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Mr. Whittingdale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to publish a response to the recommendations of the Goodison Review of private giving and Government support for museums; and if he will make a statement. 
John Healey: The Government have implemented a number of Goodisons recommendations and will continue to keep the issues raised under review.
Mr. MacNeil: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the cost was to the public purse of commissioning, publishing and distributing the Royal Mint booklet United into One Kingdom published on 16 January 2007. 
Ed Balls: The cost to the public purse of commissioning, publishing and distributing the Royal Mint booklet United into One Kingdom published on 16 January 2007 is £15,316.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down the numbers of high growth start up businesses referred to on page 24 of Annex B of his Department's Autumn Performance Report on its comprehensive spending review objective 4 by (a) region and (b) country. 
Margaret Hodge [holding answer 26 January 2007]: I have been asked to reply.
No estimates have been made of the number of high growth start-ups at the regional or country level. This information is not held centrally and therefore can be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement of 7 December 2006, Official Report, column 432, (1) on what basis the claimant count in Wellingborough constituency in October 2006 of 1,535 was calculated; and whether the figure was seasonally adjusted; 
(2) on what basis the claimant count in Wellingborough constituency in May 1997 of 1,856 was calculated; and whether this figure was seasonally adjusted. 
John Healey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 29 January 2007:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Questions asking on what basis the calculation of claimant count figures quoted in a Statement of 7th December 2006, by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, were calculated. I am replying in her absence. (109242,109244)
The claimant count records the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance and National Insurance credits, at Jobcentre Plus local offices. The counts refer to the total number of claims recorded as live on the second Thursday of each month. The source data are an extract from the Jobcentre Plus Jobseeker's Allowance Payments System which is supplemented by counts of non-computerised claims that are obtained by ONS directly from Jobcentre Plus local offices.
Each month ONS publishes the figures for Wellingborough Parliamentary Constituency in the East Midlands Labour Market First Release, approximately five weeks after the count day. All published claimant count figures for parliamentary constituencies are not seasonally adjusted.
The figure of 1,856 is the estimate for April 1997 published in May 1997. The figure of 1,535 was the latest published estimate on December 7 and related to October 2006.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2007, Official Report, column 1583W, on capture, access, treat and support service, who decided to designate the information requested as commercially sensitive; and what factors were taken into account when making this decision. 
Andy Burnham: Financial information relating to the scheme is considered commercially sensitive as the scheme is still subject to negotiation. The information is also considered commercially sensitive as the Department is engaged in negotiations with the independent sector in relation to the provision of similar health care services in other areas. To release information relating to cost at this time would therefore harm the Department's ability to secure best value for money in the procurement of services from the independent sector for the national health service.
The disclosure of information was considered in line with provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the 10 largest claims awarded against her Department under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts; and what the cause of complaint was in each case. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is shown in the table.
|10 largest settled clinical negligence scheme for trusts claims as at 31 December 2006|
|Cause of complaint||Damages paid (£)|
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many emergency admissions for (a) angina and (b) asthma there have been to hospitals in Lancashire in the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the format requested. The following table contains data for emergency admissions for angina and asthma over the last five years for the following national health service organisations.
Chorley and South Ribble National Health Service Trust;
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust;
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust;
Communicare NHS Trust;
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust;
Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Community NHS Trust;
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust;
Preston Primary Care Trust (PCT);
Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust;
Blackburn Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Trust.
Blackpool Fylde and Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust;
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust;
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Primary Care Trust;
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust; and
1. Finished admission episodes: a finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. Diagnosis (primary diagnosis): the primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
3. Angina defined as the following ICD-10 code in primary diagnosis: I20 Angina Pectoris.
4. Asthma defined as the following ICD-10 codes in primary diagnosis: J45 Asthma; J46 Status asthmaticus.
5. Emergency admission is defined as the following admission methods:
21 = Emergency: via Accident and Emergency (A&E) services, including the casualty department of the provider.
22 = Emergency: via general practitioner (GP).
23 = Emergency: via Bed Bureau, including the Central Bureau.
24 = Emergency: via consultant outpatient clinic.
28 = Emergency: other means, including patients who arrive via the A&E department of another health care provider.
6. Ungrossed data: figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
7. Data quality: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre Health and Social Care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the GP out-of-hours service (a) nationally, (b) in Gloucestershire and (c) in Stroud constituency; 
(2) what steps she is taking to recruit GPs from local practices into out-of-hours work; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: All out-of-hours services must be delivered to the national quality requirements, ensuring patients have access to consistently high quality and responsive care, regardless of where they live. Primary care trusts (PCTs) have a responsibility to ensure that they provide, or secure, provision of a high quality, sustainable service to meet the needs of their local population. PCTs must use their resources and expertise to make sure that sufficient numbers of general practitioners (GPs) are recruited to work in the out-of-hours period.
While most GPs chose to relinquish responsibility for providing out-of-hours services under the new primary care contract, many have continued to participate in the provision of out-of-hours care, working for provider organisations, such as GP co-operatives, mutual and commercial providers, or on PCT rotas.
Information is not collected centrally on the assessment of GP out-of-hours services.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to her Department was of its activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history month was instigated in the United Kingdom by Schools Out, an anti-bullying campaign that aims to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against, an otherwise substantially invisible minority.
The Department spend £2,247 on our activities for the inaugural LGBT history month in 2005. For LGBT history month 2006 the Department spent £2,158.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the National Director for Heart Disease and Stroke was first asked to produce the report Mending hearts and brains, published by her Department on 7 December 2006; 
(2) when the National Director for Emergency Access was first asked to produce the report Emergency access, published by her Department on 7 December 2006. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Both Professor Sir George Alberti and Professor Roger Boyle, as National Clinical Director of Emergency Access and National Clinical Director for Heart Disease and Stroke respectively, routinely update Ministers on progress in their subject areas. On 7 November the Secretary of State asked both clinical directors to prepare reports for
publication. The reports, Emergency Access and Mending Hearts and Brains, were published on 5 December. These reports highlight work to transform urgent care which the clinical directors have been leading over the past couple of years.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to prevent hospital trusts from charging NHS patients who agree voluntarily to pay for fast tracked hospital treatment. 
Andy Burnham: The national health service does not charge NHS patients for their hospital treatment. NHS providers should ensure that NHS services are delivered within current waiting time standards and having full regard to clinical priorities.
In order to make more income available for improving the health service NHS providers may make services available to private patients who pay provided this does not disadvantage NHS-funded patients.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust were awarded (i) component one and (ii) component two of the directed enhanced service payment for implementing practice-based commissioning. 
Andy Burnham: As of December 2006, 80 per cent. of general practitioner practices had taken up component one of the directed enhanced service (DES) payment. The figures for individual primary care trusts (PCTs) are listed in the table shown.
The Department does not currently collect data on component two of the payment.
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