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NHS Dentistry

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what criteria were used to allocate the

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funds which were announced in XModernising NHS Dentistry: Implementing the NHS Plan" to improve access to NHS dentistry; [88365]

Mr. Lammy: Some of the funding announced in XModernising NHS Dentistry: Implementing the NHS Plan" was paid to the then health authorities to pass on to individual dental practices in accordance with local needs. Information is not held centrally on which individual practices received the money.

The funds of #25 million revenue and #7 million capital announced in XModernising NHS Dentistry: Implementing the NHS Plan" were made available to the following 27 dental access centres:

While individual primary care trusts (PCTs) have been identified to take lead responsibility for each dental access centre, the service is available to patients regardless of where they live. A single dental access centre may be providing services from a number of different sites located within more than one PCT.

The criteria used to allocate the Modernisation Fund of #35 million have been placed in the Library.

Allocations of the #4 million Dental Care Development Fund and the subsequent #6 million Dentistry Action Plan monies were based on (in order of importance):

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Dental practices were able to use the dental care development fund money to expand their surgeries or buy extra equipment, for example, and were expected to treat an agreed number of additional NHS patients in return.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been made available to dentists for (a) the establishment of new NHS practices and (b) the refurbishment and extension of existing NHS dental practices in the last 12 months. [88364]

Mr. Lammy: The modernisation fund, the dental care development fund and the dentistry action plan fund were made available in 2001–02 to health authorities (HAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs) to improve local access to national health service dentistry. These monies could be used towards the establishment of new NHS dental practices or refurbishment and extension of existing ones. Information about funding allocated, including any financial contributions from the NHS locally to individual practices by HAs or PCTs, is not held centrally.

NHS Organisations

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to determine whether an organisation is a part of the NHS. [87902]

Mr. Hutton: National health service services are provided by a mix of public and private sector organisations. The service provided for NHS patients must be free at the point of use and provided according to clinical need not ability to pay.

Official Travel

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total budget of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies is for official travel in 2002–03; [84934]

Mr. Lammy [holding answers 3 December 2002]: The total expenditure for travel and subsistence by officials of the Department and its Agencies for 2001–02 was #14.3 million. Travel and subsistence costs are one element in the overall budget for administrative costs and there is no separate budget figure for official travel costs in 2002–03.

Orthopaedic Surgery

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the length of the waiting list for orthopaedic surgery

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in the (a) Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust area, (b) the Bedfordshire Hospital NHS Trust area, (c) the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust area and (d) the Addenbrookes NHS Trust area (i) is now and (ii) was in each of the preceding five years. [89338]

Mr. Hutton: The table shows the requested national health service trusts in-patient waiting list size for specialty Trauma and Orthopaedics from the end of June (Ql) 2002 to the end of September (Q2) 2002.

Total number of patients waiting for an in-patient admission in specialty Trauma and Orthopaedics
Name of TrustEnd of June (Ql) 2002End of September (Q2) 2002
Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust1,3051,345
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust 1,1071,141
The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust 2,4132,403
Addenbrooke's NHS Trust 1,6451,476


Department of Health form KH07

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Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use his Department and its agencies make of postcode areas for (a) the collection and publication of data, (b) devising formulae for the distribution of grants and awards and (c) the delivery of services; and when such usages were last reviewed. [87745]

Mr. Lammy: The Department, including its Agencies, uses postcodes or postcode-related information as follows:

(a) In collection of a variety of information by geographical area, including use as a sampling frame on which to base sample surveys. Postcode information is used both to identify locations and as a basis to derive data about larger geographic areas, including for fixed geographic areas over time. Where published, including through maps, data are usually presented in terms of defined administrative areas derived from postcode information, not in terms of postcode areas. All departmental data collection is reviewed periodically and the use of postcodes and postcode-related information is included in such review.

(b) Postcode information is used as part of the process of determining eligibility for additional payments to dentists relating to children aged under six years in deprived areas. This arrangement was made in 1998 and was amended from being based on the postcode of the dentist's surgery to the postcode of residence of the patient in April 2002.

(c) The Department does not use postcodes in its own delivery of services other than for addressing and indexing correspondence, or for referring enquirers to local services.

The Department is also involved in projects under the neighbourhood statistics initiative to improve the geographic referencing of its statistics, and this will include reviews of current collection and use of postcode information.

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Prostate Cancer

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the statistical incidence of prostate cancer in each of the last 10 years for which records exist. [89679]

Ruth Kelly: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician. I have asked him to reply.

Letter from John Pullinger to Mr. Robert Spink, dated 13 January 2003:

Directly age standardised(40) registration rates per 100,000 males for prostate(41) cancer in England, 1990–99

Malignant neoplasm of prostate(41)

(40) Using the European Standard Population

(41) For the year 1991 to 1994, International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision Code (ICD-9), code 185. For the years 1995 to 1999, International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), code C61.


Office for National Statistics. XCancer statistics—registrations, England 1999". Series MB1 no. 30. London: The Stationary Office, 2002. Available on the National Statistics website at

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