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Drug and Alcohol Misuse

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many civil servants at what grades are employed in her Department (a) to deal with treatment for people who are misusing drugs and (b) on the alcohol strategy. [58359]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the tables in whole-time equivalents (WTE) for the senior civil service and the Department's integrated pay scales.
Drug treatment (includes less than one WTE working on drug prevention)

Senior civil service0.6
IP4 Upper0.9
IP4 Standard1.0
IP3 Standard1.0

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Alcohol strategy

Senior Civil Service0.4
IP4 Upper0.5
IP4 Standard1.0
IP3 Standard1.0

IP—integrated pay band where IP1 is the minimum pay range.

Education/Training Budgets

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much she has budgeted for (a) non-medical education and training and (b) multi-professional education and training in each year since 1999. [60392]

Mr. Byrne: The amount budgeted for non-medical education and training and multi-professional education and training in each year since 1999 is shown in the table.
£ million

Non-medical education and trainingMulti-professional education and training


Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to improve awareness of endometriosis. [60479]

Mr. Byrne: The Department provided £39,000 to the National Endometriosis Society to produce two information leaflets: one for women and one for general practitioners (GPs) aimed at raising awareness of the symptoms of endometriosis. We are aware that the leaflets were well received and pick up rates were higher than average. Section 64 funding of £7,374 was also allocated for the organisation's GP surgery awareness project.

The Department continues to work closely with and has provided Section 64 funding to the National Endometriosis Society and Endometriosis SHE Trust (UK). Funding has helped with the cost of both organisations core activities as well as specific projects.

Environmental Health Inspections

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many food providers failed environmental health inspections in the last 12 months in each London borough; and if she will make a statement. [60552]

Jane Kennedy: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the information requested is not available centrally. A summary of enforcement action taken for each London borough during the financial year 2004–05 is shown in the table.
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Official control of foodstuffs statistics for London boroughs 2004–05—infringements

London borough
Number of formal enforcement actions reported by London boroughs to the FSA for the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005(45)
Barking and Dagenham197
City of London16
Hammersmith and Fulham1,087
Kensington and Chelsea1,677
Tower Hamlets1,151
Waltham Forest458

(45) Source: Food Standards Agency—OCD Database.
1. Formal enforcement action includes written warnings, improvement notices, voluntary closures, and food seizures, surrenders or detentions, formal cautions, prosecutions, prohibition orders and emergency prohibition orders.
2. The data exclude cases where, based on their professional judgment, the enforcement officers gave informal advice on minor issues.

Frimley Park Hospital

Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income was received by Frimley Park hospital in each quarter of the most recent three years for which figures are available; and what estimate has been made of the likely income in each quarter of the next two years. [61405]

Caroline Flint: Frimley Park hospital trust was authorised by Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of national health service foundation trusts) as an NHS foundation trust on 1 April 2005. The total income of the trust in the preceding three years is shown in the following table.
Frimley Park hospital NHS trust—total income


Audited summarisation schedules of the Frimley Park hospital NHS trust.

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Information on financial projections is a matter for the chair of Frimley Park hospital NHS foundation trust. I have written to Jane Cooke informing her of your inquiry, and a copy of her reply letter will be placed in the Library.

General Medical Services Contract

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the rationale for the recent inclusion of new clinical indicators in the revised Quality and Outcomes Framework on the General Medical Services contract will be published. [58637]

Mr. Byrne: The review of the quality and outcomes framework as part of the general medical services negotiations was supported by an expert panel, engaged by NHS Employers, and lead by the University of Birmingham. The role of the expert panel was to synthesise the evidence submitted and to provide advice to the negotiators with regard to both the potential for health gain and the practicalities of implementing the indicators suggested. Submissions were made to the panel from a wide range of groups.

The expert panel reports which were submitted to the negotiating parties will be published in the spring of 2006 by NHS Employers.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the second phase of the review of the General Medical Services contract will take place. [58638]

Mr. Byrne: NHS Employers will be discussing changes to the general medical services contract for 2007–08 onwards with the British Medical Association in the near future.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the total planned investment on genetics of £50 million referred to on page 5 of her Department's White Paper Our Inheritance: Our Future", published June 2003, Cm 5791-II has been achieved; and if she will break down spending by main expenditure area. [60393]

Jane Kennedy: The funding of £50 million announced in the genetics White Paper, Our Inheritance, Our Future" built on an earlier commitment made in April 2001 by the then Secretary of State for Health to invest £30 million in national health service genetic services. By the end of financial year 2005–06, we will have invested £52.4 million equipping the NHS to make appropriate use of genetic knowledge and technology as it becomes available. The breakdown of this investment in genetics under the White Paper and earlier commitments is shown in the table.
Investment in genetics£ million
Strengthening specialised genetic services via investment in upgrading NHS genetic laboratories and recruiting more consultants, genetic counsellors and laboratory staff.40.9
Building genetics into mainstream services by piloting new ways of integrating genetics into other specialties (such as cancer) and primary care.3.6
Spreading genetics knowledge across the NHS via a new NHS national genetics education and development centre, a genetics specialist library of the national electronic library for health, and other educational and information initiatives for health care professionals and the public.2.1
Generating new knowledge by funding research into pharmacogenetics, gene therapy and health services research in genetics.5.8

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The White Paper included a commitment to review progress after three years to see what more needs to be done.

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