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Mr. Byrne: We have received a number of representations about the funding of children's hospices. On 15 March 2006, Official Report, column 1454, the Prime Minister answered a question from the hon. Member for Castle Point (Bob Spink). I have answered a number of questions on the funding of children's hospices and it was debated on 13 December 2005, Official Report, column l385WH. The hon. Member for Castle Point also presented a petition from the residents of Essex and others on 25 January 2006, Official Report, column 1476. There have been a number of early day motions and letters to Ministers. I met with my hon. Friend, the Member for Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland (Dr. Ashok Kumar) on 14 February 2006.
On the 9 February 2006, a number of commissioners of palliative care for children and young people, representatives of the children's hospice movement and other interested parties were invited to discuss a range of issues affecting the provision of palliative care and I
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attended another seminar on 22 March. I also understand the Sun Campaign petition was presented to the Prime Minister on 16 March.
Our manifesto commitment to double funding for end of life care will give more families the choice to have their child or young person with a life-threatening or life-limiting condition to be treated at home. An announcement about this funding will be made in due course.
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received regarding the closure of local community hospitals in (a) South West London, (b) Surrey, (c) Middlesex, (d) Greater London and (e) England. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 25 April 2006]: The value of contracts let for the original core components of the programme amounts to £6.2 billion over 10 years. Payments made for work completed under those contracts totalled £502.58 million as at 21 April 2006.
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 25 April 2006]: The Department's NHS Connecting for Health Agency is aiming to achieve substantial integration of health and social care information systems in England under the national programme for information technology by 2010. Information technology systems will need to be upgraded in the light of new technology and new national health service requirements beyond that date.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to prevent a Director of Finance sitting on a primary care trust review and funding panel which collates the eligibility assessments for continuing care from health and social care professionals. 
We will soon publish for consultation a national framework for NHS continuing care which will give further clarity and consistency on the responsibilities of NHS and social services for long term care. The national framework will include guidance on the processes and considerations to take into account when making decisions on the responsibility of the NHS and social services for long-term care.
Ms Diana R. Johnson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of the (a) adult and (b) child population of (i) East Hull and West Hull
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primary care trust area, (ii) Yorkshire and the Humber and (iii) England was registered with an NHS general dental practitioner in each year since 1997; 
Table 1 shows the number of adults and children in England, North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority (SHA) (and Eastern Hull and West Hull primary care trusts (PCTS)), West Yorkshire SHA and South Yorkshire SHA who were registered with an national health service dentist as at 31 December in each specified year.
This is expressed as an estimated proportion of the populations for each of these areas. Table 2 shows the number of NHS patients who were registered with NHS general dental practitioners in the Eastern Hull and West Hull PCT area in each year since 1997.
|England||North and East Yorkshire and STET and Northern Lincolnshire||Eastern Hull PCT||West Hull PCT||West Yorkshire||South Yorkshire|
|Eastern Hull||West Hull|
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