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Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local work force needs and develop plans, in liaison with their local NHS trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality services and take action to secure the appropriate staff and skills to deliver these services.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many cases individuals have challenged their inclusion on the protection of vulnerable adults list by appealing to the care standards tribunal; how many of those appeals were successful; and what the (a) average and (b) maximum time taken has been for an appeal to be decided. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The number of individuals who have challenged their inclusion on the protection of vulnerable adults list by appealing to the care standards tribunal is 48. Of those, 32 appeal cases have been completed, of which 11 cases have been won by the appellants and 21 by the Secretary of State.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the (a) actual and (b) optimum number of (i) diagnostic and (ii) therapeutic radiographers working in the NHS. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
As at September 2005 there were a total of 14,539 radiographers working in the national
health service, of which 12,700 were diagnostic radiographers and 1,839 were therapeutic radiographers.
It is the responsibility of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to analyse their local situation and develop plans, in liaison with their local NHS trusts and primary care providers, to deliver high quality NHS services and take action to recruit the appropriate staff required to deliver these services.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) school nurses and (b) school health assistants have been made redundant in the last three years in (i) Coventry and (ii) England; and what steps she is taking to ensure that the ratio of school nurses to school clusters is reached. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: For health and social care professionals, it is the responsibility of the appropriate regulatory bodies to set standards for the pre-registration training of doctors, nurses, social workers and other health care professionals and approve the education institutions that provide the training and determine the curricula.
Post-registration training needs for national health service staff are determined against local NHS priorities, through appraisal processes and training needs analyses informed by local delivery plans and the needs of the service. The post-qualification framework for social workers has been reviewed by the General Social Care Council and new arrangements for post qualification awards will come into force in September 2007.
For health and social care workers, national occupational standards set out the skills, knowledge and values required and are used as benchmarks for national vocational qualifications. Joint health and
social care national occupational standards contain specific standards on dealing with substance abuse.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was (a) between written referral from a general practitioner to the first out-patient appointment with a pain management consultant and (b) for patients waiting for elective admission where the main specialty is pain management in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust in each of the last five years. 
The average waiting time figures for England are shown in table 1. From April 2004, pain management was no longer a specialty in its own right, and activity will now be contained in the anaesthetic specialty.
The numbers at primary care trust level are too small to calculate an average wait accurately. Tables 2 to 9 show the numbers waiting by number of weeks waiting by PCT by year for the pain management and anaesthetics specialties.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps Waltham Forest primary care trust has taken to minimise the level of emergency admissions to Whipps Cross hospital; and what average daily admissions were (a) before and (b) after the implementation of such measures. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This is a matter for Waltham Forest primary care trust. However, I am advised by NHS London that some of the measures introduced by the PCT include appointing community nurses to work closely with district nurses to target frequent accident and emergency visitors; using new software to identify patients at high risk of re-admission, increasing the number of clinicians in A & E; working with social services to ensure people have appropriate care and introducing health visitors to offer proactive care to people who visit A & E.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much capital expenditure York hospitals NHS trust incurred in 2005-06 for (a) software licences, (b) buildings, (c) assets under construction, (d) plant and machinery, (e) transport equipment and (f) information technology; and what the total capital expenditure by the trust was in that year. 
Audited summarisation schedules of the York hospitals NHS trust 2005-06
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the end-of-year revenue expenditure of York hospitals NHS trust was, excluding expenditure on services subsequently transferred to the primary care trust, in each year since 1992, (a) in cash terms and (b) at current prices. 
Figures given are for the total operating expenses of the trust in each year. It is not possible to provide figures excluding expenditure on services subsequently transferred to the primary care trust as this expenditure cannot be identified from the submitted returns.
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Audited summarisation schedules of the York hospitals NHS trust 1998-99 to 2005-06. Treasury GDP deflator used to provide the real terms figures with 2005-06 as the baseline
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what supplements on childrens issues have been published in the Guardian newspaper at the request of his Department in each of the last five years; and at what cost to the public purse. 
Beverley Hughes: In 2006 the Department paid the Guardian newspaper £90,000 to run supplements in Education and Society Guardian as part of its umbrella communications strategy to support the integration of childrens services.
Jon Cruddas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps he is taking to protect pupils with nut or seed allergies who buy snacks from school tuck shops and vending machines. 
Jim Knight: The decision to provide products containing nuts and the sale of nuts in vending machines is a matter for local decision making. This approach is endorsed by the School Food Trust, who have issued guidance, and the Food Standards Agency, who are working with the National Governors' Association to update their guidance to governors Food Policy in SchoolsA Strategic Framework for School Governors.
Jim Knight: Citizenship is a statutory part of the national curriculum at key stages 3 and 4 for all secondary schools. It is for schools to decide how they deliver the statutory programmes of study for citizenship. Schools can consider a number of ways of providing citizenship which may include a combination of discrete provision, explicit opportunities in a range of other subjects, whole school and suspended timetable activities and pupils' involvement in the life of the school and the wider community.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many fires there have been in (a) further education colleges and (b) higher education institutions in each region in the last 10 years. 
|Fires in further education establishments 1996-2005|
1. Excludes fires during periods of industrial action in 2002 and 2003.
2. Figures for 1996-2004 are based on sampled data grossed to fire and rescue service totals.
Fire and rescue service returns to the Department for Communities and Local Government
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