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Commission on medical qualifications will require Britain to recognize levels of training below those required in the UK. 
Mr. Hutton: Under legislation introduced in 1994 the United Kingdom automatically recognises training completed by nationals of European Economic Area (EEA) countries in other countries in the EEA which meets or exceeds the minimum standards specified in the relevant European Directive. Similarly, other EEA countries automatically recognise UK training. Most UK postgraduate medical training exceeds Directive minimum standards. The proposals from the Commission do not affect this position.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) publishes an annual statistical report which includes information about the number of foreign nurses and midwives on the register. This data can be found on the NMC website at: www.nmc-uk.org.uk.
Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the proposed new funding system for the NHS will take into account the number of people who have private health insurance in a particular area. 
Mr. Hutton: The new formula used to allocate revenue resources to primary care trusts for 200304 to 200506 is concerned with health care need and not availability of private care. The research on which it is based excluded all private episodes of care on the grounds that the need for national health service resources was being modelled. The research also takes account of supply factors such as private hospitals.
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Mr. Hutton: The 2003/2004 to 2005/2006 Primary Care Trust Revenue Resource Limites Exposition Book has been published. This shows how each Primary Care Trust's allocation has been calculated using the new formula. It can be found at .
The team who carried out the research into the new formula have published Allocation of Resources to English Areas, a full report of their findings. It can be found at http://www.nhsis.co.uk/isd/_services/info_ consult_AREAReport.htm
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average amount of NHS spending was per head in (a) England, (b) the South-East, (c) East Sussex and (d) Eastbourne, in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on the average amount of national health service spending per weighted head of population in the East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Health Authority area, the South Eastern Region and in England is shown in the table. Information is not held centrally for East Sussex or Eastbourne.
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove Health Authority||584.27||641.16||813.92||827.74||869.19|
|South Eastern Region||599.07||656.57||759.83||810.94||890.46|
1. In many health authorities there are factors which distort the expenditure per head. These include:
the health authority acting in a lead capacity to commission healthcare or fund training on behalf of other health bodies; and
asset revaluations in NHS Trusts being funded through health authorities.
For these reasons expenditure per head cannot be compared reliably between health authorities.
2. Allocations per weighted head of population provide a much more reliable measure to identify differences between funding of health authorities.
3. Expenditure is taken from audited health authority and primary care trust summarisation forms which are prepared on a resource basis and therefore differ from cash allocations in the year. The expenditure is the total expenditure by the health authority and by the primary care trusts within the health authority and region area. The majority of General Dental Services expenditure is not included in the health authority or primary care trust summarisation forms and is separately accounted for by the Dental Practice Board. An element of pharmaceutical services expenditure is accounted for by the Prescription Pricing Authority and not by health authorities.
4. Health authorities and primary care trusts should account for their expenditure on a gross basis. This results in an element of double counting in 200001 and 200102 where one body acts as the main commissioner and is then reimbursed by other bodies. This element cannot be identified in 200001 but has been removed in 200102 following the submission of the relevant information.
Health authority annual accounts 199798 to 19992000
Health authority summarisation forms 200001 to 200102
Primary care trust summarisation schedules 200001 to 200102
Weighted population figures for 199798 to 200102
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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing students were studying at (a) diploma level and (b) degree level in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton: We do not collect this information centrally. According to the latest information available from Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd, over 90 per cent, of National Health Service pathology laboratories are registered for accreditation. Full details are available on their website at www.cpa-uk.co.uk.
Mr. Watts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list of primary care trust allocations for 200304, including (a) allocations per head and (b) a statement of the deprivation levels in each PCT area. 
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Information by primary care trust on allocations, 200304 allocations per weighted head and unweighted head and need index in the funding formula which provides an indicator of deprivation have been placed in the Library.
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