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Miller Group

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list contracts his Department has awarded to the Miller Group in each of the last three years. [149431]

Mr. Hutton: No contracts have been awarded by the Department of Health to the Miller Group in any of the last three years.

National Fruit Scheme

Ms Oona King: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the monitoring and roll out of the national fruit scheme and its impact on the consumption of fruit by four to six-year-olds in deprived areas. [148793]

Dr. John Reid: Following successful national piloting, the National School Fruit Scheme will be extended nationwide by the end of 2004. It already operates in four regions and covers 35 of the 50 most deprived wards in England.

This extension means that more than 2 million children will now benefit.

Osteoporosis

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will clarify the National Institute for Clinical Excellence advice on the provision of medicines to those patients diagnosed with osteoporosis. [148276]

Dr. Ladyman: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) is consulting on the first draft of a technology appraisal on the use of medicines for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and prevention of osteoporotic fractures in postmenopausal women. The document does not constitute NICE's formal guidance on this technology: the recommendations are preliminary and may change after the consultation. The draft document is available on the NICE website at www.nice.org.uk.

Personal Care Charges

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total charges collected from local authorities for personal care in each of the last six years. [144294]

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Dr. Ladyman: The information shown in the table shows total resident/service user contributions to care costs including personal care. The Department of

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Health does not collect information on resident/service user contributions for personal care only.

Income from client contributions (sales, fees and charges)—England
£000

1996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Older people (aged 65 or over) including older mentally ill
Nursing home placements228,539314,022352,600417,420473,685486,375
Residential care home placements583,604633,776738,424819,193909,022943,997
Home care93,969113,876140,433159,148170,310173,915
Total older people906,1121,061,6741,231,4571,395,7611,553,0171,604,287
Adults aged under 65 with a physical disability or sensory impairment
Nursing home placements9,06012,77213,78418,59721,57425,289
Residential care home placements29,36134,95339,99944,07146,95848,680
Home care5,8208,90110,40816,43817,50816,709
Total adults aged under 65 with a physical disability etc.44,24156,62664,19179,10686,04090,678
Adults aged under 65 with learning disabilities
Nursing home placements4,6977,2967,8467,1159,7679,810
Residential care home placements129,471153,623200,848212,472216,321240,966
Home care2,0123,3977,3288,82210,19514,039
Total adults aged under 65 with learning disabilities136,180164,316216,022228,409236,283264,815
Adults aged under 65 with mental health needs
Nursing home placements8,8356,7138,94710,50310,10411,168
Residential care home placements39,63447,16351,19359,76552,09852,872
Home care1,1641,4241,4701,9201,9521,982
Total adults aged under 65 with mental health needs49,63355,30061,61072,18864,15366,022
All adults and older people
Nursing home placements251,131340,803383,177453,635515,130532,642
Residential care home placements782,070869,5151,030,4641,135,5011,224,3981,286,515
Home care102,965127,598159,639186,328199,964206,645
Total adults and older people1,136,1661,337,9161,573,2801,775,4641,939,4922,025,802

PET Scanners

Mrs. Roe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of PET scanners in the NHS. [148062]

Miss Melanie Johnson: In response to requests from national health service and research stakeholders the Department of Health will shortly publish a framework for positron emission tomography (PET) scanning for consultation. This framework will set out a national policy position for PET in the NHS which will set out, from the evidence, which tumour groups would benefit from PET scanning, likely future demand, and the optimal configuration and location of PET scanners.

Vaccinations (Staff)

Mr. David Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the provision of smallpox vaccinations for medical personnel. [148762]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 19 January 2004]: As part of its overall preparedness strategy for dealing with bioterrorism, the Department has produced a detailed smallpox plan. This plan requires that each standard Government region should have a regional response group consisting of five response teams each comprising of five members vaccinated against smallpox. Corresponding arrangements are being made for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This cohort of healthcare workers would be the first responders in investigating any suspected or confirmed cases of smallpox and therefore need to be protected against the threat of disease. A programme to vaccinate the necessary cohort for England commenced in December 2002 and to date we have vaccinated 276 healthcare workers; exceeding our target of 261. The cohort comprises infectious disease physicians and paediatricians, public health physicians, microbiologists/virologists, acute care and communicable disease control nurses and occupational health staff. In addition, a further target of 90 ambulance staff to be vaccinated has recently been set for England. These are the only personnel being offered smallpox vaccination in the absence of disease.

While there is no evidence of a specific threat of smallpox attack on the United Kingdom, it is sensible and prudent to ensure that the national health service can deal effectively with any potential threat.

The Department's smallpox plan is available in the Library and also on the Department's web-site at www.doh.gov.uk/smallpox/smallpox.htm.

Variant CJD

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current funds are in the discretionary fund available to victims and families of new variant CJD; what the outstanding claims are on that discretionary fund; and if he will make a statement on the future operation of the discretionary fund. [145112]

Miss Melanie Johnson: It was in recognition of the special plight of those affected by variant CJD (vCJD) that the Government established the vCJD Trust which oversees the payment of no-fault compensation to the families involved.

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The terms of the trust were agreed with representatives of the families following a lengthy period of consultation. The compensation scheme provides for payments to be made in respect of 250 cases up to a maximum of £55 million.

On top of this £55 million, the Government also agreed to meet the families' request to pay a further £50,000 to every victim or their family in each of the first 250 cases.

Additionally, the trustees can make extra payments in prescribed circumstances where particular hardship is involved and where the trustees consider that further payment should be made. Such payments can be made from the discretionary fund although there is no entitlement as of right for those making claims upon this fund since further payments from it are entirely at the discretion of the trustees.

To date, the trustees of the vCJD Trust have made payments of £1,509,353.99 from the discretionary fund in respect of 96 cases. This leaves a balance of £3,490,646.01 in the discretionary fund.

Further information about the vCJD Trust will be available on the trust's website www.vcjdtrust.co.uk shortly, to which the trust's first Annual Report covering the period 15 March 2002 to 5 April 2003 will be added in the next couple of weeks.

I will place a copy of the trust's report in the Library.

TREASURY

Banking Regulation

Keith Vaz: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what plans he has to improve the level of supervision of banks. [149499]

Ruth Kelly: The regime for prudential supervision of banks is kept under constant review, both at home and internationally, in forums such as the European Union and the Basle Committee on Banking Supervision. On 1 June 1998, responsibility for the supervision of banks moved from the Bank of England to the Financial Services Authority. The legislative framework for the regulation of banks was subsequently reformed under the Financial Services and Markets Act; this came into effect on 1 December 2001.


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