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To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will take steps to ensure that the quality of (a) civil aid service and (b) criminal aid service available to local communities is not reduced
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as a result of the Legal Services Commission's proposals to introduce price competitive tendering to the legal aid system. 
Bridget Prentice: Both the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and the Legal Service Commission (LSC) are confident that proposals to introduce price competitive tendering (PCT) will not adversely impact on the existing provisions of legal aid service to local communities as a whole. By using peer review as a measure of the quality of service provided to clients, the LSC will be asked to monitor the impact of the new arrangements, and where necessary, to respond to any concerns that may arise.
Bridget Prentice: The eligibility criteria for Gypsies and Travellers for civil legal aid are the same as for other individuals. The Legal Services Commission aims to ensure that all socially excluded groups including Gypsies and Travellers are able to access the legal advice for which they are eligible. To this end the Commission provides funding for a national helpline for Gypsies and Travellers for legal advice on housing matters and a pilot scheme to facilitate information and advice services for Gypsies and Travellers in Cambridgeshire on matters of social welfare law. The provision of early legal advice can lead to more timely and cost-effective resolution of disputes.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which primary care trusts have introduced simple and routine chiropody services through measures other than by a registered podiatrist or chiropodist; and how many NHS patients have received chiropody treatment through measures other than by a registered podiatrist or chiropodist in each of the last 10 years; 
(2) what assessment she has made of the provision of simple and routine NHS chiropody services by primary care trusts other than by a registered podiatrist or chiropodist; and if she will make a statement; 
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(3) what mechanisms have been put in place to assess the provision of simple and routine chiropody services by primary care trusts other than by a specialist podiatrist or chiropodist; and if she will make a statement; 
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what changes there have been to fees charged by the Commission for Social Care Inspection since 1997; what representations she has received on charges; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The current fee structure for regulated social care providers has been in place since 1 April 2002. The National Care Standards Commission was the regulator until 1 April 2004 when it was succeeded by the Commission for Social Care Inspection. The fee structure has remained broadly the same during that period except for the introduction of fees for services being regulated for the first time. The fees were increased by 20 per cent. across the board with effect from 1 April 2003, 1 April 2004 and again from 1 April 2005.
However, we have made special concessions for small care homes, adult placements, small domiciliary care agencies, and small nurse agencies. We have lowered the annual fee for small care homes and adult placements (£173 instead of £259), for small domiciliary care agencies (£540 instead of £1,080), and for small nurses' agencies (£360 instead of £720).
People who are eligible for national health service continuing care and those whose assets fall below the lower threshold used in the residential care means test automatically receive free personal care.
Making personal care free for everyone carries a very substantial and increasing cost, but would not raise the standard or range of services available. The estimated cost for 200304 is £1.5 billion.
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The estimated costs for future years are shown in the table using 200304 constant prices. The projections take account of demographic change, in terms of numbers of older people by age, gender, household type and housing tenure. They assume that cost of care will rise by 2 per cent. per year in real terms, in line with average earnings. As with any projections, the figures should only be taken as broad estimates of the cost because of the uncertainty of projecting over such a long time scale.
Research conducted by personal social services research unit and the university of Leicester, for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, suggest that free personal and nursing care would increase United Kingdom public spending on long-term care for older people to £42.6 billion in 2051 (1.45 per cent. of gross domestic product (GDP)) as opposed to £35.4 billion (1.20 per cent. of GDP) under the current funding system (without free personal care). These projections are at constant 2000 prices.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the 48 hour access targets for general practitioners on availability of pre-booked routine appointments; what plans she has to revise those targets; and if she will make a statement. 
Latest monitoring data for April 2005 shows that about 1.5 per cent. of patients do not have the opportunity to book advance appointments. This is not acceptable practice and the Department is continuing to work with strategic health authorities to
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get primary care trusts to tackle the issue locally and ensure practices offer patients flexible as well as fast access.
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of the overall national budget for NHS hospitals the total annual cost for patients in intensive care and patients in high dependency care represent; 
Mr. Byrne: As of 13 January 2005, there were 1,426 high dependency beds and 1,787 intensive care beds in England. Further data is available on the Department's website at: www.performance.dh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/index.htm. It is for the Welsh Assembly to provide the appropriate information for Wales.
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