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Jacqui Smith: Foster carer recruitment is a very important area, in which a lot of work is being taken forward. The Department is currently undertaking a major review ("Choice Protects") of the commissioning of placements, with a special emphasis on foster care
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servicesso that choice and stability of placements may be improved for children in care. Within this, we will be examining:
Recruitment and retention;
What support services are required;
Best ways to reward foster carers;
The training needs of foster carers.
Jacqui Smith: This information is currently being collated and will be published in late autumn as part of "Community Care Statistics 200102: Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care, for Adults".
Jacqui Smith: Lord Laming continues to receive and to consider evidence, and intends to complete his report later this year. It will be published, following its receipt by my right hon. Friends the Secretaries of State for Health and the Home Department, and will be made widely available.
Jacqui Smith: The main aim of the social care recruitment campaign is to raise the number of people applying for social work training by 5,000 by 2004. As the earliest that someone reacting to the campaign could join a course is autumn 2002, we do not yet have any information on numbers of extra social workers in training. These figures will be published in December 2002 by the social work admissions service.
Ms Blears: The review of the welfare food scheme did not look specifically at pregnant women in asylum seeking families. Pregnant women who receive certain social security benefits (income support or an income- based jobseeker's allowance) are entitled to receive milk tokens. Pregnant women who do not receive social security benefits are supported by the national asylum support service.
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prospective NHS employees registering online for information on careers in the national health service and subsequently receiving information; and what guidelines he has issued. 
Mr. Hutton: The national health service careers service was established in April 1999 by the Department to provide accurate and up-to-date information on careers throughout the NHS. It has a website www.nhs.uk/careers through which publications can be ordered.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 14 May 2002]: Premature retirement is one of the factors that make up overall wastage from the national health service work force. Wastage is taken into account in the Department's modelling but is not broken down into its component parts.
Mr. Hutton: Allocations made to the national health service already take account of differential regional staffing costs. The weighted capitation formula used to calculate health authority target shares of revenue allocations includes a staff market forces factor. The aim of the staff market forces factor is to reflect the unavoidable geographical variation in staff costs that NHS employers incur.
In addition for 200203 a further £101 million was allocated to the high cost areas of London and the South of England to fund cost of living supplements for qualified nurses and some allied health professionals.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will answer the question from the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South of 15 May, reference number 56711, on financial assistance to nurses; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the holding reply dated 1 July to written question 291 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, when he intends to reply to the letter from the right hon. Member dated 23 May with regard to Mr. J. Greenhalgh. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much expenditure his Department has incurred in each year since 1997 on employing external consultants to deal with the press and public relations of his Department. 
These costs include the modernisation of the Home Office Press Office to provide a better service to journalists, the launch of the Police Recruitment Campaign, the establishment of the Home Office website and the launch of the Child Protection on the internet campaign.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total external spending by his Department was on public- private partnership consultants in each of the last four years; how many full-time equivalent consultants were employed over this period; how many billed consultancy days there were per year; what the implied average cost of each PPP consultant was; how many consultancy firms were used by his Department over this period; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The information requested is not available in the format requested. To provide the hon. Member with a full answer would incur disproportionate cost. I can, however, provide information detailing total spend on consultancy work on public- private partnerships (PPPs) in each of the last four years and also the number of consultancy firms used by the Home Office and its agencies on PPP projects over this period. This is as follows:
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Mr. Stunell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated (a) level and (b) cost of energy use in his Department and associated agencies was in each year since 1997; what proportion of energy was generated from renewable sources; and if he will make a statement. 
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