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Mr. Edward Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding he has made available for research into asthma and related conditions in each year since 1997. [223590]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Mrs. Gillan) on 16 December 2004, Official Report, columns 1308–10W.

Care (Statistics)

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 1990–91. [218126]

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Mr. Hutton: Information for 1990–91 to 1996–97 is available in fig. 7.2 of the Departmental Report 2001 and for 1997–98 to 2002–03 in fig. 7.2 of the Departmental Report 2004. Copies of these reports are available in the Library. Figures for 2003–04 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.
Episodes of care relating to community nursing, dental and cross sector therapy services, England, 2003–04(39)

Number (Thousand)
Health visiting3,000
Of which:
Community nursing services (total)2,600
District nursing2,000
Community mental health nursing330
Community learning disability nursing24
Specialist care nursing330
Chiropody services790
Clinical psychology(40)n/a
Occupational therapy1,270
Speech and language therapy340
Community dental services(41)n/a

n/a = Not available.
(39) Number of new episodes commenced in the year except health visiting (number of different persons seen at least once in a year) and community dental services (number of episodes of care commenced in year)
(40) Data collection discontinued from 2003–04.
(41) 2003–04 data not yet available.


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. [222655]

Dr. Ladyman: We do not consider that research into the effects of late payments is necessary.

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.

Continuing Care

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. [220454]

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.

Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are receiving NHS continuing care in each strategic health authority in England. [223792]

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.
People receiving continuing care: March 2004

England (estimated)(42)19,984
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire435
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire830
North West London1,468
North Central London320
North East London733
South East London580
South West London433
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear1,081
County Durham and Tees Valley1,374
North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire705
West Yorkshire688
Cumbria and Lancashire376
Greater Manchester984
Cheshire and Merseyside1,074
Thames Valley632
Hampshire and Isle of Wight530
Kent and Medway770
Surrey and Sussex719
Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire741
South West Peninsula516
Somerset and Dorset241
South Yorkshire192
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland215
Shropshire and Staffordshire663
Birmingham and the Black Country1,107
Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire690

(42) The estimated England figure does not equal the sum of the 28 SHAs listed in the table. This is because the following organisations did not return data in 2003–04:
5LC Westminster Primary Care Trust (PCT)
5A2 Norwich PCT.
5KR North and East Cornwall PCT.
The figures include people receiving NHS fully funded physical and mental health care over an extended period of time, as the result of disability, accident or illness. This can be in a NHS hospital, care home or peoples' own homes.
The figures exclude hospital admissions, people receiving intermediate care, NHS funded nursing care in a care home or any package of care jointly funded with social services.

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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to calculate the estimate of £180 million to compensate those who did not receive NHS Continuing Care. [223697]

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.

Departmental Budget

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12. [223446]

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 2007–08. The Department's departmental expenditure limits for 2007–08 as set in the last spending review are £88.9 billion revenue and £6.3 billion capital.

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