Previous Section Index Home Page

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1456W—continued


Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, what the timetable is for asking all chemotherapy service providers to return an agreed dataset on all patients receiving chemotherapy. [183990]

Ann Keen: The chemotherapy dataset is currently being defined by the National Chemotherapy Advisory Group. Work on the dataset should be completed by October 2008 and reporting is due to begin from October 2009.

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health further to the publication of the Cancer Reform Strategy, when he expects primary care trusts (a) to undertake a review of cancer chemotherapy and (b) to develop a strategic framework for chemotherapy services. [183991]

Ann Keen: As set out in the Cancer Reform Strategy, a National Chemotherapy Advisory Group (NCAG) has been established and is considering all aspects of chemotherapy.

Publication of the NCAG report is expected in the spring and will recommend next steps for chemotherapy services. The Department and the cancer action team will then work with cancer networks and primary care trusts to take forward NCAG’s recommendations where appropriate.

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1457W


Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) prediction and (b) prevention of premature births. [171939]

Ann Keen: We are funding research linked to premature births from the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit. Some parts of this research, for example, big trials, have received additional funding from agencies such as the Medical Research Council. In general terms, keeping healthy and maintaining good nutrition during pregnancy is important for the wellbeing of both the mother and baby.

Childbirth: Social Security

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will take steps to ensure that parents whose child is premature and is in neo-natal care are made aware of all financial and other support schemes available to them; and if he will make a statement; [185559]

(2) if he will improve existing financial and other support schemes available to parents whose child is premature and is in neo-natal care; and if he will make a statement. [185560]

Ann Keen: The “Pregnancy Book” (given to all first time mothers by their midwife at an early appointment after they become pregnant) and “Birth to Five” both give detailed information on the financial and other sources of help and advice available to parents of a newborn child. The financial help available includes the sure start maternity grant, statutory maternity pay and the maternity allowance. We understand there are no plans to increase this financial help at this time.

This help will be supplemented from 2009 by the health in pregnancy grant (HiPG). The HiPG will be a one-off payment of £190 available to all expectant mothers ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, which can be claimed from the 25th week of pregnancy. The grant will provide flexible financial help to support the general health and well-being of women in the later stages of pregnancy, which will contribute to the health of the baby, and to help meet wider costs in the run up to birth.

Departmental Carbon Emissions

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to reduce his Department’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2008-09. [181811]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department reduced its overall carbon emissions by 15.4 per cent. between 1999-2000 and 2005-06. This exceeds the target set for departments in 2006, to reduce carbon emissions by 12.5 per cent. by 2010-11. We continue our activities to reduce our emissions further.

All the electricity purchased for our London administrative estate comes from renewable sources. We have been working with the Carbon Trust over the last 18 months to identify energy saving measures, and we have recently appointed a consultant to work with
26 Feb 2008 : Column 1458W
us to implement a Carbon Management Programme throughout our core estate and in our arm’s length bodies.

We continue to expand provision of video conferencing, which helps to reduce the emissions associated with business travel. Over the past 12 months we have introduced a new managed print service where existing printers, photocopiers and fax machines have been replaced by multi-function devices. This has reduced the number of print devices by three-quarters. The ratio of staff to printers has reduced from 3:1 to an average of 10:1.

Departmental Security

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the (a) special advisers and (b) ministerial appointees in possession of a security pass enabling access to his Department’s main building in the month prior to the Prorogation of Parliament for the 2005 general election. [182194]

Mr. Bradshaw: It is established practice not to provide details on pass access to Government buildings for security reasons.

Eyesight: Children

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of reducing the upper age limit for children's free eye examinations. [186126]

Ann Keen: Children aged under 16 and those aged 16, 17 and 18 in full-time education have been entitled to free sight tests since 1948. No changes to the age limits for children have been made in this time.

Fluoride: Drinking Water

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations his Department has received on the long-term health effects of adding fluoride to drinking water; and if he will make a statement. [188254]

Ann Keen [holding answer 25 February 2008]: Fluoride offers the best prospect for reducing inequalities in oral health. The benefits to oral health from the fluoridation of water have been welcomed, but we have received representations from people concerned that there may be harmful side effects. The Department monitors relevant research and also commissions its own research and the Department is pleased to say there is no evidence of any risk to people's general health from the fluoridation of water at the 1 part per million level used in fluoridation schemes in the United Kingdom.

Food Poisoning

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were treated for food poisoning in the last year for which figures are available. [188578]

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1459W

Dawn Primarolo: The estimated number of people that were treated for indigenous food-borne disease in England and Wales in 2006 is given in the following table:


General practitioner presentations


Hospital admissions


Hospital bed days


Estimates have been rounded to the nearest 1,000 for all cases.
Figures were estimated by the Health Protection Agency using the methodology described in Adak G K, Long S M, O'Brien S J. Gut 2002; 51: 832-41. This methodology uses available surveillance data, special survey data, and hospital episode statistics to estimate the burden of indigenous food-borne disease in England and Wales.

Food: Labelling

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department (a) has taken in each of the last two years and (b) plans to take in each of the next two years with food manufacturers to improve the labelling of food; what recent representations he has received about this issue; and if he will make a statement; [186398]

(2) which organisations and individuals the Food Standards Authority Agency (a) consulted in each of the last six months and (b) plans to consult in the next six months about improving food labelling information; and if he will make a statement; [186400]

(3) what (a) primary and (b) delegated legislation regulates the labelling of food; what changes have been made to each since enactment; what further amendments are planned; and if he will make a statement. [186404]

Dawn Primarolo: Food labelling, including nutrition labelling, is the responsibility of the Food Standards Agency, which reports to Parliament through Health Ministers.

Food labelling rules are largely harmonised at European Union level and implemented in the United Kingdom by the Food Labelling Regulations 1996 (as amended) (the FLR). The FLRs were made under the Food Safety Act 1990 and have been amended 32 times since inception.

The agency actively and regularly engages with a wide range of stakeholders and a range of food labelling issues including the Government favoured traffic light system, as required in the development of UK policy. This includes the formal and informal consultation of over 1,100 individuals on the agency’s interested parties list, consumer groups, manufacturers, retailers, enforcement and other Government Departments. The agency has carried out four formal consultations using this database over the last six months. Further consultations will take place on the European Commission’s (EC) proposal during the next six months. We have also been working with the retail sector to carry out an independent evaluation of front of pack signpost labels.

The agency has also recently consulted on and issued best practice guidance on country of origin labelling; clear labelling; use of marketing terms; allergen labelling and fish and meat labelling.

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1460W

Health Services: Rossendale

Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the North West Strategic Health Authority on the bid from the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust for funding for a health hub in Rossendale. [185028]

Ann Keen: The Department is aware of the plans by the East Lancashire Teaching Primary Care Trust for the development of a specialist health hub in Rossendale. However, no formal discussions have taken place on funding and no plans have yet been submitted to the Department for consideration.

Health: Climate Change

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research the Government have (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of climate change on public health in the last five years. [188904]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 25 February 2008]: At the request of the Department, an expert panel on climate change and health in the United Kingdom was formed, which included experts from a range of relevant fields, to advise and report from a wide range of available evidence, on the likely impact of climate change on health, and implications for the national health service.

Their resulting report Health Effects of Climate Change in the UK was published in 2002.

More recently, the Department commissioned another panel of independent scientific experts to focus on areas that had changed since the original report, based on the latest information and predictions about climate change. Their resulting update report was published jointly by the Department and the Health Protection Agency on 12 February 2008.

Both reports are available on the Department's website at:

Copies of the first report are available in the Library and copies of the update report have been placed in the Library.

Health: Telephone Services

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to develop Payment by Results into the area of telephone consultations. [189594]

Mr. Bradshaw: The “Options for the Future of Payment by Results: 2008-09 to 2010-11” consultation document put forward proposals for developing a tariff for non-face-to-face consultations by 2010-11. We are putting in place the ‘building blocks’ that would enable this type of tariff to be introduced. No decision has yet been made for the date of its implementation.

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1461W

Hospital Wards: Gender

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which new hospitals opened in each of the last five financial years; and what proportion of beds in each were in single rooms. [180856]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information for hospital build schemes with a capital value over £25 million is in the table.

Information is not held centrally for schemes below this threshold and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1462W

Since 2001, the Department’s guidance is that the proportion of single rooms in new hospital developments should aim to be 50 per cent., but should not fall below 20 per cent. and must be higher than the facilities they are replacing. Each trust makes an informed choice regarding the appropriate percentage of single bed provision based on practical considerations such as site restrictions and affordability as well as clinical and operational restrictions. The policy and design guidance for the provision of single rooms in mental health accommodation is 100 per cent.

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1463W

26 Feb 2008 : Column 1464W
New hospital facilities costing over £25 million opened in each of the last five financial years
National health service organisation Capital v alue (£ million) Scheme description Proportion of beds in single rooms (percentage)


Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (FT)


Construction of new mental health facility at Fairmile


West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust


New District General Hospital


Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust


Redevelopment of Hexham General Hospital


South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Site redevelopment and centralisation of acute hospital services at James Cook University Hospital


St. George’s Healthcare NHS Trust


Neuro cardiac unit


Camden and Islington NHS Trust


Adult Mental Health Unit


Surrey Primary Care Trust (PCT)


The provision of a local care centre at Farnham Hospital



Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Maternity and gynaecology unit at Royal Preston Hospital


Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust


A and E Children’s development at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary


Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust


Mental health facilities at Woofield Road and St Charles


Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust


Heart and Lung Centre


Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Total site redevelopment


Barnet PCT


Edgware Community Hospital development



Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust


Redevelopment and rationalisation


University College London Hospitals NHS Trust


Rationalisation of sites


West London Mental Health NHS Trust


Dangerous and severe personalities Unit at Broadmoor


Guys and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust


Evelina Children’ Hospital


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Renal Centre


Kirklees PCT


Provision of six Primary Care Centres


Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust


Ambulatory Care Centre at City Hospital


East London NHS Foundation Trust


Mental Health unit in Tower Hamlets


Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust


South West Cardiothoracic Unit Centre


The Cardiothoracic Centre Liverpool NHS Trust


Cardiac Centre in Liverpool


Wandsworth PCT


Redevelopment of Queen Mary’s Roehampton. Including specialist rehabilitation and amputee services


North West London Hospitals NHS Trust


Modernisation of Central Middlesex Hospital



Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre NHS Trust


Cardiac Centre


Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Partial redevelopment of Stoke Mandeville Hospital


Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust


Reprovision of Mental Health services at St. George’s Hospital Morpeth


East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Burnley Hospital development—Phase V


Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


Redevelopment of Mental Health facilities, community care services and crisis homes


East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust


Closure of Blackburn Royal Infirmary and expansion of Queen’s Park hospital


Newham University Hospital NHS Trust


Reprovision of Acute Services from St. Andrew’s to Newham General Hospital


University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust


New District General Hospital at Walsgrave


Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust


Cardiac Centre


Northamptonshire Teaching PCT


Danetre Community Hospital in Daventry


The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Redevelopment of Acute Hospital services


The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust


Redevelopment of University Hospital including the separation of elective and emergency procedures


Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust


Rationalisation of two sites onto one adjacent to the existing Oldchurch Hospital in Romford


Hampshire PCT


Redevelopment of Lymington Hospital


Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust


Reprovision of specialist services from the Radcliffe Infirmary to a new build on the John Radcliffe Hospital site


Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust


Orthopaedics/medicine redevelopment



Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


New Hadfield Wing to replace Victorian Vickers wards


Cambridge University Hospital NHS Trust


Elective Care Centre, Genetics and Diabetes at Addenbrookes


Brighton and Sussex University NHS Trust


Relocation of Royal Alexandra Hospital for sick Children


West London Mental Health NHS Trust


Women’s enhanced medium secure services


Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Essex Heart and Lung Centre


Kingston Hospital NHS Trust


Redevelopment of Kingston Hospital


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Regional Oncology and Cancer centre at St. Jame’s University Hospital


(1) These schemes are at FTs for which the Department does not hold the requested information. Information for these organisations can be obtained by contacting the chairman of the FTs.
(2) No in-patient services.

Next Section Index Home Page