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The number of ADRs stated are subject to change due to the dynamic nature of the MHRA’s database. For example duplicate reports may be identified that are subsequently merged into one report.

It is not possible to estimate from the Yellow Card scheme the exact number of people who suffer adverse reactions to drugs since the scheme is associated with an unknown level of under-reporting.

Addressing the impact of ADRs on public health is a key concern for the MHRA. A study funded by the MHRA and published in the British Medical Journal on 2 July 2004, was conducted in two large hospitals in Merseyside in order to ascertain the current burden of ADRs in the national health service. The results of the study showed that 6.5 per cent. of hospital admission related to an ADR.

Prescriptions: Packaging

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make representations to the pharmaceutical industry to seek a reduction in the amount of packaging for prescriptions; and if he will make a statement. [194936]

Dawn Primarolo: Many medicines are supplied in manufacturers’ original packs to enable the efficient supply of the patient information leaflet which contains important information for the patient on the safe and effective use of the medicine. A constraint is placed on manufacturers not to use excessive packaging through the Packaging Waste Directive administered by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. This has both single market and environmental goals and new targets on recycling and recovery were established in 2004. Recycled materials are already being used for outer or secondary packaging such as cartons and the cartons themselves can be recycled once the patient has completed their course of medicine.

Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Geraldine Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received medical treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in 2007. [194717]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. Information relating to Royal Lancaster Infirmary can only be collected at trust level, therefore, the information for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust has been set out in the following table.

Medical treatment has been defined in terms of in-patient admissions where treatment was provided and outpatient as the number of first attendances.

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Total number of inpatient admissions with a procedure/intervention and the number of out-patient first attendances at University Hospitals Morecambe Bay NHS Trust for 2006-07.


Count of out-patient first attendances


Count of finished admission episodes with a procedure/intervention.


1. First attendance
This indicates whether a patient is making a first attendance or a follow up attendance and whether the consultation was face-to-face or via telephone/telemedicine consultation. Out-patient data would only count a patient’s first attendance regardless of the number of subsequent attendances in relation to the same subject. In many out-patient attendances, a patient may be receiving advice, rather than any medical treatment as such. Additionally, the number of out-patient first attendances does not represent the number of patients receiving out-patient care, as a patient may attend more than one first out-patient appointment in the year.
2. Finished admission episodes (FAE)
A FAE is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
3. Accident and Emergency (A and E)
People may also have received medical treatment in A and E, however HES does not have this data.
4. HES data quality
HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
5. Out-patient data quality
Out-patient HES data were collected for the first time in 2003-04. It is not mandatory to code procedures on outpatient records and therefore only around 2 per cent. of records have completed clinical codes. We have no reliable existing data source to validate this data against, as the Department’s aggregate returns data has never collected clinical codes, and therefore it is not clear how representative it is.
6. Appointment count
This provides a count of the number of planned/booked appointments for out-patients.
7. Ungrossed data
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (ie the data are ungrossed).
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES); Out-patients, The Information Centre for health and social care.

Culture, Media and Sport

Big Lottery Fund: Bexley

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many organisations in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford constituency and (b) the London borough of Bexley (i) applied for and (ii) received funds from each different funding programme from the Big Lottery Fund since its creation. [194659]

Mr. Sutcliffe: There have been 47 applications from applicants within the constituency of Bexleyheath and Crayford; of these, 17 received awards, 14 were rejected and 16 applications are currently in assessment.

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There have been 328 applications from applicants within the London borough of Bexley; of these, 70 received awards, 206 were rejected and 52 applications are currently in assessment.

The figures relate to the period following The Big Lottery Fund's inception (1 June 2004). The figures do not include Awards for All.

Culture: West Midlands

Mr. Vaizey: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport which (a) regional central government organisations, (b) local government organisations and (c) regional offices of non-departmental public bodies in the west midlands include cultural policy within their responsibilities. [193142]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 18 March 2008]: Those organisations in the west midlands which include cultural policy within their responsibilities are as follows:

(a) Regional central government organisation

(b) Local government organisations

We do not hold any information on local government organisations in the west midlands whose remit includes cultural policy.

(c) Regional office of a non-departmental public body (NDPB)

Advantage West Midlands (AWM) does not have a direct cultural remit as such, but it does have tourism responsibility, while culture makes a significant contribution to economic development and regeneration. AWM is a NDPB of the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.

In addition to these NDPBs, the following are active in the region:

Departmental Marketing

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much public funding has been spent on campaigns against (a) racism and (b) homophobia in sport since 1997. [194922]

Mr. Sutcliffe: DCMS channels its funding for sport though its non-departmental public bodies Sport England and UK Sport.

Sport England and UK Sport have not directly funded any campaigns designed to combat racism and homophobia.

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However, in the current financial year (2007-08) Sport England provided a grant of £317,066 to Sporting Equals, which champions race equality in sport, as well as funding the Football Foundation, the UK’s largest sports charity, which supports anti-racism campaigns in football like ‘Kick it Out’ and ‘Show Racism the Red Card’.

Both Sport England and UK Sport are working in partnership with SportScotland and the Sports Council for Northern Ireland to commission a research project into barriers to participation and the number of gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual participants in sport. A total of £25,000 has been invested by partners in the research and producing a guidance resource for governing bodies.

Departmental Official Cars

Mr. Kemp: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what make and model of car (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department selected as their official ministerial car; and what criteria were applied when making the decision in each case. [192441]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Jim Fitzpatrick) gave to him on 10 March 2008, Official Report, column 8W.

Departmental Official Hospitality

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was spent by his Department and its agencies on (a) alcohol and (b) entertaining in the last 12 month period for which information is available. [187784]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Expenditure on official hospitality is made in accordance with principles of government accounting and Treasury handbook on regularity and propriety, as well as the Department's internal guidance on hospitality.

The Department's expenditure on hospitality in the last 12 months (to January 2008) was £82,690.

Similar expenditure by the Department's agency, The Royal Parks, was £30,228. An analysis of expenditure by the categories requested can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Departmental Pay

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by Senior Civil Service staff in his Department and its agencies in the last 12 month period for which figures are available. [187535]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The reimbursable expenses claimed by senior civil service staff in the last 12 months to January 2008 are as follows:




The Royal Parks Agency


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The expenses were reimbursed in accordance with the civil service management code and the Department's guidance on travel and subsistence.

Departmental Property

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate he has made of the sums to be paid by his Department in unoccupied property rates in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09. [193768]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Department has estimated the amount paid in unoccupied property rates to be £27,936 in 2007-08.

The Department does not expect to pay any unoccupied property rates in 2008-09.

North West Cultural Consortium

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the membership of the North West Cultural Consortium is; and what criteria were used to determine the Consortium’s membership. [194454]

Margaret Hodge [holding answer 14 March 2008]: Culture Northwest is a company limited by guarantee and a non-departmental public body.

The directors are recruited through an open advertisement process—Nolan Principles are applied and there is an agreed specification for board members.

Individuals are also appointed as company members to represent key organisations such as regional cultural agencies. Company members may attend and vote at annual general meetings of the company. A list of current company members is as follows.

Culture Northwest also works with 100 formal stakeholders from across the cultural sector, representing a wide range of interests.

Board members:

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Company members:

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