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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Treatments ranging, for example, from pelvic floor exercises up to and including surgical interventions such as colposuspension for urinary incontinence are available on the national health service.
We have no estimate of the number of people who have experienced problems with continence or what proportion of those seek professional advice. The Continence Foundation has estimated that one person in three experiences a problem at some point in their life.
Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local stakeholders are required to be consulted on the need for each elective independent sector treatment centre; and what the timetable is for the update of her Departments analysis and reconfirmation of support by the local strategic health authority before the final business case approval and contract signature of each centre, as referred to in paragraph 66 of the Government response to the Health Committees report on independent sector treatment centres, Cm 6930. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The Department maintains an ongoing dialogue with relevant stakeholders across the phase two independent sector treatment centre programme. On each of the electives scheme there is engagement with the relevant strategic health authority. In turn the SHA will ensure the engagement of key stakeholders including local national health service
organisations. SHAs are engaged at various times throughout the procurement process, for example, at preferred bidder stage and at the completion of commercial negotiations, to confirm local support and commitment.
Each scheme has an indicative timetable for reaching the selection of preferred bidder, the close of commercial negotiations, the signature of the contract and the commencement of service delivery. Those dates are necessarily indicative only and are constantly reviewed in light of changing circumstances.
Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what risk assessment she has carried out of the financial effect on the local health economy of the proposed independent sector treatment centre in Southampton; and if she will place a copy of the assessment in the Library. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: This is a matter for the local national health service in Southampton. The financial impact on the local health economy of the proposed independent sector treatment centre has been considered by local primary care trusts as part of their local delivery planning process.
The provision of non-complex elective services at the Southampton ISTC is an integral component of the greater Southampton health plan which was developed and agreed by all local NHS organisations in south-west Hampshire with the involvement of key stakeholders.
This increased ISTC provision allows, for example, for the renewal and expansion of tertiary and specialist services, including critical care, at the Southampton universities hospital NHS trust in line with the trusts strategy 2020 Vision.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many infant deaths per 1,000 live births there were in each three-year period since 1978 to 1980 in (a) England and (b) among the routine and manual groups used for the purposes of assessing progress towards her Departments target to reduce health inequalities. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many infant deaths per 1,000 live births there were in each three-year period since 1978 to 1980 in (a) England and (b) amongst the routine and manual groups used for the purpose of assessing progress towards the Departments target to reduce health inequalities. (109632)
(a) Infant mortality rates in England for years since 1978 are routinely published in Table 2.1 of Health Statistics Quarterly which can be accessed using the following link:
(b) Infant mortality rates in the routine and manual group are not available prior to 1997. This is because until 2000 infant mortality rates were published by Social Class based on fathers occupation. The nearest equivalent Social Class
groups prior to 1997 are not comparable see background note 5. In 2001 Social Class was replaced by the National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC), and since then infant mortality figures have been published by NS-SEC. It is not possible to use NS-SEC for data prior to 2001 because there is not a one-to-one equivalence with the Social Class classification; an approximation is used, referred to as NS-SEC90 because it is based on the 1990 occupational classification. NS-SEC90 is used specifically to aid interpretation of trends over time in infant mortality and was calculated back to 1997.
The table below shows infant mortality rates in England and Wales from 1997-1999 to 2003-2005, for the routine and manual group and for all births inside marriage/joint registrations. We provide data for England and Wales as progress on the infant mortality target is assessed using these data as figures for the routine and manual group for England alone are not readily available.
|Infant mortality rates( 1) by National Statistics Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC)( 2) , England and Wales, 1997-2005|
|Routine and manual occupations||All( 3)|
|(1) Deaths under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births|
(2) NS-SEC is used for 2001 onwards; NS-SEC90 is used for years 1997-2001
(3) Infants born inside marriage or outside marriage jointly registered by both parents
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions her Department has conducted a leak inquiry since May 1997; what the subjects of those leak inquiries were; and who authorised each inquiry. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has conducted 66 inquiries since May 1997. It has been the practice of successive governments not to comment on the subject or outcome of leak inquiries as there is a continued necessity to safeguard security and investigative arrangements.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has held with the Labour party chair and Minister without Portfolio on the impact of health service closures on marginal constituencies. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has held with the Labour party chair and Minister without Portfolio on the impact of health service closures on marginal constituencies. 
Andy Burnham: As recently as June 2006 the National Audit Office published its report and findings of a value for money study of the national programme for information technology in the national health service. We therefore do not believe a further review of this kind would be helpful at this time.
The Health Select Committee has indicated that it intends to undertake an inquiry in 2007 into aspects of IT in the NHS. We look forward to co-operating with the Committee in this regard in due course.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Local involvement networks (LINks) will have the powers to enter health and social care premises to observe and assess the nature and quality of services they provide. There will be full consultation on how these powers can be most effective and what exemptions are necessary to protect vulnerable people.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 December 2006, Official Report, column 562W, on NHS identity, who the recipients were of expenditure on managing NHS identity. 
Central Office of Information
Cherry Print Ltd.
Chloe Hall Photographer
Citigate Lloyd Northover
Cragg Ross Dawson
CW Print Group
European Hi Speed Ltd
Information Display Services Ltd.
The Kings Fund
Plain English Campaign
The Patent Office
Richard Edward Ltd.
Waiting Information Services
Wragge and Co. law firm
Mr. Ivan Lewis: As published on the 9 November 2006, in our national health service financial performance report, at the end of quarter 2, 2006-07, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust is forecasting a financial year end deficit of £29.7 million.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Eddisbury on 20 November 2006, reference 102662, on the child health interim application. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her most recent estimate is of the number of prisoners who committed suicide within one year of release from prison in the last period for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Research undertaken to investigate suicide rates in recently released prisoners in England and Wales between 2000 and 2002(1) showed that 382 suicides occurred from a group of 244,988 individuals within one year of release from prison; a suicide rate of 156 per 100,000 person-years. 79 (21 per cent.) of these suicides occurred within the first 28 days after release. In all age groups, suicide rates were higher in recently released prisoners than in the general population.
(1) Suicide in recently released prisoners: a population-based cohort study. The Lancet, Volume 368, Issue 9530, Pages 119-123 D. Pratt, M. Piper, L Appleby, R. Webb, J. Shaw
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