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Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

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. [178335]


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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.

Autism

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 Asperger’s syndrome in the next 10 years. [181561]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has set out in “Putting People First—a 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 Asperger’s syndrome. This shared vision articulates the common aims and values that will guide the transformation of adult social care. The goal is that everyone—including people with autism and Asperger’s syndrome—will have the maximum choice, control and power over the support services they receive.

“Aiming high for disabled children: better support for families” similarly aims to integrate services to ensure that every disabled child can have the best start in life.

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.

Cancer

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on inpatient costs, excluding those related to surgery, for cancer patients in 2006-07. [181396]

Ann Keen [holding answer 24 January 2008]: The information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Chlamydia: Screening

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. [181549]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is given in the following tables.

Number of chlamydia screens undertaken in the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) by sex and programme area from April 2005 to March 2006
Programme area—Durham and Teeside

Female

2,816

Male

1,677

Total

4,493

Note:
Northumberland Tyne and Wear programme area started screening after March 2006.

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Number of chlamydia screens undertaken in the NCSP by sex and programme area from April 2006 to March 2007
Programme area Female Male Total

Durham and Teeside

3,327

1,899

5,226

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

759

446

1,205

Notes:
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.
Source:
The NCSP Data as of 24 January 2008.

Cholesterol: Medical Treatments

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. [181465]

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.

Commercial Directorate: Cost-effectiveness

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the savings made by the Commercial Directorate since it was established. [182936]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 28 January 2008]: Data provided to the Independent Review of Public Sector Efficiency for activities overseen by the Department’s Commercial Directorate indicate forecast savings of £3.06 billion at programme end at the end of 2007-08.

Community Nurses: Fuels

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. [183066]

Ann Keen: 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
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Council on 11 March 2008. Mileage allowance is reviewed as and when appropriate according to the needs of the NHS.

Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Inquiry

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. [182624]

Dawn Primarolo: The right hon. the Lord Archer of Sandwell wrote to the former Secretary of State (Ms Hewitt) in February 2007 to invite the Department to give evidence at the independent inquiry.

Officials met with members of the inquiry team on 25 April 2007 and 19 September 2007.

Cystic Fibrosis

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; [182311]

(2) how many patients were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in each of the last five years. [182312]

Ann Keen [holding answer 28 January 2008]: Information on the number of people diagnosed with cystic fibrosis is not collected.

We have made no estimate of the percentage increase in the number of cystic fibrosis patients.

Department Board

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. [180850]

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 Board’s practice to release them.

Departmental Assets

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. [178285]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following table analyses the reported £236 million loss on the disposal of fixed assets shown in the Department's Resource Account for 2006-07.

£90.5 million has already been received as income plus £7 million made in profit to offset these losses, and a further £160.4 million is expected in the future.


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Department's retained estate £

Properties sold in 2006-07 to third parties

31 Pathfields, Shere

44,612

42 and 44 Redan road, Aldershot

233,682

40 Princes road, Redhill

40,151

42 Princes road, Redhill

110,822

48 Park road, Leybourne, West Malling

66,831

57 Park road, Loughborough

131,111

9 Highbury Villas, Bristol

134,406

9 Princes road, Redhill

44,612

Okehampton Castle Hospital, Okehampton

1,662,990

Compton Hospice, Wolverhampton

4,868,317

Eastwood Park, Falfield

1,806,789

Land at Clarement Crescent, Whitley Bay

1,337

Oakleigh, Plymouth

83,636

Orchard Field, Virginia Water

35,598

Properties sold in previous years to third parties

4 The Chambers, Chichester

114,818

10 Mayroyd Avenue, Surbiton

180,000

12 Brambletye Park road, Redhill

140,486

18 Netherne Lane, Coulsdon

164,944

19 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing

167,020

4 Brambletye Park road, Redhill

140,486

47 Ginsborough road, Epsom

118,000

54 Princes road, Redhill

145,276

7 and 8 Ambley Green, Camberley

693,875

8 Brambletye Park road, Redhill

140,486

Ascot House, Albion Place, Maidstone

124,880

Bexley Hospital (Part), Bexley

33,471,859

24 Castle street, Barnstaple

188,273

Central Boiler House and The Elms, Epsom

2,765,972

22 Connaught road, Hove

349,482

1 Westbourne road, Lancaster

5,506

Chepping House, Temple End, High Wycombe

111,660

Clinic, Longfellow Parade, Popley, Basingstoke

24,679

Dalston Ambulance Station, Dalston

211,744

Enfield Store, Enfield

2,274,167

Farm Cottage, Epsom

172,203

Glenside Hospital, Bristol

1,839,983

2 Junction road, Harrow

490,993

Holsworthy Health Centre and Ambulance Station, Holsworthy

211,156

Keepers Cottage, Epsom

345,747

Kelso Villa, Upper Bristol road, Bath

86,250

King Georges W. Wing, Ilford

5,913,362

St. Margaret’s Hospital, Great Barr, Birmingham

6,586,287

Overcliffe House, New road, Gravesend

105,075

Prh Land, Telford

942,351

Tarrant House, Milton Keynes

1,896,029

Tern House, Upper High Street, Reigate

131,548

Land at St. James Hospital, Portsmouth

50,189

Worcester Royal Infirmary, Castle Street, Worcester

170,552

Adjustments in respect of transfers to national health service trust or primary care trust(PCT) in previous years

1 and 2 Oaten Hill Court, Canterbury

37,321

Badgers Croft, Gloucestershire

135,733

20 Barnstone Vale, Wakefield

126,477

Bedford Hospital North Wing, Bedford

11,158,215

Belmont Hospital (Part), Tiverton

1,015,068

Budock, Falmouth

1,449,684

Chase Farm Ambulance Station, Enfield

731,021

Land at De La Pole, Beverley

427,157

Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington

327,957

Elm Tree Farm, Stapleton, Bristol

738,462

Feltham Ambulance Station, Feltham

150,719

Harrow road Houses, Warlingham

278,932

Land R/O Alexandra Hospital, Redditch

146

Land at Leicester Frith, Leicester

223,113

Linwood, Haywards Heath

734,676

Moor Green Land, Southampton

5,911,150

Public Dispensary Building, Plymouth

40,004

Part St. Crispins, Northampton

2,565,802

St. Lawrences, Bodmin

2,230,283

St. Christopher’s Hospital, Fareham

3,229,427

St. James Hospital, Portsmouth

39,502,000

The Firs, Epsom

382,399

The Kestrels, Bricket Wood, Hertfordshire

1,380,992

The Leaze, Okehampton

210,251

Unity Building Trinity road, Bradford

3,220,702

English Partnerships transfer

337 Birmingham road, Bromsgrove

16,740

Land Hollywood Lodge Epsom

421,588

Beeches Hospital, Telford

419,543

Graylingwell, Chichester

14,754,986

Manor Kingsway, Derby

3,899,151

Land at Brinkley Grove, Colchester

223,109

Part Prudhoe Hospital, Prudhoe

3,205,715

Land at Chelmsley

220,811

Runwell Hospital, Wickford

6,191,581

St. Margaret’s Hospital, Epping

1,877,515

Stone House Hospital, Dartford

5,565,472

Assets transferred to PCTs in 2006-07

Dinnington Clinic, Dinnington

190,062

Land at Duchess Park, Bristol

301,088

Nelson Health Centre, North Shields

1,229,088

Part North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke

551,812

Old Manor Hospital, Salisbury

3,661,683

Part Park Prewett, Basingstoke

1,420,959

Victoria Jubilee Infirmary, North Shields

2,230,583

Revaluations and adjustments

23,771,474

Selling costs for retained estate, adjustments to 2005-06 disposal costs and audit adjustment

19,520,888

Other losses

Eileen House and Hannibal House London vacation due to lease expiry (write-off of assets

19,782

Adjustments for information technology assets transferred to Information Centre for Health and Social Care

588,725

Total

236,230,278

Notes:
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.

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