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Care UK: Newcastle

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the central NHS commissioners to agree to meet the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne, Central to discuss the hours of operation of CARE UK's Newcastle central walk-in centre. [172002]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has received a request on 7 November 2007 from the hon. Member for Newcastle Upon Tyne, Central to meet to discuss the hours of operation of the Newcastle walk-in centre. I understand that the Department will be writing to the hon. Member shortly to arrange a meeting.

Chlamydia: Screening

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 November 2007, Official Report, columns 235-6W, on Chlamydia: screening, when he plans to establish his Department's development priorities for sexual health payment by results; whether these development priorities will be published; what newly emerging recommendations have been made in relation to sexual health payment by results by interested parties, other than the Health Protection Agency; and if he will make a statement. [174003]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department will publish its response to the ‘Options for the Future of Payment by Results: 2008-09 to 2010-11’ consultation in January 2008.

When we publish the Department's response to the consultation we will be making available electronically all the replies to the consultation, so it will be possible to see what respondents have said on sexual health. We will also provide an update on the progress of payment development sites, which are piloting new classifications and currencies for services such as sexual health.

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Deloitte and Touche

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on services from Deloitte and Touche in each of the last 12 months; and on which of his Department's (a) programmes and (b) areas of work Deloitte has provided consultancy services in that period. [171771]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is included in the following table:

Expenditure for Deloitte and Touche in the last 12 month period
Period Total expenditure (£)

December 2006


January 2007


February 2007


March 2007


April 2007


May 2007


June 2007


July 2007


August 2007


September 2007


October 2007


November 2007




Departmental Christmas

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises. [173501]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has a mix of incandescent and LED lighting for its Christmas tree decorations used in departmental premises. When the trees are removed the supplier retains the lights, and tests and reuses them.

Departmental Equality

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 28, page 35 of his Department’s resource accounts for 2006-07, (1) on what date the Commission for Racial Equality completed its report; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the report; [178277]

(2) for what reasons the Commission for Racial Equality was concerned about his Department’s production of race equality impact assessments. [178278]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 510W. The answer on 11 December, explained that the Commission for Racial Equality published its report on the Department on 27 September and reported on the outcome of the Commission’s investigation. A copy of the Commission’s report has been placed in the Library. The reasons for the Commission’s concerns are set out in the report.

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Departmental Internet

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what amendments have been made to Wikipedia entries from computers with departmental IP addresses in the last 12 months. [174508]

Mr. Bradshaw: Using information available from the Wikipedia site, between 22 August 2005 and 3 August 2007, there have been close to 1,500 occasions when the Department's IP address has been associated with the creation or amendment of entries on the Wikipedia website.

Information on which particular entries have been amended is not held by the Department and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Minimum Wage

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many London-based staff are employed by his Department on the National Minimum Wage. [175982]

Mr. Bradshaw: All Departmental employees earn more than the national minimum wage.

Departmental Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) parliamentary questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers. [174952]

Mr. Bradshaw: There are 10 staff in the parliamentary branch, of whom six deal exclusively with parliamentary questions. The four other post holders deal with parliamentary questions as part of their duties, equating to approximately one post. Staff in the parliamentary branch do not deal with correspondence.

Departmental Public Participation

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 822W, on departmental public participation, if he will place in the Library copies of
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the (a) summary and (b) full reports of findings for each of the three listed surveys. [173147]

Mr. Bradshaw: Perceptions of ‘Our NHS Our Future and Public Attitude to NHS’ will be laid before Parliament in February 2008. The small-scale staff survey will not be made available as it covers a small piece of work relating to the internal management of the Department. However, we will make available our next annual staff survey which we expect to report on in the summer of 2008.

Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to consult service users and their families on Valuing People Now. [177891]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The consultation ‘Valuing People now: from progress to transformation—a consultation on the next three years of learning disability policy’, is open to service users and their families to respond. It is also available in easy read format. The deadline for response is 28 March 2008 after which time we will be collating responses to inform future policy development.

The valuing people support team within the Care Services Improvement Partnership is working with local groups including learning disability partnership boards to support locally led consultation events.

Copies of the consultation papers are available in the Library.

Departmental Supply Estimates

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms. [174997]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department did not seek Parliament's approval to a Winter Supplementary Estimate. Near-cash and non-cash are essentially used as departmental expenditure limit (DEL) budgetary control concepts and are not specifically identified with voted resources in Estimates. However, we have been able to break down net total resources for each section in the Part II: Subhead detail table of our main estimates as follows:

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Resource DEL £000)
Main Estimates 2007-08 Near-cash Non-cash

RfR1 Securing health care for those who need it

Strategic health authority and primary care trust unified budgets and central allocations(1)



Pharmaceutical services



Prescription charges



General ophthalmic services



Strategic health authorities and primary care trust grants to local authorities(1)



RfR2: Securing social care and child protection for those who need it and at national level, protecting, promoting and improving the nation's health

Central department



National Health Service Purchasing and Supplies Authority



Other services including medical, scientific and technical services, grants to voluntary bodies, research and development and information services



Welfare food and European Economic Area and other countries medical costs



Other personal social services



Medicines and Healthcare Product Regulatory Agency interest on loans



AIDS support grant(1)



Services for people with a mental illness including service under the mental capacity act



Carers' grant



Preserved rights grant



National training strategy



Access and systems capacity grant



Human resources development strategy



Children and adolescents mental health grants



Delayed discharge grant



Assistive technology: older people



Prevention service pilots: older people



Individual budget pilots



(1) The near-cash and non-cash elements for some subheads do not add up to the voted provision since the Estimate also includes provision for capital grants which are part of the capital DEL.

Drugs: Rehabilitation

Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided for drug treatment and rehabilitation in Wakefield district in each of the last five years. [177296]

Dawn Primarolo: The information has been set out in the following table:

Total Wakefield funding for drug treatment and drugs intervention programme (DIP delivery )( 3) Money allocated for drug treatment residential rehabilitation( 4)
















(1) Figures taken from the 2006-07 treatment plan. (2) Figures taken from the 2007-08 treatment plan. (3) Total funding for drug treatment and drug intervention programmes (DIP) delivery includes pooled treatment budget allocation, mainstream funding (in Wakefield 'mainstream' funding includes financial contributions from police, local authority, Primary Care Trust and probation) and young people budgets. (4) These figures represent ring-fenced amount the Wakefield partnership identifies for drug treatment residential rehabilitation within the annual treatment plan. This ring fenced pot is accessed by the partnership on an individual needs basis. As a result, the money allocated for drug treatment residential rehabilitation may be amended through the year based on demand. Source: National Treatment Agency

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