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NHS: Private Finance Initiative

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her Department’s press release of 27 February 2007, Mapping the success of NHS building schemes since 1997, when she expects each of the private finance initiative schemes mentioned in the press release to reach financial close. [131931]

Andy Burnham: The table gives the dates that financial close is planned for each of the schemes mentioned in the press release of 27 February 2007, Mapping the success of national health service building schemes since 1997.

Date

Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust

Quarter 2 2007

North Middlesex, University Hospital NHS Trust

Quarter 3 2007

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Quarter 3 2007

Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust

Quarter 3 2007

Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust

Quarter 3 2007

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Quarter 1 2008

North Bristol/South Gloucestershire primary care trusts

Quarter 4 2008


Primary Care Trusts

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) to whom primary care trusts are accountable; and which areas of their operation they are required to account for; [105952]

(2) what the statutory duties are of primary care trusts; and what other duties her Department expects them to perform. [104691]

Andy Burnham: Under the National Health Service Act 2006, schedule 3, paragraph 20, each primary care trust (PCT) must prepare an annual report on its activities during the previous financial year. It must send a copy of the report to each strategic health authority (SHA) whose area includes any part of the PCT’s area. It must also send a copy of the report to the Secretary of State. The report must give details of
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the measures the PCT has taken to promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness in using its resources for the exercise of its functions.

In addition, if any such SHA, or the Secretary of State, requires other reports or information, the PCT must prepare and send such reports or information to the SHA or the Secretary of State as the case may be.

SHAs have certain detailed functions, under the National Health Service (Functions of Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts and Administration Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2002, to support and manage the performance of PCTs. The Secretary of State may give directions to any SHA or PCT about its exercise of any functions (under section 8 of the National Health Service Act 2006), and a SHA may give directions to a PCT about its exercise of any function (under section 20 of the Act).

Under schedule 15 of the Act, PCTs must prepare annual accounts in respect of each financial year and send them to the Secretary of State and to any SHA whose area includes any part of the PCT’s area. The Secretary of State must prepare summarised accounts relating to PCTs and send them to the Comptroller and Auditor General, who must lay copies of the accounts and his report on them before both Houses of Parliament.

Further information is published on the Department’s website at:

A copy has been placed in the Library.

Private Hospital Treatments

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS patients requiring (a) heart transplants and (b) hip replacement surgery have been referred to private hospitals for their treatment in the last five years; and how many were treated in NHS hospitals. [115568]

Andy Burnham: The following table contains the number of procedures for heart transplants and hip replacements for the period 2000 to 2005.

Hip replacements Heart transplants

2005-06

88,790

168

2004-05

86,712

203

2003-04

84,974

187

2002-03

80,654

265

2001-02

75,039

268

2000-01

73,065

275

Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for health and social care.

It is not possible to identify from HES data whether these procedures took place in an NHS hospital or a private hospital.

Prostate Cancer

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to reduce the inequality in experience reported by men with prostate cancer compared to that reported by patients with other cancers. [131687]


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Ms Rosie Winterton: Following publication of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) “Improving Outcomes in Urological Cancer” guidance, strategic health authorities (SHAs) and Cancer Networks submitted action plans to the both the cancer action team and the Department’s planning and performance review team in June 2004, which detailed agreed milestones for investment and implementation of the improving outcomes in urological cancer guidance produced by NICE.

The cancer action team has assessed these plans to determine the extent to which the guidance will be implemented between 2005 and December 2007, and feedback was given to networks and SHAs. SHAs are now monitoring key milestones identified in the action plans every six months and then reporting back to the Department on their progress.

This action, together with the National Cancer Peer Review Programme, will enable us to provide a comparative measure of progress on overall implementation of the guidance.

Additionally, at the start of April the cancer action team appointed an Associate Director for Patient Experience, whose responsibilities include improving the patient experience of prostate cancer patients.

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical nurse specialists are working with prostate cancer patients in England; and what her assessment is of the adequacy of these numbers. [131688]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Data on the number of clinical nurse specialists are not collected centrally. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has identified clinical nurse specialists as core members of the urology multidisciplinary team in their “Improving Outcomes in Urological Cancers” guidance issued in 2002. It is for cancer networks to work in partnership with strategic health authorities, national health service trusts and postgraduate deaneries to put in place a sustainable process to assess, plan and review their work force needs and the education and training of all staff linked to local and national priorities for cancer, including the implementation of NICE improving outcomes guidance.

Written Questions

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer question 127973, on the End Waiting, change lives initiative, tabled on 14 March by the hon. Member for Harrogate and Knaresborough. [132053]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: A reply was given to the hon. Member on 17 April 2007.

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will answer the question tabled by the hon. Member for Forest of Dean on (a) 21 November 2006, reference 102595, on social research, and (b) 13 December 2006, reference 110223, requesting an answer to that question. [132293]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: An answer has been given today.

ZooBiotic

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ministerial visits have taken place to ZooBiotic in Bridgend in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [127751]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: There have been no ministerial visits to ZooBiotic in Bridgend in the last 12 months.

Home Department

Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for using their mobile phones while driving since the legislation banning their use while driving was introduced. [130417]

Mr. Coaker: Information requested on arrests for summary motoring offences of ‘use of a hand-held mobile phone while driving’ is not collected centrally.

Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, from 2003 to 2004 (latest available) is provided in the table. As the majority of ‘use of hand-held mobile phone while driving’ offences are dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice, these are also included.

2005 data will be available later this year.

Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) and total court proceedings for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 2) , England and Wales, 2003-04
2003 2004
Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) Total court proceedings( 3) Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) Total court proceedings( 3)

1,888

1

73,976

789

(1) Fixed penalty notices paid where there is no further action.
(2) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1966, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2 and 110 (3), (Offence introduced 1 December 2003).
(3) Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally Issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.
Notes:
1. It Is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Female Genital Mutilation

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of UK citizens who were subjected to female genital mutilation in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [130522]


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Caroline Flint: I have been asked to reply.

This information is not collected centrally. The Department has commissioned a study into the prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM), which will provide information on the likely incidence of FGM in England and Wales. This study is currently being finalised.

National Crime Squad

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 458W, on the National Crime Squad, what estimate he has made of the level of (a) Class A drug trafficking, (b) organised immigration crime and (c) hi-tech crime; and if he will make a statement. [131587]

Mr. Coaker: The UK Threat Assessment (UKTA), available on the Serious Organised Crime Agency website, estimates that between 60 to 80 tonnes of heroin and cocaine are trafficked into the UK each year. The UK consumption of ecstasy is estimated at between 500,000 and 2 million tablets per week.

The UKTA describes the modus operandi of people smugglers and human traffickers, as well as offering a description of the nature of the problem but makes no quantitative assessment of the threat.

Hi-tech crime is covered in the chapter of the UKTA dealing with non-fiscal fraud. The UKTA recognises that the scale of non-fiscal fraud is difficult to estimate accurately as not all frauds are discovered and not all discovered frauds are reported.

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 458W, on the National Crime Squad, how much funding was provided to each of the four threat areas in each year since 1998. [131588]

Mr. Coaker: Accounting within the National Crime Squad (NCS) was based on the nature of expenditure not the activity to which that expenditure related, therefore, it has not been possible to give details of the funding NCS provided to each of the main threats.

Offensive Weapons

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of selling a crossbow to a person aged under 18 in each of the last five years. [131240]

Mr. Coaker: It is an offence under the Crossbows Act 1987 to sell or hire a crossbow or part of a crossbow to person under the age of 17.

Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of persons found guilty at all courts for this offence in England and Wales from 2001-2005, show that there were no convictions for this offence during those years.

Information for 2006 will be available in the autumn.


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Prisons: Genetics

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how prisoners without a DNA profile on the National DNA database were identified for the purposes of the DNA Prisoner Sampling Exercise in 2003. [122907]

John Reid: Data on all the then 72,000 prisoners were taken from the Prison Service Inmate Information System. This was then compared with data held on the Police National Computer and the National DNA Database about these individuals to see whether a DNA sample had already been taken from them. Work was also done comparing Department of Health records with data on PNC and NDNAD, to identify patients held in secure mental health units who had not had DNA samples taken.


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