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(2) pursuant to the answer of 13 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1104-05W, on the NHS: drugs, what progress has been made on commissioning research to establish the extent of medicines waste and the complex and varied reasons for it. 
Alan Johnson: The Department has made no assessment of the effectiveness of local anti-wastage drug practice in primary care trusts. However, we intend to commission new research on the scale, costs and causes of waste medicines to inform policy development for influencing both health professionals and members of the public to reduce the amount of unwanted medicines. A research specification is under development.
Alan Johnson: The information requested is not available. Details of individual national health service supported research projects including a number concerned with tinnitus are available on the national research register at:
The Medical Research Council (MRC) is one of the main agencies through which the Government support medical and clinical research. The MRC is an independent body that receives its grant-in-aid from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Although the MRC is not currently funding any research specifically relating to tinnitus it has a large portfolio of hearing and deafness research, some of which may lead to further understanding of the condition.
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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines have been produced by his Department which would indicate NHS funding for wheelchair users should be awarded on the basis of home-use only. 
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health where Worthing hospital maternity service is positioned in the national rates of still births and neonatal mortality; and how many qualified consultants' hours were available to Worthing hospital maternity service per week in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Alan Johnson: We have not calculated a national league table of rates of stillbirths by hospital. However, we can say that the rates of stillbirths and neonatal deaths at Worthing hospital are much lower than the rates for England and Wales. The following table shows number and rate for stillbirths and neonatal deaths in England and Wales and at Worthing Hospital.
|Stillbirths number and rate, 2005 (latest year available)|
|Neonatal deaths number and rate, 2002-05( 2)|
|(1) Per 1,000 live and still births. (2) It is not possible to provide number of neonatal deaths in Worthing hospital for 2005 alone because of the risk of disclosing individual's information due to the very small number of deaths. (3) Per 1,000 live births.|
Neonatal survival rates of very preterm babies have improved over the past 10 years. In 2005, the stillbirth rate was 5.4. We are funding research linked to premature births from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. Some parts of this research have received additional funding from agencies such as the Medical Research Council. A simple guideline from National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is being used to help interpret monitoring in labour to identify babies at risksuch babies are then delivered as early as possible.
Bill Rammell: The Government set out their strategic priorities for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) in setting out the funding made available to it for 2007-08. These included the need to respond to the challenges set out by the Leitch Review of Skills concerning developing a high-skills workforce.
HEFCE has a two-phase approach to developing a strategy for employer engagement leading from a pilot exploratory phase to a full strategy shared with the Council, the higher education (HE) sector, and its key partners. This approach recognises that there are a broad range of collaborations which exist between HE and public and private sector organisations, as explored in the Lambert Report on Business-University Collaboration (2003).
This first phase supports a range of project activity, including three regional Higher Level Skills Pathfinders and a group of currently 8 employer engagement pilots (one of which the University of Hertfordshire is undertaking). The experience of institutions like The University of Hertfordshire will both help to inform HEFCEs strategy for employer engagement, and provide valuable lessons for other HE institutions looking to collaborate with employers.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the employability of Hertfordshire university graduates following the business-facing university pilot. 
Bill Rammell: The Department has made no assessment of the employability of graduates from the university of Hertfordshire. The university is receiving funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England for its UHEvolution project, which is engaging employers in a variety of ways and which may in due course result in improved employment outcomes for its graduates. However, this project is in its early stages and its outcomes have yet to be assessed.
Bill Rammell: The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has not yet made any assessment of the impact of the activities it funds under the UHEvolution project. The university is undertaking this project to help it become business-facing.
The Higher Education Innovation Fund, which provides funding to all HEIs in England is a key incentive. Funding for this programme has increased from £187 million for the two academic years 2004/05-2005/06 to £238 million for 2006/07-2007/08. The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) has allocated £60 million of its research funding in 2007/08 by reference to research grants and contracts from business.
HEFCE also fund a range of projects that are helping to identify, respond to, and increase employer demand for workforce development at HE-level, in line with its strategy for employer engagement and our plans for implementing the Leitch Review of Skills.
Bill Rammell: The Department is supporting social entrepreneurship by funding three initiatives. We provide financial support to the National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship for its Flying Start programme which includes workshops aimed specifically at social entrepreneurs.
Departmental funding is provided through the Higher Education Funding Council for England for 10 of the Higher Education Academys subject centres to encourage and teach entrepreneurship as part of existing HE courses.
The Department also funds the Higher Education Funding Council for England to support two Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (the Institute for Enterprise and the White Rose Centre) both of which support enterprise education communities.
John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether he plans to commission research on skills deficiencies and training needs within the Leeds, West, constituency in the light of the Leitch Report; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The Department does not plan to commission any such research. However, the Regional Skills Partnership for Yorkshire and the Humber will shortly be undertaking an analysis of skill needs and demand for skills across the region.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those convicted for a burglary committed in Surrey in each of the last five years were sentenced to a custodial sentence; and how many were under 21 years when convicted. 
Mr. Wills: Data showing the proportion of those convicted for a burglary committed in Surrey from 2001 to 2005 who received a custodial sentence are shown in the following table. Data are provided for all ages and for defendants aged under 21 years when convicted.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts and given custodial sentences for burglary in Surrey, broken down by age, 2001 to 2005( 1, 2)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Court proceedings database held by RDSOffice for Criminal Justice Reform, Ministry of Justice.|
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