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Dental Services

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) adults and (b) children are registered for NHS dentistry in (i) Milton Keynes, (ii) the south east and (c) England. [142488]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Since April 2006, patients no longer have to be registered with a dental practice to receive national health service care and treatment.

The closest equivalent measure to registration is the numbers of patients receiving NHS primary dental services (patients seen) in a given area over a 24-month period, expressed as a percentage of the estimated population for that area. Numbers and proportions of adult and child patients seen in the 24-month periods ending 31 March, 30 June, 30 September and 31 December 2006 in England, NHS south central and Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust, are available in Section F2 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England Q3: 31 December 2006 report. Copies are available in the Library and at

Data for the 24-month period ending March 2007 will be published on 19 June 2007.

Dental Services: Barnsley

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what basis the allocation of funding for orthodontic services for Barnsley for 2006-07 was calculated. [138734]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The primary dental service resource allocations awarded to primary care trusts for 2006-07 took into account expenditure on general dental services and personal dental services pilots in each area during the reference period October 2004 to September 2005. This captured payments for both general dental services and specialist services such as orthodontic services. The allocations also included adjustments to reflect nationally agreed increases in dentists’ remuneration, provision for growth plans previously submitted to and approved by the Department, and some margin to accommodate any new services that may have started during or after the reference period but could not be fully reflected in the calculation of reference period earnings.

Dental Services: North Eastern Region

Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value of orthodontic treatment was carried out during the reference period of (a) October 2004 and (b) October 2005 in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Doncaster, (iii) Rotherham and (iv) St. Helens. [138736]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The reference period used in calculating funding levels for the new primary dental service arrangements was 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005. The following table sets out the total payments during that period for courses of treatment which included orthodontic care. The Department does not have data on the value of treatments carried out during the reference period but submitted for payment later.

Primary care trust name Orthodontic earnings 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005 (£)

Doncaster, Central


Doncaster, East


Doncaster, West




St. Helens




1. The data relate to claims from dentists working under the terms of the former general dental services (GDS) only. They exclude orthodontic work carried out within former personal dental service (PDS) pilots, where the value of orthodontic as opposed to general dental treatments can be less easily identified. The Department is aware of at least two specialist orthodontic practices, in Doncaster Central and Rotherham, which converted to personal dental service pilots either before or during the reference period, which would mean the GDS data above are not fully representative of all elements of orthodontic care.
2. The data are presented by the primary care trust (PCT) areas that were operational during the reference period, rather than the new PCTs that assumed responsibility for services from 1 October 2006.
Dental Practice Division of the NHS Business Services Authority

Departments: Carbon Emissions

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology is used by her Department to account for its carbon emissions. [140789]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department collects energy consumption data from its buildings. We also collect data on official air travel, taxi use and the use of personal vehicles for business purposes. These data will be used to calculate our total carbon emissions, using Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs guidance.

Departments: Epilepsy

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with epilepsy are employed by her Department; and if she will make a statement. [139111]

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Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department holds records of those staff who have declared a disability. However, this is not broken down by reason, therefore epilepsy cannot be separately identified. When staff are absent from work due to an epileptic episode, this is recorded on the Department’s sickness absence database as a neurological condition and not specific to epilepsy.

Departments: Newspaper Press

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which regional newspapers are regularly monitored by her Department. [141290]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department commissions regional press cuttings using a press cuttings agency and Government News Network. The following regional newspapers are read by the agency and News Network on the Department's behalf:

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