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Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position was of each (a) primary care trust and (b) hospital trust in each year since 2000; and if she will make a statement. 
Our published quarter two, 2006-07 NHS finance report contains the details of the financial position for NHS Trusts and PCTs at the end of 2005-06, and the latest quarter two forecast out-turn position for 2006-07. Copies are also available in the Library.
Andy Burnham: The information requested is in the table. Investment to reduce backlog maintenance will be prioritised locally based on risk assessment, reconfiguration planning and available resources. The majority of the backlog maintenance relates to low priority work which will be undertaken through ongoing maintenance programmes. Where higher risks are present, work will be undertaken as a priority.
|Total backlog maintenance|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times the podcast made by the NHS chief executive on the importance of the NHS Operating Framework 2007-08 published on the departmental website on 11 December 2006 has been downloaded; and at what cost the podcast was produced. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The webpage containing the podcast made by the national health service chief executive on the importance of the NHS Operating Framework 2007-08, published on the Departments website on 11 December 2006, received 6,033 visits between 11 December 2006 and 7 January 2007. It is not possible to know exactly how many of those page visits resulted in a download, as our software is currently unable to measure that.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information she has on the (a) socio-economic profile, (b) ethnic origin and (c) gender of NHS trust ex-officio board directors in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: An assessment of the socio-economic profile, ethnic origin and sex of national health service trust ex-officio board directors has not been undertaken as this information is not collected centrally.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of (a) hospital and (b) primary care trust ex-officio directors are from a (i) business, (ii) accountancy and (iii) NHS background. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: There are no plans to offer guarantees of employment in the national health service to newly qualified health professionals. The Department has worked closely with NHS employers and published guidance to support local NHS organisations, to help them maximise employment opportunities and to ensure the health and social care services do not lose the skills of displaced staff or new graduates.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the savings to the NHS budget that are likely to be made following National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on drug treatments since its inception, broken down by individual guidance type; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: Each technology appraisal and clinical guideline published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) contains an estimate of the cost and savings to the national health service associated with its implementation. The following table lists the guidance where NICE has estimated a potential saving to the NHS in spending on drug treatments.
|Estimated potential annual savings in drug spend, England|
|NICE guidance topic||£ million|
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what allocations the Government made to health authorities up to 2002-03 and primary care trusts since then in North Yorkshire in each year since 1996-97 (a) in cash terms and (b) at constant prices; and what allocations are planned to the new North Yorkshire Primary Care Trust in each of the next five years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
The information requested is set out in the tables. Table 1 shows allocations in cash terms and in 2006-07 constant prices to North Yorkshire Health Authority (HA) between 1996-97 and 2002-03. Table 2 shows allocations in cash terms and in 2006-07
constant prices to primary care trusts (PCTs) in North Yorkshire between 2003-04 and 2007-08.
|Table 1: Revenue allocations to North Yorkshire (HA)|
|Allocation||Real terms allocation in 2006-07 prices|
|Table 2: Revenue allocations to PCTs in North Yorkshire|
|Craven, Harrogate and Rural District||Hambleton and Richmondshire||Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale||Selby and York|
|Allocation||Real terms allocation in 2006-07 prices||Allocation||Real terms allocation in 2006-07 prices||Allocation||Real terms allocation in 2006-07 prices||Allocation||Real terms allocation in 2006-07 prices|
The Pacesetters Programme is a collaboration between the Department and up to five strategic health authorities (SHAs) and three trusts in each of their areas. The aim is to effect lasting and transformational change in the way in which equality and diversity is addressed in the commissioning and delivery of health services. To date, considerable work has focused on laying firm foundations. This has involved both the Department and the SHAs in making appointments to the programme, compiling baseline data, running learning workshops, engaging with local stakeholders and communities (some of whom are hard to reach), and undertaking other essential background pieces of work. As a result the SHAs and participating trusts have been able to select the change ideas that they will work on in the coming years. In addition, the programme has been successfully launched in one SHA area and further launches are planned for the coming months.
Andy Burnham: Funding is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. A weighted capitation formula is used to determine each PCTs target share of available resources, to enable them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need.
The components of the formula are used to weight each PCTs crude population according to their relative need (age, and additional need) for healthcare and the unavoidable geographical differences in the cost of providing healthcare (market forces factor).
The weighted capitation formula is used to set targets, which then inform allocations. The formula does not determine allocations. Actual allocations reflect decisions on the speed at which PCTs are brought nearer to target through the distribution of extra funds (pace of change policy). Pace of change policy is decided by Ministers for each allocations round.
For the latest allocations round, covering the period 2006-07 and 2007-08, it has been decided to move PCTs more quickly towards their fair share of funds. In 2003-04, the most under-target PCT was 22 per cent. under target. However, moving to reach target allocations in one three-year set of allocations was not possible. The 2006-08 revenue allocations move PCTs more quickly towards their target shares and by the end of 2007-08, no PCT will be more than 3.5 per cent. below its fair share.
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