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Departmental Internet

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1179W, on the departmental internet, how many of those creations and amendments were made by (a) special advisers, (b) Ministers and (c) communications officials; and how many of those creations and amendments were made from the IP addresses of (i) special advisers, (ii) Ministers and (iii) communications officials. [183904]

Mr. Bradshaw: Creations and amendments to Wikipedia made from departmental computers are identified by a single IP address as all traffic passes out through a ‘proxy’ server and the IP address is that of the server not the individual computer.

All staff internet traffic is recorded and identifies which sites are visited by staff but does not identify what activity has taken place. Therefore, it is possible to identify from records which staff have visited the Wikipedia site but not to identify what entries have been accessed or whether they have been created or amended.

From August 2007, Wikipedia has blocked the Department’s IP address for creating or amending entries. Information on the Wikipedia site indicates that this has occurred because it has identified the IP address as being shared by many users. Since the IP address has been blocked, staff wishing to create or edit entries from departmental computers must create a user account with Wikipedia. Wikipedia will not release details of user accounts.

Departmental Public Participation

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultations his Department has undertaken since 1997; what the final cost was of all completed consultations; and what the projected final cost is of all ongoing consultations. [181835]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not hold information centrally about the costs of public consultations. Information on the Department's expenditure on public consultations could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

A list of the public consultations launched by the Department since 2002 has been placed in the Library.


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Departmental Publicity

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by his Department on (a) advertising campaigns and (b) opinion polling services in each of the last five years. [182849]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following table outlines the cost of departmental advertising in the last five fiscal years for which completed records are available, i.e. 2002-03 through to 2006-07.

Departmental campaigns expenditure summary 2002-03 to 2006-07
£ million
Campaign 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Alcohol(1)

0.10

0.05

0.34

0.06

1.90

Antibiotics

0.44

0.42

0

0.39

0

CALM

0.58

0.43

0.44

0.32

0

Children's health/pregnancy

0

0.05

0.40

0

0

Drugs(2)

1.52

1.50

1.99

1.26

3.13

Flu

2.00

1.60

1.50

1.85

1.16

Hepatitis C

0.15

0.70

1.28

0.53

Immunisation

1.00

2.00

2.00

0.35

2.80

Mind Out/Mental Health

0.16

0.95

0

0

0

Maternal and Infant Nutrition/Breastfeeding

0.28

0.46

0.75

0.74

0.73

National health service including nurse recruitment

4.23

4.90

5.84

0.02

0

NHS Direct

0.58

0.75

0

0

0.32

Organ donation

0.22

0

0

0

0

Prescription fraud

0.30

0

0

0

0

Promoting new NHS services (Caring in many ways)

0

0

0.85

0

0

Sexwise/teenage pregnancy

1.60

2.00

0.77

0.77

3.32

Sexual Health

1.50

1.50

1.26

0.62

4.00

Social care/worker recruitment

1.24

4.62

2.14

2.44

2.69

Smoking

7.87

17.34

24.00

22.70

21.53

Tuberculosis awareness

0.09

0.01

0.20

0

0

Walk-in centres

0.14

0.04

0.40

0

0

Winter (Get the right treatment/ask about medicines day)

0.50

1.87

0.99

0.98

0

5 a Day

0.50

0.48

1.03

0.90

0.92

E111

0

0

0.32

1.37

0

Total

24.85

41.12

45.92

36.05

43.03

(1) From 2006-07 Department of Health (DH) contribution to campaign run jointly with Home Office (HO)
(2) DH contribution to campaign run jointly with HO

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A list of expenditure on opinion polling in each of the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Department does not hold this information centrally.

However, information on opinion polling commissioned by the Department's Communications Directorate since April 2004 is shown as follows:

Poll Total amount spent (£)

2007

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—March 2007

171,825

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—July 2007

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—December 2007

NHS staff survey and public surveys September 2007

2006

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—summer 2006

229,440

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—winter 2006

Public Monthly Omnibus January 2006

Public Perceptions Baseline

NHS Staff Survey—January 2006

NHS Staff Survey—July 2006

NHS Staff Survey-December 2006

DH Stakeholder Survey—July 2006

2005

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—summer 2005

106,205

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker—winter 2005

Public Monthly Omnibus 2005

NHS Staff Survey—July 2005

2004

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker Survey—summer 2004

78,000

Public Perceptions of the NHS Tracker—winter 2004

Public Monthly Omnibus 2004

2003

No records

Note:
This should be regarded as an indicative guide on spend only.

Departmental Recycling

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what weight of paper his Department recycled in each of the last five years. [179457]

Mr. Bradshaw: The weight of paper (excluding newspapers and cardboard) recycled by the Department in the last five years as published by the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) is:


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Tonnes

2002-03

317.49

2003-04

510.58

2004-05

522.04

2005-06

303.84


Figures for 2006-07 have been submitted to the SDC for publication.


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