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House of Commons Commission

Palace of Westminster: Industrial Health and Safety

John McDonnell: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many accidents resulting in injuries have occurred on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [194703]

Nick Harvey: The number of reported accidents resulting in injuries which have occurred on the parliamentary estate is as follows:

Calendar year Reported injuries

2003

215

2004

172

2005

143

2006

143

2007

136


John McDonnell: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many incidents there have been in which House of Commons security officers have been
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injured in the course of their work in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and at which location each injury occurred. [194704]

Nick Harvey: The number of reported incidents resulting in injuries to individuals, including police officers, who undertake security duties is set out as follows. Figures are not available for years before 2005.

Calendar year Number of reported injuries Location of incident

2005

16

Black Rod’s Garden (2)

Portcullis House escalators (2)

St. Stephen’s search point (2)

Derby Gate (3)

Mess room (1)

Canon Row (1)

Chancellor’s Gate (1)

New Palace Yard (1)

Palm Court (1)

Carriage Gates (1)

Norman Shaw North (1)

2006

13

Speaker’s Court (1)

Peers’ entrance/car park (2)

St. Stephen’s search point (1)

Derby Gate (1)

Flower shop (1)

Canon Row (2)

Chancellor’s Gate (1)

New Palace Yard (1)

Carriage Gates (1)

Norman Shaw North (1)

Westminster Underground entrance (1)

2007

18

Black Rod’s Garden (2)

Royal Court (1)

Palm Court (2)

Portcullis House (1)

St. Stephen’s search point (1)

Derby Gate (2)

Abingdon Street (1)

Canon Row (1)

Carriage Gates (3)

Norman Porch (1)

New Palace Yard (1)

Palm Court (2)


John McDonnell: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how much the House authorities have paid in compensation for injuries occurring on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [194705]

Nick Harvey: The cash amounts paid in compensation for injuries in each of the last five financial years was:


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£

2003-04

47,563

2004-05

55,921

2005-06

28,362

2006-07

10,836

2007-08

20,318


Parliamentary ICT

Mr. Laws: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission if the Commission will take steps to ensure that Parliamentary ICT staff provide support and services to all IT equipment and software on the parliamentary estate which is (a) purchased with parliamentary allowances and (b) used for parliamentary business; and if he will make a statement. [193512]

Nick Harvey: The Commission has recently endorsed the recommendation of the Administration Committee that Parliamentary ICT (PICT) can only offer full support to centrally provided IT equipment, services and software, on both practical and economic grounds. PICT will be announcing two new services shortly that will allow those Members who use their equipment to connect directly to the internet from their Westminster office over broadband at their own expense or for free via wireless in one of the Wi Fi zones that are currently available across the estate. With the agreement of the Commission, PICT is considering the circumstances under which limited ‘best endeavours’ support can be offered to Members own equipment that is used for parliamentary purposes.

Security

Mr. Amess: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many security passes which give access to the Palace of Westminster and its associated buildings were issued in each of the last five years, broken down by category; and if he will make a statement. [192535]

Nick Harvey: Total numbers of passes issued giving access to the Palace of Westminster and its associated outbuildings in each of the last five years are:

Number

2003

13,047

2004

13,675

2005

14,456

2006

13,935

2007-08

13,335


The change to the access and pass system meant that new passes were issued to all passholders during 2007. Instead of a misleadingly high figure for 2007, therefore, a figure is given for 2007-08 on the basis of the number of active passes on 13 March 2008.

The information by category is available but is in a format that related to the old pass categories, which no longer exist. Prior to 5 November 2007 there were over 90 categories of pass. With the introduction of the new access control system this number has been substantially reduced.


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Mr. Amess: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many (a) males and (b) females, broken down by age group, had their Palace of Westminster pass (i) suspended and (ii) revoked in each year since 1997; and what the reason was in each case. [192540]

Nick Harvey: Only one Palace of Westminster pass has been revoked since 1997. This revocation was in 2007 and was for reasons of security intelligence.

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission how many members of the press lobby (a) have vehicle passes for the Palace of Westminster and (b) have had their lobby passes removed in the last 10 years. [192596]

Nick Harvey: Currently 10 members of the press lobby have vehicle passes for the Palace of Westminster. The provision of any future passes is under review.

No lobby passes have been removed in the last 10 years.

Mr. Amess: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission on which occasions (a) objects were thrown into the Chamber from the public gallery and (b) the public gallery was closed during a sitting of the House by order of the Speaker in each session since 1977-78. [192616]

Nick Harvey: Police records only go back as far as 2001. There is one incident recorded which occurred on 21 February 2005. This relates to the Fathers 4 Justice demonstrators who threw purple powder at the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions. Two persons were arrested and the House was suspended for a short time, including the closure of the public gallery. This is the only recorded closure of the public gallery by order of the Speaker.

Health

Accident and Emergency Department

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new urgent care centres are planned to open by 2011; and if he will make a statement. [193737]

Mr. Bradshaw: Primary care trusts are responsible for the provision of a high quality, integrated urgent care service that meets the needs of their local population. There are no national plans to open new urgent care centres.

Breastfeeding

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 February 2008, Official Report, column 665W, on breastfeeding, how much was spent on the National Helpline in the 2007-08 financial year. [194799]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: Since 2003, the Department initiated the development of the National Breastfeeding Helpline in collaboration with the voluntary sector. In 2007-08, the Department provided a total of £2,000 to meet the cost of rented lines.

Chronically Sick: Castle Point

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the targets for the National Service Framework of Long-Term Conditions in Castle Point. [193051]

Ann Keen: It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs), including South East Essex PCT, within the national health service to develop locally the levels of service described in the “National Service Framework for Long-term (Neurological) Conditions” (the NSF). The NSF has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of differences in local priorities and needs. A copy of the NSF is available in the Library.

Information on the progress that has been achieved locally with regard to the implementation of the targets set out in the NSF can be obtained direct from South East Essex PCT.

Dental Services: Lancashire

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking on the provision of NHS
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dental services in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency. [194890]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Responsibility for the provision of dental services lies with local primary care trusts (PCTs). Increasing the number of patients seen within national health service dental services is now a formal priority in the NHS operating framework for 2008-09 and we have supported this with a very substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008. The net primary dental service allocation for North Lancashire PCT for 2008-09 is £7,015,000. Income from dental charges paid by patients will supplement this resource.

The North Lancashire PCT is responsible for commissioning services, including dental services, to meet the need of its total population within the available resources.

Departmental Advertising

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of his Department's expenditure was on advertising in each of the last 10 years. [182995]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following table shows the percentage of departmental expenditure against advertising expenditure in each of the years where figures are available.

£ million
2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Department of Health resource expenditure(1)

49,284

56,750

61,661

69,777

75,434

85,647

92,021

Central departmental spending on advertising(2)

43

34

38

50

54

43

41

NHS spending on advertising(3)

102

119

124

132

114

75

37

Total spend on advertising

145

153

162

182

168

117

77

Percentage of Department's spend on advertising

0.29

0.27

0.26

0.26

0.22

0.14

0.08

(1) Annex A2 of departmental report. (2) Annex E of departmental report. (3) Annual financial returns of health authorities, strategic health authorities, primary care trusts 2000-01 to 2006-07. Note: NHS financial accounts report advertising as a single line so therefore it is not possible to identify media only spend.

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