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Departmental Correspondence

Dr. Strang: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much departmental correspondence was addressed to people who had (a) died and (b) moved house in each of the last five years. [41053]

Jane Kennedy: The Department does not hold customer information for the purpose of proactively writing to customers. We only ever reply to correspondence directly sent to us.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual expenditure on (a) fixtures and fittings, (b) general office expenses and (c) office equipment was of (i) her Department and (ii) each (A) non-departmental public body, (B) executive agency and (C) other public body for which her Department is responsible in each English region in each of the last three financial years; and what the planned expenditure is for 2005–06 in each case. [40152]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not available and can only be obtained at disproportionate cost. The Department does not collect information on such categories of expenditure made by its executive agencies and executive non-departmental public bodies but details of their financial position can be found in their published annual reports.

Departmental Funding

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding her Department has granted to the (a) General Chiropractic Council, (b) General Dental Council, (c) General Medical Council, (d) General Optical Council, (e) General Osteopathic Council, (f) Health Professions Council, (g) Nursing and Midwifery Council and (h) Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain in each of the last three years. [39810]

Jane Kennedy: The Department granted the following amounts to the following organisations over the past three years, which is shown in the table.
Departmental funding to regulatory bodies, 2003–04 to 2005–06

Regulatory body2003–042004–052005–06
General Chiropractic Council000
General Osteopathic Council000
General Dental Council2,321.10378,351.44234,982.40
General Medical Council212,753.6520,759.240
General Optical Council000
Health Professions Council1,330,000.0000
Nursing and Midwifery Council1,962,749.67937.04762.14
Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain4,254,502.933,231,191.855,413,614.20

Emergency Contraception

Mr. Binley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of the morning after pill were given in the Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland strategic health authority in the last 10 years, broken down by age of the patient. [36418]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Prescription data for strategic health authorities (SHAs) is only available from 2001.

It is not possible to provide an age breakdown for this data.
Prescriptions for morning after pill, 2001–04


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Emergency contraception is also available through community contraception clinics, and can be purchased over the counter by those aged over 16. The Department does not hold data centrally on the latter.

Two national health service trusts provide community contraception clinic services in this SHA. The data for 2001–02, when the SHA came into being, to 2004–05 is shown in the table.
Occasions on which hormonal post-coital contraceptives dispensed at family planning clinics in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA, by age,2001–02 to 2004–05

Age group2001–022002–032003–042004–05
Under 1519825113074
35 and over144124118119

Health and Social Care Information Centre KT31 return.

Free Eye Tests

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Hendon received free eye tests in 2005; and if she will make a statement. [41617]

Jane Kennedy: Information on the number of sight tests by constituency or by pensioners is not collected or held centrally. The Department does not count the number of pensioners receiving free sight tests, but does count the number of free sight tests given to persons aged 60 or over.

The Hendon constituency lies solely within the Barnet primary care trust (PCT). The estimated number of free national health service sight tests for persons aged 60 or over, paid by Barnet PCT for the year ending March 31 2005 is 24,477.

Greater Peterborough Primary Care Partnership Area

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to tackle health inequalities in the Greater Peterborough primary care partnership area. [40988]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The national health service is in receipt of record resources as a result of the Government's policy on funding the NHS. Funding of the NHS has increased from £34.7 billion in 1997–98 to £69.7 billion in 2004–05. By 2007–08, spending on the NHS will have increased to over £92 billion.

This means that compared to the £84.6 million it received in 2003–04, North Peterborough primary care trust (PCT) will receive a funding allocation of £153.2 million in 2007–08. Over the same period, South Peterborough PCTs funding allocation will rise from £64.8 million to £114.2 million in 2007–08.

The responsibility for local health services lies with the local NHS. It is for PCTs in conjunction with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders to plan and develop services to meet the needs of their populations using the funding allocated.
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Group B Streptococcus Screening

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what analysis her Department has made of research and experience in other countries of Group B streptococcus screening during pregnancy; [39245]

(2) what guidance is given on when a patient should be advised that Group B streptococcus has been detected in a test. [39247]

Mr. Byrne: It is for clinicians, in partnership with their patients, to decide on when and how to advise patients of test results. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' guideline number 36, Prevention of Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Disease" and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's clinical guideline, Antenatal Care: Routine care for the healthy pregnant women" give guidance based on research evidence.

The NHS Health Technology Programme has commissioned a study of different approaches to the management of Group B Streptococcus in pregnancy. A review of the international evidence forms part of this work.

Havering Primary Care Trust

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Havering primary care trust was successful in obtaining a share of the £95 million which was offered to those PCTs which had successfully implemented the new 'Choose and Book' system within the Government's deadline of 31 December 2005. [40882]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Havering primary care trust (PCT) was successful in obtaining £312,000, from stage one of the incentive scheme. This was awarded to the PCT in December 2005.

Health Committee Evidence

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the oral evidence from Mr. John Bacon to the Health Committee on 1 December 2005, HC736-i, on public expenditure on health and personal social services 2005, if she will place in the Library the details of diagnostic waiting times referred to in answer to question 188. [36479]

Mr. Byrne: The Department will respond to the Health Select Committee in due course.

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