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(2) what percentage of her Departments budget will be taken up by public finance initiative commitments in each of the next 10 years, assuming that the budget
grows in line with the Treasurys estimates for gross domestic product over the period; and if she will make a statement. 
Revenue figures are not available beyond 2007-08 as the Department has not yet entered into its Comprehensive Spending Review with HM Treasury. It is therefore not possible to forecast annual payments under PFI as a percentage of overall revenue expenditure.
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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the meeting on 24 February 2003 between HRH the Prince of Wales and the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health; 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 9 March 2007]: A meeting was held on 24 February 2003 between HRH the Prince of Wales and the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, for Health (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath).
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money from the public purse (a) her Department and (b) its agencies gave to (i) the Smith Institute and (ii) its subsidiary SI Events Limited in each year since 1997; and for what purpose each payment was made. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has not paid either the Smith institute or SI Events Limited since 2002. Financial data for the years prior to this have been archived and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by each of her Departments executive agencies in each Government Office region in the most recent year for which figures are available; 
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). The MHRA does not hold records of spend in each of the government regions. The MHRA have no regional offices outside London; and
The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA). PASA does not hold records of spend in each of the government regions. PASA has three offices in Chester, Reading and Sheffield. The office in Reading is also the agencys head office. They are not regional offices as such but from where business is undertaken.
John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has received from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition regarding the compulsory fortification of flour with folic acid; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: In December 2006, the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) recommended mandatory fortification of folic acid as the most effective way to reduce the risk of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects (NTD), providing voluntary fortification of food with folic acid is controlled and guidance is provided on the use of supplements containing folic acid.
The FSA Board will consider SACNs recommendation and the responses from the public consultation in May 2007. It will then provide advice to Health Ministers regarding mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the effects of devolving budget responsibilities to GPs on the quality of patient care. 
Andy Burnham: General practices have been devolved indicative budgets under practice-based commissioning (PBC). By December 2006, all primary care trusts had arrangements in place to support PBC, including providing indicative practice budgets. No full assessment has yet been made of the effects of PBC, but the Department has in place support to drive forward the practical implementation of PBC and a monitoring framework to assess the impact of PBC on patient care and service development.
The Department is committed to help prevent deaths caused by carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and raise awareness of the dangers of CO poisoning. Specific recent actions to achieve this include publications to increase awareness of medical staff and the public.
In his January 2006 update, which is sent to all doctors registered with the General Medical Council in England, including hospital and A & E doctors, and copied to the devolved Administrations for information, the chief medical officer (CMO) provides advice to doctors on CO poisoning, which is available in the Library. CMO updates are also available on the Departments website at:
The Department has produced a public information leaflet Indoor air pollutionCarbon monoxide. Risks to health and how to avoid them, distributed early in 2006 to all general practitioners surgeries in England, which provides information on the symptoms of CO poisoning, ways in which to prevent poisoning and the contact details of organisations and other Government Departments involved with the prevention of CO poisoning. This leaflet has been endorsed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme, the Council for Registered Gas Installers (CORGI), the national voluntary organisation CO-Gas Safety, the Solid Fuel Association, and the national health service, and includes the CORGI emergency helpline. The leaflet, which is available in the Library, is also available free, from the Departments publication stores and on the Departments website at:
The Department has produced a booklet Keep Warm Keep Well, a winter guide 2006-07, which among many subjects, contains useful advice on the maintenance of heating appliances and protection from CO poisoning, which is available in the Library. This has been widely distributed and is also available from the Departments publication stores and on the Departments website at:
The Department is also funding a national voluntary organisation, CO-Gas Safety, through the section 64 General Scheme of Grants, in its work in raising awareness about the dangers of carbon monoxide.
As part of the HSEs Review of Domestic Gas Safety, a cross-Government group, which includes officials from my Department, has been set up to consolidate the valuable work that is being done, and to help further raise awareness, particularly through encouraging greater co-ordinated industry actions.
Caroline Flint [holding answer 12 March 2007]: The weighted-capitation formula, used to inform revenue allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs), does not take specific account of detainees in Immigration Service removal centres. However, migration is taken account of within the population base used for revenue allocations. The population base is a combination of Office for National Statistics (ONS) populations and general practitioners lists. ONS add asylum seekers to their population estimates using data provided by the Home Office. All removal centres have primary healthcare provision on site. National health service services are only used, therefore, when detainees cannot be treated within the on-site Home Office funded primary care services.
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