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Department Branding

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much his Department and its predecessors spent on branding the Department between 1997–98 and 2003–04, broken down by (a) consultancy fees, (b) design and orders for new stationery, (c) website design and (d) other material featuring new logos. [154074]

Maria Eagle: Between the years 1997–98 and 2003–04, the predominant expenditure was the introduction of the new Department for Work and Pensions brand in 2001. The cost relating to this has been:

Pension Funds

Mr. Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) if he will list the pension funds that have been wound-up leaving inadequate resources to cover pension liabilities since Royal Assent to the Pensions Act 1996; [157839]

Malcolm Wicks: We are unable to provide this information. The only source of information on winding up schemes is the Pensions Schemes Registry which is administered by the Occupational Pension Schemes Regulatory Authority (OPRA). The information on windups on this database is limited and does not contain data on schemes assets and liabilities.


Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many children in each London borough were reported to be living in poverty in each year since 1995. [157280]

Mr. Pond: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for City of York (Hugh Bayley) on 8 January 2004, Official Report, column 462W.



Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS hospitals have special allergy units to deal with more severe cases of allergy. [156247]

Dr. Ladyman: The British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI) and the British Allergy Foundation (BAF) compiled a list of National Health

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Service allergy clinics in 2000 which are NHS consultant-led and based at NHS hospitals throughout the United Kingdom. The subsequent BSACI handbook, "National Health Service Allergy Clinics", published in 2001, lists 86 such clinics. There were an additional 15 clinics run by NHS consultants, who were non BSACI members, identified by the BAF.

Six of these 101 clinics offer services led by a whole-time specialist allergist. These are based in London (Guy's hospital, Royal Brompton hospital and St. Mary's hospital), Cambridge, Southampton and Leicester. These centres have expertise in all types of allergic disease, including the complex problems, and provide a comprehensive high-quality allergy service with a multidisciplinary approach.

Asbestos (Drinking Water)

Mr. Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health impact of asbestos in drinking water. [155787]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality published in 1993 by the World Health Organization (the WHO Guidelines) concluded that:

Asbestos released from drinking-water to air does not appear to contribute significantly to exposure to inhaled asbestos, and the WHO Guidelines noted that the fibres which are released are of a form which is considered to pose little health risk.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what quantity of each (a) benzodiazepine and (b) antidepressant was prescribed by doctors in England in each of the last five years. [155156]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of prescription items of benzodiazepines and antidepressants that were dispensed in the community in England since 1998 has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy on the prescription of benzodiazepines. [155788]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Decisions about prescribing are the responsibility of the doctor, taking account of the patient's symptoms, the evidence base and national guidance.

Guidance based on the advice issued by the Committee on Safety of Medicines in 1988 has been made available to all health authorities in the "Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Benzodiazepine Dependence" (Mental Health Foundation, 1994). Further guidance for prescribers is incorporated in the "Drug Misuse and Dependence— Guidelines on Clinical Management" (1999) and the "British National Formulary" (biannual).

The Department is planning to introduce instalment dispensing of benzodiazepines to minimise access to excessive doses.

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Cosmetic Surgery

Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to conduct a review of cosmetic surgery practice across England. [152572]

Dr. John Reid: Ministers announced in early 2002 that there would be a review of the effectiveness of the national minimum standards for the qualifications of cosmetic surgeons in England who were not on the specialist register of the General Medical Council and had been in practice before 1 April 2002.

In July 2003 the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) submitted to the Chief Medical Officer an anonymised report on the inspections of 22 small cosmetic surgery practices in Inner London, and is in the process of preparing a more comprehensive report on all inspections carried out of cosmetic surgery practices in England. On receipt of this report the Department will consider, in consultation with relevant stakeholders, whether the standards are robust enough to ensure the quality of treatment.

The London report can be found on the NCSC website at


Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of dementia sufferers were diagnosed before the age of 65. [156378]

Dr. Ladyman: There is no routine collection of information on the numbers of people diagnosed with dementia. The research quoted by the older people's national service framework in 2001 estimated that approximately 600,000 people in the United Kingdom have dementia, of whom there are about 17,000 people under the age of 65.


Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will collect information on the proportion of newly qualified dentists who go into (a) NHS and (b) private practice after training. [152440]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Newly qualified dentists intending to work in National Health Service general dental practice have first to undergo one year's vocational training. The great majority of dentists wish to take advantage of vocational training to enhance their clinical and administrative competence. Of the remainder, some dentists take posts in hospital dental

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departments, some decide to postpone or abandon a career in dentistry and others go directly into dental practices which only accept private patients. We monitor the proportion of newly qualified dentists who do not undertake vocational training.

Departmental Buildings

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the buildings owned by his Department; what the latest estimated value of each building is; and if he will make a statement. [156700]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The estimated current value of the Department's administrative estate is approximately £65 million. The estate comprises the following freehold properties as shown in the table.

£ million

85 Whitehall0.991.75
79 Whitehall14.4725.21
Wellington House, London7.2315.10
Premier Mill, Nelson0.000.05

Glenfield Hospital

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many in-patient beds have been available in England for patients with (a) mental health conditions and (b) learning disabilities in each year since 1997, broken down by (i) NHS region and (ii) strategic health authority. [154006]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of in-patient beds for patients with mental health conditions or with a learning disability are collected annually from each national health service trust and published at Prior to 2000–01 this information was also published in "Bed Availability and Occupancy", copies of which are available in the Library.

Aggregations are included relevant to the NHS organisational structures in place at the time. It is not possible to aggregate these statistics to organisational structures that did not exist at the time. For the period 1997–98 to 2001–02 figures for available beds in the mental health and learning disabilities sectors for each NHS region are shown in table 1 and table 2. For 2002–03 figures for each strategic health authority are shown in table 3.

Table 1: Average daily number of available beds, mental health sector, 1997–98 to 2001–02

EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentWest MidlandNorthWestEasternLondonSouthEastSouthWest


Department of Health form KH03


Published data

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Table 2: Average daily number of available beds, learning disability sector, 1997–98 to 2001–02

EnglandNorthern and YorkshireTrentWest MidlandNorth WestEasternLondonSouthEastSouthWest


Department of Health form KH03


Published data

Table 3: Average daily number of available beds, Strategic Health Authorities in England, 2002–03

Org. IDNameMental illnessLearning disability
2002–03Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire HA1,433350
2002–03Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire HA982166
2002–03Q03Essex HA998242
2002–03Q04North West London HA1,62420
2002–03Q05North Central London HA1,18028
2002–03Q06North East London HA1,28587
2002–03Q07South East London HA1,38523
2002–03Q08South West London HA8460
2002–03Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear HA1,421437
2002–03Q10County Durham and Tees Valley HA951234
2002–03Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire HA676130
2002–03Q12West Yorkshire HA1,535263
2002Q13Cumbria and Lancashire HA1,444255
2002Q14Greater Manchester HA1,64417
2002–03Q15Cheshire and Merseyside HA1,482113
2002–03Q16Thames Valley HA1,06198
2002–03Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight HA894164
2002–03Q18Kent and Medway HA75895
2002–03Q19Surrey and Sussex HA1,630537
2002–03Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire HA1,44893
2002–03Q21South West Peninsula HA55859
2002–03Q22Somerset and Dorset HA800225
2002–03Q23South Yorkshire HA981133
2002–03Q24Trent HA1,743281
2002–03Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland HA1,002428
2002–03Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire HA828106
2002–03Q27Birmingham and the Black Country HA1,446255
2002–03Q28Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire HA717198


Department of Health form KH03



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