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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health after how many months a patient's registration lapses in the case of a patient who is registered with (a) a dentist operating under the general dental service contract and (b) a dentist operating under a personal dental service contract, for the purposes of collecting dental registration statistics. [33267]

Ms Rosie Winterton: For dentists operating under general dental services, a patient's registration lapses if he does not return to see that dentist within a 15-month period.

For dentists operating under pilot personal dental service arrangements, the dental practice board records patients seen in a 30-month period. This reflects the practice's total patient base.

From April 2006 all practices operating under the new contract will retain patients on their list for 30 months.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dental (a) nurses, (b) hygienists and (c) therapists there were in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) Hertfordshire, (iv) Greater London and (v) England in the last 10 years for which figures are available. [34292]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on dental nurses and hygienists is not held centrally as most dental care professionals are employed by independent general dental practitioners. It may be assumed that virtually all practising dentists will employ a dental nurse. Information on the numbers of dentists working in the relevant areas is shown in the following table as a rough indicator of the number of dental nurses.
General dental services (GDS) and personal dental services (PDS). Numbers of GDS and PDS dentists in England and the specified areas as at 30 September each year.

of which:
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA707733758777794805834858924
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA638672714739775770771808873
Essex SHA530543562595590566574595662
North West London SHA1,0041,0801,0891,0581,0591,0121,0381,0781,145
North Central London SHA632639667699709710713713766
North East London SHA537567574597610590614649720
South East London SHA633637638674670651673694741
South West London SHA629643665681702683681689756
Southend on Sea PCT576264656562616066

1. The dentists include principals, assistants and trainees. Prison contracts are excluded from the data.
2. The postcode of the dental practice was used to allocate dentists to specific geographic areas. primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) areas have been defined using the Office of National Statistics all fields postcode directory.
3. Data includes all notifications, received by the Dental Practice Board, up to 2 November 2005 for England and 19 October 2005 for PCT and SHA data. Figures for the numbers of dentists at specified dates may vary depending upon the notification period, e.g. data with a later notification period will include more recent notifications of dentists joining or leaving the GDS or PDS.
Dental Practice Board

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Information relating to dental therapists directly employed in the hospital and community health is shown in the following table.
National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified dental therapists in England by Government office region (GOR) and by strategic health authority (SHA) area in England as at 30 September each specified year.

GOR codeStrategic health authoritySHA code1995199619971998199920002001200220032004
of which:
GEast of England total67464815151518
Bedfordshire and HertfordshireQ0234353714141518
Norfolk, Suffolk and CambridgeshireQ0311111111
HLondon total17191812152117171617
North Central LondonQ052334543323
North East LondonQ064422556
North West LondonQ044332576755
South East LondonQ072452233
South West LondonQ085554373243

1995–2001 data is estimated based on 2002 organisational structure.
Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census
Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census

Departmental Estate

Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the former (a) buildings and (b) land of (i) her Department and (ii) (A) non-departmental public bodies, (B) agencies and (C) independent statutory bodies for which her Department is responsible which
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have been sold since 7 May 1997; what the sale price of each (1) was at the time of sale and (2) is at current prices; and whether the money accrued was (x) retained by her Department and (y) claimed by the Treasury. [40136]

Jane Kennedy: Three properties, buildings and land combined, have been sold since 7 May 1997. All three properties were owned by the Department.
Sale of departmental properties since 7 May 1997

PropertyDate of saleSale price (£)Sale price (estimated current value)(£)
St. Charles Centre, Brentwood1 February 20003,000,0003,467,462
Capital Drive, Milton Keynes5 January 20013,725,0004,214,845
Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre, Birmingham14 May 20023,607,0673,963,270

The money accrued from the sales was retained by the Department.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) land and (b) property is owned by her Department in Castle Point. [42893]

Jane Kennedy: Neither the Department nor the Secretary of State for Health owns land or property in Castle Point.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure on (a) buildings and (b) insurance of buildings and staff 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. [40153]

Jane Kennedy: The expenditure on buildings and insurance for the Department, non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) and executive agencies in each of the last three years, plus planned expenditure for 2005–06 is shown in the table.

Details of expenditure for other public bodies in each region are not held centrally. The cost of collating this data would be disproportionate.
Department, NDPB and Executive agencies expenditure on buildings and insurance 2002–03 to 2005–06


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Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by her Department on refreshments in each year since 1997. [41246]

Jane Kennedy: The Department has spent the following amounts on refreshments and food since 2002, previous years are not available due to a change in contractor:

This figure includes working breakfasts or lunches, meetings and official entertainment.

All expenditure of official entertainment is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government Accounting".

Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by her Department on salaries paid to civil servants in each year since 1997. [41590]

Jane Kennedy: Information on the Department's administration costs, including paybill, for years from 1999–2000 is given in the Departmental Annual Report 2005 (Cm 6524). The most recent Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper (Cm 6639) gives some provisional information on the 2004–05 outturn for departmental administration costs.

Information for earlier years to 1997–98 is not available on a consistent basis, and information on the Department's running costs for those years is given at table 13.1 in the departmental report 2000–01 (Cm 4603).

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