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Community Hospitals (Wiltshire)

Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat steps she has taken to monitor proposals to close inpatient beds in community hospitals in Wiltshire. [38260]

Caroline Flint: The Department does not monitor proposals to close inpatient beds. Changes to services are the responsibility of the local national health service as they are best placed to make decisions about how to provide health services to people in the local community.
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Coventry Teaching Primary Care Trust

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with Coventry Teaching primary care trust regarding their predicted cash shortfall. [38163]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not discussed the matter with Coventry primary care trust. It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities (SHAs) to deliver both overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure each and every body achieves financial balance. This is now a matter for West Midlands South SHA.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost per patient episode is at (a) a dental access centre and (b) a dental surgery operating under the general dental services contract. [31910]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department only holds information on its central contribution to dental access centres and does not hold full cost information, which includes any primary care trust (PCT) contribution and patient charge revenue. The Department does not have complete data from PCTs on patient throughput in dental access centres. However, based on the Department's total central contribution to the cost of dental access centres and the available data on patient throughput, the estimated average cost per patient episode in 2004–05 was a maximum of £141.

For the quarter ending September 2005, the average cost per patient episode, at a dental surgery operating under the general dental services contract was £41.77.

Dental Practice Board

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) dental nurses, (b) dental hygienists and (c) dental therapists there are in Tamworth. [32037]

Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 30 September 2004 there were no qualified dental therapists employed by Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth Primary care trust (PCT). There are two dental therapists employed by PCTs within the Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority area. The number of dental therapists employed privately by dentists is not held by the Department.

Information about the number of dental nurses and dental hygienists is not held centrally.

Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are on the waiting list for an NHS dentist in Coventry South. [38767]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

Departmental Costs

Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) salary bill was and (b) administrative costs were for her Department in (i) each region and (ii)London in 2004–05. [35874]

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Jane Kennedy: The Department operates in England only. The Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (Cm6639) gives the provisional 2004–05 departmental administration costs outturn for England, and the Departmental Report 2005 (Cm 6524), figure 8.1, contains estimated 2004–05 pay bill outturn.

Information for each region of the United Kingdom, or London, is not available.

Departmental Estate

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which buildings and sites used by her Department and
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related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under current plans for relocation. [31767]

Jane Kennedy: Three London buildings, Eileen House and Hannibal House in Central London and Canons Park in Stanmore, have been closed during 2005. No other properties are due to be closed under plans for relocation.

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) land and (b) property her Department (i) owns and (ii) rents in each constituency; and if she will make a statement. [33262]

Jane Kennedy: The properties owned or leased by the Department and its executive agencies together with the constituency in which they lie is shown in the table.
of Health
AgencyExecutive AgencyConstituency
Belgrave Road, LondonMOTOMOTOMedicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)Cities of London and Westminster
Bury St. EdmundsLeasedNational Health Service Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA)Bury St. Edmunds
Crown House, HitchinMOTOMHRAHarpenden
Eastway Business Village, PrestonLeasedRibble Valley
Flockton HouseLeasedSheffield, Central
Highcroft LodgeLeasedWinchester
Hinchley WoodMOTOLeasedMHRAEsher and Walton
Hunter House, LeedsLeasedMHRACity of York
Lightfoot Street, ChesterLeasedNHS PASACity of Chester
Market Towers, LondonLeasedMHRABattersea
Millennium A, WarringtonLeasedWarrington, North
Millennium House, SheffieldLeasedNHS PASASheffield, Central
Newbridge HillLeasedBath
New Court, LondonMOTOMHRAWestminster
NKBH, LondonMOTONorth Southwark and Bermondsey
PlymouthLeasedPlymouth, Sutton
Premier Buildings, NelsonLeasedPendle
Premier HouseLeasedNHS PASAReading East
Princess Marina Hospital, NorthamptonLeasedNHS PASANorthampton, South
Quarry House, LeedsMOTOLeeds, Central
Richmond House, LondonFreeholdWestminster
Skipton House, LondonLeasedNorth Southwark and Bermondsey
WEC, BlackpoolLeasedMHRABlackpool, North and Fleetwood
Wellington House, LondonFreeholdVauxhall
Westward House, BristolMOTOSouth Gloucester

MOTO is an agreement between Crown Bodies to lease space.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what use is being made of each former community health council building in England on which her Department is paying rent; and how much rent her Department is paying on each property. [35576]

Jane Kennedy: There were approximately 175 properties occupied by community health councils. The Department's interest in the majority has been disposed of. The Department is currently paying rent on the following former community health council properties in England. Unless otherwise stated they are vacant. Having established that there was no national health service interest they have been actively marketed.

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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by her Department in rent for properties in (a) total, (b) each region and (c) London in 2004–05. [35938]

Jane Kennedy: The Department and its executive agencies during 2004–05 paid £18,042,254 in total rent. This comprises regional totals of:
North West245,580
North East37,200
West Midlands70,000
East Midlands861
South West294,700
South East328,986
Yorkshire and Humberside5,438,666

All properties are located in England. Rent of £11,540,261 was paid for our London properties.

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