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Mr. Byrne: Intensive care is not a service an urgent care centre would provide. Major accident and emergency departments, which take severely ill or injured patients, are always attached to hospitals that have critical care services. Urgent care describes a service offering care for injury or illness that is not immediately life threatening.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on health and social care voluntary and community groups of the delay in announcing grant allocations for 200607. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department recognises the implications of the delay in notifying voluntary and community organisations of the result in their Section 64 applications. These organisations have been regularly informed of the situation by e-mail and telephone for those organisations that have directly contacted the Department.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mean waiting time was for an (a) out-patient and (b) in-patient appointment in each year since 1997; and what the mean waiting times in each category were in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
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Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an appointment to see a general practitioner in (a) the constituency of Ruislip-Northwood, (b) the London borough of Hillingdon and (c) Greater London in each year since 1997. 
Jane Kennedy: This information is not collected centrally. Figures for the percentage of patients offered a first appointment with a general practitioner within two working days by London strategic health authorities and primary care trusts (PCT) for June 2002 to February 2006 has been placed in the Library.
Since 2001, the Department has collected information from PCTs on whether patients are being offered the opportunity to be seen by a GP or a primary care professional within the target timeframes specified in The NHS Plan". It does not however collect information on actual waiting times.
From April 2004, access to a GP or primary care professional at a local national health service walk-in centre may count towards the 2448 hour primary care access target, but only for practices that have an agreement with an NHS walk-in centre, which offer GP or primary care professional services, that includes referring and/or diverting practice patients.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The development of the new acute hospital for West Hertfordshire adjacent to the site of the current Watford general hospital is currently progressing through the Department's business case process.
Following publication of The NHS in England: the operating framework for 2006/7" on 26 January, the trust will now need to revalidate the approval parameters for the scheme by responding to a range of questions from the Department concerning factors such as long-term affordability, assumptions on efficiency gains and income growth, liquidity, activity shift and reference cost. The trust will then need to have its conclusions ratified by the Department before proceeding. Departmental officials will shortly be writing to all trusts with private finance initiative schemes explaining how this process will proceed.
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Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what grants have been given to local authorities to deal with matters related to accession state workers; and for what purposes the grants have been given. 
Mr. McNulty: Grants supported by the Home Office under the joint Treasury and Cabinet Office Invest to Save" initiative that impact in whole or in part on nationals of EU accession states have been awarded to local authorities in Barnsley, Crewe and Westminster. Grants have been given for the following projects:
Barnsley: A multi-agency project to research, formulate and implement a corporate integration strategy for refugees and migrant workers, including a new arrivals" handbook and a reference guide for front line service delivery staff.
Crewe: Support for the Changing Community in Crewe", a project that aims to co-ordinate an improved response to the needs of the migrant worker population and reduce the stress to service providers at district and county level.
Westminster: A project that seeks to reduce the number of accession state nationals sleeping rough, to discourage individuals who are ill-prepared for economic migration and to assist them to return home and to provide economic migrants with support into employment.
Hazel Blears: All of the 351 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRP) in England and 22 Community Safety Partnerships (CSP) in Wales have responded positively to our seed funding for Antisocial Behaviour Co-ordinators in each CDRP area. Many areas have now gone further and are using funding from a range of sources to establish and support antisocial behaviour teams. Findings from the Antisocial Behaviour Unit's second national survey of CDRPs in 2005 indicated that 60 per cent. of those CDRPs who responded had more staff than a year ago.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many drink-driving arrests there have been in (a) Romford and (b) Havering in each of the past 10 years; 
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