Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of allowing the use of Alimta across England for the treatment of mesothelioma; 
Draft guidance being produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) estimates that the average cost of treatment with Alimta for mesothelioma is around £8,000 per patient. NICE also estimated that around 1,700 people in the United Kingdom are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year although not all of these would be suitable for treatment and/or choose to be treated with chemotherapy.
Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time taken was for the token distribution unit to issue milk tokens to a claimant once information of a claimants eligibility was received from HM Revenue and Customs in the last period for which figures are available. 
Caroline Flint: The average length of time taken for the token distribution unit to issue milk tokens to a claimant once information of their eligibility is received from HM Revenue and Customs is 10 working days.
Ms Katy Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) related agencies and non-departmental public bodies were affected by the increase in the minimum wage on 1 October 2006. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings the Labour party chairman and Minister without portfolio has attended in her Department in relation to the closure or reduction of NHS services in the last 12 months. 
Ms Hewitt: The Labour Party chairman has not attended any meetings relating to the closure or reduction of national health service services with me, or any other Ministers or officials from the Department for Health in the last 12 months. The Labour party chairman often meets with Cabinet colleagues to discuss various issues.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many junior doctor training posts are planned under the Modernising Medical Careers scheme, broken down by specialty; whether trainee doctors will be able to obtain a specialty of his or her choice; what arrangements have been made for the selection and interview programme; and whether a new IT system has been developed for this selection process. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The provisional number of training places in England projected by the postgraduate deans to be available next year is slightly in excess of 30,000. This includes about 11,500 places in foundation programmes, 15,500 places in specialty training programmes and a further 3,300 places in fixed-term specialty training appointments.
These figures are indicative and are still subject to further discussions with postgraduate deans, medical Royal colleges and the national health service and will be refined later in the year. Work on the distribution across individual specialties is now under way and the outcome will be published when the figures are confirmed. Foundation programmes are not specialty specific.
The number of training places in each training programme is planned over time to provide the number of specialists and general practitioners necessary to deliver patient care. Entry to training programmes will be by competition. Each applicant will be able to make up to four applications and can therefore choose to compete for both specialties and locations.
Selection and recruitment will be managed by postgraduate deans according to person specifications developed for each specialty. Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by expert panels comprising specialists in the field and service representatives. This process will be supported by the medical training appointment service, a United Kingdom wide web-based system designed to support the efficienthandling of applications. This new system goes live on 25 October this year for the handling of foundation programme applications and January 2007 for the start of specialty recruitment.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to extend the financial role of the foundation trusts regulator, Monitor, in agreeing NHS trust hospitals capital and revenue budgets for 2007 to 2010. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The powers of Monitor, the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of National Health Service Foundation Trusts, are set out in the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003. There are no plans to extend Monitors powers.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Eastern Region strategic health
authority will approve funding for the installation of the replacement MRI scanner at Bedford hospital. 
Andy Burnham: Departmental officials have advised that national health service East of England is currently awaiting a business case from the trust for a replacement MRI scanner; on approval of the business case the strategic health authority, will release capital funds for the installation of the scanner. It is the responsibility of the trust to fund the staffing and running of the service.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many multiple sclerosis specialist nurses there are in (a) Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals and (b) England; and if she will make a statement. 
|Multi professional education and training allocations by SHA
|(1) AGW allocation excludes £8,800,000 for skills for health budget.
(2) South Yorkshire allocation excludes £32,100,000 for electronic staff record project
Allocations are not directly comparable due to the composition of the budget in each year.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) financial support and (b) support in kind her Department and its agencies have given to the Muslim Council of Britain each year since 1997.