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Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2048W, on sexual health, how many girls (a) under the age of 15 and (b) aged 15 to 18 years (i) had abortions, (ii) gave birth and (iii) were diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in Walsall Primary Care Trust area in each year between 1999 and 2005. 
Figures are provided on number of conceptions leading to maternities and abortions for girls aged under 16 and girls aged under 18 from 1999 to 2004 (latest year for which figures are available) so that meaningful comparisons can be made on number of abortions and maternities that occur each year by age of woman. Conceptions data for girls aged under 15 and 15-18 are not readily available by primary care trust (PCT) and can be provided only at a disproportionate cost. In addition, figures for girls aged under 15 are likely to be very small at PCT level and hence would not be provided to preserve individuals confidentiality.
|Conceptions leading to maternities and abortions by age to residents of Walsall PCT, 1999-2004|
|Conceptions leading to maternity||Conceptions leading to abortion||Total conceptions|
|Total diagnoses of selected sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics, amongst females aged under 20 years of age, Walsall teaching primary care trust, 1999-2005|
|Females under 20|
Selected STIs include: infectious syphilis, uncomplicated gonorrhoea, anogenital herpes simplex (first attack), anogenital warts (first attack) and uncomplicated chlamydial infection.
Data in these tables are derived from statistical returns compiled at GUM clinics on the KC60 form (Health Protection Agency).
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2007, Official Report, columns 702-03W, on the Small Change, Big Difference Campaign, if she will breakdown the overall expenditure on the campaign by initiative. 
Caroline Flint: The costs for initiatives branded Small Change, Big Difference were for events held in London in April 2006 and in Nottingham in July 2006 which totalled £5,009 and £5,327 respectively. In addition, we spent £3,000 on activities supporting both of these events.
The Department is able to take total income and net operating costs data from the organisations audited accounts, which can be used as a proxy for budget. However, 2006-07 income figures will not be available until autumn 2007 and 2007-08 data will not be available until autumn of 2008.
Andy Burnham: Following consultation that ended on 22 March 2006, the number of strategic health authorities (SHAs) reduced from 28 to 10 with effect from 1 July 2006. This new configuration will ensure the national health service is structurally able to deliver the next stage of health reforms.
strengthen the architecture of the local NHS;
save money by streamlining management and administration to provide better value for money so greater resources can be dedicated to patient care. This is another step towards creating an NHS which is patient-led; and
cut out unnecessary bureaucracy by bringing together administration services and reducing the duplication of administration, human resource functions, accounts and hospital contract negotiation teams.
The new configuration of SHAs means they are better placed to oversee and support the development of more strategic PCTs and the move towards more NHS foundation trusts. In addition, through almost complete co-terminosity with Government Office of the Regions boundaries, joint working between health and local government agencies will be improved significantly.
Ann Coffey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps the Department is taking to support and develop the role of local street markets in helping deliver its healthy eating policy; 
The extent of evidence on the effectiveness of local street markets in the Government's healthy eating strategy is limited. Anecdotal information, where mobile units have been
set up, suggests that they do have merit in deprived areas with low retail density.
To improve people's access to and raise awareness of fruit and vegetables, the Department has provided funding for community food initiatives in all primary care trusts (PCTs) from April 2006 as part of the Choosing Health allocation to PCTs. These community initiatives followed on from the 66 Lottery-funded 5-A-day pilot initiatives. By working in different settings, including local street markets, these initiatives aim to make it easier for people to eat more fruit and vegetables and achieve their five portions a day.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were reported to have had a stroke and received treatment from the NHS in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2006. 
Caroline Flint: The Department has received over 450 formal responses to the consultation on the introduction of picture warnings on tobacco packs. In addition, over 20,000 completed responses were logged on the website:
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason information on the amount her Department is funding for turnaround teams is no longer commercial in confidence; how much her Department (a) spent on turnaround teams in 2005-06 and (b) expects to spend on such teams in 2006-07; what estimate she has made of the total costs of turnaround support which needs to be met by individual NHS organisations; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The information is no longer commercial in confidence as contracts are now in place and releasing this information does not jeopardise the tender process. Any new negotiating exercise would not be impacted by these contracts.
The Department will spend in 2005-06 and 2006-07 about £11 million on the turnaround programme at a national and strategic health authority (SHA) level covering local baseline assessments, a national programme office, one-off local support payments and SHA turnaround directors.
For category one and two organisations (as at May 2006), the estimated expenditure for external support on turnaround between January and March 2006 was £4,769,000. The projected costs for turnaround for the financial year 2006-07 is estimated to be £15,830,000. These costs include the Departments contributions of £93,000 towards the cost of the first three months of turnaround support for the category one organisations.
For category three and four organisations (as at June 2006), the estimated expenditure for external support on turnaround between January and March 2006 was £173,000. The projected costs for turnaround for the financial year 2006-07 is estimated to be £1,306,000.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the outcome was of the Volatile Substance Abuse Stakeholders meeting on the research conducted by St. Georges University of London, referred to in her Answer of 25 October 2006, Official Report, column 1976W, on volatile substance abuse; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) stakeholder group were informed at their meeting in December 2006 that the Department intended to renew its contract with St. Georges Hospital Medical School regarding the annual report on deaths associated with VSA. The new contract was signed on 20 December 2006.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the capacity of the NHS in (a) Cumbria and (b) Lancashire to meet the planned target of 18 weeks from referral to treatment by December 2008. 
Andy Burnham: By December 2008, patients on consultant pathways can expect a maximum wait of 18 weeks from general practitioner referral to the start of medical or consultant led treatment. It is the responsibility of strategic health authorities to assess local programmes and determine local capacities to meet the delivery of this milestone.
Andy Burnham: Every national health service trust has a duty to achieve financial balance. West Hertfordshire NHS Trust is being supported by NHS East of England as well as a turnaround director as they implement their financial recovery plan to restore in-year balance.
|West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust|
Andy Burnham: The information requested is not available. Before 2006-07 brokerage was in place. From 2006-07, cash support to national health service trusts will be provided by interest bearing loans and deposits issued by the Department.
All long-term loans will attract interest at a rate equivalent to the National Loans Fund rate at the date the loan is advanced. The interest rate is determined by reference to the prevailing rate at the date the loan is drawn, as notified on the Public Works Loan Board website.
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