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Urgent Care Centres

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many urgent care centres have intensive care beds; [62417]

(2) how many urgent care centres there are in England; and how many were previously general hospital accident and emergency departments. [62419]

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.

Information is not collected centrally on numbers of urgent care centres or whether any of these were previously major accident and emergency departments.

Voluntary and Community Groups

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 2006–07. [61334]

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.

Waiting Times

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. [59844]

Jane Kennedy: The mean and median waiting times are shown in the table.
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Estimated average waiting times, all specialties, 1997 to 2005, England, commissioner based

Quarter endedMean waitMedian wait
June 19979.06.3
March 19989.56.4
March 199910.57.0
March 200011.77.7
March 200110.97.5
March 200211.17.6
March 20039.07.4
March 20048.57.1
March 20057.57.0
December 20056.96.6
March 199718.113.2
March 199820.014.9
March 199918.612.9
March 200018.712.9
March 200118.112.6
March 200217.412.7
March 200315.611.9
March 200412.410.2
March 200510.68.5
December 20058.87.6

(66)Average time waited from general practitioner written referral to first out-patient appointment.
(67)Average waiting time for elective admission.
Commissioner based out-patient data were first collected in June 1997.
Department of Health forms QM08R and QF01.

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. [61144]

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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 24–48 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.

Watford General Hospital

Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the proposed private finance initiative redevelopment of Watford general hospital. [61303]

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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Accession State Workers

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. [63575]

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:

Alcohol-related Crime (Wirral, West)

Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes were recorded in Wirral, West in each of the last 12 months. [62349]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is not collected centrally. It is not possible from the recorded crime statistics to identify those offences which are alcohol related.

Antisocial Behaviour

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of local authorities have antisocial behaviour officers. [62551]

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.

Arrest Statistics

Andrew Rosindell: 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; [62992]
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(2) how many non-UK citizens have been arrested for sexual misconduct in each of the last eight years in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) England and Wales; [63010]

(3) how many arrests have been made following raids on nightclubs in (a) London, (b) Havering and (c) England and Wales in each of the last seven years. [63017]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not available centrally.

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