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Renal Dialysis

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients from Warrington are travelling outside the local area for renal dialysis. [197641]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is not held centrally.

Sexual Health

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the report by the Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV on training general practitioners to perform medical and surgical terminations. [197981]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department is considering all of the recommendations contained in the annual report for 2003–04 of the Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health and HIV and will be publishing a response in due course.

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospitals will be affected by the NHS Counter-Fraud Service inquiry into the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust; [195306]

(2) if he will ensure that any financial shortfall discovered by the NHS Counter Fraud Service inquiry into the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust arising from financial misconduct or other irregularities will be made good from public funds; [195307]
 
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(3) whether the findings of the inquiry by the NHS Counter Fraud Service into the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust will be made public; [195308]

(4) when the inquiry by the NHS Counter Fraud Service into the Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust will report. [195309]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Shrewsbury and Telford hospital national health service trust covers the Royal Shrewsbury hospital, Shrewsbury and the Princess Royal hospital, Telford. Both hospitals will be involved in the investigation which is in the hands of the NHS Counter Fraud Service. Any further action will depend on the outcome of the investigation. When the investigation is concluded, and subject to legal advice, it is the trust's intention to make the findings public.

Smallpox Vaccine

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full, undiluted, tons of the smallpox vaccine his Department holds. [196304]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Quantities of smallpox vaccine are given in doses rather than tonnage. The United Kingdom Government currently has over 40 million doses of undiluted smallpox vaccine. The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control has tested the potency and stability of the vaccine, supplied from several sources, and has certified it as being suitable for use in the event of a smallpox emergency.

Transport

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what funding has been allocated to the provision of transport to health care facilities in North Yorkshire in (a) 2004–05 and (b) 2005–06; [197307]

(2) what plans he has to secure funding additional to that already allocated for improvements to transport links to health care facilities in North Yorkshire. [197308]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Funding for the provision of transport to health care facilities is included in the baseline allocation to primary care trusts (PCTs). In the financial year 2004–05, the four PCTs that cover North Yorkshire received baseline allocations totalling £668.6 million.

Waiting Lists/Times

Mr. Skinner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in waiting lists for hospitals covering the constituency of Bolsover has been since 1997. [197093]

Dr. Ladyman: Information relating to those national health service trusts most likely to cover the Bolsover constituency is shown in the following table.
Patients waiting for elective in-patient admission: position at month-end (March)

Trust199719981999200020012002200320042004(8)
Nottingham City Hospital6,0815,9374,8044,5964,4815,5175,2524,2084,005
Queens Medical Centre.12,77911,89210,3139,7288,6749,3279,1496,3275,775
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital7,7158,3117,1635,9725,2744,8524,6863,5303,679
King's Mill Centre for Health Care Services5,1115,9915,0134,7924,7495,3744,9625,1964,978
Southern Derbyshire Acute11,31910,56510,46110,4289,6367,7427,045


(8) As at August 2004
Source: Department of Health form KH07 and monthly monitoring.





 
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Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many in-patients in the primary care trust covering the Sedgefield constituency had to wait more than (a) three, (b) six, (c) nine and (d) 12 months for treatment in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each case; [195101]
 
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(2) what changes there have been to NHS waiting list times for residents of the Sedgefield constituency in the past seven years. [195102]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Information is not gathered on a constituency basis. The table shows the requested information for the Sedgefield Primary Care Trust and its predecessor body.
Patients waiting for elective in-patient admission: position at month-end

Patients waiting over:
Month endHealth authority (HA) or primary care trust (PCT)Total patients waiting3 months6 months9 months12 months
March 1997County Durham and Darlington HA12,5015,6252,4437330
March 1998County Durham and Darlington HA12,9256,0192,74887226
March 1999County Durham and Darlington HA11,4744,9792,22670410
March 2000County Durham and Darlington HA11,6565,2192,29271948
March 2001County Durham and Darlington HA11,0834,4321,85255123
March 2002County Durham and Darlington HA12,0495,6322,5808321
March 2003Sedgefield PCT1,386579209540
March 2004Sedgefield PCT1,28743110300
August 2004Sedgefield PCT1,24542612600

Percentage change on previous period

Patients waiting over:
Month endHealth authority (HA) or primary care trust (PCT)3 months6 months9 months12 months
March 1997County Durham and Darlington HA
March 1998County Durham and Darlington HA7.012.519.0
March 1999County Durham and Darlington HA-17.3-19.0-19.3-61.5
March 2000County Durham and Darlington HA4.83.02.1380.0
March 2001County Durham and Darlington HA-15.1-19.2-23.4-52.1
March 2002County Durham and Darlington HA27.139.351.0-95.7
March 2003Sedgefield PCT
March 2004Sedgefield PCT-25.6%-50.7-100.0
August 2004Sedgefield PCT-1.2%22.3




Source:
Department of Health form QF01 and monthly monitoring.




HOME DEPARTMENT

Airport Police

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of policing independently owned airports in the UK was in the last year for which figures are available; and what contribution to this cost was made by airport owners. [191317]

Ms Blears [holding answer 15 October 2004]: The majority of airports in the UK are independently owned. Some groups own a number of airports, such as BAA (which owns Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Southampton) and Manchester Airports Group plc (which owns Manchester, Nottingham, East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside.) Only a few airports are owned by the local authority, such as City of Derry airport.

The policing of airports is a matter for the Chief Constable of each force who is advised by the National Co-ordinator of Ports Policing. Uniform policing arrangements are made on a territorial basis as the circumstances of each airport dictate.

Funding has been made available to the police service in England and Wales to enable them to respond to the current threat from international terrorism and which includes funding for policing at non-designated airports. For security reasons we would not wish to comment on the level of funding allocated to individual police forces for specific reasons.

Under the Aviation Security Act 1982, for those airports which are "designated", the airport and the police agree between them the relevant contribution to the costs of policing. Sir John Wheeler's report on Aviation Security recommended a review of the arrangements by which airports are "designated" for uniform policing purposes. A working group has been established and is taking this forward.


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