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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much public funding the Meat Hygiene Service has received in each of the last three years; and how much funding it is proposed to receive in 2008-09. 
Dawn Primarolo: The actual net funding cost of the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), after charges to industry and Government customers, for the last three financial years together with the provision for 2008-09 (before any exceptional restructuring costs) is listed as follows:
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The increased MHS net operating cost in 2007-08 resulted from an MHS Transformation Programme that will implement service delivery changes for all MHS customers. This transformation is continuing into 2008-09 and will reduce future costs. During 2007-08, exceptional transformation costs of £10.8 million were incurred mainly relating to redundancy and redeployment costs. In addition to the projected net operating cost of £32 million in 2008-09, we expect further exceptional transformation costs of up to £8 million.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what private companies provided official veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS) in 2007-08; and what the cost to the MHS of the services of each such company was in that year. 
Paragon Veterinary Group
Skeldale Veterinary Centre
John Highet Ltd.
Lanes Vet Group
Midforest Veterinary Practice
Oaksford and Birch
Lawrence VMH Ltd.
G and P. J. Nute
Crescent Veterinary Clinic
Old Court Veterinary Practice
Hook Norton Veterinary Surgeon
The Avenue Veterinary Centre
Quarry Veterinary Service
Mount Services Wellington Ltd.
Acorn Vets Ltd.
Paws Veterinary Health Centre
F C I: Food Consultancy and Inspection
Bodrwnsiwn Veterinary Group
Bellevue Veterinary Group
The Crofts Veterinary Centre
Patrick A. Boyd
Southern Isles Veterinary Practice
Armac Veterinary Group
Onevet and Co.
Carrick Veterinary Centre
Hygiene Audit Ltd.
Malcolm J. Wheeler
McTaggart Veterinary Group
Miller and Swann Veterinary Surgeons
Deveron Veterinary Surgeons
Hector A. Low
S. A. Goodall
Eville and Jones Ltd.
Lerwick Veterinary Practice
Clyde Veterinary Group
County Veterinary Group
Fenton Veterinary Centre
Harbit and Ryder
Carmarthen Veterinary Centre Ltd.
Willows Veterinary Group
The Corporation of London
Perriferell Veterinary Services
Raoul Dowding Veterinary Surgeons
Scotvet OVS Services
ARO Co. Ltd.
Gordon Laboratory Group Ltd.
Hallmark Meat Hygiene Ltd.
Grants Veterinary Services Ltd.
The MHS is unable to disclose the cost of individual contracts because that information is commercially sensitive. The total cost to the MHS of contracting private companies to provide official veterinary services in 2007-08 was £20.9 million.
Data records held by the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (NHAIS) are updated electronically on each occasion whenever a business event occurs that requires data to be updated. Nationally, approximately 60,000 patient demographic
changes including new registrations, amendments and deductions are made on the NHAIS patient database each working day. Examples include when a patient advises his or her general practitioner practice of a change of home address or change of name following marriage or divorce; or when the NHS Central Register advises NHAIS of the death of a patient following the death being formally recorded by a registrar of births, marriages and deaths.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) surveys and (b) consultations used contact details from the National Health Application Infrastructure Service (Exeter) in (i) 2003-04, (ii) 2004-05, (iii) 2005-06, (iv) 2006-07 and (v) 2007-08. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Available information relates only to surveys that have been commissioned directly by the Department. Information is not held centrally about surveys or consultations by primary care trusts (PCTs) or national health service shared services agencies using locally held data.
the national PCT survey (2003-04 to 2007-08 inclusive);
the national patient experience survey (2006-07 and 2007-08);
the general practitioner patient survey (2006-07 and 2007-08);
Yorkshire and Humber adult dental survey (2007-08); and
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