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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many local authority (a) residential homes, (b) nursing homes and (c) dual registered homes have been voluntarily deregistered in each (i) local authority and (ii) region in each of the last five years. 
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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 26 March 2002]: The information centrally available on establishment closures will be placed in the Library. It is not possible to distinguish voluntary deregistrations from these statistics.
Jacqui Smith: Regulation 19(5)(b) requires that care home staff have qualifications suitable to the work they are to perform, and the skills and experience necessary for such work. The regulation does not specify the types and levels of qualifications which may be required, this depend on the type of care home and the needs of the residents. The regulations were extensively consulted on and the Department has no evidence to suggest that large numbers of care homes will be unable to meet this requirement.
To support training, a new fundthe training strategy implementation fundwas set up in April 2001. It is available to all social care employerswhether they are in the voluntary, private or statutory sectors. There was £2 million in this fund for 200102 and this has been used to support and embed induction standards in the social care field. The amount available within this fund has increased to £15 million for 200203. On 23 July this year my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that the national training strategy implementation fund will rise to £70 million by 2006.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 18 July 2002, Official Report, column 540W, how much his Department has spent on recruitment campaigns to encourage people to become involved as foster carers since 1997. 
Jacqui Smith: Since 1997 the Department has spent £2 million to fund a national foster carer campaign, which was launched in July 2000. The campaign focused on addressing the national shortage of foster carers in England.
Additionally, this Department is currently funding fostering network, a voluntary organisation through the section 64 general scheme grant. The three-year project called placement choice for children aims to work with local authorities on effective foster care recruitment. The three year project which began in 1999 has been funded for £90,000 per year.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the number of children being placed in foster care over the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Total number of children looked after||51,200||53,300||55,500||58,100||58,900|
|Of which, total in foster placements||33,500||35,000||36,200||37,900||38,400|
Excludes placements forming part of an agreed series of short term placements.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on information literature, advertising and campaign material in financial year 200102; if he will list the campaigns that spent over £250,000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of drugs used in (a) the hospital service and (b) the community through the NHS are the subject of parallel importation from other European member states; what assessment he has made of the effect on the NHS of national quotas imposed by multinational drug companies to impede such activity; and if he will make a statement. 
(3) what assessment he has made of the impact on the price of the drug Zyprexa to the NHS of the restriction of imports of the drug from other European member countries. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 22 July 2002]: Full information on the proportion of parallel imported medicines used by the National Health Service is not available but it is estimated that parallel imports into the United Kingdom are 13 per cent. of total sales. Parallel imported products represent approximately 11 per cent. of NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency pharmaceutical contracts for secondary care. No assessment has been made on the effect on the NHS of national quotas imposed by pharmaceutical companies.
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The European Community Commission is already looking at quota policies to determine whether they are compatible with European Union competition law. We have neither received nor made representations in respect of the decision by Eli Lilly to impose a quota system in the supply of the drug Zyprexa in other EU member states.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 22 July 2002]: The Government remain fully committed to ratifying the Hague Convention. All countries within the United Kingdom are working hard to ensure that the UK as a whole will be able to ratify the Convention as soon as possible. The Department has already consulted on draft regulations for England and Wales, and we are currently working on final regulations, taking account of the consultation responses that we received. Once final regulations have been made and laid in each of the respective parliaments, notice will be given to The Hague that the UK wishes to ratify in accordance with Article 46 of the Convention. The Convention will come into force three months after formal notification has been given. We anticipate that this will be at the beginning of next year.
Mr. Milburn [holding answer 22 July 2002]: The NHS Bank has been established and is operating in shadow form. This year the Bank is offering grants and loans to National Health Service organisations, with a direct link to helping NHS organisations to deliver the NHS Plan.
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[holding answer 22 July 2002]: An application to the shadow NHS Bank will only be permitted where:
(i) the application has been validated by the relevant director of health and social care;
(ii) the applicant can demonstrate that all other options including local support arrangements have been fully considered;
(iii) there is commitment by the strategic health authority to deliver performance targets in 200203;
(iv) the problem to be addressed is of a scale and nature that is fundamentally different from those faced by other health organisations;
(v) there is a clear, realistic and deliverable plan for resolution of the problem that has led to the need for support;
(vi) the relevant chief executive(s) within the health economy personally commit to and are willing to be held accountable for delivery against agreed milestones;
(vii) there is support for the plans from the respective National Health Service trust and primary care trusts boards and a clear endorsement by clinicians; and
(viii) the directorate of health social care and any person nominated by the shadow NHS Bank are given full open book access to the applicant organisation(s).
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