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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research she has commissioned to determine more cost-effective ways of treating Alzheimer's disease in addition to that being undertaken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 13 July 2005]: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is a special health authority, set up in April 1999 specifically to give advice to the national health service on best clinical practice, including the clinical and cost effectiveness of drugs and other treatments.
The majority of the Department's expenditure on health research is allocated to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of individual projects supported in the NHS, including some 160 to do with Alzheimer's disease can be found on the national research register at: www.dh.gov.uk/research.
Each ambulance service should plan to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand. This may include resources in addition to ambulance provision, for example, using community paramedics or emergency care practitioners.
As a result of the Department's strategic review of ambulance services, we expect the number of ambulance vehicles to increase over the next few years. The size of the fleet and fleet mix will vary across the country depending on operational and geographical requirements.
|Lancashire ambulance service NHS trust||Headcount|
|All non-medical staff||924|
|Professionally qualified clinical staff||622|
|Support to clinical staff||207|
|Support to doctors and nurses||19|
|Support to ambulance staff||188|
|NHS infrastructure support||95|
|Hotel property and estate staff||18|
|Managers and senior managers||41|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff (a) by headcount and (b) by full-time equivalent, were employed in the arm's length bodies contained in her Department's review of arm's length bodies as at (i) September 2003, (ii) September 2004 and (iii) the most recent date for which figures are available. 
Jane Kennedy: The numbers of staff working in the Department's arm's length bodies are not readily available for September 2003 and 2004. The data shown in the table is available only in whole-time equivalents.
|Body title||31 March 2003||1 April 2004||1 April 2005|
|Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence||n/a||8||11|
|Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health||5||197||189|
|Commission for Health Improvement||347||n/a||n/a|
|Commission for Social Care Inspection||n/a||2,622||2,551|
|Dental Practice Board||354||321||272|
|Dental Vocational Training Authority||2||4||3|
|Family Health Services Appeal Authority||13||15||12|
|General Social Care Council||85||173||262|
|Health Protection Agency||n/a||3,144||3,287|
|Health and Social Care Information Centre||n/a||360||366|
|Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority||80||106||99|
|Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts (Monitor)||n/a||28||28|
|Medical Devices Agency||154||n/a||n/a|
|Medicines Control Agency||490||n/a||n/a|
|Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency||n/a||806||862|
|Mental Health Act Commission||35||36||46|
|National Biological Standards Board||283||308||313|
|National Blood Authority||5,679||5,599||5,759|
|National Care Standards Commission||2,291||n/a||n/a|
|National Institute for Clinical Excellence||43||230||230|
|National Patient Safety Agency||55||238||238|
|National Radiological Protection Board||318||315||n/a|
|National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse||38||88||94|
|NHS Appointments Commission||44||49||60|
|NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service||78||250||250|
|NHS Litigation Authority||145||217||152|
|NHS Modernisation Agency||610||842||n/a|
|NHS Pensions Agency||286||339||363|
|NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency||316||333||341|
|NHS Connecting for Health||n/a||767||767|
|Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board||n/a||27||36|
|Prescription Pricing Authority||2,275||2,438||1,940|
|Public Health Laboratory Service||3,216||69||n/a|
|United Kingdom Transplant||122||121||130|
Mr. Byrne: There are currently 16 people resident at Broadmoor hospital who have Asperger's syndrome of some degree. The number of patients diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome that have left Broadmoor since 2000 is shown in the table.
|Number of patients discharged|
Jane Kennedy: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent organisation which develops its guidance, including for cancer treatments, after careful consideration of the available evidence and in consultation with stakeholders. The process by which NICE develops its guidance is a matter for the Institute. Its processes have been developed through wide consultation, are transparent and have been endorsed by the World Health Organisation. NICE reviews its processes regularly in order to identify opportunities for efficiencies in the way they are applied.
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