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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 10 November 2005]: Contracts to the value of £6.2 billion over 10 years were let to deliver the national programme for information technology. All the systems being deployed as part of the national programme are proceeding on budget. No additional costs have been incurred.
Mr. Byrne: The number of training posts for junior doctors is determined by the needs of patients and the national health service. There is no intention to reduce the number of posts as a result of the proposed modernising medical careers changes to the structure of training programmes.
Jane Kennedy: The Department has not taken specific steps to promote the uptake of national tests. While the Department has not promoted the uptake of these qualifications, policies are in place to support people should they identify a need to do so.
Jane Kennedy: The Department does not collect this type of data. The Department operates a competency based recruitment system. Candidates are required to demonstrate specific skills and competencies for a particular role.
Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will instruct Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale primary care trust, when deciding whether its premises can be used for an hon. Member's surgery, to take account of the use of the Chai Centre for a ministerial visit in August. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 11 November 2005]: The Department has made no direct assessment of the quality of mental health services in Plymouth. In England, the Healthcare Commission is responsible for assessing and reporting on the performance of national health service organisations. The commission published a clinical governance review of Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust in October 2004 and the trust is currently implementing an action plan to address the issues identified by the commission in close collaboration with the South West Peninsula Strategic Health Authority.
Additionally, in order to help local services benchmark their progress in implementing the national service framework for mental health with the other mental health service providers across the country, the National Institute for Mental Health in England conducts an annual assessment every autumn and shares the findings with trusts and strategic health authorities.
Mr. Byrne: Information on the numbers of qualified full-time equivalent qualified nurses working in psychiatry in each of the last five years is shown in the table. Information on the number of staff recruited each year is not available centrally.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the members are of the code of practice working group set up to implement a workable model of mental health tribunals proposed in the draft Mental Health Bill; when it has met; and whether she plans to publish its report. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not set up a code of practice working group. We assume the hon. Member is referring to the tribunal project group (TPG) which is an advisory group that is answerable to the mental health legislation implementation group. The TPG's current membership is:
Officials from the Department and the Department of Constitutional Affairs also attend meetings of the group. The TPG will meet for the fifth time on 17 November, and it is scheduled to meet monthly. It is not within the remit of the TPG to produce a report. It will advise Ministers, through project managers, on the overall direction and management of the tribunal project.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2005, Official Report, column 762W, to the hon. Member for
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Billericay on midwifery what progress is being made in investigating the feasibility of using the Community Midwifery Model in the NHS. 
Mr. Byrne: Information on the numbers of midwives employed in the national health service in England by age-band is shown in the table. The number of midwives training places is increasing and in 200405, 2,374 students entered training to become a midwife, 44 per cent. more than in 199697.
|25 and under||671|
|25 to 29||1,707|
|30 to 34||2,279|
|35 to 39||4,255|
|40 to 44||5,224|
|45 to 49||3,943|
|50 to 54||2,594|
|55 to 59||1,738|
|60 to 64||473|
|65 and over||46|
(3) what recent discussions she has had with healthcare professionals on the treatment of multiple chemical sensitivity; 
The Department has not issued guidance to, or had discussions with, healthcare professionals on this. The national health service provides a range of services for people suffering from allergies based on an individual assessment of need. This includes, for those with complex cases requiring special facilities for the investigation and management of their condition, six specialist centres run by allergists.
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