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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many students qualified to become nurses in each of the last five years; and how many vacancies for nurses there were during that period. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not collected information centrally on the number of students who qualified to become nurses over the last five years.
The following table shows the number of vacancies for nurses which trusts are actively trying to fill, which had lasted for three months or more (full time equivalents) at 31 March of each year for the last five years.
|Total qualified nursing three month vacancies|
| Source: National Health Service vacancy survey as at 31 March each year|
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) occupational physicians and (b) occupational health nurses were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest available data on the number of doctors in occupational medicine in each year since 1997 are shown in the table.
|Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): medical and dental staff working in occupational health by grade and yearEngland as at 30 September each year|
The Information Centre for health and social care medical and dental workforce census
The annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify occupational health nurses from the rest of the nursing workforce.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of how NHS-employed occupational therapists engage with home improvement agencies. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: No assessment has been carried out centrally. It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to assess the needs of their local communities and to commission services accordingly.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the incidence was of osteosarcoma for each of the age groups (a) 0 to nine years, (b) 10 to 19 years and (c) 20 to 49 years in areas of the United Kingdom supplied with (i) fluoridated and (ii) non-fluoridated drinking water. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is provided in the following table.
|Osteosarcoma( 1) in England: Number of new cases, 1995-2004, persons by selected age groups and Government office region|
|Age group||Percentage of fluoridated water|
|(1)International Classification of Diseases, histology codes 9180, 9181, 9182, 9183, 9184, 9185, 9190. Behaviour code 3. Source: Office for National Statistics.|
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the 20 largest procurement projects initiated by her Department since May 1997 have been; what the (a) original budget, (b) cost to date and (c) consultancy fees have been; and what the final cost was of each project which has been completed. 
Andy Burnham: The information requested is not collected in the form requested. However, the Department does have details of the 20 largest private finance initiative and information technology (IT) procurement projects since 1997. For the national programme for IT the lifetime contract value is £6,202.5 million and the expenditure up to 31 December 2006 was £1,001.5 million.
The following table provides details of the 19 largest private finance initiative (PFI) projects.
|Commissioning body||Operational status( 1)||Total capital value (£ million)||Estimated total unitary payments to end of contract (£000)||Consultancy fees (£000)||Hard facilities management (FM) only( 2)|
Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals NHS Trust
|(1) Unitary payments only start once the facility is operational.|
(2) Most schemes involve the private sector contractor providing both soft (cleaning, catering etc) and hard (building maintenance) FM services over the lifetime of the contract. Those marked as hard FM only in this column subsequently have lower unitary payments.
1. The figures for the unitary payments in column 4 are expressed in nominal termsi.e. the Department has applied a deflator (RPIthe one normally used in contracts) to the baseline figure submitted to it by the Trust or PCT concerned. Figures will therefore vary as a result of changes to RPI.
2.( )Unitary payments may fluctuate both up and down as a result of adjustments made relating to the performance of the contractor, additional services requested by the trust and the effect of refinancing.
3.( )For all schemes the contract length is assumed to be 30 years, the standard length introduced under the Standard Form Contract in 1999.
4.( )Consultancy Fees: Information on consultancy fees incurred in reaching financial close (i.e. construction in the table) was centrally collected for monitoring purposes for the majority of PFI schemes up to 2005. To collect information on the remaining schemes would incur disproportionate costs.
5.( )The Department submits details on original budgets and cost increases for PFI schemes each year for the Health Select Committee. This information can be found on their website at:
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