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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the study referred to in paragraph 7.28 of his Departments Cancer Reform Strategy on cancer treatments in the United Kingdom and the United States. 
Ann Keen: Funding for both breast and cervical screening is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations, this includes funding for the promotion of screening.
It is for strategic health authorities working in partnership with their PCTs, local screening services and stakeholders to provide appropriate screening services for their local populations and to ensure that they meet national standards.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, column 1066W, on community care: medical equipment, which academic organisations form the consortia who will be assessing the whole system demonstrators. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 26 February 2008]: The Department has been consulting with a number of eminent researchers from leading academic organisations in order to shape the evaluation methodology for the Whole System Demonstrator programme. These organisations include University College London, the London School of Economics, University of Oxford, Manchester University, Imperial College of London, the Kings Fund and Nuffield Trust together with the University of Birmingham.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultancy contracts his Department issued in each year since 2005; what the (a) value, (b) purpose and (c) contractor was in each case; and whether the consultant's report is publicly available in each case. 
The Department and its agencies have a number of databases that are used to support its internal management and business processes as well as
the delivery of health and social care. Information relating to what databases are owned and maintained by the Department and its agencies has been placed in the Library.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to departmental staff were reported (i) lost, (ii) missing and (iii) stolen in each year since 2001. 
|Financial y ear||Mobile phones||PDA's||Laptops|
Since 2005 all DH laptops been marked with a forensic dye as a proof of ownership and a high visibility label advertising this. Additionally laptops are encrypted to protect any information stored on them and PDAs wipe all the data stored on them after a series of failed attempts to enter the correct user ID and password.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of his Departments personal digital assistants were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each of the last five years; and what the value of those items was. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department uses the Blackberry Enterprise Solution personal digital assistants (PDAs) with recommended procedures and configuration from the Government's technical security authority, CESG, as suitable for processing restricted information. This includes guidance on authentication standards and processes to protect information stored on the device. For example PDAs wipe all the data stored on them after a series of failed attempts to enter the correct user ID and password.
|DH reported losses / thefts for the period April 2002 to March 2007|
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Mr. Bradshaw: The annual report Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service 2006-07 reports the Department as having an average number of working days lost per staff year of 6.4. This equates to a salary cost of just under £2 million.
We have asked primary care trusts (PCTs) to carry out a baseline audit of current availability of current GP practice opening so that it is possible to measure the success of our aim of 50 per cent. of GP practices in each PCT are offering extending opening hours.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 5 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1062-3W, on health services: Thames Gateway, whether changes to the levels of funding allocated to each of the primary care trusts in the Thurrock area have been made as a result of it being designated as a growth area by the Department for Communities and Local Government. 
Mr. Bradshaw: A growth area adjustment is included in revenue allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs). This money is to support the development of sustainable communities and is for those PCTs that are going to experience considerable population growth as a direct consequence of the additional housing development in the growth areas. This adjustment is based on the additional increase in population, over and above Office of National Statistics population projections, that is due to the Government initiative. South West Essex PCT benefits significantly from a growth area adjustment to its weighted capitation target.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider introducing an 18-week target for all patients with hearing and balance disorders to be assessed by the appropriate specialist. 
Mr. Bradshaw: 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.
Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB): two;
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE): eight; and
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE): five.
the number of awards held by individuals;
awards that are not related to official duties; and
awards already held by staff before joining the Department.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many acute hospital beds per head of population there were in (a) the former Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority area, (b) the East of England Strategic Health Authority area, (c) the former Suffolk West Primary Care Trust area and (d) Suffolk Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the average daily number of available acute beds per 100,000 population for the period 2002-03 to 2006-07 for the organisations requested. Acute bed numbers will go down over time because of changes to the way services are delivered in the national health service (for instance, more services being provided in the community).
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority (SHA)||East of England SHA||Suffolk West Primary Care Trust|
|n/a = not applicable|
Due to SHA reconfigurations, data from prior to 2002-03 are not available at SHA level.
East of England SHA was created in October 2006 following the merger of three SHAs (Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA, Essex SHA and Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA).
Population data for mid-year 2007 and beds data for 2007-08 are not yet available.
Suffolk West PCF only provided acute beds in 2002-03. They subsequently provided only geriatric beds.
Suffolk West PCT was formed at the start of 2002-03 from Bury St. Edmonds PCG. The old organisation did not provide any beds.
Suffolk PCT was formed in October 2006 from the merger of Suffolk Coastal PCT, Ipswich PCT, Central Suffolk PCT and Suffolk West PCT. Suffolk PCT does not provide any acute beds.
Figures for 2002-03 to 2005-06 have been updated using revised population statistics issued by the Office for National Statistics.
Department of Health form KH03 and Office for National Statistics for population data.
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