act. Responsibility for the arrangements rests with those in charge of care and treatment, bearing in mind the facts of each individual case. The Department will be issuing guidance to ensure that all mental health trusts are appropriately represented in the arrangements.
New proposals concerning the rights of victims to information are contained within the draft Mental Health Bill published last week, and in relation to information exchange in the accompanying consultation document. We look forward to hearing views on these proposals.
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