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Strategic Health Authorities

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 360W, on strategic health authorities, if he will list (a) the average forecast year-end deficit of primary care trusts in England in the same format as his answer of 1 December 2004, Official Report, column 131W, on primary care trusts and (b) the anticipated financial deficit in the year to 31 March 2005 of (i) strategic health authorities, (ii) primary care trusts and (iii) NHS trusts in England in the same format as his answer of 29 November 2004, Official Report, columns 6–7W, on health service deficits (South West). [205851]

Mr. Hutton: Pursuant to my reply of 6 December, we have no plans to publish national un-audited in year financial forecasts. Audited information in respect of the 2004–05 financial position of all strategic health authorities (SHAs), primary care trusts and national health service trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts and will be available centrally in autumn 2005. Where published information for individual bodies is available locally, for example from monthly board reports, then the Department can usually provide a reply from information supplied by the SHAs.


Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on task forces and similar bodies in each year since 1997. [204876]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 December 2004]: Task forces and "ad hoc' advisory groups in the Department generally have a short-term focus and when
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their work comes to an end they are disbanded. They are usually created to give expert advice to Ministers on a specific issue and are expected to remain on operation for less than two years. They do not generally have a formal separate budget allocated to them, and their running costs are not separately identifiable within the Department's accounts. Identifying such expenditure would involve disproportionate cost.

Waiting Lists/Times

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is to receive a catheter ablation in England at the latest date for which figures are available. [205065]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is shown in the table.
Duration of average time waited from waiting list and booked admissions for procedures—catheter ablation in national health service hospitals in England, 2003–04

ProcedureAverage time waited in days
Catheter ablation K571-K572 (OPCS 4R)178

1. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
2. Time waited statistics from Hospital episode statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.
HES, Department of Health.

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Working Time Directive (Dorset)

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the European Working Time Directive for NHS trusts in Dorset. [205414]

Mr. Hutton: We do not collect this information centrally.

Implementation of the Working Time Directive is a local matter for national health service trusts, performance managed by strategic health authorities.


Agricultural Students

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many (a) undergraduate and (b) postgraduate entrants to (i) agricultural colleges and (ii) university agricultural departments there were in each of the last five years. [204434]

Dr. Howells: The available information is given in the table.
HE Entrants with a Main Subject of Study of "Agriculture and related subjects" at English Institutions

HE sector institutions
FE sector institutions
Academic YearPGUGTotalPGUGTotal

(41)HESA introduced a new method of coding subjects in 2002/03 therefore figures are not directly comparable to earlier years.
Note: Figures are on a snapshot basis as at 1 December for study in HE institutions and the 1ovember for study in FE institutions, and are rounded to the nearest 5.
Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Learning Skills Council (LSC)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if he will list the (a) agricultural colleges and (b) university agricultural departments that have closed over the last five years. [204436]

Dr. Howells: For the HE sector, information on the closure of particular university departments is not collected by either the Department for Education and Skills or the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Higher Education Institutions are autonomous bodies and any decisions on closures of departments are made by the institutions themselves and not Government or the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

For the FE sector, a list of all agricultural/horticultural colleges which have been involved in merger or other form of reorganisation i.e. transfer to the Higher Education sector in the last five years are included in the tables.
Mergers under the Further Education Funding Council

CollegesRegionType of MergerName of merged institutionOperative Date
Durham College of Agriculture and Horticulture and East Durham Community CollegeNorth EastDouble dissolutionEast Durham and Houghall Community College1 June 1999
Holme Lacey College and Pershore and Hindlip CollegeWest MidlandsSingle dissolution (Holme Lacey)The Pershore Group of Colleges1 August 1999
Kirkley Hall College and Northumberland CollegeNorth EastSingle dissolution (Kirkley Hall)Northumberland College1 January 2000
Brooksby College and Melton Mowbray CollegeEast MidlandsSingle dissolution (MMC)Brooksby Melton College1 September 2000
Trowbridge College, Chippenham College and Lackham CollegeSouth WestTriple dissolutionWiltshire College1 November 2000
Walford College and North Shropshire College, WalfordWest MidlandsSingle dissolution (WC)Walford and North Shropshire College1 January 2001

Source: Learning Skills Council

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FE/HE mergers under the Further Education Funding Council

CollegeRegionAssets transferred toOperative Date
Brackenhurst CollegeEast MidlandsNottingham Trent University1 April 1999

Source: Learning & Skills Council

FE mergers under the Learning Skills Council

CollegesLocal Learning
Skills Council
Type of merger Name of merged institution Operative Date
Broomfield College, Derby Tertiary College, Wilmorton and Mackworth CollegeDerbyshireTriple dissolutionDerby College1 January 2002
Brinsbury College and Chichester College of Arts, Science and TechnologySussexSingle dissolution
Chichester College1 August 2002
Guildford College of Further and Higher Education and MerristWood CollegeSurreySingle Dissolution (MWC)Guildford College of Further and Higher Education1 August 2003
Cannington College and Bridgwater CollegeSomersetSingle Dissolution (CC)Bridgwater College1 September 2004

Source: Learning and Skills Council

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