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Public Order Offences: Airports

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received from airport operators on threats to public order arising from overcrowding or delays in processing passengers. [193122]

Mr. Byrne: The UK Border Agency regularly engage with all airport operators throughout the country to ensure that arriving flights are managed effectively, that passengers are processed efficiently.

Specific approaches in relation to overcrowding have been made by BAA Glasgow and the airport operators at Stansted.

Work Permits

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people granted entry into the United Kingdom on a working holiday visa have (a) lost their immigration status and (b) had to
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return to their country of origin in order to reapply for entry into the UK since the introduction of the points-based system. [205451]

Mr. Byrne: The working holidaymaker scheme (WHS) will be abolished later this year when the new Youth Mobility Scheme under the Points-Based System (PBS) is launched. All those who have valid working holiday visas granted before the abolition of the scheme will not lose their working holidaymaker status, and will be able to complete their working holiday.

Working holidaymakers will remain able to switch in country into the Innovator or Businesspersons categories until those categories are closed down at the end of the summer, and those eligible under the current immigration rules to switch into employment in shortage occupations will be able to do so until the work permits provisions are closed down in the autumn. Since under the PBS it will not be possible to switch from Tier 5: youth mobility into Tier 1: highly skilled migrants, we announced, in anticipation of that, there would be no switching from the WHS into Tier 1 in our Statement of Intent, published on 5 December 2007. Working holidaymakers who wish to work in the UK as highly skilled migrants therefore need to return to their home country to apply for the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) before it is closes at the end of the summer, or for Tier 1 (General) once HSMP has been closed. There are no figures available for how many working holidaymaker have returned home to apply for HSMP entry clearances.

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were granted working holiday visas in each of the last five years. [205452]

Mr. Byrne: The total number of working holidaymaker visas issued globally in each of the last five years for which visa statistics have been published are as follows:

Number

2001-02

46,078

2002-03

49,365

2003-04

59,822

2004-05

69,504

2005-06

52,600

Source: Annual Entry Clearance Statistics, UKBA Visa Services website.

Health

Abortion

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many abortions at 24 weeks gestation and later there were in England in 2007; [204476]

(2) how many (a) second, (b) third, (c) fourth and (d) fifth abortions were carried out in England and Wales in 2007. [205101]

Dawn Primarolo: The annual 2007 Abortion Statistics will be published by the Department of Health in June 2008.


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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2008, Official Report, column 442W, on abortion, what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a copy of his Department’s file CPO 2/29 David Amess’s Abortion (Amendment) Bill; how many parts the file consists of; and if he will make a statement. [205000]

Dawn Primarolo: The answer of 30 April 2008 was based on the cost of providing both sets of requested files. The cost of providing a copy of file CPO 2/29 does not incur disproportionate cost. Copies of the file have now been placed in the Library. The file consists of one volume only and the majority of the contents have been withheld. The individual reasons for this are stated within the copy of the file.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will undertake research into the effects of abortion on the mental health of women; and if he will make a statement. [206127]

Dawn Primarolo: Officials from the Department are working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to discuss what further work might be undertaken in the light of their draft position statement.

Ambulance Services

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new ambulances were purchased by the NHS in each of the last five years. [206344]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not held centrally. The purchasing of ambulances is a matter for national health service ambulance trusts to manage in order to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand.

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how each ambulance service performed against targets for (a) category A eight-minute response, (b) category A 19-minute response and (c) category B 19 minute response in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. [206562]

Mr. Bradshaw: The ambulance response time data that is collected, and which includes performance against targets for category A eight-minute and 19- minute responses, and category B 19-minute responses is published annually in the KA34 statistical bulletin. Ambulance response time data for 2007-08 is planned for publication by the Information Centre for health and social care in June 2008.

The latest KA34 statistical bulletin, “Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07” was published in June 2007 and copies are available in the Library and on the Information Centre for health and social care’s website at:

Blood: Medical Treatments

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on a national cord blood donation programme. [206185]


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Dawn Primarolo: The Department is conducting a review, including a dialogue with stakeholders, to examine current United Kingdom practice on the collection and use of umbilical cord blood and to compare this practice with other countries. This analysis will be used to inform future policy on cord blood.

Cancer: East of England

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mortality rate for head and neck cancers was in (a) the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Norwich (b) Ipswich Hospital, (c) Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, (d) Colchester Hospital and (e) Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge in each of the last three years. [205401]

Phil Hope: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 19 May 2008:

Cancer: Medical Treatments

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on research and development of anti-cancer surgical procedures in each of the last five years. [206049]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 16 May 2008]: The available information is shown in the following table.

Departmental expenditure on cancer surgery research
£ million

2002-03

3

2003-04

3

2004-05

2.9

2005-06

2.9

2006-07

3.6


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Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department’s total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time, including a substantial number concerned with surgical treatment of cancer, are available on the archived national research register at:

The departmental expenditure figures shown in the table relate only to national research programmes.

The Medical Research Council (MRC), one of the main agencies through which the United Kingdom Government support medical and clinical research, are currently funding a broad portfolio of cancer research that includes early stage trials and basic and underpinning research. Most of the MRC-funded cancer trials relate to combination therapies, although the MRC does support a small number of trials where surgery is a critical element of the intervention.

Departmental Equality

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008. [204717]

Mr. Bradshaw: The latest published statistics against overall civil service targets were at October 2007, and are available on the civil service website at:

The final measurement against the targets will be published in autumn 2008.

At April 2008 the Department met three of the four civil service diversity targets:

Percentage
Target Civil service Department of Health( 1)

Women in the senior civil service (SCS)

37.0

40.6

Women in top management posts (SCS2 and above)

30.0

26.9

Ethnic minority staff in the SCS

4.0

8.5

Disabled staff in the SCS

3.2

4.7

(1) Including its agencies

Departmental Freedom of Information

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many freedom of information requests made to his Department were (a) answered (i) within 20 days, (ii) within 40 days, (iii) within 60 days, (iv) after 60 days, (b) not answered and (c) answered citing an exemption in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a reason not to provide the requested information in each year since the Act came into force. [201724]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires public bodies to respond to written requests within 20 working days of receipt, but allows additional time for the consideration of the public interest in disclosing the requested information.


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The Act came into force on 1 January 2005. The following table sets out, for 2005 and 2006, figures for the Department drawn from the statistical reports listed. The figures shown for 2007 are drawn from statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) for each quarter in 2007.

Resolvable Requests( 1)
Responses provided
Within 20 days Percentage “in time” Exemption applied

2005

813

71

223

2006

1,154

89

249

2007

1,113

91

258

(1 )Resolvable requests are all those where it would have been possible to provide a substantive response. They exclude requests which are lapsed or “on-hold”, where the information was not held, and where it was necessary to provide advice and assistance to the requester, since in each of these cases it would not have been possible to resolve the request in the form it was asked.

The MOJ publishes quarterly and annual reports containing statistical information on freedom of information requests received by monitored bodies (including central Government Departments) in 2005 (“Freedom of Information Annual Report 2005: Operation of the FOI Act in Central Government”) and 2006 (“Freedom of Information Act 2000: Second Annual report on the operation of the FOI Act in Central Government 2006”). These reports are available in the Library and can be found at:

The 2007 annual report is currently being drafted for publication in June 2008. However, statistics on requests received in each quarter of 2007 have been published and can be found via the MOJ website at:


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