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Influenza vaccine uptake data for those aged 65 and over has been collected since 2000. For 2000-01 and 2001-02 the data was collected by health authority. The uptake for Brent and Harrow Health Authority (HA) in 2000-01 was 61 per cent. and in 2001-02 was 67 per cent.
|HA/PCT||Rate of uptake(percentage)|
|(1) Data reported by HA. Data collected by PCT from 2002-03.|
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 13 July 2006, Official Report, column 2060W, on influenza vaccine, how often in the last 10 years the Novartis Vaccines plant has been out of production; and what the reasons were in each case. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a pilot to test an integrated approach to information handling between a primary care trust and a local authority. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost is for each information technology project being undertaken by her Department and its agencies; and if she will make a statement. 
|Name of project||Start date of project||Original planned completion date of project||Current expected completion date of project||Planned cost of project (£000 )||Current estimated cost of project (£000)|
|(1) There is no single national start or completion date for the national programme for information technology as a whole, or for its individual systems and services. The aim is to achieve substantial integration of health and social care information systems in England under the national programme by 2010. Clearly systems will need to be upgraded in the light of new technology and new national health service requirements beyond that date. The approach, in line with best practice, is to implement new services incrementally, avoiding big bang approach, and providing increasingly richer functionality over time. The value of the contracts let for the core components of the national programme amounts to £6.2 billion over 10 years, and this has not increased.|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when an assessment was last made of the sufficiency of capacity in intensive therapy units in England; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 17 July 2006]: It is for local health care providers, working with their commissioners, to determinein the light of their case mix and their anticipated level of emergency and elective activitythe level of critical care capacity needed locally.
The NHS Plan published in 2000 included a commitment to increase the number of critical care beds in England by 30 per cent., between 2000 and 2003. This target has been achieved. On 6 June 2006, there were 3,278 adult critical care beds. This is the highest number of critical care beds recorded since this census started in 1999. Data are available on the Department's website at:
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action she is taking to strengthen the International Humanitarian and Health Work Toolkit to increase the amount of humanitarian work that NHS staff undertake abroad. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is working closely with the review Lord Crisp is carrying out on behalf of the Prime Minister. This is looking at how the national health service can contribute to capacity building in developing countries. We will review the need to update and strengthen the toolkit in the light of his report.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress she has made in implementing the recommendations of the 2002 Royal College of Physicians working party on isolated acute medical services. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Local national health service organisations are responsible for ensuring that they provide health care to meet the needs of their patients taking into account and building on evidence of good practice. The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) recommendations on isolated acute medical services is one such piece of good practice guidance. Progress in implementing recommendations made by the RCP is not monitored by the Department.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been allocated for the new contractual commitment to providing learning and development opportunities for all NHS staff. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Specific funding, amounting to £180 million over three years for national vocational qualifications and learning accounts, as part of the skills for life initiative ended in 2005-06.
From 2006-07, the continuing responsibility for these initiatives remains with the strategic health authorities who will decide their priorities and the use of the totality of their funding to deal with all of their financial commitments, including learning and development of national health service staff.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will make it her policy to require liquor manufacturers in England to supply consumers with full information about the ingredients used to produce
their beverages; and if she will make a statement; 
Caroline Flint: Food labelling legislation is largely harmonised at European Union level. The European Commission is currently conducting a review of this legislation, which includes the possible extension of ingredient listing to alcoholic drinks. As part of this review, the United Kingdom (UK) has already indicated to the European Commission that it supports the principle of ingredient listing for all alcoholic drinks, while recognising that any proposal for detailed application will need to be fully considered in public consultation with stakeholders.
The UK Governments position on ingredient listing for alcoholic drinks was informed by extensive public consultations, which took place in 2004 and 2006. Any proposals from the European Commission for an extension of ingredient listing to alcoholic drinks will be subject to further public consultation and a full impact assessment.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not collected centrally. It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health and to commission services accordingly. The Government have supported the development of a range of specialist roles within nursing, and trusts must deploy them in the light of their local circumstances.
Mr. Russell Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost in a year to the economy of myalgic encephalomyelitis; and how much was spent on health services for myalgic encephalomyelitis sufferers in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has not made an estimate of the cost to the economy of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis, and does not monitor national health service expenditure by specific illnesses.
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