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Departments: Manpower

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been appointed to his Department outside Civil Service grades in the last 30 days. [153085]

Dawn Primarolo: None.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press officers are employed by his Department. [153087]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: As at 1 April 2007, the Department employed 30 full-time press officers, four part-time.

Departments: Press

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which periodicals his Department subscribes. [153079]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department’s library service is responsible for central purchasing of periodicals for library use and for retention by individual units using a journals supplier within a framework contract for Government Departments.

Tables showing periodicals which the Department subscribes to in 2007 have been placed in the Library.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months. [153080]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department spent £81,134 on newspapers and magazines in the last 12 months.

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the nature is of each private finance initiative
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scheme for which his Department is responsible (a) approved since January 2006 and (b) under consideration; what the planned capacity is of the facilities to be provided by each project; what the contracted or expected construction cost is of each; on what date the contract for each was or is planned to be finalised; what the planned completion date is of each; what the period of each contract is; what the annual charge to the relevant NHS trust is in each case; and what the estimated annual carbon dioxide emissions associated with each development are. [151887]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information on planned capacity construction cost (capital value), actual and planned contract finalisation, opening date, contract length, and annual charge is provided in the table. We have interpreted “under consideration” as meaning those schemes which were considered and approved to proceed since January 2006 as part of the Department’s private finance initiative (PFI) re-appraisal exercise and are continuing with their procurements but have not yet reached financial close.

The mandatory energy target which applies to the national health service as a whole is to reduce the level of primary energy consumption by 15 per cent. or 0.15 MtC (million tonnes carbon) from March 2000’s level by March 2010. To achieve this individual NHS bodies must achieve energy usage targets of between 33 and 55 GJ/100cu.m per annum (Gigajoules/100 Cubic Metres) for all new capital developments and major redevelopments or refurbishments; and that all existing facilities should achieve energy usage of between 55 and 65 GJ/100cu.m per annum.

If energy provisions are included in a PFI scheme then they must comply with these targets. Figures are collected centrally for progress against these energy targets (which are then converted into a carbon dioxide emission figure) but only for the whole of each NHS trust’s estate i.e. it is not possible to separately identify a figure for the PFI element.

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NHS trust Capital value (£ million) Financial close date Estimated operational date First annual unitary payment (£ million)( 1) Bed numbers( 2) Contract length (years)( 3) Scheme description

A—PFI schemes approved since January 2006

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals


21 February 2006

Q2 2008




Reconfiguration of Cancer facilities

Ipswich Hospital


27 March 2006

Q4 2007


Garrett Anderson Treatment Centre

Barts and the London


27 April 2006

Q4 2013




Major Acute development of The Royal London hospital. New wing, Cancer and Cardiac Centres and extensive refurbishment of Barts hospital.

St. Helens Hospitals


1 June 2006

Q4 2008




Major Acute Hospital development of St. Helens and Whiston Hospital sites.

University Hospital Birmingham/Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health


8 June 2006

Q1 2010




Single site hospital to replace Selly Oak and Queen Elizabeth Hospitals and provide a new Mental Health Unit (Joint scheme with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHST).

South West Essex Teaching PCT


29 June 2006

Q3 2008


Reprovision of Brentwood Community Hospital

Taunton and Somerset —Cancer Centre


28 February 2007

Q1 2009


Cancer Centre

Lincolnshire Teaching PCT


3 May 2007

Q2 2009


New Mental Health facilities (part of the PFI Mental Health batch in the Midlands known as ‘3 Shires’)

University Hospital of North Staffordshire


13 June 2007

Q3 2012




Major new build and reconfiguration at University Hospital site.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals


22 June 2007

Q2 2010




Rationalisation from two main sites to one at Pinderfields Hospital. Small Unit at Pontefract.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals


29 June 2007

Q1 2012




New Acute Hospital, Mental Health unit and integrated care centre.

B—PFI schemes under consideration since January 2006

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys


Q3 2007

Q4 2008


Replacement of St. Luke’s Hospital

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells


Q1 2008

Q4 2010


Modernisation and reconfiguration from four sites to two at Pembury and Maidstone.

North Bristol/South Gloucestershire PCTs


Q1 2009

Q1 2014


Centralisation of specialist and Acute services presently located at Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals.

Tameside and Glossop Acute Services


Q3 2007

Q3 2009


Integration of services onto one site

Mid Essex Hospital Services


Q3 2007

Q2 2010


Relocation of Maternity Unit and modernisation of Acute Services including DTC in Chelmsford.

North Middlesex University Hospital


Q3 2007

Q2 2010


Replacement Accident and Emergency services, inpatient beds and Diagnostic and Treatment Centre.

Salford Royal Hospitals


Q3 2007



New build and refurbishment at Hope Hospital Salford

Walsall Hospitals


Q4 2007

Q4 2009


Improving Children’s services and provision of primary care centres.

(1) Annual payments to the private sector are not finalised until financial close.
(2) Capacity information is not held centrally for non-prioritised schemes.
(3) Figures for the contract length exclude the build period. Details of the length of contract are only held centrally for major schemes. For all other schemes the contract length is assumed to be 30 years, the standard length introduced under the Standard Form Contract in 1999. Contract length is not finalised until financial close.

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Departments: Public Expenditure

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 July 2007, Official Report, column 1553W, on Departments: public expenditure, what items of specific guidance have been issued to departments in the last five years on the co-ordinating of particular exercises. [153526]

Mr. Bradshaw: Where we have worked with HM Treasury on issues that involve many different parts of the Department, an official within the Department is typically asked to coordinate the work. This includes a large number of small exercises, as well larger issues such as spending reviews. It would not be practical to trace everyone of these exercises over the last five years.

Departments: Railways

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on first class train tickets in the last 12 months. [153081]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department's expenditure on first class train tickets in the last 12 months was £3,110,108.

This figure consists of rail tickets booked via the Department's contracted agent. There are some exceptional cases where rail tickets are 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.

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