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Table 2: Number of deaths where suicide was the underlying cause of death, Tamworth parliamentary constituency( 1,2) , by sex, 1997 to 2006( 3)
Deaths (persons)
Males Females

1997

4

1

1998

11

7

1999

1

1

2000

9

1

2001

7

2

2002

3

3

2003

2

3

2004

7

2

2005

3

1

2006

1

1

(1) Suicide was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989, excluding E988.8 for the years 1997 to 2000, and the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes X60-X84 and Y10-Y34, excluding Y33.9 (where the Coroner's verdict was pending) for the years 2001 to 2006.
(2) Suicide and undetermined intent deaths have not been included for children under the age of 15 years.
(3) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year.

VAT: Exemptions

Mr. Gray: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what advice his Department has received on whether the exemption from VAT on services provided granted to local leisure trusts is allowable under the European Union's 6th VAT Directive. [193004]

Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs regularly receives legal and other advice in relation to its administration of the VAT rules. The VAT exemption for supplies of certain services closely linked to sport or physical education by non-profit making bodies is fully consistent with Article 132(1)(m) of the EC Principal VAT Directive.

Health

Accident and Emergency Departments

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes where the admission method was via accident and emergency for an alcohol related diagnosis there were in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS trust. [190344]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Alcoholic Drinks: Hospitals

Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related admissions there were to hospitals in each primary care trust area in ( a) 2004,
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(b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007; and what proportion these represented of all admissions in each area in each year. [190821]

Dawn Primarolo: This requested information has been placed in the Library.

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times patients in each NHS hospital trust in England have had their stomachs pumped due to (a) excessive drinking and (b) chemical intoxication in each of the last five years. [193436]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group were admitted to hospital in England for (i) alcoholic liver disease and (ii) alcoholic cirrhosis of the liver in each year since 1997. [193683]

Dawn Primarolo: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Southend, West (Mr. Amess) on 15 January 2008, Official Report, column 1186W.

Ambulance Services: Essex

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ambulance and air ambulance crews serve north-east Essex; and what the ratio of ambulance crews to 1,000 population is (a) in north-east Essex and (b) in England. [193423]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the number of ambulance and air ambulance crews and the ratio of ambulance crews to 1,000 populations for north-east Essex and England is not collected centrally. However, data on ambulance work force are contained within table 5 of the Information Centre's Non-Medical Workforce Census Bulletin (1996-2006), which is available via the Information Centre for health and social care website at:

Ambulance Services: Standards

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many times the ambulance service (a) did not meet the eight minute response target and (b) took over 15 minutes to respond to a Category A emergency in (i) north-east Essex, (ii) the east of England and (iii) England in 2006-07; [193425]

(2) what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the ambulance service in north-east Essex; and what steps he plans to take to improve their performance. [193426]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information is not held centrally for ambulance response times in north-east Essex. The Department collects ambulance response time data that are recorded by ambulance trusts in their entirety.


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The East of England Ambulance Service was formed on 1 July 2006, following the reconfiguration of ambulance trusts in England, and met the Category A eight-minute target for that reporting period (2006-07). Response time data for the trusts that merged to form the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust before 2006 and for England are available in the annual KA34 Statistical Bulletin ‘Ambulance Services, England 2006-07’.

Copies of the bulletins are available in the Library and the bulletin for 2006-07 is also available at the following website:

Information on how many times an ambulance service took more than 15 minutes to respond to a Category A emergency is not collected centrally.

The Department monitors performance of ambulance services at ambulance trust level, therefore such information on north-east Essex is not held centrally. It is for strategic health authorities (SHAs), as the local headquarters of the national health service, and primary care trusts, as commissioners, to ensure that national response time standards are delivered and maintained by ambulance trusts.

In April 2008, changes to performance reporting will be introduced, which will align the reported response times more closely to patients' experience. The Department is supporting ambulance trusts to prepare for this change by providing advice and specialist support, and facilitating the sharing of data, analysis and best practice.

The Department implemented a £25 million capital incentive scheme during 2006-07. A similar scheme operated in 2004-05. Both schemes rewarded trusts who demonstrated improved levels of performance including response times.

Autism

Joan Ryan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will commission research on the prevalence of autism in adults. [191784]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Guildford (Anne Milton) on 29 February 2008, Official Report, column 1968W.

Community Care

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults with learning disabilities, (b) older people, (c) adults with physical disabilities and (d) adults with mental health problems received continuing care per 50,000 of population in each primary care trust area in England in each quarter of 2007. [192341]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is not collected by the Department. The Department collects information on the number of people receiving continuing health care. I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 22 February 2008, Official Report, columns 1062-68W, to the hon. Member for Leeds, North-West (Greg Mulholland).


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Departmental Databases

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) companies based in the United States and (b) UK subsidiaries of US companies have been contracted by his Department and its agencies to provide services involving the use, storage, processing or analysis of databases of personal information held by the Government on UK citizens in the last five years. [188218]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department including its agencies has no contract with a United States (US) registered service provider for information storage, processing or analysis.

The Department, including its agencies has engaged a United Kingdom subsidiary of a US registered service provider to manage (aspects of) storage, processing or analysis of personal information.

The Data Protection Act 1998 includes provisions to ensure that personal data benefits from adequate protection when it is transferred outside the European economic area(1) by UK data controllers. Contracts are based on UK contract law with the applicable statutory safeguards.

Departmental Impact Assessments

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many regulatory impact assessments his Department has conducted in the last 12 months. [191266]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the final regulatory impact assessments (RIAs) published between 1 January and 30 June 2007 can be found in ‘Regulatory Impact Assessments for 2007’ (CM7297) which is available at:

For the Department, 12 have been listed.

Departments are in the process of identifying the final RIAs published between 1 July and 31 December 2007.

From April 2008, all final impact assessments will be published on a central website.

Dieticians: Greater London

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nutritionists were employed by the NHS in (a) Bexley Primary Care Trust and (b) the London region in each of the last five years. [191958]

Ann Keen: Information on number of nutritionists is not held centrally.

The only available information is for dietetics staff, held by national health service trusts. Information is therefore provided in the following table for those organisations within the London Strategic Health Authority (SHA) area, which employ dietetics staff. Bexley Primary Care Trust (PCT) does not employ any dietetics staff.


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NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified dietetics staff in specified organisation within the London SHA area as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust

15

13

14

11

18

Barnet PCT

4

5

4

Barts and the London NHS Trust

31

38

36

46

49

Brent Teaching PCT

15

18

19

33

22

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust

8

7

8

7

8

Bromley PCT

6

9

12

16

15

Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust

1

1

1

Camden PCT

1

Central and North West London Mental Health NHS Trust

1

1

Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust

11

14

14

13

15

Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT

9

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

Ealing Hospital NHS Trust

6

4

3

3

3

Ealing PCT

8

12

15

12

10

Great Ormond Street Hospital For Sick Children NHS Trust

21

20

29

28

29

Greenwich Teaching PCT

2

1

1

2

2

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

30

42

43

44

45

Hammersmith and Fulham PCT

3

3

4

2

2

Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust

35

38

40

40

34

Haringey Teaching PCT

30

35

27

28

25

Havering PCT

11

12

11

10

13

Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust

6

6

9

9

8

Hillingdon PCT

8

2

1

2

1

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

3

5

8

4

7

Hounslow PCT

10

10

10

10

11

Islington PCT

1

6

9

13

12

Kensington and Chelsea PCT

4

6

7

7

8

King's College Hospital NHS Trust

20

20

23

21

22

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

25

21

22

20

22

Lambeth PCT

2

2

2

2

2

Lewisham PCT

2

2

3

2

5

Mayday Health Care NHS Trust

17

18

17

17

14

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

6

6

7

9

7

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust

30

31

31

27

27

Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust

6

3

7

7

8

Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust

11

10

11

14

9

Redbridge PCT

5

5

9

12

10

Richmond and Twickenham PCT

n/a

2

1

2

1

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

14

15

12

14

12

Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust

18

19

20

19

18

Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

5

5

7

8

11

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust

1

1

1

1

1

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust

2

3

3

3

3

South West London and St. George's Mental Health NHS Trust

1

1

1

1

1

St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust

19

21

20

25

24

St. Mary's NHS Trust

17

22

20

20

17

Sutton and Merton PCT

11

13

16

16

17

The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust

5

6

10

8

10

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

9

9

10

11

10

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

18

23

22

21

21

Waltham Forest PCT

8

11

11

11

Wandsworth PCT

8

10

12

9

11

West London Mental Health NHS Trust

1

1

1

1

1

Westminster PCT

3

4

5

12

12

n/a = .. Not Applicable. Where PCT did not exist or no longer exists. Note: 1. More accurate validation processes in 2006 have resulted in the identification and removal of 9,858 duplicate non-medical staff records out of the total workforce figure of 1.3 million in 2006. Earlier years' figures could not be accurately validated in this way and so will be slightly inflated. The level of inflation in earlier years' figures is estimated to be less than one per cent. of total across all non-medical staff groups for headcount figures (and negligible for full time equivalents). This should be taken into consideration when analysing trends over time.

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