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Ms Rosie Winterton: The introduction of a payment by results funding system for the provision of mental health services depends on the results of an ongoing project to determine currencies that could be used to describe and cost mental health activity. If the project is successful in producing meaningful currencies this summer, these will be piloted and evaluated.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the findings of the Royal College of Psychiatrists that Irish-born people living in London have the highest rates of death and depression of any migrant group; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not made a direct assessment of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' findings. However, the Department published guidance entitled Celebrating our Cultures: Guidelines for Mental Health Promotion with Black and Minority Ethnic Communities in December 2004 which includes a specific chapter on promoting the mental health of people from the Irish community.
The National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (2002) recognised the risk of suicide in black and minority ethnic groups and consequently a black and minority ethnic suicide research project has been commissioned to provide comprehensive information on the risk factors for suicide and suicide attempts in different ethnic groups, including the Irish community. This information will be published in due course.
Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health Care(2005), a five-year action plan for improving black and minority ethnic communities access to, and experience of, mental health care includes Irish communities, and the Federation of Irish Societies is represented on the Delivering Race Equality national steering group.
Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons NHS employers are not paying the national recruitment and retention premium to the building craft grade; when the review of that non-payment is planned to take place; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: There is no nationally agreed recruitment and retention premium for building craft workers working in the national health service. It is for employers to decide whether or not there is evidence to justify payment of local recruitment and retention premiums.
In 2003-04 the expenditure by NHS Direct was £121,988,000 and in 2004-05 £148,362,000. These figures are from the audited statutory accounts and are publicly available on the NHS Direct website at www.nhs direct.nhs.uk/articles/article.aspx?articleId=1242.
Ms Rosie Winterton: We are in the early stages of considering how the foundation trust model and application process could apply to NHS Direct. There are no plans to transfer NHS Directs call services abroad.
Andy Burnham: Primary care and national health service trust drugs budgets are not determined centrally. Trusts are responsible for setting their own budgets. Decisions on the level of funding will depend on local priorities.
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| Notes: 1. Figures are net which include pharmaceutical price regulation scheme receipt savings. 2. The total drugs spend include drugs expenditure in primary care and the hospital and community health service (HCHS). The primary care expenditure reflects amounts paid to pharmacy and appliance contractors and amounts authorised for dispending doctors and personal administration in England. HCHS expenditure includes drugs and medical gases. 3. From 2000-01, figures are in resource terms, prior to this figures are in cash terms. Cash figures relate to February to January prescribing due to delay in prescription processing and payment calculations. Resource figures represent the actual cost between April to March. Source: Prescription Pricing Division, England and Department of Health Finance Division.|
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what NHS facilities have been closed in 2006-07 to date, broken down by (a) primary care trust and (b) reason for closure; and if she will make a statement. 
Local authority overview and scrutiny committees have the power to review and scrutinise health services from the perspective of their local populations. NHS bodies which have proposals under consideration to substantially vary or substantially develop NHS services in the area of a particular local authority have a duty to consult that local authority's committee. The committees have the power to refer any proposal to the Secretary of State if they believe that they have not been consulted when they should have been consulted or if they believe the plans are not in the interests of the health service.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health about which NHS trusts and organisations she has received warnings under section 19 or section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998; and on which organisations auditors are considering posting Public Interest Reports. 
Andy Burnham: Auditors appointed by the Audit Commission to audit the accounts of national health service bodies have the discretionary power under section 8 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 to issue a report in the public interest.
Section 8 of the Act requires auditors in auditing the accounts to consider whether, in the public interest, they should report on any matter coming to their notice in the course of the audit, in order for it to be considered by the body concerned or brought to the attention of the public. The auditor can issue an immediate report if the public interest requires it, or can issue a report at the conclusion of the audit.
Cambridge City Primary Care Trust (PCT) and South Cambridgeshire PCT
Central Suffolk PCT, Ipswich PCT and Suffolk Coastal PCT
Cheshire West PCT
George Eliot Hospital PCT
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority (SHA)
Kennet and North Wiltshire PCT
Kensington and Chelsea PCT
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
New Forest Primary Care Trust
North Somerset PCT
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust
Selby and York PCT
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
Suffolk West PCT
Surrey and Sussex SHA
Thames Valley SHA
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust
University Hospital North Staffordshire NHS Trust
West Hertfordshire QuadrantWest Hertfordshire NHS Trust, St. Albans and Hertsmere PCT, Hertsmere PCT, Watford and Three Rivers PCT and Dacorum PCT
West Wiltshire PCT
Weston Area Health NHS Trust
The section 8 reports issued to these NHS organisations also constituted a referral to Secretary of State under section 19 of the Act.
Section 19 of the Audit Commission Act 1998 requires an appointed auditor to refer matters to the Secretary of State if he/she has reason to believe that an NHS organisation has made a decision which involves, or may involve, unlawful expenditure (known as referrals to the Secretary of State). These reports are not published.
Ashford and St. Peters NHS Trust
Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT
Bexley Care Trust PCT
Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford PCT
Blackwater Valley and Hart PCT
Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT
Cambridge City PCT
Cannock Chase PCT
Canterbury and Coastal PCT
Central Cornwall PCT
Central Suffolk PCT
Charnwood and North West Leicestershire PCT
Cherwell Vale PCT
Cheshire West PCT
Chiltern and South Bucks PCT
Cotswold and Vale PCT
Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT
East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT
East Hampshire PCT
East Lincolnshire PCT
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust
Eastbourne Downs POT
Eastleigh and Test Valley PCT
Fareham and Gosport PCT
Guildford and Waverley PCT
Isle of Wight PCT
Kennet and North Wiltshire PCT
Kensington and Chelsea PCT
Leicester City West PCT
Maidstone Weald PCT
Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT
Mid Hampshire PCT
Milton Keynes PCT
New Forest PCT
Newbury and Community PCT
Newcastle under Lyme PCT
Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA
North and East Cornwall PCT
North Birmingham PCT
North Bristol NHS Trust
North Devon PCT
North East Oxfordshire PCT
North Hampshire PCT
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