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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Lord Chancellor's Department employed six officials within the central finance function to work on the Spending Review on a near full-time basis in recent months. In addition, two senior civil servants devoted a substantial proportion of their time to the review. A large number of officials from discrete business areas also contributed.
Mr. Lepper: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many appeals in relation to rejected asylum applications were (a) received, (b) withdrawn and (c) heard in the periods (i) April 2000 to March 2001 and (ii) April 2001 to February 2002. 
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on homeless people's ability to gain access (a) to health services in (i) primary and (ii) secondary care and (b) to social services. 
Mr. Lammy: Primary care trusts are responsible for developing in partnership with social services departments, other agencies and local communities, a local health improvement and modernisation plan (HIMP) that outlines the health and social care services available for their local population, including homeless people. In
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From May 1997 to July 1998, in this Department there was one Cabinet Minister at an annual salary of £43,991; two Ministers of State at an annual salary of £31,125; one Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at an annual salary of £23,623; and one Minister of State (House of Lords) at an annual salary of £51,838.
From June 2001, there was one Cabinet Minister at an annual salary of £68,157; two Ministers of State at an annual salary of £35,356; two Parliamentary Under- Secretaries of State at an annual salary of £26,835; and one Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (House of Lords) at an annual salary of £60,961.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters Ministers in his Department have received in the last three months from (a) hon. Members, (b) medical students and their representatives and (c) others regarding problems faced by medical students. 
north: seven of the eight HAs have nurses/people with nursing qualifications on their boards;
London: at present there are no nurses on the boards of the five HAs in London. However, nurse views are represented on the North West London health authority board by the chief executive, who is a qualified nurse. In addition to this, two HAs in the London area are currently in the process of recruiting Directors of Nursing;
south: four of the seven HAs have nurses/people with nursing qualifications on their boards.
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Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether guidance has been provided to primary care trusts on the provision of drug eluting stents for use in percutaneous coronary intervention. 
Ms Blears: No guidance has been given to primary care trusts on the provision of drug eluting stents for use in percutaneous coronary intervention. The Department referred drug eluting stents to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) on 20 May this year for appraisal. NICE will produce technology appraisal guidance for the national health service on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of drug eluting stents and on the appropriate use of this new technology.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) start date and (b) completion date is for the private finance initiative at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth; whether the initiative is on schedule for completion; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: The Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth re-issued its Official Journal of the European Community in August 2001, and is expected to reach financial close by the end of February 2003. Start on site will commence shortly after and completion is anticipated in 2007.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects both positions for consultant neurologists at Colchester General Hospital will be filled; when the posts were advertised; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: We fully recognise the importance to recruitment and retention of good quality, affordable accommodation being available for nurses and other health workers, and this is why we set out a target of providing 2,000 additional units by July 2003 in the NHS Plan.
We have established the national health service housing initiative and, since the launch of the NHS Plan, 1,273 additional units of accommodation have been sourced through negotiation with registered social landlords and other providers. In addition, contracts have been agreed on a further 243 units of accommodation and 725 units are agreed subject to contract. The housing initiative has
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been extended to include the south-east and other hotspots, including a new staff hotel at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. We have also established an accommodation bureau and website so that available accommodation is used more efficiently.
We also recognise the importance of home ownership in the retention of staff and by 2004, around 5,000 NHS staff should have benefited from the £250 million allocated under the starter home initiative. Assistance is in the form of equity loans, interest free loans and shared ownership.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of waste produced in his Department was (a) recycled, (b) composted and (c) re-used, broken down into (i) paper, (ii) plastics, (iii) aluminium cans and (iv) other in each year since 1997; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: Figures are only available from 200102. These show that of the total waste collected in the main buildings occupied by the Department, 84.1 per cent. has been recycled. There is no breakdown to show what proportions have been composted or re-used.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by his Department was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual total cost of these purchases was; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department has a central stationery contract through which its normal supply of paper is purchased. For 200102, the amount of recycled paper purchased constituted 73.8 per cent. of the total paper purchased by the Department. The cost of this purchase was £138,864.
The Department continues to monitor usage of paper and seeks, where possible, to reduce use of paper in favour of electronic communications. Where paper products are necessary, the Department encourages the use of recycled paper. This is an on-going initiative.
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