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Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date the Retained Organs Commission will be wound up; on what date he proposes that a shadow Human Tissue Authority will be created; and what transitional arrangements he will put in place to bridge any gap between these two dates. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Human Tissue Bill, which received its second reading on 15 January 2004, sets out plans to create a Human Tissue Authority. The intention is to establish a shadow authority, in advance of the new authority, once the Bill receives Royal Assent.
The aims of the Commission are primarily to oversee national health service arrangements for the return of human organs and tissue and to ensure that any returns reflect families' wishes and take place promptly and sensitively. As the Commission's support to the NHS in dealing with inquiries from families will cease, it is currently engaging with trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) to secure the sensitive transfer of these responsibilities to them before it closes.
The Commission also issues guidance, and advises Government on the retention and use of human organs and tissue from post-mortems. It will issue final guidance to SHAs and trusts before it closes and provide a final report to Government. Any subsequent guidance in this area will be issued by the Department of Health or by the Human Tissue Authority in due course.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to disclose information concerning the (a) financial and (b) clinical performance of independent diagnostic and treatment centres on the same basis as information collected and reported on direct NHS services. 
Mr. Hutton: Providers of independent sector treatment centres will be paid a fixed price for the period of the contract to provide an agreed number of procedures. They will be expected to provide full activity and outcome information, as required for hospital episode statistics data. The Department has also developed a national, standardised set of performance indicators for independent sector treatment centres.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of the performance standards set for the first wave of independent diagnostic and treatment centres. 
Mr. Hutton: Performance standards for the first wave of independent sector treatment centres are part of the project agreement for the contract between national health service sponsors and providers. The performance standards are subject to continuing commercial negotiation and will be placed in the Library once commercial agreement has been reached on all projects.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 3 December 2003, Official Report, column 77W, on influenza, what steps have been taken to ensure there are adequate supplies of medication to treat cases of influenza. 
Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list information technology contracts in his Department above £20 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. 
Mr. Hutton: The information technology (IT) contracts let by the Department of Health and its arms length bodies in the last 10 years in excess of £20 million are shown in the table. Costs are shown as whole life costs and may, therefore, include elements of internal costs. A number of the contracts listed are IT framework contracts which National Health Service organisations can utilise to deliver IT infrastructure and software services.
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|Contract||Whole life cost (£m)||Inception date||Fully functional|
|1994||(None awarded in 1994)|
|1995||NHSNet central framework contract with BT and Cable & Wireless||129.6||1995||710 year contract 1996 for BT 1997 for Cable & Wireless|
|Nation-Wide Clearing Service||30.0||1996||8 year contract (basic contract period of 5 years plus option to extend for 3 years).|
|1996||Infrastructure Management Services Framework agreement||40.0||1996||5 year contract with Fujitsu to support DH infrastructure services, with optional extension up to 7 years|
|199799||(None awarded in 199799)|
|2000||Project Connect (formerly GPNet).||150.0||2000||6 year contract, with gradual rollout from date of contract signature in December 2000. This funding represents the cost of Wide Area Networks to connect GPs to NHSNet. In addition to this, £318 million more was committed to the provision of the necessary Local Area Networks within each GP practice. However, as this effectively involved one contract per practice, all of this money was committed in small contracts.|
|Clinical Messaging||50.0||2000||7 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2000.|
|NHS DirectClinical Decision Support Software||22.3||2000||7 year contract. The level of cash-releasing benefits means that the contract pays for itself.|
|2001||Microsoft software enterprise agreement||138.6||2001||3 year contract. This is a software purchase contract|
|Electronic Staff Record||325.0||2001||10 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2001|
|2002||Shared Services Centres two pilot centres||21.0||2002||2 year contract|
|NHSNet purchase of additional bandwidth||96.5||2002||5 year contract. Gradual rollout from 2002|
|Email and directory services||326.2||2002||10 year contract. System scheduled to be completely rolled out by March 2003|
|Dental Practice Boardreprocurement of IT systems||40.0||2003||Two related contracts, both running for 7 yearsone with IBM (£31. 9m) and one with Astron (formerly Hays) (8. 1m)|
|Infrastructure Management Services Framework Agreement||60||2002||7 year contract with CSC to support DH IT infrastructure services, with optional extension up to 10 years.|
|2003||NHS Direct intelligent phones||29.7||2003||6 year contract|
|National Programme: National Electronic Booking System||64.5(core services)||October 2003||5 year contract. National rollout complete 2005. Options exist for extensions to contract length and range of services provided.|
|National Programme: NHS Care Record Service (NCRS) "data spine"||620||December 2003||9 year contract plus one year optional extension.|
|National Programme: NCRS, London Cluster||996(core services)||December 2003||9 year contract plus one year optional extension.|
|National Programme: NCRS, North East Cluster||1,099(core services)||December 2003||9 year contract plus one year optional extension.|
|National Programme: NCRS, North West and West Midlands Cluster||973(core services)||December 2003||9 year contract plus one year optional extension|
|National Programme: NCRS, Eastern Cluster||934(core services)||December 2003||9 year contract plus one year optional extension|
|2004||National Programme: NCRS, South Cluster||Contract yetto be signed|
|National Programme: New National Network (N3) infrastructure||Contract yetto be signed|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times ambulance services had 999 calls passed to them by BT operators who were unable to connect the call to the Lancashire Ambulance Service in the last 12 months. 
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance was available in the (a) 1970s and (b) 1980s in respect of routine recording of myodil injections on medical records; and if he will make a statement. 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: No vaccine is yet available to protect against meningitis B. However, a number of candidate vaccines are being developed. The Health Protection Agency is working closely with manufacturers to ensure the prompt evaluation of the candidate vaccines as they become available. We are also monitoring developments in this area abroad.
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