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Most NHS orthodontic treatment is provided by dentists in primary care, generally working under general dental services (GDS) contracts or personal dental services (PDS) agreements. However the numbers of dentists providing orthodontic treatment under GDS or PDS could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity were allocated to Stockport primary care trust area for financial year (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08. 
Ann Keen: The Department does not allocate fixed quotas of units of dental activity (UDAs) for each primary care trust (PCT). When providing PCTs with their net resource allocations for primary dental services, the Department provides, as a guide, indicative figures for the equivalent gross resources and levels of patient charge revenue a PCT might receive based on indicative assumptions about the annual level of UDAs commissioned and the mix between charge-paying and exempt patients. However it is for PCTs to decide locally what types of service they should commission and what levels of units of dental activity they should seek from those services. Although UDAs (which are a weighted measure of courses of treatment) are the main contract currency under the new local commissioning arrangements, they are only one of a range of indicators that PCTs may wish to use to monitor and manage dental services.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in (a) England and (b) Hampshire are waiting for orthodontic treatment; and how many have been waiting for treatment for (i) up to six, (ii) up to 12, (iii) up to 24 and (iv) over 36 months. 
Ann Keen: Information is not collected centrally on waiting times for national health service orthodontic treatment provided in primary care.
Information is collected and published quarterly at England and primary care trust (PCT) level on the numbers of NHS patients waiting for first consultant outpatient appointments and the numbers waiting for hospital admission (for ordinary and day case admissions) for orthodontic treatment as at the end of each quarter. The following tables show the available commissioner-based information for England and for Hampshire PCT. This information is also available at:
|Numbers of patients waiting for first consultant outpatient appointment by length of wait as at 31 March 2007|
|Number of weeks waiting||Under 4||4 to <8||8 to <13||13 plus|
|Numbers of patients waiting for hospital admission by length of wait as at 31 March 2007|
|Number of weeks waiting||Under 13||13 to <26||26 plus|
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients per NHS dentist was in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the numbers of patients registered per national health service dentist within the Beverley and Holderness constituency, as at 31 March 1999 to 2006. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements.
|Number of patients registered per NHS dentist within Beverley and Holderness constituency, as at 31 March each year|
1. No account is taken of the level of service, if any, that each dentist provides.
2. Dentists consist of principals, assistants and trainees. Information on NHS dentistry in the community dental service, in hospitals and in prisons is excluded.
The Information Centre for health and social care
Business Services Authority Dental Services Division (NHSBSA DSD)
Numbers of registrations no longer form part of the data available under the new NHS dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. The new measure is patients seen in the previous 24 months and is not comparable to the registration data for earlier years.
Numbers of patients seen in the previous 24 months per dentists on open NHS contracts as at 31 March 2007 are available by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) area. The latest information for East Riding of Yorkshire PCT is provided in the following table. To provide these data at constituency level would incur disproportionate cost.
|Number of patients seen in the previous 24 months per dentist (performer) on open NHS contracts within East Riding of Yorkshire PCT as at 31 March 2007|
1. A performer is defined as a dentist who has been set up on the NHSBSA DSD Payments online POL system by the PCT to work under an open contract during the relevant time period. Data provided are a count of the individuals listed as performers on open contracts within a PCT, including orthodontists. No allowance is made for the level of service, if any, that the individual performer has delivered during the given period.
2. Dentists consist of performers in general dental services, personal dental services and trust-led dental services.
3. The numbers of dentists as at 31 March 2007are provisional and are subject to revision. The final work force figures for 2006-07 will not be available until August 2007 when the Information Centre will publish an end year report on the first 12 months of the new contractual arrangements.
4. Patients have been identified by using surname, first initial, gender and date of birth.
5. Number of patients seen is recorded according to the location of the dentist.
The Information Centre for health and social care
Business Services Authority Dental Services Division (NHSBSA DSD)
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists worked within the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many provided (a) primary and (b) secondary care. 
Ann Keen: Numbers of national health service dentists in England as at 31 March 1997 to 2006 are available in the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006. Annex E also contains information by strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust (PCT) area. Information by parliamentary constituency area is available in Annex G.
This information is based on the contractual arrangements that applied until April 2006. This report is available in the Library and is also available at:
Numbers of NHS dentists in England as at 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 are available in Table G of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England Q4:31 March 2007 report.
This report is available in the Library and is also available at:
The figures for 31 March 2007 and the earlier quarters in the 2006-07 year are provisional and are subject to revision. The final workforce figure for 2006-07 will not be available until August 2007 when the Information Centre for health and social care will publish an end year report on the first 12 months of the new contractual arrangements. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements and is not directly comparable with earlier information.
The figures for 31 December 2006 and 31 March 2007 include some salaried dentists who will also be included in the Hospital and Community Health Service figures and are shown as follows.
Information on the number of dentists working in the hospital and community health services is set out in the table.
|Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) : dental staff by year: England as at 30 September each year|
| Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census|
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in the Romsey constituency. 
The dental reforms implemented last year gave primary care trusts (PCTs), for the first time, the responsibility for providing or commissioning dental services in their area. It is for PCTs to assess local
needs, review current service provision and develop services to meet local needs. We understand that Hampshire PCT is developing plans to increase services in the Romsey area.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1383-5W, on Departments: contracts, whether service category 27 excludes services under (a) service category 25 and (b) Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes 74511000-4, and from 85000000-9 to 85323000-9 (except 85321000-5 and 85322000-2). 
Mr. Bradshaw: Service Category 27 excludes Service Category 25.
CPV codes 74511000-4, and CPV codes from 85000000-9 to 85323000-9, except 85321000-5 and 85322000-2 are also not included in Service Category 27.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 235-36W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many copies of the final report of each review were produced; and to whom they were distributed. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Prime Ministers Delivery Unit provided copies of the final reports to the Prime Minister, Secretary of State and a small number of senior officials.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2007, Official Report, columns 235-36W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many recommendations were made by each of the listed reviews to (a) the NHS, (b) his Department and (c) other Government Departments. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Prime Ministers Delivery Units Priority Reviews, regardless of topic, typically contain between half a dozen and two dozen recommendations.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 June 2007, Official Report, column 2168W, on Departments: Opinion Leader Research, for what reason the payment quoted for Opinion Leader Research differs from that given in the answer of 26 February 2007, Official Report, column 1108W. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The figures in the answer of 21 June 2007 reflect the total payments made to Opinion Leader by the Department in each year since 2002-03. The figures in the answer of 26 February 2007 reflect payments made by the Department in 2005-06 to the Central Office of Information who managed the contract with Opinion Leader for work undertaken on behalf of the Department on the Your health, Your care, Your say listening exercise.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what her Departments delegated expenditure limit above which expenditure must be approved by HM Treasury was in each year since 1993 for which figures are available; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, on Departments: Public Expenditure, what the delegated limits are for the schemes and transactions under each category of expenditure. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The detailed information requested has been placed in the Library.
For the categories listed in the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, delegated limits for the Department have remained the same since the mid 1990s. Only those limits relating to the private finance initiative, public capital and information, management and technology capital schemes have changed.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, on Departments: Public Expenditure, for which private finance initiative schemes his Department had to gain HM Treasurys approval in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2004-05. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The following table gives details of the private finance initiative schemes which gained HM Treasury approval for their full business cases since 2004 under the prevailing delegated limits.
|Scheme||Capital value (£ million)|
Central Manchester and Manchester Childrens Hospitals NHS Trust
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