Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) male and (b) female binge drinkers, according to the definition of binge drinking used in the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy. 
Dawn Primarolo: In both 2005 and 2006, 23 per cent. of men and 15 per cent. of women drank more than twice the daily recommendations (three to four units per day for men, two to three units per day for women) on at least one day in the previous week, a measure of binge drinking, showing no change.
Mike Gapes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to improve the services offered by his Department for people with autism and Aspergers syndrome in the next 10 years. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has set out in Putting People Firsta shared vision and commitment to the transformation of adult social care an ambitious and radical programme for independent living for all adults with support needs, including people with autism and Aspergers syndrome. This shared vision articulates the common aims and values that will guide the transformation of adult social care. The goal is that everyoneincluding people with autism and Aspergers syndromewill have the maximum choice, control and power over the support services they receive.
It is for local commissioners to ensure their populations benefit from improvements to the provision of care for people with autistic spectrum disorders and Aspergers syndrome, using the increasing resources this Government have made available for social care, based on their assessment of the needs of their local populations.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women in the North East Region were screened by each local chlamydia screening programme in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07. 
|Number of chlamydia screens undertaken in the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) by sex and programme area from April 2005 to March 2006
|Programme areaDurham and Teeside
Northumberland Tyne and Wear programme area started screening after March 2006.
|Number of chlamydia screens undertaken in the NCSP by sex and programme area from April 2006 to March 2007
1. The data from the NCSP are for chlamydia screens undertaken outside of genitor-urinary medicine clinics.
2. The data available from the NCSP are the number of screens undertaken and not the number of patients screened.
3. The data describe screens, not contacts of positives.
4. The data only include those aged < 25.
5. The data are specific to the following years 2005-06, 2006-07, as the NCSP follows the financial year.
The NCSP Data as of 24 January 2008.
Mr. Mark Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the value for money for the NHS in the treatment of primary hypercholesterolaemia by use of cholesterol absorption inhibitors. 
Dawn Primarolo: In November 2007, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its guidance on ezetimibe for the treatment of primary (heterozygous-familial and non-familial) hypercholesterolaemia to the National Health Service. NICE recommended the use of ezetimibe having carried out a thorough review of the clinical and economic evidence. We have made no separate assessment.
Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 January 2008]: Data provided to the Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency for activities overseen by the Departments Commercial Directorate indicate forecast savings of £3.06 billion at programme end at the end of 2007-08.
Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the fuel allowance for NHS district nurses was last reviewed; how often it is reviewed; and what factors are taken into consideration when setting the allowance. 
The National Health Service Staff Council has overall responsibility for Agenda for Change terms and conditions that cover NHS district nurses. NHS Employers issued guidance on 10 December 2007 recommending increases to certain rates of national mileage allowances. This followed discussions between employer and staff representatives on 29 November 2007. This is an interim action, pending the outcome of the review of NHS mileage allowances currently being conducted by the NHS Staff Council. The sub-group of the NHS Staff Council is currently reviewing mileage allowances and will report to the next meeting of the
Council on 11 March 2008. Mileage allowance is reviewed as and when appropriate according to the needs of the NHS.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has been asked to provide a witness by the Inquiry Team for the Independent Public Inquiry into contaminated blood and blood products; and if he will make a statement. 
Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate his Department has made of the percentage increase of cystic fibrosis patients over the next (a) one, (b) five and (c) 10 years; 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 14 January 2008, Official Report, column 1007W, on the Department Board, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of the NHS Management Board meeting of 25 September 2007. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The National Health Service Management Board discusses sensitive operational and policy development issues. Releasing the minutes to the public domain would prejudice the free and frank discussion of those issues, so it is not the Boards practice to release them.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 11, page 60 of his Department's resource accounts for 2006-07, if he will break down his Department's losses on the disposal of fixed assets by asset disposed of. 
|Department's retained estate
1. During 2006-07, a comprehensive review was undertaken of the Departments fixed asset register relating to land and buildings owned by the Secretary of State known as the retained estate. As a result, adjustments were made and a proportion of the reported losses relate to the removal from the register of assets sold in previous years for which payment of £90.5 million had previously been received and accounted for.
2. The transfer of a portfolio of nearly one hundred properties to English Partnerships, agreed in 2005, includes provision for further payments to be made by them to the Department when they are sold in future years, these future payments have not been included in the accounts to date. As at 31 December 2007 English Partnerships estimate the value of these future payments to be £160.4 million.
3. A profit on disposal of assets in 2006-07 of £7 million was also reflected in the 2006-07 Resource Accounts.