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Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the reported incidence of diabetes in Camden and Islington in each year since 1997. [224529]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 4 April 2005]: I regret that this information is not available in the form requested.

Direct Payments

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what publicity he has funded to encourage the uptake of direct payments; and what funding was made available in each case. [224275]

Dr. Ladyman: We have produced a range of user-friendly information including, A guide to receiving direct payments from your local council", which will also be available in Braille and audio formats. In association with the Council for Disabled Children, we have also produced A Parents' Guide to Direct Payments" for parents with disabled children.

We have produced an easy guide to direct payments to encourage people with learning disabilities to consider the option of direct payments.

We have also produced a video targeted at people from black and ethnic minority communities who want to access direct payments. a video targeting older people is also being produced by Age Concern.

Local councils should supplement this with local appropriate information.

We also provide funding to the National Centre for Independent Living, which provides information and advice about direct payments and independent living to individuals, local councils and voluntary organisations.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of direct payments made by local authorities to individuals has been in each year since 1997, broken down by local authority. [224276]

Dr. Ladyman: Data on expenditure by local authorities on direct payments for 1997–98 is not available centrally. Data showing gross expenditure on direct payments, as reported by local authorities in England for the period 1998–99 to 2003–04, has been placed in the Library.


Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential drug rehabilitation placesare available in Portsmouth and South East Hampshire. [221167]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information is not held centrally.
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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have used NHS services to treat (a) addiction to and (b) the adverse effects of (i) heroin, (ii) crack cocaine, (iii) cocaine, (iv) ecstasy, (v) cannabis, (vi) alcohol, (vii) solvents and (viii) prescription drugs in each of the last five years. [222640]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Data on numbers in treatment by drug misuse is not available. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse will publish information in the spring on numbers in treatment by drug misuse in England for 2003–04, from the national drug treatment monitoring system. Data on drug treatment may include non-national health service providers.

Data on numbers in treatment for alcohol misuse is not available.

Food Labelling

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prosecutions have been initiated in each of the last five years for labelling of food content which was deliberately misleading; and what percentage of those prosecutions related to the salt content. [223843]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 24 March 2005]: Information is not held centrally on the number of prosecutions for labelling of food offences which were deliberately misleading, or which related to salt content.

In line with the requirements of the European Union's Official Control Directive (OCD) 89/397, the data on prosecutions collected from local authorities by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reported under seven generic headings, one of which is labelling and presentation". In accordance with the relevant European Union guidance, each type of enforcement action is only recorded once per premises per year.

The FSA currently holds information for the five years covering the period 1999 to 2003. The numbers of premises subject to prosecutions initiated in the United Kingdom under the heading of labelling and presentation" during the years 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 are shown in the table.
Number of establishments subject to prosecutionPercentage of all prosecutions initiated

General Practitioner Surgeries (York)

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries in York havebeen (a) newly built and (b) modernised since 1997. [224632]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Health Promotion

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 December 2004, Official
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, column 504W, on Health Promotion, where the first wave of pilots to promote health and wellbeing through the workplace will be situated; when the pilots will commence; and what funding he is providing to the pilots. [224323]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Workplace Health", which is aimed at improving health and well-being in the workplace, is a two-year, £1.4 million programme managed by the British Heart Foundation and funded by Sport England, the Big Lottery Fund and the Department with a workplace pilot based in each of the nine regions in England.

Each pilot is being delivered by a regional partnership with representation from primary care trusts, local government, business forums and industry. The first and second waves of pilots will commence in summer 2005.

Health White Paper

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2004, Official Report, column 355W, on Health White Paper, what the timeframe is for developing the National Health Competency Framework; whether all Staff will be covered by the Framework; and if he will make a statement. [224321]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Skills for Health" (SfH) strategic plan 2004–09 sets out plans to achieve in excess of 95 per cent. coverage of the United Kingdom health sector work force in terms of competence frameworks, including national occupational standards.

The Department has a service level agreement in place with SfH to support the continuing development and maintenance of competences in the health sector.


Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new cases of HIV were diagnosed in the UK in each year since 2001; what percentage of new cases were African migrants coming to the UK from (a) former British colonies and (b) elsewhere; and what estimate he has made of the number of African people living in the UK who have undiagnosed HIV. [223842]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 24 March 2005]: Information about new HIV diagnoses and HIV prevalence estimates is contained in the Health Protection Agency's (HPA) report Focus on prevention: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in the United Kingdom in 2003—an update: November 2004 and AIDS/HIV quarterly surveillance table: cumulative UK data to end December 2004". These documents are available on the HPA's website at:

and at:

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Hospital-acquired Infection

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to communicate the results of the Regional Review Panel in relation to hospital-acquired infection; [216929]

(2) what steps he is taking to communicate level 1 and 2 recommendations of the Rapid Review Panel to NHS trusts. [217865]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Recommendations from the rapid review panel have been widely publicised. The most recent reports were announced in the Medical Director's Bulletin. Future reports will also be announced via the Chief Executive's Bulletin.

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