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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the additional population from the (a) Thames Gateway and (b) Stratford City developments which will need to be covered by hospital provision in the area; and which hospitals will be affected. 
Andy Burnham: This is a local matter. However, officials have been advised by National Health Service London that an additional population increase is anticipated as a direct result of the Thames Gateway development in north-east London, which includes Stratford City, and that all of the hospitals in north- east London will be affected by this population increase.
Departmental officials work closely with the Department for Communities and Local Government on the development of the Thames Gateway and are currently liaising on the development of a cross-government Thames Gateway strategic framework, which will set out further action to support this housing growth area.
I understand that considerable analysis has been done by the local NHS as to how demand will change as a result of this increase and how it will be met. It should also be noted that this growth will take place alongside natural population growth of a similar magnitude.
The revenue allocations to primary care trusts for 2006-07 and 2007-08 include projected increases in populations. This means we are using the best available population data which properly take account of the challenges faced in areas with growing populations.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many practising talking therapists were employed within the NHS, broken down by primary care trust, in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how many (a) trained counsellors and (b) therapists trained in (i) cognitive behavioural therapy, (ii) cognitive analytical therapy, (iii) psychodynamic psychotherapy and (iv) behavioural psychotherapy were employed within the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement. 
The annual work force census records the number of qualified clinical psychologists, qualified psychotherapists and qualified nurses in psychiatry. Information on an individuals qualifications and training is not collected centrally.
Since 1995, the number of qualified clinical psychologists has increased by 3,792 (114 per cent.), the number of qualified psychotherapists has increased by 696 (178 per cent.) and the number of qualified nurses in psychiatry has increased by 10,063 (26 per cent.).
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment the Government have made of the financial outturn of the (a) Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust and (b) Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05 and (iii) 2005-06; and what the estimated outturn is of each for 2006-07. 
Andy Burnham: The 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 final accounts and forecast 2006-07 outturn (quarter one) for Royal Surrey County Hospital National Health Service Trust and Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust (PCT) are shown as follows.
|Guildford and Waverley PCT||Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outstanding amount was of unpaid fees by overseas patients in the NHS in Yorkshire in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what action she is taking to reduce this figure; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
There is no provision whereby visitors to the United Kingdom can automatically be entitled to free national health service hospital treatment. Anyone who is not ordinarily resident in this country is subject to the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as
amended. The regulations place a responsibility on NHS trusts to have systems in place to establish whether a person is ordinarily resident, or exempt from charges, or liable to be charged. Where it is established that charges apply, they cannot be waived for any reason.
Successive Governments have not required the NHS to provide statistics on the number of overseas visitors seen, treated or charged under the provisions of the charging regulations, nor any costs involved. It is therefore not possible to provide the information requested.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time in hospitals within the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority was for a person referred by a general practitioner to see a hospital consultant in each year since 1997. 
|Median waiting time for first outpatient appointment following GP referral for all organisations within Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic health authority (SHA)|
Provider based QM08
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, column 1544W, on Northern Ireland accident and emergency departments, how
many emergency admissions there were to hospitals in Northern Ireland where the primary or secondary diagnosis was (a) an alcohol-related condition and (b) a combination of an alcohol-related condition and an injury in each of the last three years. 
Paul Goggins: Information on the number of emergency admissions(1) to hospitals in Northern Ireland, where the primary or secondary diagnosis was an alcohol-related condition or a combination of an alcohol-related condition and an injury is presented as follows, for 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 (the latest year for which data are available).
|Number of emergency admissions( 1) for alcohol-related conditions|
|Number of emergency admissions( 1) for alcohol-related conditions and injuries|
|(1 )Discharges and deaths are used as an approximation to admissions. It is possible that any individual could be admitted to hospital more than once in any year and will thus be counted more than once as an admission.|
Hospital Inpatient System
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there have been to (i) the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland, (ii) general service grades of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland and (iii) the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the last 12 months; and what percentage of appointees this represents in each case. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows how many people have been appointed through open competition to the bodies specified over the period 1 October 2005 to date. The figures for the appointees to the general service grades in the Northern Ireland Civil Service include appointees to the Child Support Agency.
However, legal services provided by Central Services Agency to the HPSS were subject to a specific monitoring exercise on an annual basis by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety from 1996 to 2002 under a protocol for the use of a framework of approved providers of legal services to the HPSS.
In 1999, the Department commissioned an independent review of legal services provided to HPSS bodies under a framework of approved legal services providers. The report concluded that the framework had facilitated value for money improvements in the provision of legal services to HPSS bodies. However it also highlighted a number of recommendations to achieve further improvements.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent by the Department for Regional Development on consultants fees in connection with the reform of water and sewerage services since 2001; what forecast he has made of spending on such fees in each year until 2010; how many of the related contracts have been extended beyond the original agreement on (a) costs and (b) services required; and what such changes have been. 
David Cairns: During the financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06 the total cost of external consultancy fees incurred by the Water Reform Unit and the Water Service in respect of the reform of water and sewerage services was £4,287,436. The forecast for 2006-07 is £12,515,000 and for 2007-08 is £1,400,000. No forecasts of expenditure in 2008-09 and 2009-10 have been made.
The forecast for 2007-08 represents estimated costs to be incurred by the Department for Regional Development only. The new water company will be established with effect from 1 April 2007 and any transformation costs incurred by it thereafter will not be borne by the Department.
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