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Caroline Flint: The Department has made no formal assessment of the impact of khat on the health of its users, however we keep the evidence for health harms under on-going review to inform health messages and health policy.
The Advisory Council of the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has recently been reviewing the evidence of harms associated with khat use. The Department has an observer role on ACMD so we are fully informed of the scientific evidence and independent expert judgement of its harms in the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
In December 2005 the ACMD produced a report for the Home Secretary, and a number of recommendations. The recommendations included that khat should not be brought under the controls of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, and a number of supplementary recommendations on educating and informing people of the risks posed by
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khat, and ensuring appropriate treatment and advice services are targeted where they are needed. The full report and recommendations can be found at www.drugs.gov.uk.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many referrals there were to (a) psychiatrists, (b) clinical psychologists, (c) psychotherapists, (d) cognitive and behavioural therapists and (e) other therapists in each of the last five years, broken down to the most local level for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the requested format because such information is only collected for consultant-led services. Information on the number of admissions under the care of a mental illness consultant in each of the last five years has been placed in the Library. The information is broken down according to care provider, strategic health authority and regional Government office boundaries where possible.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number of midwives working in the NHS has been in each year since 1997, expressed as (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent; and what the total number of midwives working in the NHS was in each year since 1997 in terms of full-time equivalents per delivery. 
The number of midwives working in the NHS in terms of full-time equivalents per delivery is not collected centrally. The number of students entering midwifery training in 200405 was 2,374, approaching 50 per cent. more than in 199697.
Jane Kennedy: The Department has asked the National Institute for Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) to review the evidence on naltrexone and, by March 2007, deliver a technology appraisal on naltrexone as a treatment for relapse prevention.
This work has been started and will aim to look at the scientific research to see how effective natltrexone is at helping people stay off drugs, and to identify those groups of drug misusers, in the community and prison settings, who are most likely to benefit from this being prescribed to them. It will also look at advising on the optimum care package that needs to be available to those prescribed naltrexone to secure effective outcomes.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost implications (a) have been and (b) are expected to be as a result of the merger of the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant. 
Jane Kennedy: The merger between the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant will enable the new organisation to achieve savings targets, identified by the arm's length body (ALB) review, to be attained over the next three years.
NHS Blood and Transplant's specific ALB targets to be achieved by 200809 are a reduction in grant in aid of £11 million; further efficiency savings of £16 million; and a reduction in headcount of 153 whole time equivalents.
Caroline Flint: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) employs 6,760 staff, of whom 34 per cent. are professionally qualified clinical staff, 55 per cent. provide support to clinical staff and 11 per cent. are managerial and infrastructure support staff.
Caroline Flint: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced the formation of turnaround teams at the beginning of December 2005, the aim of these teams is to restore financial balance to the national health service organisations concerned.
Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust is subject to the first phase of the work which is an initial assessment to establish the position of the trust's financial control and actions to restore financial balance.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 14546W, on NHS finance, if she will provide the equivalent figures for NHS income from fees and charges from NHS trusts in (a) 200203 and (b) 200304; and if she will outline the reasons for the trend in this income stream from 200203 to 200405. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Written Statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, what planned financial support each (a) strategic health authority, (b) primary care trust and (c) NHS trust will (i) receive and (ii) provide in 200506 at (A) month six of 200506 and (B) year end 200506; and what the forecast gross financial position of each body is at each date. 
Mr. Byrne: The 200506 month six forecast outturn position for all national health service organisations (strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and national health service trusts) is available on the Department's website at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/FreedomOfInformation/ClassesOfInformation/fs/en
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Written Statement of 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS, on NHS finance data, if she will publish the year-end financial forecasts for (a) strategic health authorities, (b) NHS trusts, (c) primary care trusts and (d) the NHS in total as at (i) month seven, (ii) month eight and (iii) month nine of the financial year. 
Mr. Byrne: The forecast outturn position for 200506, as submitted by national health service organisations at the mid-year point (month six), is a net deficit of around £620 million. The 200506 month six forecast outturn position for individual NHS organisations (strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and NHS trusts) is available on the Department's website, at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/FreedomOfInformation/ClassesOfInformation/fs/en.
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