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Mental Health Services: Acute Beds

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute mental health beds there were in the NHS in each of the last 10 years. [134156]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on 5 February 2007, Official Report, columns 804-05W.

Mental Health Services: Sexual Offences

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of in-patients accessing mental health services who made allegations of rape or sexual assault (a) were offered and (b) received specialist counselling in the latest period for which figures are available. [132530]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not centrally available.


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Mentally Ill: Greater London

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each London borough were diagnosed as having a mental health disorder in each of the last 10 years. [132920]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

Mentally Ill: Young People

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females between the ages of 16 and 25 were diagnosed with a mental illness in England in each of the last five years. [132861]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

Midwives: Recruitment

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were (a) trained and (b) recruited in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement. [133139]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The table shows the number of students who entered training to be a midwife in each of the last three years. The Department does not collect centrally information on how many of these found employment as a midwife.

On 3 April 2007, the Department published “Maternity matters: choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service” highlighting the Government’s commitment to developing and enhancing national health service maternity services and the role of the work force, including midwives, in improving maternity services.

Pre-registration midwifery training commissions
2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Degree

753

895

1,042

Diploma

716

744

517

Other

757

735

661

Total

2,226

2,374

2,220

Source:
Quarterly Monitoring Returns

NHS: Finance

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost of delivering an equivalent episode of care was in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent period for which figures are available, at constant prices. [131930]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is not available.

NHS: Foreign Workers

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-EU nationals were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years. [132862]


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Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected centrally.

NHS: Private Sector

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her policy is on providing an independent sector treatment centre for North Essex; and if she will make a statement. [133375]

Andy Burnham: The Department is working with the East of England strategic health authority to deliver independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) services in Essex. It is currently anticipated that there will be three ISTCs in the region located in Braintree, Basildon and Southend.

The aims of the Department’s ISTC programme are to:

Pregnant Women: Depression

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is provided by the national health service to pregnant women who are suffering depression during pregnancy; what research has been (a) funded and (b) carried out by her Department on whether there is a link between depression in pregnant women and (i) premature births, (ii) infant death and (iii) severe childhood illness; when her Department last undertook an evidence review on the issue that drew on (A) UK and (B) international research; and if she will make a statement. [132651]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Women who experience mental health problems during or after pregnancy can access the full range of mental health services available in primary and secondary care. The Department has issued guidance, “Mainstreaming gender and women’s mental health: implementation guidance” (DH, 2003), that highlights the need for effective perinatal psychiatric care, specifically the need to develop local care pathways, maternity and psychiatry protocols, access to perinatal psychiatric assessment and adequate mother and baby unit provision based on assessment of local need. Care services improvement partnerships’ national programme on gender equality and women’s mental health is helping local services to implement the recommendations of this guidance. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) also made recommendations in its recent guidance, “Antenatal and postnatal mental health” (NICE, 2007) to improve services for women who experience mental health problems during or after pregnancy.

The Department has not funded any such research. However, the Medical Research Council (MRC), which is one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government supports medical and clinical research, has recently funded a study entitled “Comparison of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in depressed
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and healthy pregnant women”. The study was led by Dr. Veronica Keane at the Institute of Psychiatry and received MRC funding of £157,700. It was completed in 2006.

The study found results suggesting that depressed women had higher cortisol stress hormones, particularly a hormone produced by the placenta during pregnancy (corticotropin releasing-hormone) and that this was associated with earlier delivery of babies in the depressed women. The applicants intend to submit follow up studies to the MRC.

The Government do not routinely and systematically compare the research they fund in different disease areas with equivalent research in other countries.

Resource Allocation

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 March 2007, Official Report, column 2219W, on resource allocation, for what reasons she excludes any measure of ill health in those aged 75 and over in her measure of the burden of disease. [127923]

Andy Burnham: The definition of burden of disease used for the previous reply is one of a number of possible definitions. It includes one element, diabetes prevalence, which is not age related, and therefore does include persons aged 75 and over. The other three measures are premature mortality rates for major killer diseases. They reflect the current public service agreement targets to reduce cancer and circulatory disease death rates in people aged under 75 by 2010. It is in the under 75 age group where the earliest signs of progress are likely to be seen, although the health interventions to reduce mortality in this age group will also have a beneficial effect on people aged 75 and over.

Smoking: Public Places

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps have been taken to inform owners of restaurants, hotels and pubs of the smoking ban coming into place on 1 July. [134391]

Caroline Flint: Through the Smokefree England campaign, the Department is delivering a major communications campaign to support businesses to be prepared for the implementation of smokefree legislation on 1 July 2007. Recent surveys by the Department show extremely high levels of awareness among the hospitality industry and customers.

Information on the new law is available from the freephone Smokefree England information line on 0800 169 169 7 and on the Smokefree England website at:

The website has received nearly 250,000 visits to date.

The Department has developed a range of guides on the new law. A guidance pack, including a guide, no-smoking signs and other support materials is being sent to all businesses in England that employ staff during April. Guidance documents can be downloaded
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from the Smokefree England website, and will be available in a range of different languages and formats, including a downloadable MP3 audio version.

A Ministerial Reference Group comprised of key stakeholders was created last year to facilitate dialogue between business groups including representatives from the hospitality industry, local government and the Department, and has met regularly. The Department also continues to work closely with organisations that represent the hospitality industry to increase awareness of the new legislation among their constituents.

Local councils are also working to build compliance in their communities. Local businesses are advised to contact their local council for advice and support in implementing smokefree legislation.

Treasury

11 Downing Street: Costs

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the costs of running No. 11 Downing street were in 2005-06. [104602]

John Healey: By long-standing arrangement, the Treasury pays a contribution to the Cabinet Office for the rent and service charge of the space used by HM Treasury and by the Chancellor of the Exchequer within the Downing street estate, including the No. 11 state rooms and offices and the No. 10 residence. This comprises 14.4 per cent. of the total estate. For 2005-06, this contribution totalled £318,338.

Bank Services: Fees and Charges

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many complaints the Financial Ombudsman Service received on bank charges in each of the last five years. [134020]

Ed Balls: The Financial Services Ombudsman (FOS) is operationally independent of the Government. I understand that over the past five years the FOS has collated data on the basis of current account complaints, not specific complaints on bank charges. The number of complaints relating to current accounts to year-end March was:

Number of complaints

2006

3,543

2005

2,521

2004

2,106

2003

1,602

2002

1,280


Data on inquiries relating specifically to bank charges were collated from September 2006. The number of inquires received relating to bank charges from September 2006 to March 2007 was 150,917.

Mr. Touhig: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps have been taken to reduce the charges to customers of high street banks. [134021]


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Ed Balls: The Office of Fair Trading, which is an independent body, is currently carrying out an inquiry into these charges under the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations (1999). It would not be appropriate for Government to comment.

Child Benefit: Middlesbrough

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people in (a) the North East and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are eligible for child benefit; and how many are lone parents in each case. [134767]

Mr. Timms: Figures showing the number of families receiving child benefit (CB) at regional and parliamentary constituency level for the UK are published on the HMRC website:

Figures showing the number of families eligible to claim CB are not available at these levels of geography.

Whether or not a CB recipient is currently a single parent or part of a couple is not recorded on the CB system as after 5 July 1998 it did not affect the level of award.

Child Trust Fund: Middlesbrough

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many and what proportion of children in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland and (b) the Tees Valley have received a Child Trust Fund account since 1 September 2002. [134655]

Ed Balls: All children born on or after 1 September 2002 are eligible for the Child Trust Fund as long as they are in receipt of child benefit, live in the UK and they are not subject to any immigration restrictions. Special arrangements are in place for looked-after children. All eligible children will receive a Child Trust Fund account whether opened by parents or the Government on their behalf.

Constituency and regional data on Child Trust Fund accounts were published on 11 January 2007 and can be viewed on the HM Revenue and Customs’ website at:

Crossrail Line: Finance

Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he expects to take a final decision on the funding of Crossrail. [134400]

Ed Balls: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 17 April 2007, Official Report, column 625W.


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