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Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many receptions he has hosted and funded in his capacity as Secretary of State in the last 12 months; which individuals and organisations (a) were invited to and (b) attended each reception; and what the cost was of each reception. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department will publish in due course an annual list providing information relating to official receptions hosted by Ministers in the Department during the course of the 2007-08 financial year.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many respondents took part in each consultation held by his Department in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The number of responses to consultations conducted by the Department is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The number of responses to consultations varies greatly. For example, there were 34 responses to the consultation on Implementation of European Directive 2005/36/EC, for Health and Social Care professions in the United Kingdom'. There were more than 41,000 responses to the Your Health, Your care, Your say initiative.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of working days lost by his Department's staff was attributed to stress-related conditions in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not record working days lost that can be attributed to stress-related conditions. For the year ended 31 December 2007, the percentage of working days lost covered by the broader absence reason Mental Health - including depression, anxiety and potential stress related problems' was 16.5 per cent.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many Foundation Year 1 and Year 2 training places are available for (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10; how many junior doctors have applied for those places; and how many of those are (i) UK residents, (ii) European Economic Area residents and (iii) non-European Economic Area residents; 
(2) how many (a) applications and (b) places there are for junior doctors in Foundation Year 1 in 2008-09, broken down by specialty; 
(3) whether all the 2008 Foundation Year candidates for (a) genito-urinary medicine and (b) sexually transmitted infection posts will be offered posts. 
Ann Keen: The Foundation Programme is a two-year generic training programme for junior doctors consisting of foundation year 1 and foundation year 2. The programme comprises the training stage between medical school and specialist/general practice training. There are no specific specialist foundation programmes.
For the 2008 national recruitment round, foundation year 1 posts were advertised as part of the two-year Foundation Programme. Successful applicants to the two-year Foundation Programme automatically move from foundation year 1 to foundation year 2 on achieving the required competencies.
Stand-alone foundation year 2 posts are advertised and filled locally. Information on these posts is not collected centrally.
Analysis of the latest figures for the 2008-09 national recruitment from the UK Foundation Programme Office, which runs the national recruitment to foundation programmes, indicates that there were 7,159 eligible applicants and 7,248 foundation programmes in the United Kingdom.
Recruitment to 2009 foundation programmes has not begun. Data are not yet available on the number of programmes or applicants. Current planning indicates that there should be sufficient Foundation Programme 1 places to match the output from medical schools in England, plus around 5 per cent. of additional places.
Information is not collected on the residency status of applicants to the Foundation Programme.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Foundation Year 1 training places there will be in each of the next 10 years; and what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors who will apply for such places in each of the next 10 years. 
The number of foundation year 1 training places each year depends upon the need for trained doctors in the national health service. Planning assumes that all those successfully completing medical school in England will apply for a place on the Foundation Programme. Current planning should provide sufficient
foundation year 1 places to match the output from medical schools in England, plus around 5 per cent. of additional places.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for doctors in 2008-09 will be (a) temporary and (b) fixed term. 
Ann Keen: Figures for the number of temporary training places in 2008-09 are not held centrally.
So far, 886 out of 8,975 posts advertised this year are fixed term specialty training appointments.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many training places for doctors in 2009-10 will be reserved for candidates not appointed in 2008-09. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether junior doctors salaries will be banded in 2008-09 and 2009-10. 
Ann Keen: The banding multipliers are reviewed annually by the Doctors and Dentists Review Body (DDRB). For 2008-09, the DDRB's recommendations were to maintain banding multipliers at current rates for another year. This was accepted by Government.
For 2009-10 pay round, the DDRB will consider the evidence put forward by Government, unions and NHS Employers and then make recommendations to Government.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people received treatment for heroin abuse in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1979. 
Dawn Primarolo: Only part of the data requested are available. The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse publish information from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) on the numbers of people in structured drug treatment.
As shown in the following table NDTMS figures for the numbers of people in structured drug treatment for heroin misuse, in each drug action team partnership area and by region were only published for one year, 2003-04 and since 2004-05 data are only been published at a national level. Data for 2007-08 will be published this summer.
|n/a = Not available.|
Prior to 2003-04 the numbers of clients receiving drug treatment were based on estimates.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions he has visited Essex in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Bradshaw: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has visited Essex on three occasions in the last 12 months.
Ministers in this Department have visited Essex on six occasions in the last 12 months (this includes the Secretary of State).
All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code. Copies of the Ministerial Code are available in the Library.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the datasets on road distance to a GP surgery, for lower layer super output areas, provided by the National Health Service Information Authority to assist the compilation of the index of deprivation for (a) 2004 and (b) 2007. 
Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister for Local Government (John Healey) on 29 April 2008, Official Report, column 313W.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which products have been assessed by the Rapid Review Panel since 2003; and which level of recommendation each one received. 
Ann Keen: The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) does not conduct evaluations of products but does review information and evidence provided in order to make recommendations to the Department.
The RRP has undertaken 207 assessments since its first meeting and a full list of the products reviewed is available on the HPA website at:
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total NHS spend on medical supplies and equipment has been in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not collect information on medical supplies and equipment spend centrally. A decision on the procurement of medical supplies and equipment is made at a local level.
Information on spend for clinical supplies and services which includes revenue spend on medical and surgical instruments but not capital spend is outlined in the following table.
|Total clinical supplies and services|
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the minutes of the 15 October 2007 meeting of the National Child Health Immunisation Board. 
Dawn Primarolo: The minutes of 15 October 2007, National Child Health Immunisation Board have been placed in the Library.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what payments the NHS Information Centre made to Grayling Political Strategy in each of the last five years; and on what dates and for what purpose the payment was made in each case. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is not held centrallydetails of individual sub-contractual payments are held by the Information Centre for health and social care.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what products and treatments, used for infection control or cleaning purposes in NHS facilities, have been reviewed by the Rapid Review Panel since December 2005. 
Ann Keen: Since December 2005 five products have demonstrated sufficient basic research and development, validation and recent in-use evaluations to enable the Rapid Review Panel (RRP) to make a recommendation to the Department that the product should be made available to national health service bodies. This is a recommendation one.
Where appropriate products have been made available to the NHS by the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) via the NHS Supply Chain and are contained in their product supply catalogue.
The Department does not have full information on the use of the products reviewed by the RRP as infection control products do not have to be purchased through NHS Supply Chain. NHS trusts are free to choose which products to purchase and will maintain their own records.
NHS PASA does not recommend particular products.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the findings of the evaluation of room cleaning for MRSA using vaporised hydrogen peroxide decontamination technology along with wet disinfection; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The Department's project on the importance of environmental contamination, including on assessment of gaseous fumigation, including vaporisation products, has been extended and is now due to be complete by the end of August 2008.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received to its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each submission was received; and on which date the Rapid Review Panel reported its results for each submission in the last year for which information is available. 
Ann Keen: The Rapid Review Panel (RRP) has reviewed 37 products in three meetings since May 2007.
The Department does not hold the data on when each product was received however, the deadline for application receipt is usually three weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date. The RRP has a limit on the number of products it can review during one meeting and so the number of reviews is capped, applications are reviewed on a first-come first-served basis. Late submissions are placed on the agenda for the next available meeting.
The RRP met on 19 June 2007, 25 September 2007 and 6 December 2007 and reports were released to the public on 10 July 2007, 25 October and 8 January 2008.
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