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Ms Rosie Winterton: My hon. Friend, the former Minister for the Cabinet Office, Ruth Kelly, has asked Nick Matheson, chief executive of the Government Car and Despatch Agency to write to the hon. Member with details of the cost of ministerial vehicles provided to this Department in 200304.
Information on ministerial vehicles for the financial year 200203 was similarly provided in a letter deposited in the Library, referred to in the response given on 13 November 2003, Official Report, columns 39798W by the then Minister for the Cabinet Office.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the requested format. According to the Office for National Statistics' report, "Psychiatric morbidity among adults living in private households (2000)", 88 per 1,000 people were assessed as having mixed anxiety and depressive disorder and 26 per 1000 were assessed as having a depressive episode. A copy of this report is available in the Library.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Information is not available in the requested format. The Department provides hospital episode statistics data which relates to diagnostic information for in-patients in national health
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service hospitals. During their course of treatment over a period of time, patients may have a number of episodes of care, which are counted each time they have a stay in hospital. Information relating to diagnosis where a patient is still under the care of a hospital consultant is not recorded. Information on finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of depression in each of the last five years is shown in the table.
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 December 2004]: The total number of doctors' surgeries is not held centrally. It is believed that the number of main and branch surgeries is around 10,500 but the actual number is regularly changing as a result of improvement, replacement and closure of surgeries.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations he expects to propose in respect of the National Programme for IT electronic record sharing under section 60 of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. 
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what schemes (a) are in place and (b) are being assessed by his Department to encourage employers to use temporary job modifications to help people back to work, as referred to in the Choosing Health White Paper. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Temporary workplace modification is a key component of helping people back to work in the incapacity benefit reform pilots and a four arm randomised controlled trialthe job retention and rehabilitation pilotsare being jointly sponsored
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by the Departments of Health and Work and Pensions. These schemes are being evaluated, but the results are not expected until 200506.
We are looking for evidence of the effectiveness of temporary job modifications in the NHS Plus evidence guideline project; the first guideline on the management of mild to moderate mental ill health in the workplace is expected to be published in the second half of 2005.
Ms Rosie Winterton: In 2001, the Department commissioned the Medical Research Council (MRC) to provide advice on current scientific evidence regarding the health effects of fluorides in the context of water fluoridation. In September 2002, the MRC published the report "Water Fluoridation and Health". It stated that the available evidence does not suggest a link between water fluoridation and either cancer in general or any specific cancer type, including osteosarcoma, primary bone cancer, but recommended the Department monitored data collected on the incidence of cancer so that any aberrant trends in populations receiving fluoridated water could be investigated. We are acting on this suggestion.
Mr. Hutton: National health service foundation trusts (NHSFTs) are subject to national standards set by the Secretary of State, performance ratings, and systems of inspection, like all other NHS trusts. However, accountability for NHSFTs is to local people and staff, NHS commissioners, Monitor, the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHSFTs, and Parliament, rather than to the Department and Ministers.
The role of the Healthcare Commission is to conduct annual reviews and where necessary investigations into the provision of NHS healthcare, and publish performance ratings for NHSFTs, taking into account their performance against national standards and targets in the same manner it does for all NHS bodies. The Healthcare Commission may therefore review any data relating to the provision of NHS healthcare by NHSFTs. The role of Monitor is to oversee compliance by NHSFTs
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within boundaries detailed in the terms of authorisation, and also the legislation. The terms of authorisation sets out the conditions under which NHSFTs must operate and requires them to take into account national standards. Monitor has recently issued its compliance regime for NHSFTs for consultationavailable at www.nhsft-regulator.gov.ukwhich details the level of information on compliance with the terms of authorisation that NHSFTs are required to provide to Monitor in-year. Both Monitor and the Healthcare Commission are subject to a statutory duty to cooperate with one another in the exercise of their respective functions. In collaboration with the Healthcare Commission, Monitor is reviewing NHSFTs' current external reporting with a view to reducing the information burden substantially.
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