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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what problems have been encountered by primary care trusts which have not yet been able to finalise their arrangements for out-of-hours care under the new general medical services contract; 
(2) what steps he will take after the end of the year in respect of primary care trusts that have not yet finalised their arrangements for out-of-hours care under the new general medical services contract; 
(4) how many primary care trusts (a) have finalised their arrangements for out-of-hours care under the new general medical services contract, (b) are in the process of finalising their arrangements and (c) have indicated that they will have problems implementing new arrangements by the end of the current year. 
Mr. Hutton: Under the new primary care contracts, general practitioner practices may choose to transfer responsibility for out-of-hours services to their primary care trust (PCT), with the agreement of their PCTs. From 1 January 2005, this will become a right.
Strategic health authorities (SHAs) have responsibility for performance managing PCTs to ensure that appropriate arrangements are in place and, if the transition is delayed, that appropriate action is taken to ensure a quality out-of-hours service is available.
The information requested is not collected centrally. However, unvalidated information volunteered by SHAs indicates that some 275 PCTs have finalised arrangements for out-of-hours services and that 21 are in the process of doing so, or have yet formally to commence their commissioning role. No PCTs have indicated that they will have problems implementing their new roles.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts with his Department have been won by subsidiaries of Halliburton in each year from 1997; what the terms were of each contract; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the membership is of the (a) Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs, (b) the Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes, (c) the Advisory Committee on Research, (d) the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food, (e) the Beef Assurance Scheme Membership Panel, (f) the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment, (g) the Consumer Committee, (h) the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals and (i) the Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee; what the (i) cost of salaries and expenses to members and (ii) running cost was of each body in the last year for which figures are available; and how many staff are employed to service each body. 
Name of Committee
|Salary and expenses|
Number of staff
|Advisory Committee on Animal Feeding Stuffs||28,000||17,000||6|
|Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes||18,500||35,500||Departmental staff service this body alongside a range of other duties but it is not possible to identify their numbers separately|
|Advisory Committee on Research||10,000||8,000||Departmental staff service this body alongside a range of other duties but it is not possible to identify their numbers separately|
|Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food||20,504||24,730||3.5|
|Beef Assurance Scheme Membership Panel||0||0||0|
|Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment||30,000||80,000||Departmental staff service this body alongside a range of other duties but it is not possible to identify their numbers separately|
|Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals||0||(17)26,000|
|Meat Hygiene Advisory Committee||9,177||25,875|
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