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Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to provide earmarked funding to local authorities to (a) increase capacity and (b) modernise services for adults with learning disability. 
Our proposals for improving services for people with learning disabilities, their families and carers are set out in the White Paper, "Valuing People: A New Strategy for Learning Disability for the 21st Century" (Cm 5086), published in March 2001. The White Paper announced the creation of two new funds to support its priorities, the Implementation Support Fund from April 2001 and the Learning Disability Development Fund from April 2002. Our annual report on learning disability, "Making Change Happen" (HC 514), published in April 2003, announced that the Support Fund would continue until March 2006; the Development Fund will also continue until March 2006. A copy of the report was sent to all English hon. and right hon. Members.
In addition, over £3 billion a year is spent on health and social care provision for people with learning disabilities. People with learning disabilities also use mainstream health and social services and benefit from increased expenditure on those services.
Mr. Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place to monitor the implementation of the national service framework for older people; what proportion of primary care trusts (PCTs) have implemented it; by what date PCTs should have implemented it; and what sanctions will be applied to PCTs that fail to do so. 
Dr. Ladyman: The main service development milestones in the national service framework (NSF) for older people: specialist stroke services, joined-up mental health services for older people and more intermediate care services by April 2004, and the development of integratedfalls services by April 2005, are being monitored centrally as these are specific targets in "Improvement, Expansion and Reform": the priorities and planning framework for 2003 to 2006. The Commission for Health Audit and Inspection, with the Audit Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection will be conducting a study in 2005 to determine how well the NSF is being implemented.
Dr. Ladyman: Good progress is being made with the implementation of the national service framework (NSF). The majority of organisations met the early milestones putting in place the structures and people needed for implementation.
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The three key NSF milestones regarding the development of specialist stroke services, joined-up mental health services for older people and integrated falls services, and capacity assumptions for intermediate care services are included in the priorities and planning framework for 2003 to 2006 as "must do" targets. Most strategic health authorities are planning to meet these milestones. An on-going dialogue is taking place with the few who are not.
Mr. Hutton: The data requested has been placed in the Library. The proportion of single rooms will vary from trust to trust depending on the services provided. Where primary care trusts have beds it is usually in a single hospital and where this provides mental health services, treatment patterns are likely to dictate a high proportion of single rooms.
Mr. Hutton: Information relating to the per capita expenditure by English health authorities for 200001 and 200102 has been placed in the Library. Information relating to the strategic health authorities for 200203 (the latest year available) has also been placed in the Library. Information for Wales is a matter for the National Assembly for Wales.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many applications to train as (a) general practitioners, (b) social workers and (c) physiotherapists have been received in each of the last six years. 
Mr. Hutton: The national recruitment office for general practitioner training collects data on the number of applications and applicants to train as a GP. It has been in existence for 12 months and holds data for recruitment to GP training posts to commence August 2003 and February 2004. These are shown in table 1.
Prior to March 2003, information on the number of applications and applicants to train as a GP was not collected centrally. Information on the number of applicants for February 2004 is not yet available.
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|August 2003 posts||February 2004 posts|
|Number of applications||4,339||4,602|
|Number of applicants||2,373|||
1. August 2003 figures include English deaneries only. Northwestern deanery does not recruit to February posts.
2. For February 2004, some deaneries re-advertised unfilled posts. This data is not available yet.
Information on the total number of applications and applicants to train as social workers in England is not available centrally. However, the General Social Care Council collects information on applications made via the social work admissions system (SWAS) and this is shown in table 2. Only about 50 per cent. of all applications were made through SWAS, with the remainder made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions System (UCAS), or directly to colleges and universities. Comparable UCAS data is not available. Until 1998, data on applications was only collected on a United Kingdom-wide basis.
|Number of applications|
|Main scheme applications||Main scheme applicants|
Each applicant can make up to six choices on the UCAS form for physiotherapy courses at different higher education institutions.
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The Nursing and Midwifery Council collects information on the number of midwives intending to practise in the United Kingdom as a proportion of effective midwives. This information can be found at www.nmc-uk.org.
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