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Departmental Advertising Costs

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) creative work, (b) media spend and (c) administration for his Department's advertising activity has been in each financial year since 1997–98, broken down by contractor. [197295]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department's advertising is commissioned through the Central Office of Information. Expenditure for 2002–04 and 2003–04 is shown in the table. Figures for previous years can only be provided at a disproportionate cost.

Creative Agency
Strategic Media

Campaign Description
Amount Billed (ex VAT) £millionMedia (ex VAT) £millionProduction and Fees only £million
B Hodesn/aDept of Health Directories Advertising 2003–04123,609123,505104
MotherPHDDrugs Advertising Campaign 2003–041,936,4571,276,009660,448
DLKWNakedTeenage Pregnancy 2003–041,484,5331,347,107137,426
AMVPHDTobacco Information Campaign 2003–0414,349,98014,027,512322,468
Leo BurnettMediavestSocial Care Recruitment 2003–04973,014799,971173,043
EURONakedNHS Direct 2003–04480,533423,40757,126
Leo BurnettMediavestNHS Professionals 2003–04389,396368,79920,597
Barkersn/aGlobal Recruitment 2003–04127,648123,2114,437
BMPn/aHIB Vaccination Campaign 2003–04369,699379,13517,564
Barkersn/aNHS Modernisation Agency Recruitment 2003–0466,72860,5556,173
Leo BurnettMediavestNHS Careers 2003–044,244,6043,490,075754,529
EURONakedWider Access 2003–041,704,7651,538,140166,625
EURONakedGet the Right Treatment 2003–04435435
n/an/aAsian Tobacco Campaign 2003–0442,58242,582
EUROOptimediaFlu Jabs 2003–041,525,3451,398,639126,706
DLKWNakedAdult Sexual Health 2003–041,200,7411,040,435160,306
BMPn/aChild Immunisation 2003–041,576,4341,472,563103,871
n/an/aLocal Job Shop Avon, Glocs and Wilts 2003–0480476836
n/an/aLocal Job Shop—Trent 2003–043,5853,428157
BMPn/aMMR Campaign 2003–04139,526129,6389,888
Leo Burnettn/aGP's & Consultants Recruitment 2003–04240,577234,5945,983
n/an/aThames Valley WDC Job Shop 2003–0442440519
n/an/aBirmingham WDC—GP Returners 2003–042,9822,853129
n/an/aWest Midlands WDC—GP Returners 2003–0415,93415,244690
n/an/aStaffs and Shropshire WDC—GP Returner's 2003–0416,25615,546710
Leo BurnettMediavestNHS Careers Job Shops 2003–04252,981209,35043,631
O and Mn/aAntibiotics Campaign 2003–04542,645517,84324,802
Leo BurnettMediavestSocial Care Recruitment Campaign 2003–043,485,0842,813,766671,318
Barkersn/aLondon Patient Choice Programme 2003–0478,24376,8971,346
n/an/aEast Midlands—Anti Smoking 2003–0415,70515,297408

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Departmental Events (Funding)

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) publications, (c) initiatives, (d) projects and (e) receptions organised by his Department which have received funding from outside commercial bodies, since May 1997, broken down by (i) funding body and (ii) amount paid. [196593]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Details of individual amounts of sponsorship valued at more than £5,000 are published in the Department's annual report. The 2004 annual report was published on 29 April 2004. Copies are available in the Library.

Departmental Research

Mr. Kevin Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into (a) Alzheimer's disease, (b) Parkinson's disease, (c) Huntingdon's disease, (d) multiple sclerosis and (e) motor neurone disease in the last three years. [198224]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The main agency through which the Government supports medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.

The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality
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improvement and service development in the national health service. Spend by the Department's national research programmes in the three years to 2003–04 on projects related to the diseases listed was as follows:
£ million

Over 75 per cent., of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. From this funding, the NHS reported spending in support of research related to older people and on neurological conditions as follows:
£ million

Older people
Neurological conditions
2001–0237not available

Details of individual projects can be found on the national research register at

Mr. Kevin Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has commissioned on degenerative neurological disorders. [198225]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Projects commissioned in the national research programmes over the last three years cover a wide variety of neurological disorders and include:
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In addition the Department has funded a major new research initiative costing approximately £2 million long-term neurological conditions. This will underpin and assess the implementation of the national service framework on long-term conditions.

Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total research and development expenditure is devolved to and managed locally by national health service organisations.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the percentage of general practitioner consultations which concerned skin diseases in each year since 1997. [196190]

Dr. Ladyman: Detailed data on consultations with general practitioners are not collected.

Data from the general household survey suggest that there were approximately 241 million consultations in 2002–03, and the British Association of Dermatologists estimate that about 15 per cent. of all patients who see a general practitioner are seeking help with a skin problem.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many dermatology referrals there were to secondary care in each year since 1997; [196191]

(2) how many dermatology outpatient appointments there were in each year since 1997; [196192]

(3) how many finished consultant episodes dermatology has accounted for in each year since 1997. [196238]

Dr. Ladyman: No separate count of referrals is available, but the information available on finished consultant episodes and numbers of in-year admissions, is in the table. Information on outpatient appointments is not available.
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Primary Diagnosis (ICD-10 L00-L99) Diseases of the skin and subcutaneous tissue: counts of finished consultant episodes (FCEs), finished in-year admission episodes and all elective (waiting list, booked and planned) finished in-year admission episodes—NHS hospitals, England 1997–98 to 2002–03

in-year admissions
of which: elective

1. Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)
An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
2. Finished in-year admissions
A finished in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the datayear. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
3. Diagnosis (Primary Diagnosis)
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
4. Grossing
Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2002–03, which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population are affected by skin diseases; and if he will make a statement. [196196]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not held centrally. The Skin Care Campaign, which is the umbrella organisation representing the interests of all people with skin diseases in the UK estimates that up to 25 per cent. of the population will have a skin disease that warrants medical attention at some point in their life.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) maximum time was that a patient waited for a first dermatology out-patient appointment in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [196232]

Dr. Ladyman: It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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