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Ms Rosie Winterton: Data collected by the Department centrally does not identify the value of units of dental activity in each primary care trust. UDA values will vary because of a number of factors, including differences in treatment patterns and treatment needs in different areas, the contract values negotiated locally by PCTs and dental practices, and the degree to which PCTs and practices may have agreed service outputs that cannot be measured through patient courses of treatment.
Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what target is set by her Department for the average number of units of dental activity per hour that a dentist is expected to achieve. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has set no targets for the level of activity, hourly or otherwise, that a dentist is expected to achieve. Local contracts, agreed between primary care trusts and dental providers, specify the overall level of patient services to be delivered over a 12 month period. Annual service levels are expressed in terms of the number of courses of treatment provided to patients, with a weighting to reflect the relative complexity of different courses of treatment.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1596W, on dental service funding, how much dental service increment for teaching funding was allocated to the national dental workforce unit; what proportion of this funding was allocated to each National Health Service trust; and if she will make a statement. 
|NHS trust||Funding allocated by national dental workforce unit (£)|
|(1) The total funding allocated by the National Dental Workforce Unit (NDWU) exceeded the 2006-07 allocation from the Department. The balance was funded by reserves that the NDWU had accumulated.|
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions her Department has had with (a) HM Treasury and (b) HM Revenue and Customs on the tax and national insurance status of dentists. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Departments only recent discussions with HM Revenue and Customs were to clarify that the nature of the contracts to provide national health service dental services introduced from 1 April 2006 between primary dental care providers and primary care trusts would not affect the employment status of independent dental practitioners. Tax and national insurance issues for dentists who are not NHS salaried employees are a matter between the individual dentist and HMRC. The employment arrangements for dentists working within independent dental practices is a matter for the dental provider which employs or engages them.
The recent report from HM Treasury and the Department for Education and Skills Aiming high for disabled children: better support for families (May 2007) sets out the actions and proposals that the Government believe will make a real difference to all disabled children and their families. The actions and proposals are supported by a funding package of £340 million which is to be spent over the next Comprehensive spending review period.
Estimates of the number of people addicted to all types of illegal drug are not available. However, estimates of the number of problem heroin and crack users in 2004-05 are available at the local and national level and the estimates for the London Drug Action Team areas are shown in the following table. These estimates cover individuals who use opiates (e.g. heroin or morphine) and/or crack cocaine, including all who use as well as those that misuse or abuse these types of drugs, but a large proportion of them will be addicted. Estimates are for those aged 15 to 64.
|Estimate of problem drug use among 15 to 64-year-olds (opiate and/or crack cocaine use) for London GOR based on data relating to 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005|
|95 per cent. confidence interval|
|DAT area||Estimate( 1)||Lower limit||Upper limit|
|(1) As with all statistical estimates, these estimates contain an element of uncertainty. The 95 per cent. confidence interval shows the range within which the true estimate is likely to lie although it should be noted that the true estimate is most likely to be close to the best estimate shown in the table.|
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