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Weeks
Month end November 2006 December 2006 January 2007 February 2007
Test Median waiting time Mean waiting time Median waiting time Mean waiting time Median waiting time Mean waiting time Median waiting time Mean waiting time

Magnetic resonance imaging

4.2

5.5

4.9

6.0

4.3

5.7

4.0

5.0

Computed tomography

2.1

3.3

2.9

4.0

2.1

3.3

2.1

2.9

Non-obstetric ultrasound

3.1

4.5

3.8

5.0

2.9

4.7

3.0

4.1

Barium enema

2.1

3.3

2.9

3.9

2.2

3.6

2.0

3.0

DEXA scan

4.4

9.4

4.8

9.4

3.7

7.1

3.7

6.3

Cardiology-echocardiography

4.7

7.1

5.2

7.8

4.7

7.0

4.1

6.3

Cardiology-electrophysiology

9.8

11.0

9.1

10.4

8.9

9.8

7.0

8.8

Neurophysiology-peripheral neurophysiology

9.0

16.7

9.8

17.6

9.7

16.8

7.2

14.9

Colonoscopy

6.4

15.8

6.8

15.9

6.4

14.6

4.9

13.6

Flexi sigmoidoscopy

4.5

9.0

5.2

9.4

4.4

9.1

4.1

9.0

Cystoscopy

5.0

8.0

5.7

8.7

5.5

8.4

4.9

7.8

Gastroscopy

4.1

9.8

4.7

9.9

3.8

9.1

3.6

8.5

Source:
Department of Health, DM01

Surgery: Private Sector

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many operations funded by her Department were planned to be undertaken by independent sector treatment centres in the first wave; how many operations were undertaken; and how many operations it is estimated will be undertaken within the contract period. [138724]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 22 May 2007]: It is expected that the first wave of the independent sector treatment centre programme, including the general supplementary contracts, will deliver approximately 870,000 procedures for national health service patients. The contracted case mix is indicative only and the actual delivered activity may vary. As at 31 March 2007 more than 160,000 procedures had been delivered through the programme.

York Capio Centre

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1055W, on York Capio Centre, what procedures were carried out at the Clifton NHS Treatment Centre in 2006-07; how many patients underwent each procedure; and what the average cost per case was for each procedure; [135520]

(2) pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1055W, on York Capio Centre, how many procedures the Clifton NHS Treatment Centre was contracted to carry out in 2006-07; how many were carried out in that year; and how many procedures the centre is contracted to carry out in each year between 2007-08 and 2010-11. [135521]

Andy Burnham: There were 1,522 patient discharges from the Clifton national health service treatment centre in 2006-07. Information on patients discharged is not held by procedure.

Utilisation of independent sector treatment centre contracts is measured on the basis of value rather than activity, this is to allow for the variations which occur through substitution of activity between procedures of varying value. This in turn allows the schemes to better meet the requirements of local NHS commissioners. Recent changes to the casemix at the treatment centre, at the request of sponsoring primary care trusts, has meant that the total expected activity is now 8,455 procedures over the life of the contract.

As the vast majority of wave 1 independent sector treatment centres are now operational, the Department is currently reviewing the release of contractual, financial and utilisation data. A decision will be taken shortly and I will write to the hon. Member.

Home Department

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police command units are taking part in the current Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign. [138631]

Mr. McNulty: There are 166 participating basic command units of the police participating in the current Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign, in partnership with Trading Standards Officers.

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when an assessment of the results of the current Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign will be made available. [138632]

Mr. Coaker: The current national Tackling Underage Sales of Alcohol campaign is due to end in July. The final results will be made available as soon as all the results from across the 166 participating basic command units have been collated and verified.

Antisocial Behaviour

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to make membership of a gang (a) a factor in relation to sentencing and (b) an offence.[135942]


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(2) To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007 to the hon. Member for Hackney, North and Stoke Newington (Ms Abbott), Official Report, column 1224, on knife crimes, when he will publish his plans on whether or not to make membership of a gangan aggravating factor in sentencing. [135922]

John Reid: The Sentencing Guidelines Council document “Overarching Principles: Seriousness”, published in December 2004, sets out the factors affecting sentencing, and includes groups or gangs as an aggravating factor. Section 1.22 (“Factors indicating higher culpability”) includes “Offenders operating in groups or gangs”. We are now considering whether this is sufficient, or whether it should be extended to cover all offences where the offender is a member of a gang, irrespective of whether the offence was committed with other members of the group or gang, or whether a new offence is needed.

This issue was considered by a working group drawn from the Home Secretary's Round Table on Guns, Gangs and Knives on 18 May, which will report back to the next Round Table meeting, due to be held on 26 June.

Asylum Seekers

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons were (a) charged, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of offences under section 35(3) and (4) of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004 in each year since its coming into force; how many had a previous conviction under this Act; how many and what percentage of those convicted thereunder received custodial sentences; how many and what percentage have been successfully deported on completion of that sentence; and how many and what percentage of those (i) charged, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) convicted of the above mentioned offences had previously been convicted of such an offence. [129970]

Mr. Byrne: The answer is as follows:

S35 (3) and (4)
Charged/prosecuted Convicted

2005

4

3

2006

14

9

2007

2

1

Total

20

13

Note:
This table provides local management information from both Border Control and Enforcement and Removals criminal investigation teams.

20 individuals have been charged/prosecuted for offences under section 35(3) and (4) of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants) Act 2004 by Border Control and Enforcement and Removals Criminal Investigation Teams since the Act received Royal assent in July 2004.

Of the 13 persons convicted, 12 (92.3 per cent.) received custodial sentences (the other one received a suspended sentence). Of those serving a custodial sentence none have been removed so far. Of the other individuals, two have been removed so far.


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Of the 20 persons charged/prosecuted and the 13 persons convicted, three persons have been previously convicted of offences under section 35(3) and (4) of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc.) Act 2004. This represents 15 per cent. of the total number of people charged and 23 per cent. of those convicted respectively.

It should be noted that these figures are locally collated management information and may be subject to change.

Children: Abuse

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to ensure that data on offences against children are recorded by (a) age of victim and (b) offence and made available at national level. [137460]

John Reid: The police record crimes that come to their attention committed against all victims, including children (those aged under 16). Information in the Home Office police recorded crime statistics do not currently separately identify the age of offenders or victims.

Work is in progress to develop a data system that will allow such information to be produced in the future. Record level data from all forces in England and Wales will be collated in a central data hub within the Home Office. Information on individual offences will be returned, including the offence type and victim characteristics such as age. This system will be used to derive and present police recorded crime statistics nationally and sub-nationally. Statistics will be released within the annual Crime in England and Wales bulletin, as part of National Statistics. However, before that happens a full assessment of the reliability and completeness of any new data collected will have to be made.

Crime: Intellectual Property

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in implementing the recommendation of the Gowers Review that intellectual property crime should be given higher policing priority; what support he has given to police forces on intellectual property crime; and if he will make a statement. [137459]

John Reid: The Gowers Review recommended that

This has been implemented. The National Community Safety Plan update, published in November last year, includes among key actions for the police service in 2007-08:

The Home Office plays an active role in the National IP Crime Strategy and the SOCA programme board on tackling serious criminals involved in identity fraud, IP theft and counterfeit currency. The priority given to IP crime by all Government enforcement agencies has
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risen since the launch of the national IP Crime strategy in 2004, with ACPO identifying IP Crime as a spotlight crime. Government recently committed an additional £5 million for 2007-08 to accompany additional powers for Trading Standards to enforce against copyright counterfeiting and piracy.


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