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Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulances in the North West region are (a) equipped and (b) not equipped with a 12 lead ECG. 
Mr. Bradshaw: All emergency ambulances should be equipped with a 12 lead ECG. However, the Department does not collect information centrally on the number of ambulances equipped with 12 lead ECGs.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve the availability of pain killing drugs to assist with home births. 
Ann Keen: The Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 clause 11 Exemption for Midwives allows midwives to have in their possession controlled drugs required for their professional practice; this includes pethidine, a Schedule 2 Controlled Drug.
We have included the offer of home birth as a choice in our framework document Maternity Matters: Choice, access and continuity of care in a safe service, published in April. Home births should be offered within a risk management framework and with adequate local infrastructure and support. It will be for local providers to ensure there are arrangements in place for midwives attending home births to obtain pethidine within existing regulations.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the civil service code rules relating to the future employment of former civil servants will apply to the outgoing chief executive of NHS Connecting for Health; and whether any additional contractual conditions or restraints are in place. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Director General of NHS Connecting for Health is subject, as part of his contract, to the rules on the acceptance of outside business appointments in the same way as any other civil servant.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what percentage of the Community Hospital Fund has been allocated; to which projects, broken down by constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: We are investing up to £750 million capital over five years to support the development of community hospitals and services. Information about the cost of schemes announced so far and the funding profiled for 2007-08 is set out in the table. The boundaries of primary care trusts and parliamentary constituencies do not match and the constituency for each scheme is not available centrally.
|Scheme||Cost of scheme (£ million)||Percentage of £750 million||Allocated in 2007-08 (£ million)|
Redevelopment of five local hospitals and additional community services in Calderdale and Kirklees
Figures are rounded and totals may not sum to component parts.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on the hire of mobile air conditioning units in each of the last five years. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department has spent the following on mobile air conditioning units:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on (a) first class and (b) business flights in the last 12 months. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department's expenditure on first class flights in the last 12 months was £9,946.
The Department's expenditure on business class flights in the last 12 months was £463,723.
These figures consist of air travel booked via the Departments contracted agent. There are some exceptional cases where air travel is booked outside of the contract but these cannot be identified separately without incurring disproportionate costs.
All travel within the Department is undertaken in accordance with the Civil Service Management Code and the Ministerial Code.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in his Department in the most recent period for which figures are available were imported products. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 19 July 2007]: Work is currently under way to enable the collection of this information from central Government Departments that will include the proportion of (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pork and dairy products, that are produced domestically. I understand that my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will tell the House when this information is deposited in the Library.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of people employed by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are disabled. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The latest available data as at 30 September 2006 are published in Civil Service Statistics 2006 at Table P and can be accessed at:
Declaration of a disability is voluntary.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Department paid in fees to recruitment agencies for (a) temporary and (b) permanent staff in each year since 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: Information is not available in the format requested.
In the years where information is available, the costs of agency staff were:
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) in which years his Department's (a) near-cash, (b) non-cash and (c) capital budget was reduced as a result of it being reprofiled over the years covered by the 2004 Spending Review; and by whom in each case; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2007, Official Report, column 1446W, on Departments: public expenditure, and the information provided on page 271 of HM Treasury's 2006 Budget report, how his Department's budget was reprofiled over the 2004 Spending Review period; and how much of its (a)
near-cash budget, (b) non-cash budget and (c) capital budget was transferred from which year to which year. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Updated spending estimates are set out in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses. The "Differences from Previous Plans'' chapter compares the latest plans for Department Expenditure Limits and Annually Managed Expenditure with the plans set out in the previous year.
Expenditure plans are routinely updated as part of the parliamentary estimates process, and updates are also published in the Budget and pre-Budget report.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter received by his Department from HM Treasury at the time of the 2006 Budget giving his Department formal notification that its budget would be reprofiled over the years covered by the 2004 Spending Review. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has regular correspondence with HM Treasury on a wide range of issues. It is not Government practice to place such correspondence in the Library.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on flowers in the last 12 months. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department spent £1,300 on flowers in the last 12 months.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what land he expects to be disposed of by his Department between 2007 to 2011; and whether he plans to require that land to be used for social housing. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The list that follows comprises the larger sites, in the ownership of the Secretary of State for Health, that are expected to be sold between 2007 and 2011. For those sites with housing potential, the requirement for the provision of social housing will need to be negotiated and agreed with the local planning authority.
Cherry Knowle Hospital, Sunderland
Sedgefield Hospital, Sedgefield
Northern View, Bradford
Land off Memorial Avenue, Worksop
Part Towers Hospital, Leicester
Lakeview Close, Walsall
Part Little Plumstead, Norwich
Land at Harp Close, Sunbury
Land at Harwich Hospital, Harwich
Part Harperbury Hospital, Radlett
Land at Napsbury, St. Albans
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hackney
Eastry Hospital, Eastry
Part Park Prewett, Basingstoke
Standish Hospital, Stroud
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