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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will arrange a Tuesday morning briefing by Ministers and senior officials introducing the work of the Department to new hon. Members. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the Equality Impact Assessment on the restructuring elements of the Departmental Change Programme, as referred to on page 31 of her Department's Annual Report. 
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure by her Department was on (a) hospital services, (b) doctors' surgeries and (c) dental services in each year since 1997 in Houghton and Washington East constituency. 
Mr. Byrne: The information is not held centrally in the format requested. Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for securing health services to meet the needs of their local population. In the current financial year, Sunderland Teaching PCT is receiving a resource allocation of £347.6 million. This will increase to £449 million in 200708.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 13 July 2005, Official Report, column 1145W, on research and development, whether she plans to increase her Department's total expenditure on research and development as a proportion of total net Department of Health spending to 1.5 per cent. 
Jane Kennedy: The Government's objective is to increase overall levels of research and development in the economy to 2.5 per cent, of gross domestic product by 2014. The scale of the Department's research and development programme, and plans for real terms growth in expenditure, are described in chapter 8 of the Government's science and innovation investment framework, which was published in July 2004. The framework document is available in the Library, and can be found on Her Majesty's Treasury's website at www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/spending_review/spending_ sr04/associated_documents/spending_sr04_science.cfm.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the companies from which her Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in respect of each company. 
Jane Kennedy: Information on recipients of departmental payments of over £1 million, for the years 200203, 200304 and 200405 has been placed in the Library. This information includes amounts paid to bodies for grants and funding.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) subject matter and (b) dates were of opinion survey research undertaken by the Department
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and its agencies in the last 12 months; if she will place copies of the results of each survey in the Library; which companies were used in conducting the research; and how much each was paid. 
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people with diabetes were screened for retinopathy on the NHS in each of the last five years in each primary care trust in England. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of people identified as having diabetes in England were offered screening for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy in each year since 200203. 
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been made available by her Department to ensure that primary care trusts in (a) England, (b) Greater London and (c) Southwark meet the diabetic retinopathy screening target of 80 per cent. by March 2006 and 100 per cent. by December 2007. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The diabetes national service framework (NSF) delivery strategy announced that capital funds would be available to support the purchase of digital cameras and related equipment for diabetic retinopathy screening to support implementation of the planning and performance framework target. The specified information on funding is not available in the format requested. However, for England, capital funding of £27 million is available for the three years to March 2006. £14.6 million capital has been made available to strategic health authorities (SHAs) to distribute locally (£5 million in 200304 and £9.6 million in 200405) and £12.4 million will be available in 200506. Allocations to London SHAs are shown in the table.
|North Central London SHA||187,000||359,000||464,000|
|North East London SHA||190,000||364,000||470,000|
|North West London SHA||212,000||406,000||525,000|
|South East London SHA||190,000||365,000||471,000|
|South West London SHA||126,000||242,000||312,000|
In terms of revenue, the diabetes NSF has been fully costed and funding to deliver the national and locally-determined targets has been included in primary care trust initial resource limits.
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The Department's correspondence handling system currently only holds electronic records dating back to January 2003, in line with our records and retention schedule which has been agreed with the national archive. Since then the department has received and responded to 1,921 official correspondence cases relating to East Sussex, of which 21 referred to Special Educational Needs policy and/or disabled children and young people. Further information can only be provided at disproportionate cost.
The Department has consulted nationally on the recent Government 10 year childcare strategy Choice for Parents, the best start for children" which was launched in December 2004. The strategy gives local authorities a strong steer on the inclusion of disabled children to ensure that they plan and provide services that are accessible to all. The strategy guidance also requires them to consult the parents of disabled children and the voluntary sector when developing childcare services to ensure that provision fully meets local needs.
Since the National Childcare Strategy commenced, funding of some £15,136,765 has been allocated to East Sussex between 1999 and 2006 to create, sustain and support all early years and childcare provision, including daycare for disabled children. This allocation includes funding of £603,637 for children with special needs. Until April 2005 this funding was ringfenced within the General Sure Start Grant.
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