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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many public consultations were carried out by NHS trusts in 2006-07; and in how many of these consultations the relevant trust's board chose an option which did not have majority public support. 
Under Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (now section 242 of the NHS Act 2006), it is the duty of national health service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities to make appropriate arrangements to involve and consult patients and the public in service planning, in the development of proposals to change services, and in decisions affecting the operation of services.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 25 January 2007, Official Report, column 2046W, on the Pregnancy Book, if she will make available the initial report on screening for kernicterus. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers from her Department last met with representatives of the Government of the Bailiwicks of (a) Jersey and (b) Guernsey; whether medicines legislation was discussed; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The Lord Chancellor met with the Chief Minister of Guernsey on 24 April this year. Many issues were discussed including the United Kingdoms view on the Medicines Directive. The Lord Chancellor last met with the Chief Minister of Jersey at a dinner he hosted on 22 February. The opportunity to discuss these directives did not arise.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 12 June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on prescriptions: fees and charges, how many prescriptions were dispensed in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and how many in each year were marked evidence not seen. 
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Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Departments response is to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellences recommendations on provision of psychological therapies. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) have issued several items of guidance and technology appraisals that are pertinent to the delivery of psychological therapies, including guidelines on the management of depression and schizophrenia which both identified the effectiveness of psychological therapies. To support the local delivery of NICE Technology Appraisal TA097, we issued implementation guidance for computerised cognitive behavioural therapy in March 2007. In November 2005, the Department launched its improving access to psychological therapies programme. This programme is being extended to a further 10 sites (to add to the two original demonstration sites in Doncaster and Newham) in 2007-08. It is also working with primary care trust commissioners to examine how NICE evidence-based psychological therapies can be offered for patients with depression and anxiety disorders.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Financial details of the national health service spend for psychological therapies in 2006-07 and the current financial year are not yet available. The most recent data is provided by the 2005/06 National Survey of Investment in Mental Health Services commissioned by the Department and provided by mental health strategies. For the five years from 2001-02 to 2005-06, there has been a net real terms (i.e. net of pay and prices) increase in investment from £125 million to £142 million.
More recently in April 2007, Professor Louis Appleby, the National Director for Mental Health, described in his report Mental Health Ten Years On: Progress in Mental Health Reform that the number of clinical psychologists in the NHS had increased to 6,800, a rise of 2,700 (69 per cent.) since 1997.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the parties are to the service level agreement referred to in the answer, Official Report, column 817W, on recombinant factor VII of 3 July 2006. 
Andy Burnham: This is a matter for the chair of The University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. We have written to Robert Naylor informing him of the hon. Members inquiry. He will reply shortly and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Afghan nationals have been given treatment in Selly Oak Hospital for (a) gunshot wounds and (b) wounds caused by grenade fragments in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirement churches and other places of worship have to display no-smoking signs once the public smoking ban is introduced in England. 
Caroline Flint: Arrangements for regional tobacco control vary around the country. Government Offices of the Regions (GORS) employ some regional tobacco policy managers (RTPMs) and others are employed by primary care trusts. Finance for RTPMs is from a range of sources, including the Department.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on delivery of nicotine replacement therapy within prison establishments of (a) prison staff levels, (b) competing workload demands and (c) prisoner transfers between establishments across the Prison Estate; and if she will make a statement. 
For each of the financial years 2003-06, the Department provided an additional £500,000 funding to bring smoking cessation services into prisons in England, including nicotine replacement therapy, in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines. Resources are now contained within baseline PCT funding and provision is determined by local health needs assessment, in partnership with the prison.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to establish a new consensus for a new, fair and sustainable settlement in social care as stated by the Minister for care services; who the key partners will be in such a consensus; and what definition she uses of (a) fair and (b) sustainable. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Government have provided significant investment in local services, including in the area of social care, since taking office. Total Government grant has increased by 39 per cent, in real terms since 1997 and this has delivered real improvements.
We are committed to ensuring that local authorities can continue to deliver effective local services. We are
working with local government representatives to identify future pressures on local authorities, and the ways in which these can best be managed, as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) 2007.
The Government believe it is important that the 2007 CSR is informed by wide public debate on the long-term challenges facing the United Kingdom. Across Government, the public are being engaged on a wide range of issues related to the CSR. In social care, the consultation Your Health, Your Care, Your Say provided an opportunity to hear the views of the public of the priorities for their local health and social care services.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been employed by South East Coastal Strategic Health Association and its successor organisations in each of the last five years. 
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|(1) Not applicable. Note: The South East Coast Strategic Health Authority was created on 1 July 2006 from the merger of Surrey and Sussex SHA and Kent and Medway SHA. Figures prior to 2006 are an aggregate of the two predecessor organisations. Sources: 1. The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census. 2. The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census.|
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial and (b) other support her Department provides to charities involved in stroke research; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Section 64 General Scheme of Grants to voluntary organisations is the Departments main funding source to voluntary organisations; however, the Department cannot award grants if the grant will support research as the Department supports research through the National Institute for Health Research.
Notwithstanding this fact, in recent years, the Department has supported a series of non-research stroke projects proposed by the Stroke Association. In
the 2007-08 round the Department also approved stroke related projects by the Afiya Trust and Connectthe Communication Disability Network.
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