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|National health service hospital and community health services: NHS staff in the Suffolk Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust by main staff group as at 30 September each specified year|
| Source: The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census. The Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census.|
David Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the delivery of the national service framework on stroke services in the Telford and Wrekin Primary Care Trust area; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The Department does not currently have a national service framework (NSF) on stroke services. Therefore, it is not possible to comment on the effectiveness of the delivery of such a document in the Telford and Wrekin primary care trust area.
However, the Department recently carried out a consultation exercise on a stroke strategy document and this document was launched on 5 December. In addition, the NSF for long-term conditions was published in 2004 and this provides general guidelines for a range of conditions, including stroke. Prior to this the NSF for Older People, published in 2001, included a chapter on stroke services.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of using the organ care system on (a) the level of ischaemic injury to donor organs, (b) the outcomes after organ transplant procedure and (c) the level of utilisation of existing donor organs; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: I have not made an assessment of the effect of using the organ care system in UK transplant units but understand that the Food and Drug Administration has given approval of a research study at five named centres in the United States of America to evaluate the safety and performance of the organ care system in heart transplantation. This study will start in 2008 and may provide relevant evidence for the future.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect on the health economy of (a) reducing ischaemic injury to donor organs and (b) the ability to evaluate organ function prior to transplantation to avoid diseased organs being transplanted; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: We have made no specific assessment of the effect on the health economy of reducing ischaemic injury to donor organs and the ability to evaluate organ function prior to transplantation to avoid diseased organs being transplanted. We continue to support action to increase the number, safety and quality of organs donated for transplantation to enable more people to benefit from a transplant.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes relating to the treatment of ruptured bladders there have been in the NHS in each year since 1997-98. 
Ann Keen: The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) with a diagnosis that mentions the rupture of a bladder not due to trauma, in national health service hospitals in each year from 1997-08 to 2005-06.
|Number of finished consultant episodes|
| Notes: 1. Data Quality HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. 2. Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time. 3. All Diagnoses count of episodes These figures represent a count of all FCEs where the diagnosis was mentioned in any of the 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in a HES record. An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year. 4. Ungrossed Data Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for Health and Social Care.|
John Healey: The introduction of a supplementary business rate will be a local decision. It will therefore be for individual local authorities to consider the potential impact on local businesses in developing proposals for business rate supplements. In consulting with local businesses and other stakeholders, authorities will need to include their assessment of the economic benefits and costs of the particular project and supplement, which will vary from case to case.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the maximum permitted business rate multiplier to be levied in a Business District is in a locality with the maximum permitted supplementary business rate. 
Subject to Parliaments approval of the necessary primary legislation, the maximum business rate supplement will be 2p per pound of rateable value. The business rate multiplier will continue to be set in the usual way. It will be for any local authority setting a business rate supplement to determine whether any
business improvement district (BID) levy should be offset against the business rate supplement. As now, there is no statutory maximum limit on BIDs levies.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance the Government give to housing associations on the provision of residential wardens in sheltered accommodation. 
John Healey [holding answer 6 December 2007]: The Government do not issue detailed guidance to housing associations on the provision of residential wardens in sheltered accommodation. The Housing Corporation, which is responsible for the regulation of registered social landlords, does not specify how support services should be delivered in housing for older people but it does state in its guidance that tenants in housing for older people should have access to support services as need arises to enable them to live in the property for the rest of their lifetimes.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many times the interdepartmental working group considering alternatives to the regional casino in Manchester has met; on which dates; and who was in attendance on each occasion. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the timetable is for her review of super-casinos; if she will publish her terms of reference for this review; and whether her review will include an assessment of the merits of casinos defined as (a) small and (b) large under the terms of the Gambling Act 2005. 
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