Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Stroud were treated at (a) Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, (b) Cheltenham General Hospital, (c) Frenchay Hospital, (d) Southmead Hospital, (e) John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, (f) Stroud Hospital and (g) Berkeley Hospital in each of the last five years, broken down by treatment received. 
Caroline Flint: Information on the number of patients resident in Stroud is not available in the requested format. However, information on the count of patients residing in West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust area, by site of treatment, has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born at Stroud Maternity Hospital in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency of residence of the mother. 
Caroline Flint: The number of registered deliveries at Stroud Maternity Hospital is shown in the table. However, information on the number of babies born at Stroud Maternity Hospital broken down by constituency is not collected.
|Number of registered maternity hospital deliveries at Stroud
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current budget of the Health Professions Council (HPC) is; what plans she has to increase this budget; how many people the HPC employs; whether all professions within the HPC have
equal status; and whether professions incorporated into the HPC in the future will have equal status. 
Andy Burnham: The Health Professions Council is a statutory independent body, which is self-funded through registrants fees. All queries pertaining to its budget, employees and the discharge of its statutory functions should be made direct to the Chief Executive, Marc Seale, at the Health Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU, 020 7582 0866.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position (a) is in 2006-07 and (b) was in 2005-06 of each (i) primary care trust and health trust in Hampshire and (ii) each other health trust used by Hampshire residents. 
Caroline Flint: There are no figures yet available for the financial year 2006-07. The table shows provisional outturn positions for the financial year 2005-06 of each trust and primary care trust (PCT) in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority (SHA) region. It is not possible to identify other health trusts used by residents in Hampshire, as any patient can access any acute hospital in an emergency and the introduction of choose and book means that patients also have access to a wide range of health trusts within England.
|Trusts and PCTs in Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA region
|Provisional outturn 2005-06
|Under/(over) spend (£000)
|Under/(over) spend as a percentage of turnover
The continuing funding arrangements for healthy living centres (HLCs) in England are a
matter for their local partners, including primary care trusts and local authorities, many of whom do provide resources in cash, or kind, to support them.
In England, 257 grant awards were made by the New Opportunities fund (now the Big Lottery fund) to HLCs. All payments of lottery funding to HLCs will be completed in 2009. I have asked the chief executive of the Big Lottery fund to write to the hon. Member setting out the actual forecast final payment for each HLC.
Jeremy Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial support and (b) compensation is available to those who have had a hepatitis C infection as a result of a blood transfusion within the NHS but who no longer have the infection. 
Caroline Flint: The Skipton Fund was established in 2004, to administer the ex-gratia payment scheme for people infected with hepatitis C following national health service treatment with blood or blood products. The scheme became operational on 5 July 2004.
People who have cleared the virus as a result of treatment, or who have cleared it spontaneously after a period of chronic infection, are eligible to apply for payment under the hepatitis C ex-gratia payment scheme. People who have cleared the virus spontaneously in the acute phase of the disease are not eligible for payment.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies she has commissioned into the health effects of living in very close proximity to high voltage transmission lines; and if she will make a statement. 
The Departments radiation protection research programme supports a number of studies investigating the possible health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). These range from laboratory work on possible cellular effects to large population studies. A study by Dr. Draper and colleagues of childhood leukaemia incidence and distance from power lines, funded under this programme and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) last year, has added to a large existing
body of work in this area (BMJ Vol 330, 4 June 2005). In addition to its own research programme, the Department, along with the Health and Safety Executive, has supported the World Health Organisations International EMF Project since it started in 1997.
The Health Protection Agencys radiation protection division (HPA-RPD) keeps the worldwide research findings on EMF and health under review. In 2004, on the basis of a comprehensive review of the existing body of research to date, the HPA-RPD (previously the national radiological protection board) recommended the adoption of new EMF exposure guidelines in this country. In addition, in view of the scientific uncertainties in relation to power frequency electromagnetic fields, the HPA recommended the Government
consider the need for further precautionary measures.
They have also noted that the majority of elevated magnetic fields are due to variations in the electricity supply and distribution system, the presence of substations and equipment in the home rather than proximity to high voltage overhead cables.
Practical precautionary measures are now being considered in detail by a stakeholder advisory group (SAGE) that includes the Government Departments, agencies, electricity industry, specialists and public concern groups. Details of the process can be found on the website at: www.rkpartnership.co.uk/sage.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the major hospital building projects in London which (a) are under way and (b) have received building permission; and if she will make a statement. 
|National health service trust
|Value (£ million)
|(1) Final capital values are subject to completion of the PR revalidation exercise for each scheme
(2) Advertising in the Official Journal of the European Union