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Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contingencies there are for national emergencies within the contract for supply chain logistics due to be managed by the Supply Chain Management Division within the NHS Business Services Authority. 
Andy Burnham: In the event of an incident, such as a national emergency, the contract or master services agreement (MSA) allows the retained organisation (the supply chain management division of the NHS Business Services Authority) to direct the resources of Exel Europe (DHL) that are used to provide the contracted services to respond to the incident.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the potential effect on local authorities social services departments of the financial deficits of NHS trusts. 
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect on local authorities social services departments of the financial deficits of NHS trusts. 
NHS and local authority social services have a duty to work in partnership to provide services which meet the health and social care needs of their local population. The NHS has a legal responsibility to provide healthcare and nursing care.
It is essential that the NHS and social services work together locally, in collaboration with other partners, and with individuals and their representatives, to deliver services in a joined-up way, tailored (wherever possible) to the needs of the individual. For example, local area agreements have proved valuable in improving the efficiency and targeting of resources, developing new ways of working and agreeing a joint approach with a range of local partners to address local issues.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information relating to the governing bodies of individual national health service foundation trusts can be obtained by contacting the chairmen of the respective trusts. This information is not held by the Department or Monitor (the statutory name for which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts).
Sir Malcolm Rifkind: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether an allowance payable under the terms of the NHS Injury Benefit Scheme to a general practitioner whose sole emoluments are in the form of fees should be calculated in accordance with regulation 2(1) of the NHS Injury Benefit Regulations. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 September 2006, Official Report, column 2145W, on the NHS Logistics Authority, if she will publish the findings of the 2003 procurement and supply chain review undertaken by her Commercial Directorate. 
outsourcing NHS Logistics Authority (NHSLA) and consumables procurement is the course of action most likely to satisfy the requirements of the national health service and of the Department;
partnering with the private sector, by outsourcing, is not expected to compromise broader supply chain initiatives which are being considered, such as collaborative buying;
the outsourcing and development of information technology, as part of the model, can be considered to be part of the outsourcing solutions;
further validation will be required, in the form of market testing to confirm that this is the most appropriate course of action; and
market testing should confirm market appetite for a transaction involving the outsourcing of NHSLA and consumables procurement as a single entity or as separate entities.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the total expenditure on administrative staff by national health service bodies in England in 1994-95 and 2004-05 in cash and real terms and the figures as a percentage of total NHS expenditure:
|NHS (England) expenditure on administrative staff|
| Notes: 1. 2004-05 data do not include information relating to NHS foundation trusts. 2. Figures are the administrative and clerical staff costs reported in annual financial returns. Sources: 1. Financial returns of health authorities, strategic health authorities, primary care trusts and NHS trusts. 2. HM Treasury GDP deflator.|
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the names and periods of office of those responsible as chairmen and chief executives for the regional and strategic administration of the NHS in Hertfordshire over the last 10 years. 
Andy Burnham: The appointment of nationalhealth service trusts chairs has been delegated to the Appointments Commission. I have asked the Appointment Commissions chair, Sir William Wells, to respond to the hon. Members specific questions.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment she has made of the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire NHS Investing in Your Health programme; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had in 2006 with (i) Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust and (ii) East and North Herts NHS Trust on the review of Investing in Your Health. 
I have not met with Hertfordshire primary care trust (PCT) or North Hertfordshire national health service trust on the review of Investing
in Your Health and I am not aware of any meetings that have taken place involving Departmental officials.
The objective of the review will be to agree a new pattern of hospital services for the region that will meet the demands of 21st century healthcare and be financially sustainable. The initial phase of the review is a technical analysis of how these issues are affecting hospitals in the region.
Hertfordshire PCT is leading the review of the strategy for Investing In Your Health for Hertfordshire looking at operational and affordability assumptions to ensure these are clinically and financially sustainable. This will be completed over the next month and once this is done a structured process will be established, including discussion with our many stakeholders, to prepare detailed service proposals for consultation. This next phase should be completed early in 2007.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had in 2006 with (i) East of England strategic health authority, (ii) Hertfordshire primary care trust and (iii) East and North Herts NHS trust on the future of Royston hospital. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the sterile supplies service to hospitals and general practitioners in North East Hertfordshire; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: There is currently a collaboration established in Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire to outsource the sterilisation of their surgical instruments, as part of the national decontamination joint venture programme established by the Department.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the transfer of (a) departmental and (b) NHS staff to the private or independent sectors counts towards the Department's Gershon review targets; and how many such transfers have been made. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not have a policy on the use of the niqab, the chador and the burka by national health service staff. NHS Employers is currently developing guidance for the NHS on dress codes and religion or belief. This guidance will provide those who have to make the necessary decision, along with those affected, with information and direction to deal with situations where dress codes, uniforms, religious considerations together with health and safety come together. This will be launched in early 2007. The guide will build on the guidance on this issue included in the Commission for Racial Equalitys employment code of practice and Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Services Guide for Employers and Employees on Religion or Belief and the Workplace.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by Suffolk West primary care trust on salaries and wages for (a) general and senior managers, (b) nurses and midwives and (c) administrative and clerical staff in each of the last five financial years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows staff cost expenditure which includes employers national insurance contributions, employers pension contributions and other pension costs. This has been supplied because the Department does not hold data just on salaries and wages centrally, for the period 2002-03 and 2004-05, as Suffolk West primary care trust (PCT) was not established before then.
|Suffolk West PCT|
| Source: Annual financial returns for PCTs|
Andy Burnham: Guidance on the disposal of surplus national health service land and buildings is provided in the Department's publication, Estatecodeessential guidance on estates and facilities management.
When the selling organisation is an NHS foundation trust, the ability to dispose of assets is covered bythe Protection of AssetsGuidance for NHSFTs published by the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts.
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