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Mr. Benyon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by the National Patient Safety Agency in carrying out a national confidential inquiry into premature deaths among people with learning disabilities; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The National Patient Safety Agency has now completed their scoping study and we are working with them to look at the business case for a full confidential inquiry. The Department will consider the final business case in due course.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 June 2006, Official Report, column 333W, on public health screening programmes, which of the programmes listed are both fully operational and cover the whole of England. 
Caroline Flint: Screening programmes for the following conditions are both fully operational and cover the whole of England: congenital hypothyroidism, cervical cancer, breast cancer and newborn hearing. The remaining programmes on the list are being developed to ensure a high quality screening service is available across England when fully implemented.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what fees, including nursing care allowances and fees paid on a graduated basis, were paid to all providers of care in (a) nursing, (b) nursing elderly mentally infirm (EMI), (c) residential and (d) residential EMI homes in the metropolitan boroughs
of (i) Liverpool, (ii) Sefton, (iii) St. Helens and (iv) Wirral in 2005-06; 
(2) how many places were provided for (a) nursing, (b) nursing elderly mentally infirm (EMI), (c) residential and (d) residential EMI care by the metropolitan boroughs of (i) Liverpool, (ii) Sefton, (iii) St. Helens and (iv) Wirral in 2005-06; 
(3) how many people over 65 years waited for (a) a place in (i) nursing, (ii) nursing elderly mentally infirm (EMI), (iii) residential, (iv) residential EMI care and (b) domiciliary care services in the borough of (i) Liverpool, (ii) Sefton, (iii) St. Helens and (iv) Wirral in 2005-06. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: I understand from the chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that the information on places in nursing and care homes is not available in the precise form requested. CSCI collects statistics in respect of places for people who are elderly mentally infirm (EMI) under the two registration categories of older people with dementia (DE) and older people with mental disorder (MD).
|Total registered places||Total registered EMI places in DE and MD categories|
Information on the number of people awaiting delivery of a care package for which eligibility is established or the numbers of people currently having their needs and eligibility assessed is not available.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of section 64 grants was in each year
since 2004-05; and how much each (a) organisation and (b) project received in each year. 
|Year of award||Value of award (£ million)|
Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is for primary care trusts in partnership with strategic health authorities, local authorities and other local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, tackling health inequalities and modernising services. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of speech and language therapy.
We have increased the number of speech and language therapists employed in the national health service by 34.6 per cent., since 1997, and the numbers of people in training for this profession by 62 per cent., since 1999 to 2000.
John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Healthcare Commission on including thrombosis as a measurable indicator in annual hospital checks; and if she will make a statement. 
The Government response to the House of Commons Health Committee Report on the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in hospitalised patients was presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health in July 2005. The
response included a commitment to set up an independent expert working group which would make its recommendations by summer 2006, and that once the expert group had assessed the current guidance on VTE, the Department would ask that the Healthcare Commission look to seek conformity with this good practice.
Andy Burnham: To date there have been no reductions or increases in funding relating to the transfer of surpluses between primary care trusts and strategic health authority (SHA) reserves in the 2006-07 financial year. The total planned transfers from primary care trusts to SHA reserves for 2006-07 have yet to be finalised.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many untoward incidents there have been at independent sector treatment centres in the last five
years, broken down by (a) specialty and (b) strategic health authority region. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: As of 28 June 2006, 144 incidents had been reported to the Department by wave one independent sector treatment centre providers. Incidents are not collected centrally either by specialty or by strategic health authority. In addition to reporting incidents to the Department, providers are also required to report events to the Healthcare Commission under section 28 of the national minimum standards regulations.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a)(i) mean waiting time and (ii) median waiting time as provided by data drawn from the hospital episode statistics and (b)(i) commissioner-based mean waiting time and (ii) commissioner-based median waiting time as provided by NHS organisations' monthly returns to her Department were in each year since 1988. 
|Inpatient mean and medians in weeks from 1988|
|Korner aggregate returns (stock)||Hospital episode statistics (flow)|
|Year ending March each year||Provider||Commissioner||Provider||Commissioner||Provider||Provider|
| Notes: Provider based data only available prior to 1994 from Korner returns. HES figures relate to patients admitted during financial year ending March. First collected in 1989-90 Korner figures relate to numbers waiting as at 31 March. Source: KH07/QF01 returns, HES|
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