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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are waiting for a hearing aid; and what the average waiting time is for such provision. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department does not collect data on waiting times for a hearing aid. However, since January 2006, the Department has been collecting data on the waiting times for audiology assessment. The latest figures, for April 2007, indicate that there are currently 7,328 people waiting over 13 weeks for an audiology assessment in the North East Strategic Health Authority.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: No. The provision of social care is based on the National Assistance Act 1948. Sections 21 and 29 of the Act relate to the duties and powers of local authorities to provide social care services. Following the Local Authorities Social Services Act 1970, local council social services departments were set up to provide services to a wide range of people, including children in need, people with mental health problems and learning difficulties and older people.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether patients who live in the areas covered by West Kent Primary Care Trust will continue to be able to receive homeopathy from the Tunbridge Wells NHS Homeopathic Hospital. 
Dawn Primarolo: It is for the local national health service, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, to plan, develop and improve services for local people. Local solutions will meet the needs of local patients and communities. Consultation about the commissioning of homeopathy services is therefore a matter for West Kent Primary Care Trust.
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in the Greater Manchester area have acted on his Department's recommendations to provide free or reduced price parking for patients with long-term illnesses and requiring regular treatment. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Under Income Generation rules it is for each individual national health service body to manage any car parking scheme on its premises, including what charges to impose and what concessions to offer, taking into consideration all of the relevant local factors. The document Income Generation: Car Parking ChargesBest Practice for Implementation is intended to provide advice and support in carrying out that function. While I would expect NHS bodies to consider and take account of the recommendations set out in the document, they are not obliged to adhere to them unconditionally.
The Estates Related Information Collection database monitors some transport and car parking related activities. However, it does not monitor implementation of any of the recommendations in this best practice document.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received objecting to the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill; and what objections have been made in those representations. 
Dawn Primarolo: On 17 May 2007, the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill was published in draft form and is now undergoing scrutiny by a Joint House of Commons and House of Lords Committee, concluding on 25 July. The Committee has taken a range of evidence.
Following publication of the draft Bill, a number of representations have been made to the Department. Where objections have been raised, they have primarily concerned the proposal to form the Regulatory Authority for Tissue and Embryos, the proposal to
allow the creation of inter-species embryos for research, and the proposal to remove the reference to a childs need for a father when considering the welfare of the child.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much his Department spent in England on providing (a) additional secure psychiatric beds, (b) medical services for prisoners, (c) drug and alcohol treatment of prisoners and (d) drug and alcohol treatment for other convicted persons in each of the last six years; and what sums are budgeted for the next five years; 
(2) what funding he provided for prison psychiatric care in each of the last five years; and what percentage
of the prison health care budget each figure represented. 
|Expenditure on prison health care in England 2002-03 to 2006-07|
The figures quoted include amount spend on mental health in-reach services in both publicly and privately managed prisons.
Department of Health
The figure for 2006-07 also includes an amount to cover the cost of implementing Agenda for Change, backdated to October 2004, for prison health care staff who have transferred to the national health service.
|Table 2: drug treatment funding allocated to prisons 2001-02 to 2006-07|
There is currently no central funding for implementing the Alcohol Strategy for Prisoners (introduced December 2004). A number of initiatives are under way locally but such spend is not recorded centrally.
For drug and alcohol treatment for other convicted persons, the Drug Treatment and Testing Order (DTTO) and, since April 2005, the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR) of the community order, which has gradually replaced it, are the only community sentences which require the offender to attend drug treatment. Funding for DTTOs and DRRs over the last six years is shown in the following table.
|Funding for DTTOs and the DRRs 2001-02 to 2005-06|
|Amount paid to pooled treatment budget to fund DTTO/DRR treatment and testing in England||Allocation to probation areas to fund DTTO/DRR supervision and enforcement costs in England and full DTTO/DRR costs in Wales|
Additionally, £3 million was made available in 2005-06 to the Prospects programme, a pilot which provides offenders with a history of drug misuse with seamless support from prison to the community in a residential setting.
There is no dedicated funding provided by Government to support the provision of alcohol treatment to offenders under probation supervision. Instead, each probation area determines the amount of its annual probation funding allocation to spend on alcohol treatment. Information about alcohol treatment spend by probation area is not centrally available.
A survey, Psychiatric morbidity among prisoners in England and Wales (Office for National Statistics, 1998) showed that 90 per cent. of prisoners have at least one significant mental health problem, including personality disorder, psychosis, neurosis, alcohol misuse and drug dependence. A copy is available in the Library.
People who are mentally too ill to remain in prison should be transferred to hospital. We have introduced tighter monitoring to identify prisoners waiting an unacceptably long period for transfer to hospital. A protocol was issued to prisons and primary care trusts in October 2005 setting out what must be done when a prisoner has been waiting for a hospital place for more than three months following acceptance by the national health service.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prisoners were transferred to hospital for psychiatric care in each of the last five years; and what the average waiting time for the transfer was over that period. 
|Total number of transfers under Sections 47 and 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983 2001-06|
Mental Health Unit, Home Office
Information on the average length of time prisoners wait for these transfers is not collected centrally. However, there has been a significant decrease in the number of people waiting over 12 weeks for a transfer in the quarter ending March 2007, 40 prisoners were waiting, down from 51 in the same quarter in 2005.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 583W, on mentally ill: cannabis, how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds resulting from the use of cannabis there were in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area. 
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