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Ann Keen: Acute national health service trusts in England have been obliged to report all cases of Clostridium difficile associated disease in people age 65 years and over since January 2004. The latest data were published in July 2007.
|Number of C. difficile reports for patients = 65 years|
| Source: Health Protection Agencyprovisional data.|
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the requested format. Cases of Clostridium difficile in people aged 65 or over were recorded under a mandatory surveillance system which commenced in January 2004. From April 2007, surveillance has been extended to cover cases in all patients aged two and above.
|Number of Clostridium difficile reports in patients aged 65 or over|
|January to December|
Health Protection Agency
The Private and Voluntary Health Care Regulations contain a number of provisions to combat the spread of infection in the independent health care sector. Assessment of this is the responsibility of the Healthcare Commission. However, good infection control practices are the same in both sectors.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contracted MRSA or clostridium difficile in (a) NHS hospitals, (b) military hospitals and (c) private sector UK hospitals in 2006. 
All acute national health service trusts in England have been required to report from April 2001 all cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections and from January 2004 all cases of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) in people aged 65 years and over.
Data for MRSA bloodstream infections are available by financial year and for the period April 2006 to March 2007 there were 6,378 reports. Data for CDI are available by calendar year and from January to December 2006 there were 55,634 reports.
However, all national health service trusts in England have been obliged to report all cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections since April 2001, with the latest data published in July 2007.
|MRSA bacteraemias; London (that is within London Strategic Health Authority: April 2002 to March 2007)|
|April to March each year||Number of bacteraemias|
| Source: Health Protection Agency.|
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many fixed penalty tickets were incurred by vehicles within the purview of his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the total cost was. 
Mrs. McGuire: The Department for Work and Pensions is not responsible for any fines or penalties incurred by persons using a departmental vehicle. The driver of a vehicle at the time an offence is committed is legally responsible to pay any fine, receive penalty points or any other sanction the law imposes.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) laptops, (b) mobile telephones and (c) personal digital assistant devices bought for the use of departmental Ministers have been returned to the Department following each Cabinet reshuffle since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. McGuire: The information requested could be supplied only at disproportionate costs. Ministers and staff are provided with equipment from the Department's central IT supplier. These are returned to the Department if a Minister leaves.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff are seconded to his Department from outside Government; from which outside body each has been seconded; and what the length is of each secondment. 
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Mrs. McGuire [holding answer 18 October 2007]: People with a serious stammer are able to make use of the mainstream job placing services provided by Jobcentre Plus. For those who cannot be helped by these services, however, Jobcentre Plus provides a range of specialist disability measures via Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) and Incapacity Benefit personal advisers.
DEAs are trained to help people with a range of disabilities and health conditions consider work, take up work and also retain their jobs. The DEA focuses on customers who need more extensive support because of their health condition. They concentrate on making their customer aware of their capabilities and how to overcome their own particular barriers in the workplace. If a customer is concerned about losing their current job because of their health condition the DEA can advocate on the customers behalf and explore practical ways to help them keep their job, with the employer. The DEA also has access to work psychologists to assist them in supporting customers if appropriate.
People with a serious stammer may make use of the Access to Work programme. They can be helped by a support worker in a number of ways, for example as a job coach, mentor, advocate or counsellor. Customers can access Communication Support at Interview. This helps with the costs of employing an interpreter or communicator to accompany a customer attending a job interview, where the customer would experience difficulties in understanding or making themselves understood. This element is used primarily by hearing-impaired customers, but is open to anyone with a disability affecting their ability to communicate.
WORKSTEP is a programme of supported employment which can provide tailored support to find, and retain, jobs for people with disabilities who have more complex barriers to finding and keeping work. WORKSTEP provides the support and opportunity for people to progress to open employment where this is the right option Work Preparation is an individually tailored, work-focused programme that enables people to address barriers associated with their disability and prepare to access a labour market with the confidence necessary to achieve and sustain their job goal. It can also be used to help people who are at risk of losing their job because of their disability by helping them to overcome difficulties that are affecting their work.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average weekly expenditure is on jobseekers allowance claimants, excluding the benefit, by Jobcentre Plus (a) for the first three months and (b) thereafter. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what targets his Department sets for local authorities, including under the public service agreement, local area agreement and best value performance indicator regimes, on the (a) number of benefit awards and (b) number of unclaimed benefits. 
Neither Communities and Local Government nor the Department for Work and Pensions sets targets for local authorities on the number of benefit awards and the number of unclaimed benefits. Local authorities may, if they wish, include targets on these issues in their local area agreements (including for Reward) which are agreed with central Government.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will give a breakdown by nationality of the number of national insurance numbers issued to non-EU foreign citizens (a) since 1997 and (b) since 1 January 2004. 
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many foreign nationals in (a) Reading, (b) Wokingham and (c) Berkshire were issued with national insurance numbers in (i) the last year for which figures are available and (ii) each of the preceding four years. 
|National insurance number registrations in respect of non-UK nationals in Reading and Wokingham local authority areas|
|Year of registration||Reading||Wokingham|
1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Totals may not sum due to rounding.
3. Numbers are based on 100 per cent. data from the National Insurance Recording System (NIRS).
4. Local authority is assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant postcode directory.
5. Local authority counts are based on the most recently recorded address of the NINO recipient.
100 per cent. sample at 25 June 2005, 17 June 2006 and 14 May 2007 from the National Insurance Recording System
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