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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) contingency funds and (b) funds created by top-slicing primary care trust (PCT) allocations are being distributed to other PCTs and trusts in 2006-07; and whether the resulting out-turn figures will record the overspends of these trusts, exclusive of the in-year financial support. 
Andy Burnham: The provision of in-year financial support is no longer permitted. Deficits in national health service organisations must rest where they fall. In 2006-07, strategic health authorities (SHAs) have the power to agree a top slice with their primary care trusts (PCTs) in order to create a reserve which may then be needed by the SHA to record financial balance across the patch. Transactions to create these resources must be fully reflected in the accounts of each organisation.
Andy Burnham: The figure quoted in figure 6.1 for headquarters administration refers to both primary care trust and strategic health authority administration. Trust administration is included within the other category. Further disaggregation of where expenditure has been consumed is not available.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of the (a) Medical Research Council and (b) NHS research and development has been in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07 in (i) real and (ii) cash terms; and what she expects the combined budgets to be in (A) 2007-08 and (B) 2008-09. 
|Medical Research Council||NHS Research and Development|
|Cash( 1)||Real terms( 2)||Cash||Real terms( 2)|
|(1) Figures for years to 2000-01 are cash based and for later years are expenditure based.|
(2) 2006-07 cash equivalent calculated using the gross domestic product deflator.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition her Department uses of the word disproportionate in section F, para 3.30
Expenditure in the Code of Practice for Promotion of NHS Services; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The Code of Practice for Promotion of NHS Services makes it clear that responsibility for appropriate expenditure on advertising and promotion to general practitioners, patients and the public lies with providers' boards. It proposes two options around controlling expenditure on promotion:
recording and disclosure of annual spend on promotion; or
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions the chief executive of the national health service has held with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State with responsibility for Care Services on reconfigurations of NHS services since November 2006. 
Andy Burnham: The Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands SHA and the Birmingham East and North PCT are currently consulting on a proposal for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust to acquire Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust.
Ministers and Monitor (whose statutory name is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) will need to consider the proposal. The acquisition will only proceed if the new organisation is financially viable as a foundation trust.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses employed in each NHS trust were (a) trained in and (b) the nationals of developing countries before coming to the UK in each of the last five years. 
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students enrolled on (a) (i) diploma courses and (ii) in degree courses in nursing, (b) allied health professional courses and (c) part-time post-registration continuing professional development courses in each training establishment in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the number of students enrolled on nursing diploma and degree courses as well as allied health professional courses in each of the last five years is shown in the tables.
|Pre-registration nursing and midwifery training commissions|
|Nursing Diploma||Degree||Total||Midwifery Degree||Diploma||Total||Other||Total|
Quarterly monthly returns
|Pre-registration allied health professional training commissions|
QMR = NMET quarterly monitoring reports
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