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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many service users of social services departments have been in receipt of direct payments in each year since 1997; and how many adults receiving community care services provided by social services departments there were in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The table shows the number of people aged 18 and over receiving community based services as at 31 March for the years 2001 to 2005 in England and the number from these totals who received direct payments. Data are not available for the earlier years.
At 31 March:
|Of whom received direct payments|
Currently 44 per cent. of primary care trusts (PCTs) are co-terminous with local government boundaries, this will rise to a minimum of 77 per cent. as a result of the PCT reconfiguration exercise which is currently the subject of public consultation. The percentage co-terminous could be considerably higher depending on the outcome of that consultation.
However, 'Commissioning a Patient Led NHS' also identified seven other criteria which must be met when considering PCT reconfiguration. This may mean that co-terminosity with local authorities may not always be the optimum configuration, and in some cases it may be sensible for PCTs to contain more than one unitary authority within their boundaries or to have several PCTs in a large local government area in order to meet local health needs.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) NHS dentistry and (b) the NHS as a whole in (i) 1997 and (ii) the latest year for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The main elements of national health service dental services are the primary care services provided through the general dental services (GDS). In addition, a significant proportion of primary dental care is now provided by dentists working within the personal dental services (PDS) under new local commissioning arrangements agreed with primary care trusts. These elements, together with total NHS expenditure, are shown in the table. Net PDS expenditure is shown as an estimated range because the 200405 accounts format did not permit a precise identification of PCTs' net expenditure on PDS separate from other elements of discretionary health expenditure.
PCTs also commission community and hospital dental services to provide oral health programmes, or care to patients with special needs or more complex dental problems, but expenditure on these services is not separately identified in central returns.
|Net NHS expenditure: England(26)||34,664||69,706|
|Net GDS expenditure: England||959||1,246|
|Estimated net PDS expenditure:|
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Data regarding the number of dentists admitting new national health service patients are not available centrally. Individual primary care trusts should be able to provide this information for their local areas.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total cost to the NHS of providing care to those with diabetes for the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the total number of people with (a) type 1 and (b) type 2 diabetes in each year since 1997; how many finished episodes of care relating to the treatment of diabetes there have been in each year since 1997; what estimate she has made of the total number of patients who will have (i) type 1 and (ii) type 2 diabetes in 2010; and if she will make a statement. 
Estimates of the number of people aged 16 and over with doctor-diagnosed diabetes can be derived for some earlier years from the Health Survey for England, collected every five years, and are shown in table one.
The number of patients diagnosed with diabetes identified by general practitioner practices in England in 200405 was 1,766,391 2 . This is the first year of data from this source. Figures are not available for type one and type two diabetes separately.
2 200405 Quality and Outcomes Framework data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. 3 PBS Prevalence Model.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department offers to those bodies offering family planning concerning whether there is a minimum age for offering contraception (a) with and (b) without parental consent. 
Caroline Flint: Health professionals provide contraception to young people under 16 within an established legal framework which involves assessing the young person's competence to understand the choices they are making and encouraging them to talk to their parents. A young person's request for confidentiality is respected unless there are child protection concerns. The Department's guidance "Best practice guidance for doctors and other health professionals on the provision of advice and treatment to young people under 16 on contraception, sexual and reproductive health", stresses that duty of confidentiality is not absolute. Where a health professional believes that there is a risk to the health, safety or welfare of a young person which is so serious as to outweigh the young person's right to privacy, they should follow locally agreed child protection protocols as outlined in the Government guidance "Working Together to Safeguard Children" (1999).
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