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Mental Health

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many carers of people with mental health problems have been identified by NHS trusts; and how many of those carers have received care plans. [194239]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not collected centrally.

In line with the sixth standard of the national service framework for mental health (1999), all individuals who provide regular and substantial care for a person on care programme approach should have an assessment of their caring, physical and mental health needs, and be given their own written care plans which are implemented in discussion with them.

Up to 700 carer support workers will be in post by the end of the year to increase the breaks available for carers and to strengthen carer support networks. To consolidate the progress that is being made and to build
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on good practice and research, the Department has published guidance, entitled "Developing Services for Carers and Families of People with Mental Illness", in 2002.

Military Low Flying

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 16 September 2004, Official Report, column 1762W, on military low flying, if he will undertake a study into the health effects of military low flying on people living within military tactical training areas. [193728]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department has recently set up an expert advisory group to look at the effects on health of environmental noise. A report is expected in 2005.

National Clinical Director

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the 11 individuals appointed to the post of National Clinical Director or its equivalent. [194738]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 1 November 2004]: The 11 individuals appointed to the post of national clinical director or equivalent are listed in the table.
Professor Sir George AlbertEmergency access
Professor Louis ApplebyMental health
Professor Al Aynsley-GreenChildren's services
Dr. Roger BoyleHeart disease
Mr. Harry CaytonPatient experience and the public
Dr. David Colin-ThoméPrimary care services
Mrs. Kathryn HudsonSocial care
Professor Ian PhilpOlder people's services
Professor Mike RichardsCancer
Dr. Sue RobertsDiabetes
Mr. Surinder SharmaEquality and human rights

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) salaries and (b) payments have been made to the 11 individuals appointed to the post of National Clinical Director or its equivalent since their appointments; and if he will make a statement. [194740]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 1 November 2004]: Three directors have been appointed as senior civil servants on pay band 2 of the senior civil service scale, which covers the range £73,762 to £155,008. All other directors are seconded from their existing employers, and have retained their previous salaries. Two directors receive compensation for loss of earnings from private practice.

National Programme for IT

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that all local service providers are fully insured against failure to deliver the national programme for IT in the NHS. [194894]

Mr. Hutton: The National Programme for Information Technology requires its contractors to maintain insurance policies as required by applicable law and as appropriate for the performance of services
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of the size and type contracted. These policies remain in force throughout the contract term and for a suitable subsequent period.

Organ Donation

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2004, Official Report, column 1009W, on organ donation, what research has shown that non heart beating donors may prove to be a good source of lungs for transplantation; and if he will place the research studies in the Library. [193739]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There are a significant number of studies relating to non-heart-beating donors as a source of lungs for transplantation. A selection of these have been placed in the Library.

Over-30-months Scheme

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with Ministers from the (a) Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and (b) Treasury on the over-30-months scheme; and when a decision is expected on its cessation. [194197]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Government are considering the Food Standards Agency's advice on the over-30-months rule and an announcement will be made in due course.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from those requesting an end to the over-30-months scheme. [194198]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Written representations have been received from the National Beef Association and from a small number of hon. and right hon. Members on behalf of beef farmers.

Primary Care Trusts (Leeds)

Mr. Mudie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure was of primary care trusts in Leeds in (a) 2002–03 and (b) 2003–04; and what the estimated expenditure is for 2004–05. [194618]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on expenditure is not available for 2004–05. Expenditure for 2002–03 and 2003–04 is shown in the table.
Expenditure by Leeds primary care trusts (PCTs)
£ million


2003–04 data are provisional.
Audited summarisation schedules of the Leeds PCTs 2002–03 and 2003–04.

Private Finance Initiatives

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance is provided to procuring authorities within the NHS about the treatment of PFI arrangements in the accounts of public bodies. [193889]

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Mr. Hutton: In determining the accounting treatment of private finance initiative (PFI) arrangements, public bodies are required to follow United Kingdom generally accepted accounting practice, including financial reporting standards (FRSs) issued by the Accounting Standards Board (ASB). The specific guidance issued by the ASB for accounting for PFI is "Application Note F to FRS 5—Private Finance Initiative and Similar Contracts," as supplemented by the Treasury-issued "Technical Note No. 1 (Revised)—How to Account for PFI transactions."

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the private finance initiative arrangements in which the Department is engaged; what the total cost of each arrangement is (a) over its lifetime and (b) in each year of its operation; and how the arrangement appears in the Department's public accounts. [193980]

Mr. Hutton: Information showing details of unitary payments for all signed contracts for private finance initiative hospital schemes (PFI) with a capital value of £10 million and over has been placed in the Library. These will be accounted for by each contracting trust. Detailed information is not held centrally for schemes below this capital value.

Individual national health service trust accounts are not currently consolidated within the Department's resource accounts, but those for primary care trusts are, so any assets or liabilities related to their PFI schemes would be reflected in them.

NHS trust accounts are consolidated into the NHS trust summarised accounts.

Silzone Heart Valves

Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library copies of the reports which the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency has received concerning adverse incidents involving the St. Jude Silzone heart valve. [193088]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is unable to provide copies of these reports due to statutory obligations under the terms of the European Medical Devices Directives. Furthermore, such reports contain individual patient information, which cannot be released for reasons of confidentiality. However, extensive action has been taken to warn clinicians and thereby patients implanted with this particular heart valve.

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