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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will take steps to ensure that English wine is served exclusively or at the request of guests at meals, parties and receptions hosted by his Department; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: All public procurement procedures must comply with the EC Treaty. The key principles of the Treaty, from a public procurement point of view, are the free movement of goods and services, and non-discrimination on the grounds of nationality. This legislation is designed to ensure that all public procurement across the European Union is fair, transparent and non-discriminatory.
Regulation 30 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 lists the criteria that can be used to evaluate a tender where the main evaluation criterion is Most Economically Advantageous Tender (as opposed to price alone).
This means that the Department of Health cannot specify that it will only buy goods (e.g. wine) from a particular country or locality, as that would discriminate against producers from other EU member states.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of inquiries received by his Department from the public were responded to within (a) one week, (b) 14 days, (c) 28 days, (d) two months and (e) three months in the last period for which figures are available; and in what percentage of cases it took (i) over three months and (ii) over one year to respond. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Cabinet Office, on an annual basis, publishes a report to Parliament on the performance of Departments in replying to Members and Peers correspondence. The report for 2005 was published on 28 March 2007, Official Report, column 101WS. Information relating to 2007 will be published as soon as it is ready at the end of the calendar year.
Mr. Bradshaw: The National Programme Office for Turnaround was established in February 2006 to provide expert and independent assistance in the development of robust and credible financial recovery plans for those organisations in particular financial difficulties.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the titles are of all internal guidance documents produced within his Department on procedures relating to the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Mr. Bradshaw: As usual during a spending review, the finance Directorate provided written and oral guidance to colleagues in the Department throughout the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. The process for CSR07 was also outlined to the Department's senior leadership team in a note entitled Financial Planning and CSR2007.
Mr. Bradshaw: A full identity and nationality check is carried out using documentary evidence prior to all appointments to the Department. A record of nationality is kept on individuals hard-copy personnel files. The level of detail recorded on our Central Human Resources information system is not sufficient to answer this question and it would involve disproportionate costs to examine all relevant individual files.
Pointsec Mobile Technologies;
MASS Information Systems;
Quest Software (UK);
Real Asset Management;
Software Spectrum UK;
Team Studio Europe;
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the special advisers in his Department are; what expertise each has; and what the cost of employing them was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list all private finance initiative deals under which his Department or the NHS has incurred additional costs as a result of the need to make changes to the service specifications in the contract after the contract had been signed; and what the (a) date of the change, (b) nature of the change and (c) additional costs incurred were in each case. 
Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the reports of the House of Commons Health Select Committee Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services, HC26-i, where detailed information on increases in payments for private finance initiative schemes after contract signature is reported. These reports are available in the Library.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will provide a breakdown of his Departments plans for the allocation of the resources granted in the 2007 comprehensive spending review according to the categories in Figures A2 and A3 of his Departments 2007 departmental annual report for each financial year covered by the settlement. 
Agencies receive their funding from the Department, however the specifics of how they discharge those funds within general public sector parameters is an operational matter for the agencies concerned. We therefore do not hold detail of agencies spend of staff on these issues or numbers of full-time equivalents.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many secondments of staff were made (a) to and (b) from his Department in each year since 1997; which organisations staff were seconded (i) to and (ii) from; how many staff were seconded in each year; for how long each secondment lasted; and what the cost was of each secondment in each year. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's Human Resources (HR) system has only recently begun to record people on secondment into the Department. Also the system only records the number of people on secondment at a particular time rather than the total number of different people over the course of a year.
Work carried out to answer a previous Freedom of Information request suggested that virtually all secondees into the Department are from public sector organisations. Anecdotally, most of these are from NHS trusts or other health-related organisations.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of (a) HIV, (b) tuberculosis, (c) malaria and (d) hepatitis B were diagnosed in (i) the east of England and (ii) Suffolk in each of the last five years; and how many of these were in people not born in the UK. 
|Individuals newly diagnosed with HIV in East of England Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Suffolk Primary Care Trust (PCT), by place of birth 2002-06|
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1. Cumulative data to the end of June 2007.
2. Table will include some records of the same individuals, which are unmatchable because of differences in information supplied.
3. Numbers will rise as further reports are received, particularly for recent years.
4. Where fewer than five cases were reported for an area, the table indicates the number of cases is reported as <5 rather than the actual number in order to reduce the risk of deductive disclosurethis is standard HPA policy.
Health Protection Agency (HPA)
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