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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weighting is given to each of the criteria in performance ratings for hospitals, with particular reference to (a) clinical excellence and (b) good administration. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 2 December 2002]: The national health service published in July 2002 a XClinical Focus" containing nine indicators reflecting the standard of clinical care provided by NHS hospital trusts. Success against many of the targets and indicators in the ratings would be necessarily underpinned by high quality administrative and managerial work.
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Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will adjust the level of income which allows those on incapacity benefit to receive free NHS prescriptions to compensate for the recent increase in incapacity benefit. 
Mr. Lammy: Calculation of entitlement to help with health costs under the national health service low income scheme is based on income support arrangements. Claims are assessed by a comparison of requirements and resources. Any increase in either will be reflected in the calculation.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received from foreign governments about recruitment for the NHS of (a) nurses and (b) doctors in their countries. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many departmental minutes issued by his Department were outstanding on 30 November, that referred to public private partnerships as included in Table B14 of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund Accounts; and what their value was. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 13 January 2003]: There are no departmental minutes outstanding referring to public private partnerships arising from Table B14 of the Consolidated Fund and National Loans Fund Accounts.
Ms Blears [holding answer 10 December 2002]: Information reported to the Public Health Laboratory Service notification of infectious disease system 2001, show that the following health authorities have levels of tuberculosis higher than the national average.
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Newcastle and North Tyneside, Liverpool, Bury and Rochdale, Wigan and Bolton, Leeds, Berkshire, East Lancashire, Sheffield, West Pennine, Bexley/Bromley/Greenwich, Merton/Sutton/Wandsworth, Bedfordshire, Walsall, Calderdale and Kirklees, Croydon, Leicestershire, Bradford, Manchester, Kensington/Chelsea/Westminster, Coventry, Birmingham, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, Hillingdon, Barnet/Enfield/Harringey, Lambeth/Southwark/Lewisham, Ealing/Hammersmith/Hounslow, Camden and Islington, Brent and Harrow, East London and City.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking to provide support for (a) those with a traumatic brain injury, (b) their families and (c) carers in North Staffordshire; 
(3) what steps he is taking to improve care for those who suffer from traumatic head injuries in North Staffordshire. 
The neuropsychiatry rehabilitation unit at the Haywood Hospital, part of North Staffordshire Hospital National Health Service Trust, provides care for people with some form of brain trauma, requiring supervision, assessment, treatment or rehabilitation. The unit also provides help with emotional or behavioural difficulties relating to brain trauma and has an associated community service.
The neuropsychiatry unit at the Harplands Hospital caters for people with acute neuro-psychiatric problems following brain injury. Users of that facility are likely to require closer supervision or observation initially and may be detained under the Mental Health Act.
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A West Midlands regional group made up of service commissioners, including senior clinicians and managers, has been established to look at ways of improving the provision of neurosurgery across the West Midlands, including the North Staffordshire area.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what the distribution of the Lord Chancellor's Department's whole-time equivalent staff was, including the staff in agencies and other bodies reporting to him, in each Government office region and nation of the UK (a) in 1996 and (b) at the most recent available period. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given to him by the Minister of State, Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the hon. Member for Paisley, South (Mr. Alexander) on 15 January 2003, Official Report, column 609W.