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|National health service hospital and community health services: qualified community nursing staff in each specified organisation|
|(1 )Not applicable. Returns for school nursing staff did not become mandatory until the 2004 census. Source: The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.|
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what Government funding was provided for research into (a) prevention, (b) treatment and (c) cure of dementia in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the health budget this represented in each year. 
|Expenditure on dementia research (£ million)|
|Department of Health||Medical Research Council||Total||Percentage of total national health service expenditure|
The departmental figures relate to national research programme expenditure. They do not include the part of the research and development allocations made annually
to NHS providers that has been spent on dementia research. This information and information on the breakdown of funding for research into the prevention, treatment and cure of dementia is not held centrally.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Primary care trusts (PCT) in England do not award dental providers an annual budget but an annual contract value, which is payable in equal monthly instalments, in return for an agreed level of service. Service levels may be defined by an annual number of units of dental activity (which are a weighted measure of courses of treatment), or they may include service outputs that cannot be measured through courses of treatment. All contract payments will be honoured if the dental provider delivers their agreed service levels. The Department does not assess the performance of individual dental providers. PCTs, as the commissioning bodies, are responsible for monitoring the delivery of services by their local dental providers. Dental services in Eastbourne are the responsibility of the East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many independent bodies existed to hear appeals on decisions made by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many there have been in 2006-07 to date. 
Executive agencies are independent organisations with their own complaints procedures and administration. The two Executive agencies are the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
PASA has not had any independent bodies to hear appeals. Complaints about maladministration of non-procurement activity are governed by the Parliamentary Ombudsman. Legal options are available to suppliers if commercial complaints are not resolved by PASAs complaints procedure.
Throughout the period between 1997 and 2005, the MHRA had five independent advisory bodies set up to hear appeals on technical decisions made by the agency. These were the Committee on Safety of Devices, the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM), the Medicines Commission (CM) and the Independent Review Panel for Borderline products; the Independent Review Panel for Advertising. In October 2005, the CSM and the MC were disbanded and a new body, the Commission for Human Medicines replaced them.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were received by her Department and its executive agencies in (a) 1997-98, (b) 2001-02 and (c) 2005-06; and how many have been received in 2006-07 to date. 
|Number of reports available|
|The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)|
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