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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many episodes of care relating to (a) health visiting, (b) community nursing, (c) district nursing, (d) community psychiatric nursing, (e) community learning disability nursing, (f) specialist care nursing, (g) chiropody services, (h) clinical psychology, (i) occupational therapy, (j) physiotherapy, (k) speech and language therapy and (l) community dental services there were in each year since 199091. 
Mr. Hutton: Information for 199091 to 199697 is available in fig. 7.2 of the Departmental Report 2001 and for 199798 to 200203 in fig. 7.2 of the Departmental Report 2004. Copies of these reports are available in the Library. Figures for 200304 are shown in the table. These figures do not include episodes of care given by certain specialist care nurses or those given by staff employed by social services.
|Community nursing services (total)||2,600|
|Community mental health nursing||330|
|Community learning disability nursing||24|
|Specialist care nursing||330|
|Speech and language therapy||340|
|Community dental services(41)||n/a|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will conduct research into the effects of late payments from his Department on charities, with particular reference to their ability to fulfil the contract at the specified levels. 
The Department acknowledges that late payments may have an impact on charities and voluntary organisations. We support and have taken on board the good practice guidance on procurement of services from the voluntary and community sector published by the Home Office and the Compact Code of Practice on Funding, both of which emphasise the importance of prompt payment within payment procedures.
The Section 64 General Scheme of Grants represents the greatest single source of grant funding from the Department to the voluntary sector. The Department may also contract with voluntary organisations for a specific service outside the Section 64 scheme.
The majority of Section 64 grants are paid in quarterly instalments starting when the organisation has formally accepted the grant conditions and the project has started. Payments in subsequent years are made following receipt of financial and monitoring information as specified in the conditions. Payment schedules are notified to the organisations.
The Department's general payment policy is that, where there is no contractual provision or other understanding or accepted practice governing the time of payment, the Department should pay within 30 days
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of receipt of goods and services, or of the presentation of a valid invoice or similar demand for payment, whichever is the later. Our records show that over 90 per cent. of invoices in the current financial year have been paid in accordance with this policy.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his written evidence to the Health Select Committee of 24 January, whether all strategic health authorities in England have completed and cleared their pre-April 2004 backlog of cases where individuals were wrongly assessed to pay for continuing care. 
Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 7 March 2005]: In total, the national health service has now completed over 10,744 investigations into retrospective funding for continuing care. Nationwide, there are only 15 outstanding cases that were logged before 1 April 2004. Their delay has been due to a number of reasons such as staff sickness, problems with locating notes from the independent sector and new information being made available. In addition, the review of some of these cases was delayed at the request of the patient or the patient's representative. The Department is working closely with strategic health authorities to ensure that these cases are completed as soon as possible.
Dr. Ladyman: The most recent available data are for March 2004. The reported number of people in each strategic health authority (SHA) in England receiving national health service continuing care at that time is shown in the table.
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire||435|
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire||830|
|North West London||1,468|
|North Central London||320|
|North East London||733|
|South East London||580|
|South West London||433|
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear||1,081|
|County Durham and Tees Valley||1,374|
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire||705|
|Cumbria and Lancashire||376|
|Cheshire and Merseyside||1,074|
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight||530|
|Kent and Medway||770|
|Surrey and Sussex||719|
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire||741|
|South West Peninsula||516|
|Somerset and Dorset||241|
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland||215|
|Shropshire and Staffordshire||663|
|Birmingham and the Black Country||1,107|
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire||690|
Dr. Ladyman: Additional funding was provided for continuing care on the basis of information provided to the Department by strategic health authorities after an assessment by primary care trusts of the likely level of local claims.
Mr. Hutton: Budgets are set for Government Departments in the spending review held every two years. The most recent spending review in 2004 set budgets up to 200708. The Department's departmental expenditure limits for 200708 as set in the last spending review are £88.9 billion revenue and £6.3 billion capital.
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