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Care Homes: Expenditure

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the expenditure was of each London borough on (a) residential care homes and (b) nursing homes for the elderly in each of the last five years. [125626]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the gross current expenditure for residential care by type of care for people aged 65 and over by each London borough for the years 2001-02 to 2005-06 has been placed in the Library.

Care Homes: Finance

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of care home residents have their care (a) partially and (b) fully funded by (i) local authorities and (ii) primary care trusts. [126546]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: As at 31 March 2006, there were 259,000 supported care home residents funded fully or in part by councils with social services responsibilities (CSSRs)(1). Information on the total numbers of care and nursing home residents, including those funding the entire cost of their care, is not collected centrally.

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Information on the number of residents whose care is funded fully or in part by primary care trusts (PCTs) is not collected centrally. However, at 31 March 2006, 117,939 people(2) in England were in receipt of national health service funded nursing care, which is funded by PCTs.

At 31 March 2006, 25,008 people were in receipt of NHS funded continuing care and therefore have their care costs met in full by the NHS.

Cervical Cancer: Screening

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust (i) were called for and (ii) attended cervical screening in each of the last five years, broken down by age. [124396]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The uptake of national health service cervical screening programme invitations is not collected nationally and comparing the number of women invited with the number of women screened would not give an accurate account of uptake of invitations, as the figures for the number of women screened also include self and general practitioner referral (for example, those not invited by the screening programme). Because of this we have provided five-year coverage figures, which has been placed in the Library.

Coverage is the standard calculation used to compare primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs). The coverage of the screening programme is the proportion of women resident and eligible who have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous five years.

2001-02 data are not available for PCTs and SHAs due to their formation in 2002. For this reason 2001-02 data are at England level.

Cervical Cancer: Vaccination

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will direct the Joint Committee on Vaccinations to meet to consider recommendations from its sub-group on Gardasil to ensure that the vaccine is rolled out during 2007-08. [124397]

Caroline Flint: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) human papilloma virus (HPV) subgroup met on 28 February to review the available information on the protective effect of the vaccine against cervical cancer, and the safety of HPV vaccines. Further work is ongoing to evaluate whether the vaccine is considered to be a cost-effective prevention of cervical cancer; and the impact that HPV vaccine may have on genital warts.

The sub group’s advice will be reported to the main JCVI committee for further discussion. No decisions will be taken on introducing these vaccines into the immunisation programme until the main JCVI present their advice to Ministers for their consideration.

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Childbirth: Durham

Dr. Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) underweight and (b) premature babies were born in (i) County Durham and (ii) the City of Durham in the last year for which figures are available; and how many in each category were born in 1997. [126174]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not held centrally.

Community Nurses: Shropshire

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) district and (b) community nurses have been employed by Shropshire primary care trust in each year since 1997. [123052]

Caroline Flint: The information is not available in the format requested. The table shows qualified community nursing staff by level in the Shropshire primary care trust as at 30 September for each specified year.

2002 2003 2004 2005

All qualified community nursing staff





District Nurses





Health Visitors





School Nursing Service Nurses


Of which:

Nurses with a school nursing qualification


Other Qualified Community Services Nurses





Practice Nurses





Community Learning Disabilities Nurses





Community Psychiatric Nurses





The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.


Laura Moffatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to publish the findings of the Contraceptive Services Audit; and if she will make a statement on the findings of the audit. [124454]

Caroline Flint: The findings of the Baseline Review of Contraceptive Services 2005 (Contraceptive Services Audit) will be published shortly and we are developing best practice guidance on reproductive healthcare which will address the key issues arising from the review.

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Dementia: Medical Treatments

Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department recommends anti-cholinisterease inhibitors for the treatment of people with dementia displaying challenging behaviour symptoms. [126452]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guideline states that anti-cholinesterase inhibitors are recommended as options in the management of people with Alzheimer’s disease of moderate severity only.

It also recommends that people with dementia who develop non-cognitive symptoms or behaviour that challenges should be offered a pharmacological intervention in the first instance only if they are severely distressed or there is an immediate risk of harm to the person or others.

Dental Services

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients accessed primary care dental services in each quarter since the quarter ending June 2004 (a) in England and (b) broken down by primary care trust area. [123140]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on patients accessing national health service dental services is not held centrally for each quarter and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information on patients seen in the last 24 months is published quarterly and has been placed in the Library, at England, strategic health authority and primary care trust level. This statistic has been published since March 2006.

Data for the new primary care trusts will be published on 23 March 2007.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what total patient charge revenue income her Department expects each primary care trust to receive in 2006-07 through the delivery of primary dental services. [124938]

Ms Rosie Winterton: A table listing the primary dental service resource allocations for 2006-07 for all primary care trusts (PCTs) in England as at 31 July 2006 is available in the Library. This sets out the net allocations awarded to PCTs and the assumed gross budgets based on illustrative assumptions about levels of patient charge income for each PCT. Strategic health authorities agreed with their PCTs locally how these allocations would be redistributed within the new PCT areas that took effect from 1 October 2006.

A number of factors may affect the actual levels of patient charge income in a financial year, including the annual number of units of dental activity commissioned by PCTs, the time needed for new dental services to be commissioned and to come into operation, the timeliness of the reports submitted by dentists on completed courses of treatment, changes in the mix of charge-paying and charge-exempt patients treated, and the incidence of certain charge-free courses of treatment for patients who would normally pay charges.

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Departments: Missing Persons

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions and on what dates her Department has been represented at a meeting of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group since May 2004. [124096]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 28 February 2007]: The establishment of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group (SOG) was recommended by the 2005 Perry Nove Review on the Police National Missing Persons Bureau. This review proposed the establishment of a permanent oversight group drawn from statutory bodies and the voluntary sector. The SOG has met twice: firstly, on 22 March 2006 and, secondly on 6 November 2006.

The Department and the Department for Education and Skills attended the second of these meetings. The Home Office has been represented at both meetings. In addition to SOG meetings, all three Departments have ongoing bilateral contact with other stakeholders represented on the SOG.

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which future projects her Department is considering a private finance initiative deal; what the estimated lifetime value of each potential contract is; and what period each will cover. [125185]

Andy Burnham: The following private finance initiative schemes are awaiting a formal review by the Department as part of the reappraisal process.

PFI scheme Pre-review estimated capital value (£ million)

Hillingdon Hospital


Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital


North West London Hospitals—Northwick Park


Southend Hospital


Taunton and Somerset


Papworth Hospitals


Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals—2010


West Hertfordshire Hospitals


East and North Hertfordshire


Southampton University Hospitals


Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals


Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital


Leeds Teaching Hospitals—Children’s


Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals


United Bristol Healthcare


Mersey Care


Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals


As the schemes yet to be reviewed are at a very early stage in the procurement process, it is not yet possible to estimate the likely annual payment and therefore total sum payable of the lifetime of the contract. Under the national health service standard form contract
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(introduced in 1999) the standard contract length exclusive of build period is 30 years, although this can be varied on a case-by-case basis subject to the agreement of the Department.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of her Department’s budget was taken up by private finance initiative commitments in each of the last 10 years for which information is available; and if she will make a statement; [125196]

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