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14. Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the co-ordination of national contracts for MRI scanners with individual NHS hospital trust MRI scanner provision. 
Mr. Hutton: It is for strategic health authorities and primary care trusts to ensure that the additional capacity procured through this exercise fits with what is required locally, together with future investment in diagnostic services delivered by the national health service.
The independent sector procurement programme is already helping to deliver faster access to high quality diagnostic tests, including magnetic resonance imaging scans. This is excellent news for patients.
Dr. John Reid: The National Institute for Clinical Excellence has recently produced draft guidance on the use of drugs for Alzheimer's disease. This guidance is currently out for consultation. We will be responding shortly, and will seek to highlight the issues that we believe to be important.
Dr. Ladyman: I have no immediate plans to visit the Bluebell surgery in Colchester. However, I am advised that Colchester primary care trust has recently confirmed its commitment to building a new community facility that will also provide accommodation for staff and patients of the Bluebell surgery.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) clinical staff were employed in (i) north and east Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority, (ii)Selby and York primary care trust and (iii) York hospitals NHS trust in (A) 1997 and (B) 2004. 
|North and east Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||14,596||17,532|
|Qualified nursing staff (including practice nurses)||9,347||10,598|
|Qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff (ST and T)||2,453||3,310|
|General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(24)||999||1,115|
|Medical and dental staff(25)||1,349||1,884|
|Qualified ambulance staff||448||625|
|Support to clinical staff||7,141||9,470|
|Support to doctors and nurses||5,946||7,368|
|Support to ST and T||914||1,657|
|Support to ambulance staff||281||445|
|Selby and York primary care trust|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||n/a||1,295|
|Qualified nursing staff (including practice nurses)||n/a||807|
|Qualified ST and T||n/a||252|
|General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(24)||n/a||205|
|Medical and dental staff(25)||n/a||31|
|Support to clinical staff||n/a||649|
|Support to doctors and nurses||n/a||610|
|Support to ST and T||n/a||39|
|York health services NHS trust total(26)|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||2,705||1,961|
|Qualified nursing staff||1,928||1,191|
|Qualified ST and T||506||469|
|Medical and dental staff(25)||271||301|
|Support to clinical staff||1,424||1,177|
|Support to doctors and nurses||1,263||907|
|Support to ST and T||161||270|
Mr. Hutton: Last year, the Department announced 88 Spearhead primary care trusts, which are the 88 areas with the worst health and deprivation indicators. In the recent allocations round, Spearhead PCTs received above average growth. By 200708, Spearhead PCTs will be allocated £1552 per person, compared with an average for all PCTs of £1338 per person.
Leaders of the local health and social care organisations met early in March to discuss the operational problems faced by the hospital, and have agreed measures designed to help address these problems.
Miss Melanie Johnson: The statistics on drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England 2003 indicate that 8 per cent. of young people aged 1115 abused solvent in 2003 compared with 6 per cent. in 2002.
While deaths from solvent abuse have continued todecline over the past 10 years, the Government are keen to see these fall further. We have therefore been working with a wide range of stakeholders and other Government Departments to develop a framework for volatile substance abuse which will be published shortly.
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