Mr. Bradshaw: It is estimated that 70 per cent. of stand-alone land owned by the Department is unused. All such land is programmed either to be sold or its ownership transferred to the national health service for long-term health use.
Mr. Bradshaw: The number of people over the age of 55 recruited by the Department in each of the last three full financial years and in the first 11 months of the current financial year are presented in the following table.
|Number of staff
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residential properties are owned by his Department; how many of these are vacant; and how many have been vacant for longer than (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) 12 months. 
The Department owns 22 individual residential properties, nine of which are in one block.
14 are occupied and the remainder have been vacant for more than 12 months. All bar one has been marketed.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of parliamentary questions for answer on a named day to his Department received a (a) holding and (b) substantive answer on the named day in each year since 2001. 
|Number of named day questions received
|Number answered on the day specified
|Percentage answered on the day specified
A carer who receives state pension at a lower rate than carers allowance can receive an amount of carers allowance to make up the difference. Carers who are entitled to a rate of state pension equivalent to or more than the rate of carers allowance cannot receive both benefits. However, entitlement to carers allowance also attracts the additional amount for carers in pension credit, currently £27.15 per week, for those eligible. More than 220,000 carers in lower-income households are gaining from this measure.
Mr. Bradshaw: Information on expenditure is not available in the format requested. Information prior to 2000-01 is not available. Information is held by ambulance trust rather than by constituency. The Hemel Hempstead constituency is served by East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which was formed in 2006. Prior to that, it was served by Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Paramedic and Ambulance Service NHS Trust.
|The emergency patient transport services expenditure for Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Paramedic and Ambulance Service NHS Trust (2000-06) and for East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
|Name of trust
|Emergency patient transport services expenditure (£000)
National Health Service Trust Financial Returns TFR6 2000-01 to 2006-07
It is for strategic health authorities, as the local headquarters of the NHS, and primary care trusts, as commissioners, to ensure that national response time standards are delivered and maintained by ambulance trusts.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries serve settlements of fewer than 10,000 people; and how many such surgeries were sold to private providers in each year since 1997. 
Dawn Primarolo: In 2007, there were 1,221 general practitioner (GP) practices located in settlements of fewer than 10,000 people. We do not hold information on the sale of GP practices to any form of contractors.
The information requested is not held centrally. My hon. Friend may therefore wish to approach the chief executive of South Staffordshire Primary Care
Trust (PCT), which may hold some information on numbers of patients seen by out of hours general practitioner services.
Mr. Bradshaw: South Staffordshire PCT will receive additional investment to procure a new general practitioner-led Health Centre from the £250 million access fund announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 10 October 2007. This Health Centre will open seven days a week from 8 am until 8 pm and will offer flexible appointments and walk-in and other services, for either registered or non-registered patients.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of general practitioners were contracted by their primary care trust to provide extended opening hours in each year since 2004-05. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of GP surgeries that routinely open out of hours, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government is taking to ensure that requirements for GPs to extend opening hours in the evening or at weekends are not accompanied by reductions in availability at other times; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Primary care trusts already have a duty to ensure that general practitioner practices are fulfilling their current contractual obligations of core hour availability. This will not change when opening hours are extended.
As part of the directed enhanced service arrangements, currently being negotiated with the British Medical Association, and its accompanying guidance, we will ensure that extended opening hours will be in addition to what is already being offered by practices and that there should be no consequential reductions of availability during core hours.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money was (a) allocated to and (b) spent
from each central budget held at (i) his Department and (ii) strategic health authorities in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Listings of all Centrally Funded Initiatives Services and Special Allocations (CFISSA) programme allocations by budget title and value from 2002-03 to 2006-07 are contained in the departmental reports which are available in the Library. Details are as follows:
2003Table 6.6 Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations
2004Table 6.6 Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations
2005Table 6.9 Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations
2006Table 6.9 Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations
2007Table 9.21 Centrally Managed NHS Budgets
The CFISSA programme is the national health service related funding that is not issued to primary care trusts as part of their initial resource limits. Commencing with the 2007 Departmental Report this area is now referred to as the centrally managed NHS Budgets.
It would be at disproportionate cost for the Department to list expenditure from each individual central budget held in each of the last five years due to the very large number of budgets and several departmental re-organisations.
Proposals for changes to services are a matter for the national health service locally. The Department does not hold information on the detailed breakdown of Healthcare for London's costs and responsesthis is available directly from NHS London.
Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 14 March 2008]: The Department has figures for the total purchase of healthcare from non-national health service bodies for the years 1997-98 to 2006-07, as shown in the following table. However, it should be noted that these figures relate to healthcare expenditure with all non-NHS bodies including the private sector.
|Spend on non-NHS provision
|As a percentage of NHS expenditure
| Note: 2004-05 to 2006-07 exclude NHS Foundation Trusts. Source: Annual financial returns for primary care trusts, (strategic) health authorities and NHS trusts for 1997-98 to 2006-07.