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Disabled: Tamworth

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of those under the age of 25 resident in Tamworth constituency have a disability, broken down by (a) type of disability and (b) age group. [186790]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 22 February 2008:

Number

0-4

174

5-9

321

10-14

353

15-19

327

20-24

275


Fair Trade Initiative

Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's policy is on the use of fair trade goods (a) in staff catering facilities and (b) at official departmental functions and meetings; and if he will make a statement. [183850]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has no formal policy for the purchase of fair trade goods, as there are no mandatory policy requirements in place for the procurement of fair trade products by central Government Departments.


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The Department is however committed to promoting and supporting fair and ethical trading wherever possible.

Forced Marriage

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure that information on helplines and access to support for victims of forced marriage or persons in fear of forced marriage is made available to the public through health service networks. [184350]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Guidance to assist health professionals who suspect cases of forced marriage was produced by the Home Office/Foreign and Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit and the Department of Health. Published in June 2007, this guidance was widely circulated and advertised to national health service and social care staff. The guidance is intended to help all health professionals recognise the warning signs of forced marriage, understand the danger faced by women and to respond to their needs efficiently and effectively. As well as practical information, the guide contains a poster that can be displayed, and which gives the telephone number of the Forced Marriage Unit’s confidential helpline.

Hearing Impaired: Health Services

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people had been waiting for more than six weeks for a hearing assessment on the latest date for which information is available; and what estimate has been made of the number likely to be waiting more than six weeks in March 2008. [186014]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Data are collected for all audiology assessments, including hearing assessments. The number of waits over six weeks for audiology assessments has fallen by 98,000 or 73 per cent. over the last year to 36,400 at the end of November 2007. The national health service is on track to ensure that no patients will wait longer than six weeks for an audiology assessment by the end of March 2008.

Hearing Impaired: Standards

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to implement and monitor an 18-week target within which audiovestibular patients with hearing and balance disorders must be dealt with by the NHS. [187647]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Patients referred for surgical or medical consultant-led care, will be covered by the target of treatment within 18 weeks of referral by December 2008. Local health bodies will not be credible in claiming success on meeting the 18 week target if large numbers of patients are affected by long waits for audiology treatment. From April 2008, the Department will collect information on waits for direct access audiology treatment for patients who are referred directly to audiologists or clinical scientists in audiological medicine.


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Hepatitis

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with (a) hepatitis C and (b) HIV have (i) committed suicide and (ii) had contact with NHS mental services while receiving NHS drug treatment since 1997. [186016]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not held centrally.

Home Care Services

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the inclusion of domiciliary care workers on the social care register; when he expects this work to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [187346]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 20 February 2008]: We hope to open the register to domiciliary care workers in late summer this year.

Officials are currently working closely with the General Social Care Council (GSCC) on this issue and are considering the mechanism for registration with the GSCC.

NHS: Legal Costs

Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS Business Services Authority was of taking Mr. Phil Mitchell of Ticknall to court for payment of a penalty charge; and if he will make a statement. [185403]

Ann Keen: On 13 August 2007, the NHS Business Service Authority (NHSBSA) issued a claim via the county court to recover a total amount of £339 from Mr. Mitchell. The court fee for issuing the claim was £40. There was also a hearing fee of £50 as Mr. Mitchell filed a defence. The travel costs of a representative of the NHSBSA attending the hearing were £48.

The case went to court on 9 January 2008. The judge ordered Mr. Mitchell to pay £189 for the treatment.

NHS: Public Participation

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for (a) community health councils, (b) each community health council, (c) patient involvement forums and (d) each patient involvement forum in the last full financial year of their operation; and what the budget is for (i) local involvement networks and (ii) each local involvement network in the first full financial year of their operation. [185569]

Ann Keen: Community Health Councils (CHCs), Patient and Public Involvement Forums (PPIFs) and local involvement networks (LINks) all support a stronger voice for patients and the public. However, they all have different functions, geographical coverage and support infrastructure. Furthermore, LINks differ from CHCs and Forums because they cover social care as well as health services.


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Funds allocated to support CHCs, forums and LINks were distributed through three very different mechanisms—via Department of Health Regional Offices and health authorities for CHCs, via the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) and Forums Support Organisations (FSOs) to Forums and through local authorities (LAs) and hosts for LINks.

In the case of CHCs and PPIFs, it is not possible to provide exact figures for each CHC and PPIF. However, we can provide an indication of average allocation based on total funding divided by the number of CHCs and PPIFs. We can identify the allocation made available to each LINk, as the funding route is direct from the department to each individual LA.

£/number

Total funding for CHCs in the last full year of operation (2002-03)

23 million

Number of CHCs

184

Average allocation per CHC

125,000

Total funding for PPIFs in the last full year of operation (2007-08)

28 million

Number of PPIFs

398

Average allocation per PPIF

70,300

Total funding for LINks in their first full year of operation (2008-09)

28 million

Number of LINks

150

Actual amount allocated to each LA per LINk for 2008-09

See following table



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2008-09
LA £ million

Hartlepool

0.099

Herefordshire

0.119

Isle of Wight Council

0.115

Isles of Scilly

0.061

Kingston upon Hull

0.173

Leicester

0.186

Luton

0.131

Medway

0.136

Middlesbrough

0.122

Milton Keynes

0.129

North East Lincolnshire

0.120

North Lincolnshire

0.114

North Somerset

0.121

Nottingham

0.184

Peterborough

0.122

Plymouth

0.151

Poole

0.103

Portsmouth

0.125

Reading

0.104

Redcar and Cleveland

0.116

Rutland

0.069

Slough

0.104

South Gloucestershire

0.124

Southampton

0.141

Southend-on-Sea

0.123

Stockton-on-Tees

0.126

Stoke-on-Trent

0.163

Swindon

0.112

Telford and The Wrekin

0.119

Wiltshire

0.181

Worcestershire

0.222

Bedfordshire

0.171

Buckinghamshire

0.182

Cambridgeshire

0.219

Cheshire

0.257

Barking and Dagenham

0.147

Barnet

0.182

Bexley

0.131

Brent

0.185

Bromley

0.151

Croydon

0.188

Ealing

0.183

Enfield

0.179

Haringey

0.172

Harrow

0.138

Havering

0.133

Hillingdon

0.147

Hounslow

0.142

Kingston upon Thames

0.102

Merton

0.123

Newham

0.214

Redbridge

0.156

Richmond upon Thames

0.107

Sutton

0.118

Waltham Forest

0.164

Camden

0.176

Greenwich

0.188

Hackney

0.207

Thurrock

0.111

Torbay

0.119

Warrington

0.117

West Berkshire

0.095

Windsor and Maidenhead

0.093

Wokingham

0.087

York

0.108

Bath and North East Somerset

0.109

Blackburn with Darwen

0.123

Blackpool

0.126

Bournemouth

0.119

Bracknell Forest

0.086

Brighton and Hove

0.148

Bristol

0.210

Darlington

0.096

Derby

0.150

East Riding of Yorkshire

0.158

Halton

0.111

Cornwall

0.252

Cumbria

0.232

Derbyshire

0.314

Devon

0.298

Dorset

0.183

Durham

0.256

East Sussex

0.236

Essex

0.480

Gloucestershire

0.231

Hampshire

0.378

Hertfordshire

0.361

Kent

0.492

Lancashire

0.454

Leicestershire

0.219

Lincolnshire

0.285

Norfolk

0.342

North Yorkshire

0.222

Northamptonshire

0.253

Northumberland

0.165

Nottinghamshire

0.304

Oxfordshire

0.222

Shropshire

0.150

Somerset

0.226

Staffordshire

0.301

Suffolk

0.280

Surrey

0.333

Warwickshire

0.212

West Sussex

0.281

Hammersmith and Fulham

0.143

Islington

0.170

Kensington and Chelsea

0.140

Lambeth

0.207

Lewisham

0.197

Southwark

0.211

Tower Hamlets

0.208

Wandsworth

0.169

Westminster

0.174

City of London

0.063

Barnsley

0.152

Bolton

0.166

Bradford

0.259

Bury

0.122

Calderdale

0.130

Coventry

0.178

Doncaster

0.172

Dudley

0.173

Gateshead

0.140

Kirklees

0.202

Knowsley

0.140

North Tyneside

0.134

Oldham

0.151

Rochdale

0.147

Rotherham

0.160

Salford

0.159

Sandwell

0.202

Sefton

0.172

Solihull

0.119

South Tyneside

0.127

St Helens

0.132

Stockport

0.149

Sunderland

0.176

Tameside

0.146

Trafford

0.130

Wakefield

0.182

Walsall

0.170

Wigan

0.175

Wirral

0.200

Wolverhampton

0.169

Birmingham

0.558

Leeds

0.308

Liverpool

0.291

Manchester

0.288

Newcastle upon Tyne

0.171

Sheffield

0.263

Note:
The remaining £l million, after LA allocations are made, will be used to support national LINks activity.

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