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PRIVY COUNCIL

Members' Expenses

David Winnick: To ask the President of the Council above what amount claimed by an hon. Member for expenses, receipts and documentation is required; and if it is the policy to adopt best practice in this matter. [90421]

Mr. Robin Cook: The threshold at which documentation is required for Members' claims varies according to the allowance concerned. I am told that requirements for the main allowances are as follows:




In addition, the Department of Finance and Administration may ask for additional information in individual cases if it is needed.

State Opening

David Winnick: To ask the President of the Council what plans he has to modernise the Commons procedure relating to the state opening of Parliament. [89760]

Mr. Robin Cook: I have no such plans at present.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Children and Family Court (Support Service)

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what plans the Lord Chancellor has to allow staff working for the children

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and family court advisory and support service to be paid to work at weekends and to be given travel allowance. [89685]

Ms Rosie Winterton: None. The chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) is responsible for the day to day operation of the service.

Under their contractual terms, CAFCASS staff are expected to tailor their work to the needs of each individual case. This may involve working some unsocial hours including weekends, for which staff are able to claim appropriate expenses, including travel allowances; and are either paid for planned overtime agreed with their manager, or are granted time off in lieu to cover working additional hours.

Legal Services Commission

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will list the regional offices of the Legal Services Commission, stating for each (a) the complement of staff and (b) the number of vacancies at the most recent date for which information is available. [89561]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The regional offices of the Legal Services Commission are located as follows, covering the regions denoted in brackets: London (London), Brighton and Reading (south-east), Bristol (south western), Cardiff (Wales), Birmingham (west midlands), Manchester (north western), Newcastle (north-east), Leeds (Yorkshire and Humberside), Nottingham (east midlands), Cambridge (eastern) and Liverpool (Merseyside).

The complement of permanent staff for each regional office, as of November 2002 and number of vacancies as of 12 December 2002 were as follows:

OfficeStaffVacancies
London2016
Brighton and Reading11513
Bristol765
Cardiff686
Birmingham870
Manchester980
Newcastle857
Leeds830
Nottingham1150
Cambridge751
Liverpool680

The commission also has a processing centre in Chester, which employed 47 permanent staff as of November 2002.

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on what basis decisions were made on the location of Legal Services Commission offices; and what population number is served by each office. [89562]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The locations of the individual offices of the Legal Services Commission are for the commission to determine. Offices are, in general, located in either the major town or city in each region as

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detailed in the table. The number, location and size of the regional offices have been reviewed on several occasions, most recently in August 1998.

With the exception of the head office buildings in London, each of the commission's offices is sited within a region (locations denoted in brackets next to the regions in the table). In England, the commission's regional boundaries match those of the Government Offices for the English Regions, with the exception of Merseyside for which there is no separate Government Office. The commission also has an office covering Wales.

Based on figures from the 2001 census, the population numbers served by each region and Wales, are as follows:

Number
East Midlands (Nottingham)4,172,179
Eastern (Cambridge)5,388,154
London (London)7,172,036
Merseyside (Liverpool)1,362,034
North East (Newcastle)2,515,479
North Western (Manchester)5,367,766
South East (Brighton and Reading)8,000,550
South Western (Bristol)4,928,458
West Midlands (Birmingham)5,267,337
Yorkshire and Humberside (Leeds)4,964,838
Wales (Cardiff)2,903,085

HEALTH

Waiting Times

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of patients waited (a) over four hours, (b) between two and four hours and (c) under two hours in accident and emergency departments in (i) England and (ii) each NHS region in each quarter since the first quarter of 1996–97. [84970]

Mr. Lammy: The Department collects data on total time in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. This information has been collected since August 2001 and the first full set of data was published in Quarter 2, 2002–03. It is available on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity.

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In Quarter 2, 2002–03, 23 per cent. of patients waited over four hours in accident and emergency departments in England.

The Department does not collect information on between two and four hour and under two hour waits for total time in accident and emergency.

Response Times

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the response times against target for category A, B, and C calls in each ambulance trust in the last reporting period. [86025]

Mr. Lammy: The latest information available about the proportion of Category A, B and C emergency calls resulting in an ambulance arriving at the scene of the reported incident within the Government's target response times for all ambulance trusts is contained in the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin, Ambulance Services, England 2001–02. A copy of the bulletin is available in the Library and also at www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0213.htm.

A and E Transport

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours of accident and emergency transport were provided by each NHS ambulance trust in each (a) region and (b) health authority in each year since 1997. [89787]

Mr. Lammy: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hours of accident and emergency transport were provided by S. John Ambulance in each (a) region and (b) NHS ambulance trust in each year since 1997. [89788]

Mr. Lammy: This information is not collected centrally.

Abortions

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS funded abortions there were in each health authority in England and Wales in each of the last five years. [89121]

Ms Blears: The information requested is shown in the table by health authority.

NHS funded abortions by health authority of residence, England and Wales 1997–2001

19971998199920002001
Avon2,1102,2312,1982,0831,957
Barking and Havering8711,1151,0681,1011,428
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey2,7363,3693,3293,3033,185
Barnsley334455421426364
Bedfordshire1,4761,4671,5381,4811,538
Berkshire1,4401,4291,5481,6411,885
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich1,9792,0782,0932,1232,465
Birmingham2,8112,8242,9033,3483,426
Bradford1,0351,0461,0161,0131,054
Brent and Harrow2,7232,7812,7342,8042,859
Buckinghamshire1,3781,4861,4821,5381,644
Bury and Rochdale718694621784761
Calderdale and Kirklees1,2721,2951,2601,2881,180
Cambridge and Huntingdon(38)1,008988
Cambridgeshire(38)1,5091,4951,514
Camden and Islington2,1892,3432,1512,1622,129
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly924946998938962
County Durham1,3221,3101,1511,1631,127
Coventry1,3081,2941,2021,4391,458
Croydon1,3881,6091,3291,4301,587
Doncaster696746810757768
Dorset1,0741,1131,0439601,006
Dudley582649565622681
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow2,8272,7932,6742,7862,737
East Kent8438739411,2261,399
East Lancashire1,1731,2251,2571,3041,197
East London and The City3,4023,6673,7283,9953,979
East Norfolk(38)1,2781,349
East Riding1,3681,4241,3641,3481,303
East Surrey765722753786866
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove1,2421,2801,5991,4501,537
Gateshead and South Tyneside799761772747706
Gloucestershire1,2211,2601,2141,1621,274
Herefordshire310357341345339
Hertfordshire1,8822,2102,0862,1802,190
Hillingdon737792803842894
Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and south east1,5841,6201,5321,58261,566
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster2,1032,0541,8161,7801,753
Kingston and Richmond665712624639621
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham4,7445,7165,4435,6895,766
Leeds1,9181,8351,7201,8491,718
Leicestershire2,0802,3902,3212,2752,237
Lincolnshire1,1491,2672711,2091,196
Liverpool1,5971,6391,5621,4141,376
Manchester1,2471,2821,4061,8771,851
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth2,3122,3732,2352,2192,150
Morecambe Bay621636595572586
Newcastle and North Tyneside1,3971,4151,4431,4081,357
Norfolk(38)1,5671,5721,650
North and East Devon1,021972937869929
North and Mid Hampshire611659661763945
North Cheshire855810806798825
North Cumbria715753712710720
North Derbyshire717793713708711
North Essex1,4301,8371,6501,6191,595
North Nottinghamshire747809726760734
North Staffordshire775854776759785
North West Anglia(38)684827
North West Lancashire584722632817929
North Yorkshire1,4051,3861,2661,2921,263
Northamptonshire1,1701,2691,2671,2501,341
Northumberland673652635670642
Nottingham1,4131,5911,6001,5361,608
Oxfordshire1,6221,7091,5431,5051,516
Redbridge and Waltham Forest1,1101,6861,2921,3401,696
Rotherham529556590574569
Salford and Trafford7627359581,0691,134
Sandwell866888800883942
Sefton593576567545591
Sheffield1,4161,4161,3541,3461,416
Shropshire712836823908857
Solihull268249226325320
Somerset9061,031983886928
South and West Devon1,3261,2541,3981,4031,355
South Cheshire1,4041,4861,3561,2911,316
South Essex1,5551,7411,6441,6761,691
South Humber772817875871792
South Lancashire453444504488515
South Staffordshire1,0221,0951,1941,2671,254
Southampton and South West Hamps1,2121,2011,1441,1231,230
Southern Derbyshire1,1181,1881,1741,1411,127
St. Helens and Knowsley755804802756782
Stockport596622612560659
Suffolk1,2451,1711,2771,2341,272
Sunderland771818787790772
Tees1,2261,4311,4441,3651,331
Wakefield567493430471564
Walsall552555546545545
Warwickshire1,4431,4151,2841,3891,417
West Kent1,9222,2952,2612,2812,448
West Pennine8798728091,0691,211
West Surrey1,3211,3771,3741,4181,435
West Sussex1,0531,1191,1001,1941,280
Wigan and Bolton1,0621,1301,1191,1821,160
Wiltshire7878918869821,117
Wirral765858803845815
Wolverhampton478510455578757
Worcestershire9461,0519001,0671,044
Bro Taf1,5071,6021,5731,6201,660
Dyfed Powys876954949915973
Gwent1,2281,3721,3101,2711,285
Morgannwg1,2251,2001,1831,2101,110
North Wales1,5981,5981,5121,4411,472
Total123,886131,900128,258131,474134,611

(38) A time series is not possible for these health authorities as there were boundary changes between 1997 and 2001.

Note:

Prepared by Statistics Division 3G, Department of Health.


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