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Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what effects she estimates planned community hospital and bed closures will have on NHS expenditure in the financial year (a) 200506 and (b) 200607. 
Mr. Byrne: Making decisions on local healthcare provision is a matter for primary care trusts and strategic health authorities (SHAs) in consultation with the local population. Therefore, the Department is not in a position to estimate what effects local decisions on any changes in service will have on overall national health service expenditure. It remains the responsibility of SHAs to deliver overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure each and every body achieves financial balance.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the reasons for (a) the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust's, (b) the Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare Trust's and (c) Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust's budget deficit for 200506. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities to deliver financial balance for their local health communities. This includes working with organisations in deficit to ascertain the reasons for the deficit, and to manage the position locally in relation to the recovery of deficits. Any recovery plans developed by organisations must address the issue of making good the deficits in future years.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cataract operations have been performed by the independent sector on behalf of the NHS in each year since 1997; how many of these operations in each of these years have required the
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national health service to provide a follow-up service to patients with needs relating directly to their operation; and what the mean cost has been to the NHS of each such follow-up procedure each year. 
Mr. Byrne: As part of the centrally procured independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme, Netcare has delivered over 18,000 ophthalmology procedures since February 2004. The Department does not collect figures on the cost of follow up treatment that may take place in the national health service, but all independent sector providers, working under the ISTC programme, have agreed local level service agreements to ensure suitable follow-up care arrangements for patients.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for educating and advising parents on the benefits of a healthy diet for their children in 200506. 
Caroline Flint: A total budget of £2 million has been allocated for the 5 A DAY programme for 200506, which includes promotion and education of the 5 A DAY message to parents and other population groups on the benefits of a healthy diet for their children. Also, as part of phase one of healthy start in Devon and Cornwall, approximately £50,000 has been allocated towards producing materials for beneficiaries that contain information and guidance on nutrition and healthy eating for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. Another £500,000 has been allocated in 200506 for the obesity social marketing campaign promised in the White Paper Choosing health". The campaign will take an early focus on children under 11 and their influences, primarily parents/carers.
There is an allocation of £200 million over the next three years for the improvement of school food, which could be used to educate pupils and parents in healthier eating at school. In addition, the School Food Trust is currently being set up with a budget of £15 million to support schools in making the transformation to healthy meals, giving independent support and advice to schools and parents.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is also a major source of information on food and nutrition. Although the FSA has not specifically allocated any resource to advise parents in this manner, their eatwell website (available at www.eatwell.gov.uk), together with life stage healthy eating leaflets and media features, continues to be an important tool that the Government use to provide parents with practical healthy eating advice for children and young people.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Clinical negligence payments made by hospital trusts in Essex and London since April 2002 are shown in the table. Information on payments made before April 2002 is not held centrally.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many letters to her Department from hon. Members in session (a) 200405 and (b) 200506 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii) two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old. 
The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of departments in replying to Members/peers correspondence. The report for 2004 was published on 6 April 2005, Official Report, column, 13740ws.
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