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Mr. Hutton: Capital for National Health Service Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFT) is provided through private finance. 33 schemes have reached financial close with an estimated capital value of £433 million, for their initial schemes. 18 further schemes are in various stages of procurement and it is not possible to estimate a value for them.
Mr. Hutton: National Health Service Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFTs) provide improved primary care facilities for primary care trusts, to support the delivery of services required by their local population, which could include dentistry. Three of the five new LIFT buildings, in East London, Barnsley and Wigan, include, or are planning to include, provision for dentistry.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Since the establishment of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) in 1999, it has published 86 technology appraisals, 23 clinical guidelines and 99 pieces of guidance on the safety and efficacy of interventional procedures (as of January 2005). Many NICE guidance publications address more than one technology or treatment.
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To date, hundreds of thousands of people have benefited from the guidance produced by NICE. Its guidance has spanned a wide range of important topics, including technologies to tackle major killers, such as cancer and coronary heart disease. NICE itself is recognised as a world leader in its field and its methodologies for health technology assessment have been commended by the World Health Organisation Further information on the work of NICE is freely available on its website at www.nice.org.uk.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on (a) provision of parking spaces for civil servants and (b) parking tickets and penalties incurred by civil servants in the Department in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what sources the data for measuring performance against standards on medicine review in (a) the National Service Framework for Older People and (b) the GP contract are drawn; and what the frequency of collection is in each case. 
(2) what recent representations he has received on the effectiveness of Prevenar in preventing pneumococcal disease; 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended in principle the introduction of pneumococcal vaccine for children, subject to further consideration. Full details can be found at http://www.advisorybodies.doh.gov.uk/jcvi/index.htm.
The JCVI has considered information published in the scientific literature on the effectiveness of Prevenar and also considered some currently unpublished surveillance data on the impact of Prevenar used in the United States.
In addition, phase II clinical trials were carried out with a nine-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to investigate whether the same level of protection could be
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achieved when the vaccine was given at two, three and four months of age (at the same time as the meningitis C conjugate vaccine) compared with the US primary schedule at two, four and six months of age. The results of this study showed that good protection was achieved using the two, three and four months schedule.
A two-dose primary immunisation schedule of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine given at two and four months was also compared to the three-dose schedule. The results of the trials supported the use of a two-dose primary immunisation schedule, with each dose separated by two months, in the first four months of life. The data also supported a single dose catch up programme for children aged one year and over.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004 departmental special advisers travelled (a) domestically and (b) abroad in an official capacity; what places were visited; and how much each visit cost. 
|16 May 2003||London/Doncaster||92.00||Rail|
|16 May 2003||London/London-Heathrow Airport||21.00||Rail|
|21 May 2003||London/Chester||233.00||Rail|
|19 June 2003||London/Watford||16.80||Rail|
|1 July 2003||London/Witham||38.00||Rail|
|18 July 2003||London/Welwyn Garden City||12.00||Rail|
|22 July 2003||London/York||108.50||Rail|
|23 July 2003||Leeds/London||107.00||Rail|
|13 August 2003||London/Manchester||269.00||Rail|
|5 September 2003||London/Newcastle||127.00||Rail|
|10 September 2003||London/Brighton||42.20||Rail|
|12 September 2003||London/Derby||54.45||Rail|
|12 September 2003||Nottingham/London||54.45||Rail|
|22 September 2003||London/Cardiff||111.00||Rail|
|29 September 2003||London Birmingham||96.20||Rail|
|9 October 2003||London/London||60.00||Rail|
|15 October 2003||London/Brighton||42.20||Rail|
|5 November 2003||London/Maidenhead||21.60||Rail|
|5 November 2003||London/Maidstone||35.00||Rail|
|13 November 2003||London/Manchester||134.50||Rail|
|14 November 2003||London/Brighton||21.10||Rail|
|20 November 2003||London/London-Heathrow Airport||42.00||Rail|
|21 November 2003||London/Coventry||144.00||Rail|
|28 November 2003||London/Liverpool||256.00||Rail|
|5 December 2003||London/Cosham||36.10||Rail|
|5 December 2003||Southampton/London||41.20||Rail|
|5 December 2003||Newcastle/Durham||4.10||Rail|
|13 January 2004||London/Hull||194.00||Rail|
|22 January 2004||London/Manchester||280.00||Rail|
|23 February 2004||London/Birmingham||167.00||Rail|
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|9 March 2004||London/Derby||56.70||Rail|
|9 March 2004||Nottingham/London||56.70||Rail|
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|26 March 2004||London/New Malden||3.20||Rail|
|27 March 2004||New Malden/Leicester||56.00||Rail|
|30 March 2004||London/Basildon||8.20||Rail|
|4 April 2003||Leeds-Bradford/London||131.00||Air|
|21 October 2003||London/Washington||4,229.00||Air|
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