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Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he has not yet replied to the letter to him dated 18 March from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to an Afghan asylum-seeker ref. DEV/OU/1506. [66486]

Mr. Blunkett: I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I provided to him on 2 July 2002, Official Report, column 264W.

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan of 1 May on animal experimentation. [67648]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: A reply was sent to the hon. Member on 8 May 2002.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 30 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. F. A. Malik. [66209]

Mr. Blunkett: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 27 June 2002.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he has not yet replied to the letter to him dated 9 April, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Rahemi Aminullah. [66487]

Mr. Blunkett: I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I provided to him on 1 July 2002, Official Report, column 180W.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason he has not yet replied to the letter to him dated 22 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. S. Balekey. [66485]

Mr. Blunkett: My right hon. Friend's letter of 22 April 2002 was not received by the Home Office until 7 June 2002. It was then immediately forwarded to the Immigration and Nationality Department (Integrated Casework Directorate) for consideration.

A reply was sent to my office for signature on 27 June 2002, and despatched on the same date.

Drug and People Smuggling

Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with European counterparts regarding increased co-operation between police forces in tackling drug smuggling and people smuggling. [66633]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 3 July 2002]: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary and I have regular discussions with our European counterparts about increased police co-operation in tackling organised and international crime. Most recently, at the Justice and

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Home Affairs Council in Luxembourg on 13 June 2002, the Home Secretary stressed the need for action at European Union (EU) level to combat illegal immigration and trafficking in human beings. This was subsequently reflected in the conclusions of the Seville European Council.

In advance of the Danish presidency of the EU, the Home Secretary met with the Danish Justice Minister on 19 June 2002 and discussed the issue of drug trafficking at EU level. The United Kingdom (UK) will work with the Danish presidency to ensure that the framework decision on drug trafficking is agreed as soon as possible, and that the mid-term review of the EU Action Plan against Drugs is productive in taking forward co-operation at EU level.

The Home Secretary also met with the French Interior Minister, M. Sarkozy, for bilateral talks on 25 June 2002 and they agreed that joint UK-French teams should work together to tackle people trafficking.

Based on the Framework Decision on Joint Investigation Teams, which was adopted by the Justice and Home Affairs Council in June, work is under way on the formation of a joint investigation team to combat cocaine smuggling.

Youth Justice Board

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Youth Justice Board will publish its annual review for 2001–02. [68764]

Hilary Benn: The Youth Justice Board annual review for 2001–02 has today been laid before Parliament. Copies have been placed in the Library. The Youth Justice Board was established in 1998 by the Crime and Disorder

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Act to reform the youth justice system. The annual review provides evidence of success in meeting the principal aim of the reformed youth justice system to prevent offending.

The Government's pledge to halve the time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders has been achieved. It has been reduced from an average time of 142 days in 1997 to 67 days in the first quarter of 2002.

The review shows that effective use has been made of police Final Warnings, bail supervision and support programmes, robust new sentences and the new Intensive Surveillance and Supervision Programme to reduce re-offending.

The review also presents evidence that targeted prevention work with young people at risk, use of parenting programmes and education, employment and training initiatives are effective to prevent and reduce offending rates.


Hospital Construction

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) medium-sized and (b) major hospital schemes are planned under the NHS plan; when (i) construction is due to commence and (ii) schemes will be completed; and what the cost is of each scheme. [56939]

Mr. Hutton: The NHS Plan states that there will be further major expansion in new hospital buildings which mean over 100 new hospital schemes in total between 2000 and 2010.

Lists of medium-sized and major hospital schemes which are planned under the NHS plan, giving details of the capital cost of the scheme; when the scheme is expected to reach financial close and when the scheme is expected to become operational are in the following tables. The total number of projects is 107.

Schemes which are operational

NHS TrustValue (£ million)Financial close dateOperational date
Carlisle Hospitals65.003 November 199729 May 2000
Dartford and Gravesham94.0030 July 199711 September 2000
Queens Medical Centre—Nottingham University Hospital16.6024 May 19991 October 2000
South Buckinghamshire45.1014 December 199717 October 2000
Sussex Weald and Downs22.0024 June 199931 January 2001
Oxleas—Queen Mary's Sidcup20.301 December 199819 February 2001
Greenwich Healthcare93.001 July 19981 March 2001
North East London Mental Health10.804 July 20004 March 2001
North Durham Health Care61.0031 March 19982 April 2001
Calderdale Healthcare64.6031 July 19988 April 2001
South Manchester University65.608 June 199825 July 2001
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare28.071 December 19991 September 2001
Norfolk and Norwich Health158.009 January 199821 September 2001
Hereford Hospitals64.1031 March 19991 March 2002
Barnet and Chase Farm54.001 February 19992 March 2002
Worcestershire Acute86.6018 March 199918 March 2002
Northern Birmingham Mental Health18.0015 August 200018 March 2002
Cornwall Healthcare10.2031 October 20001 June 2002
South Durham Health Care48.0028 May 19998 June 2002
East London and The City Mental Health—Newham14.505 September 20009 July 2002

Schemes which have reached financial close but not yet operational

NHS TrustValue (£ million)Financial close datePlanned operational date
Bromley117.9019 November 199830 April 2003
South Tees Acute Hospitals121.9016 August 19991 April 2003
Swindon and Marlborough96.005 October 199915 January 2003
King's Healthcare64.006 December 199931 January 2003
Leeds Community and Mental47.001 March 20001 December 2002
St. George's Healthcare49.0017 March 20001 April 2003
University College London404.0012 July 20001 April 2005
Northumbria Healthcare—Wansbeck14.6916 November 20001 April 2003
Luton and Dunstable14.7021 November 200027 August 2002
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals22.008 December 200030 January 2003
West Middlesex University60.0030 January 20011 April 2003
Berkshire Healthcare29.701 April 20019 March 2003
Northumbria Healthcare—Hexham28.8027 April 20011 July 2003
Dudley Group of Hospitals137.001 May 200130 September 2004
Royston Buntingford and Bishop Stortford PCT14.754 May 200131 May 2003
Surrey Hampshire Borders—Farnham15.0029 October 20011 September 2003
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals12.8020 March 20021 July 2003
Nuffield Orthopaedic centre132.0020 April 200228 February 2004
Gloucestershire Royal32.0022 April 20021 September 2004
North Durham Health Care—Chester-le-Street10.401 June 200231 July 2004

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Schemes yet to reach financial close. Operational dates to be determined as part of the PFI process

NHS TrustValue (£ million)Planned financial close date
Parkside Health11.001 August 2002
Leeds Teaching Hospitals—Wharfedale10.001 August 2002
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals148.001 September 2002
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire*178.001 September 2002
Southern Derbyshire Acute177.0030 November 2002
Newbury PCT18.0024 July 2002
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley70.301 September 2002
Mid Devon Primary Care Trust12.0030 July 2002
The Whittington25.0031 July 2002
Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare11.3030 July 2002
Stoke Mandeville Hospital23.7031 July 2002
Kingston Hospital21.001 August 2002
Sandwell and W. Birmingham Hospitals—City Hospital19.0014 August 2002
Northamptonshire Healthcare19.8031 August 2002
Bath and West Community10.0031 August 2002
South West London Community—Queen Mary's Roehampton24.8021 September 2002
Newham Healthcare24.901 October 2002
Northumberland Mental Health—St. Georges Morpeth25.001 November 2002
Burnley Health Care13.6526 December 2002
Newcastle upon Tyne123.801 February 2003
Portsmouth Hospitals121.0015 February 2003
East Kent Community11.101 March 2003
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals95.0015 March 2003
Central Manchester Healthcare*199.001 June 2003
Barts and The London620.001 June 2003
Brighton Health Care10.4030 June 2003
Brighton Health Care25.001 July 2003
Lewisham Hospital44.001 July 2003
Nottingham Healthcare13.9030 June 2003
Leeds Teaching Hospitals125.001 August 2003
St. Mary's (Paddington Basin)327.0014 August 2003
North West London Hospitals60.001 October 2003
Avon and Western Wiltshire Mental Health48.001 October 2003
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals60.001 January 2004
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals53.001 January 2004
North Middlesex Hospitals74.001 January 2004
University Hospital Birmingham*306.001 April 2004
Southampton University Hospitals52.001 July 2004
South Devon Healthcare65.001 July 2004
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals41.001 July 2004
Peterborough Hospitals250.001 July 2004
Sherwood Forest Hospitals66.001 July 2004
St. Helens and Knowlsey Hospitals2281 July 2004
North Staffordshire Hospital254.001 October 2004
Walsall Hospitals*44.001 January 2005
Tameside and Glossop Acute Services41.001 January 2005
Pinderfield and Pontefract Hospitals*200.001 January 2005
Salford Royal Hospitals175.001 January 2005
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells*175.001 January 2005
United Bristol Healthcare104.001 January 2005
Whipps Cross Hospitals313.001 January 2005
University Hospitals of Leicester263.001 January 2005
Essex Rivers Healthcare79.001 July 2005
East Kent Hospitals102.001 July 2005
Mid Essex Hospitals110.001 July 2005
Plymouth Hospitals101.001 July 2005
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals110.001 July 2005
Bradford Hospitals116.001 July 2005

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Publicly procured schemes operational

NHS TrustValue (£ million)Tender awardedOperational date
Rochdale Healthcare24.0014 August 19981 Augsut 2000
Central Sheffield University Hospitals24.0019 September 19981 February 2001

Publicly procured schemes with tender awarded

NHS TrustValue (£ million)Tender awardedPlanned operational date
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital75.0024 August 199827 July 2002
Thames Gateway NHS Trust13.501 December 20001 September 2002
West London Mental Health NHS Trust14.001 December 20001 May 2003
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust11.801 May 20011 May 2003
Barnet PCT (Edgware Community)23.801 April 20011 December 2003
Wigan—Royal Albert Edward Infirmary24.601 November 20001 April 2004
Guys and St. Thomas50.0019 September 19981 May 2004

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