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Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met representatives of the Catholic Church to discuss the content of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. [197451]

Dawn Primarolo: My right hon. Friend the former Secretary of State (Patricia Hewitt) met Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor on 21 June 2006 to discuss a range of issues including the Government's review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. Written correspondence relating to the provisions of the Bill has also taken place. In addition, organisations such as the Guild of Catholic Doctors and the National Board of Catholic Women submitted evidence on the review of the existing law and the Government's legislative proposals to the Department's 2005 public consultation and to the joint Pre-Legislative Scrutiny Committee.


Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of malaria there have been in each of the last five financial years for which figures are available, broken down by region. [195745]

Dawn Primarolo: The number of cases of malaria by region are shown in the following table, with data from 2002 to 2006. Data for 2007 are not yet published.

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2002 2003 2004 2005 2006







North west












West Midlands






East Midlands






East Anglia






South east






South west






Channel Islands












England total






Data are not collated in the format requested. However, they are presented by calendar year.
Malaria Reference Laboratory, Health Protection Agency, 19 March 2008.

Medical Records: Data Protection

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he plans to give to patients on the (a) procedures relating to and (b) format of data relating to them in the limited data sets of the secondary users service; and if he will make a statement. [195842]

Mr. Bradshaw: The NHS Care Record Guarantee identifies some of the uses to which limited, commissioning, data sets may be put. The formats of the data are accessible on the NHS Connecting for Health website at:

Mental Health Act 2007

James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 March 2008, Official Report, column 748W, on the Mental Health Act 2007, when the code of practice will be finalised; when the secondary legislation will be laid before Parliament; and what the timetable is for (a) the introduction and (b) the implementation of the programme by the Care Services Improvement Partnership. [197010]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We intend that the majority of changes to the Mental Health Act 1983 (the 1983 Act) made by the Mental Health Act 2007 will be brought into force in October this year. Shortly after the Easter recess we intend to make secondary legislation needed in connection with those changes and to lay before Parliament a revised code of practice for the 1983 Act. The Care Services Improvement Partnership is already working with commissioners, providers, and practitioners to prepare them for the implementation of the changes.

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Mental Health Services

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps will be taken to safeguard the provision of mental health advocacy services not linked to the operation of the Mental Health Act or Mental Capacity Act. [189262]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: “Putting People First: a shared vision and commitment to the transformation of Adult Social Care” sets out, for the first time, the vision, ambitions and components of the future system in one place. In particular, it recognises the need to empower citizens to shape their own lives, the support they receive, and the role that access to universal information and advocacy will play in making this a reality.

The Social Care Reform Grant provides three years of ring-fenced funding to support councils to undertake the necessary reforms to deliver this transformation. Councils will be expected to have made significant steps towards redesigning and reshaping their adult social care services (in the light of their Joint Strategic Needs Assessments), to have the core components of a personalised system in place by 2011.

One of the core components of a transformed adult social care system is a universal, joined-up information and advice available for all individuals and carers, including those who self-assess and fund. The grant determination is clear that links to advocacy and support services will need to be considered where individuals do not have a carer or in circumstances where they require support to articulate their needs and/or utilise the personal budget.

Mental Health Services: Sexual Offences

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual assaults have taken place in NHS mental health accommodation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [178667]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department does not collect information on sexual assaults centrally.

We take the issue of safety very seriously. We have made £130 million capital available over the past three years for improvements to the environment in psychiatric intensive care units and adult acute mental health wards. This includes £30 million for acute wards, particularly for women service users. On 5 February, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State made a renewed commitment in the House to eradicate mixed-sex accommodation in mental health care.

The environment plays one part in ensuring safety; equally important are policies, procedures and training. We will be publishing guidance for mental health trusts on sexual safety later this year, as part of the revised management of violence guidance.

We are also improving advocacy services to make sure that service users can more easily bring up issues relating to their personal safety.

NHS: Finance

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department agreed planned levels of NHS spending from 2008-09 to 2010-11 with HM Treasury. [196817]

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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department agreed planned levels of national health service spending from 2008-09 to 2010-11 with HM Treasury on 9 October 2007 on receipt of the 2007 comprehensive spending review settlement letter.


Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of Choose and Book (a) Phase 1 release 1, (b) Phase 1 release 2 and (c) Phase 2 release 1 deliveries have been made for the (i) NHS IT National Data Spine and (ii) local services in (A) the North Eastern cluster, (B) London, (C) Eastern and East Midlands, (D) North West and West Midlands and (E) Southern. [195853]

Mr. Bradshaw: Choose and book is a national service and Release 1.0 was originally delivered on 2 July 2004.

This was against the version of the Spine that was then known as Phase 1 Release 1 (P1R1).

Since this time, there have been a number of functional and patch releases, all to the National Choose and Book Service and all compliant with the National Spine and Patient Demographics Service. The most recent of these was a Release 3.6.3 delivered on 26 January 2008 and this is the current live version for all users, nationally.

The next release, 4.0, is a major release due in April 2008 and this will deliver exciting new functionality such as free choice of secondary-care provided services and the ability for service providers to describe their services using SNOMED clinical terminology.

The clusters A to E have now been superseded by 10 regional strategic health authorities. The original plan was for local service providers in each of these areas to make local General Practitioner and Hospital Patient Administration Systems (PAS) available to integrate with choose and book and the National Spine. The deliveries from each of these are ongoing but all acute trusts in England have services published on choose and book, over 140 of which do so using a compliant PAS system. These are provided in the main by existing systems suppliers that have aligned their systems with the choose and book application and that local acute trusts have chosen to retain.

NHS: Performing Arts

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was paid by the NHS to the Performing Right Society for small premises licence tariffs in each of the last five years for which data are available. [197570]

(2) how many NHS premises held Performing Right Society small premises licences in each of the last five years for which data are available. [197580]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not held centrally.

Nurses: Schools

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) school nurses and (b) whole time equivalent school nurses have been employed in each of the last five years. [186740]

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Ann Keen: The annual national health service workforce census collected accurate information on the number of school nurses employed by the NHS in England for the first time in 2004. The number of school nurses from 2004-06 is shown in the following table.

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The 2006 census showed there were 2,968 qualified nurses in the school nursing area of work, an increase of 559 or 23.2 per cent. since 2004. Of these there were 1,129 school nurses with a post registration school nurse qualification. This is an increase of 273 or 31.89 per cent. since 2004.

School nurse numbers, England
2004 2005 2006( 1) Increase 2004-06 Percentage increase since 2004

School nursing service nurses






Of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification






Full-time equivalent

School nursing service nurses






Of which:

Nurses with a post registration school nursing qualification






(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 work force 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. Source: Information Centre for health and social care, Non-Medical Workforce Census, general and personal medical services statistics.

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