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Ms Rosie Winterton: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) to assess local health needs and develop services to reflect those needs. The dental reforms introduced in April 2006 mean that, for the first time, PCTs have integrated responsibility for all national health service orthodontic services across both primary and secondary care and have much greater ability to shape these services to reflect local needs.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) cost and (b) purpose was of the 2-day event sponsored by her Department at the Russell Hotel, London; and if she will list the (i) invitees and (ii) attendees. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 23 January 2007]: The Chief Scientific Officers conference, incorporating the healthcare scientist awards, was held at the Russell Hotel London on 27 and 28 November 2006. The total cost of this event was £130,000.
The event was designed and delivered to meet the objectives set down by the Chief Scientific Officer, as part of the Departments remit to provide professional leadership to healthcare scientists in England.
The purpose for the event was to bring the various disciplines of healthcare sciences together across the various national health service trusts and related organisations, presenting the latest scientific developments and their application to the delivery of healthcare in England. It was an opportunity to reinforce the critical role healthcare scientists play in supporting delivery of the 18-week target and to showcase world-class scientists working in cutting edge fields.
The event was designed for senior healthcare scientists and healthcare scientist leads from NHS trusts, primary care trusts, strategic health authorities, foundation trusts, mental health trusts, university faculties, independent sector and healthcare science advisors, workforce planners and special health authorities such as the Health Protection Agency, National Blood Service.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 50 to 64, (b) 65 to 74 and (c) 75 years and over were treated for depression in each of the last 10 years, broken down by primary care trust; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The only information on the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is the face readable information. There is no electronic data stored. The face readable information is as follows:
date of birth; and
identification numbers used for administrative purposes (not linked to national insurance numbers, NHS numbers or any other personal data).
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement is made in the appointment of members of health authorities and trusts to ensure that individuals are appointed who have (a) experience of public service and community involvement, (b) live across the geographic area covered and (c) include people who live in inner city and other deprived communities. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Appointments Commission is directed by the Secretary of State for Health to appoint people to national health service boards with a range of skills and experience, including those with a strong community service and/or voluntary sector background. They are also required, where possible, to appoint people from across the geographical area served by the body.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) name, (b) postcode of residential address, (c) age, (d) gender, (e) ethnicity, (f) details of previous public service experience and (g) party affiliation member of the (i) Sheffield Primary Care Trust, (ii) Sheffield Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, (iii) Sheffield Children's Hospital Trust and (iv) Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Health Authority. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The appointment of chairs and non-executive directors of the primary care trusts and strategic health authorities has been delegated to the Appointments Commission and I have asked Sir William Wells, chair of the commission, to respond to my hon. Friend's question in relation to these bodies. Appointments to the boards of the foundation trusts are a matter for the board of governors.
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what factors were taken into consideration when deciding to bring forward proposals to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 with regard to basic research; and what representations she has received on the proposals; 
(2) what her Departments definition is of basic research in the context of its proposals to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; what types of research are covered by the definition; and what representations she has received on the definition; 
(3) what factors were taken into consideration when deciding to bring forward proposals to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 to remove the restriction (a) on altering the genetic structure of a cell while it forms part of an embryo and (b) on replacing the nucleus of a cell of an embryo for research purposes only; and what representations she has received on the proposals. 
Caroline Flint: A wide range of factors were taken into consideration in bringing forward proposals for revision of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, preceded by public consultation in 2005. With regard to embryo research, these factors included, inter alia, recommendations from the House of Lords Stem Cell Committee (session 2001-02, HL Paper 83(i)), and the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee (session 2004-05, HC 7-1), relevant legislation enacted since 1990, and the scope of delegated powers already within the 1990 Act itself.
The proposals include revisions both to the purposes for which research projects using embryos may be licensed, and the scope of activities that may be authorised by a licence. These include the proposal to make clear that basic embryo research is permissible subject to controls. Basic research, in this context, refers to research that underpins or enables applied research into, for example, serious diseases.
The Governments proposals and supporting rationale are set out in the command paper Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: Proposals for revised legislation (including establishment of the Regulatory Authority for Tissue and Embryos), published on 14 December (Command Paper 6989). Copies of which are available in the Library.
are targeted at people who would otherwise face unnecessarily prolonged hospital stays or inappropriate admission to acute in-patient care, long term residential care, or continuing NHS in-patient care;
are provided on the basis of a comprehensive assessment, resulting in a structured individual care plan that involves active therapy, treatment or opportunity for recovery;
have a planned outcome of maximising independence and typically enabling patient/users to resume living at home;
are time-limited, normally no longer than six weeks and frequently as little as one-two weeks or less; and
involve cross-professional working, with a single assessment framework, single professional records and shared protocols.
Between 1998 and 2005, the provision of single-sex accommodation was measured as compliance at national health service trust level with three objectives set by the Department. These objectives have been superseded by the core national standards presented in standards for better health.
(C13) Staff treat patients, their relatives and carers with dignity and respect; and
(C20b) Health care services are provided in environments which promote effective care and optimize health outcomes by being... supportive of patient privacy and confidentiality.
99 per cent. of NHS trusts provided single-sex sleeping accommodation for planned admissions and had robust operational policies in place to protect patients privacy and dignity;
99 per cent. of NHS trusts met the additional criteria set to ensure the safety of patients who are mentally ill; and
97 per cent. of NHS trusts provided properly segregated bathroom and toilet facilities for men and women.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department provided £60,000 funding for the Mosaic project to deliver programmes developing, through pilot sites, good practice on race equality and procurement for dissemination within the national health service and providing procurement guidance on compliance with legal duties under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) role and (b) remit is of the Going further on cancer waitsNational Breast Working Group; when the Group was established; how many times the Group has met; what reports the Group has made to Ministers; and what progress the Group has made towards realising the commitment made in the 2005 Labour Party General Election campaign that all people with breast problems would be seen within two weeks by 2008. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
The going further on cancer waits breast working group was established to consider the commitment set out in the Governments 2005 election manifesto to go further on cancer waiting times, in particular to consider how all patients with
breast problems might be seen within two weeks of general practitioner referral to a specialist.
Proposals for going further on cancer waits, including recommendations from the breast working group about seeing all patients with breast symptoms within two weeks, will now be taken forward as part of the cancer reform strategy being developed by the National Cancer Director, as announced on 30 November 2006.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the public purse of the research conducted by Aberdeen university into the features of doctors and nurses labour markets, described in paragraph 28 of her Departments third draft of the NHS Pay and Workforce Strategy, dated 27 November 2006. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Responsibility for raising the profile of careers and working in the national health service is undertaken nationally by NHS Employers on behalf of the Department. The Department also provides non-repayable NHS bursaries and pays the tuition fees in full for the majority of NHS professional students undertaking programmes leading to professional registration.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many compulsory redundancies there were in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by (a) trust and (b) region. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Strategic health authorities have provided an assessment of how many redundancies there have been in the six months to 30 September 2006. Returns for each region were submitted to the Department by 23 October 2006. These figures are available in the Library.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will estimate the total number of NHS staff working in the (a) acute and (b) community sectors in each year since 1997 by (i) headcount and (ii) full-time equivalent. 
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