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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has set a target of 6 per cent. for the employment of people with disabilities in the senior civil service by 31 December 2008. The Department has not yet set targets for other grades.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment he has made of the position of other EU member states in the Council of Ministers on the reservations expressed by the UK on the operation of the European Working Time Directive; 
(2) with reference to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on the NHS: working hours, what discussions he has had with other EU member states on the definitions of (a) on-call time, (b) workplace and (c) inactive part of on-call time; and if he will make a statement. 
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many accidents in the home that required medical attention there were in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) type of accident, (b) resulting injury and (c) trust. 
The following table shows data from the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System on the number of people attending accident and emergency (A and E) departments due to injuries from non-fatal home accidents in 2002more recent data are not available centrally. Data are not collected centrally on injuries treated outside hospital (for example, by general
practitioners). The figures are estimates for the United Kingdom, based on a sample of hospitals, and a break down by trust is not available. More detail is available in the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System annual reports which are available at:
|UK estimates of number of A and E attendances for non-fatal home accident injuries, by type of accident and by type of injury, 2002 (national estimates and 95 per cent. confidence limits)|
|National estimate||Lower limit (95 per cent.)||Upper limit (95 per cent.)|
|(1) Figures for type of injury may include some double counting due to people with multiple injuries.|
Figures are estimates based on a sample of 18 hospitals across the UK.
Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance System Annual Report for 2002
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes there were where the admission was via accident and emergency for a drugs misuse related diagnosis, broken down by NHS trust in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 April 2008, Official Report, column 2383W, on drug treatment, how many hospital admissions in the last five years were related to illegal drug use, broken down by type of drug. 
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the relative (a) efficiency and (b) effectiveness of (i) Suboxone and (ii) methadone in treating drug addiction; whether such drugs will be made more widely available on the NHS; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Both Suboxone and methadone are available on the national health service. The decision to use either drug is a clinical one, taken following consultation with the patient about their clinical needs and priorities.
In January 2007 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published the Technology Appraisal, Methadone and buprenorphine for managing opioid dependence, which recommended the use of both methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid dependence. Such treatments must be funded and provided within the NHS in line with NICE recommendations. However, this appraisal did not consider Suboxone, a newer product which combines buprenorphine and naloxone.
However, advice on prescribing of Suboxone is included within the joint Department and National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse publication, Drug Misuse and Dependence: UK Guidelines on Clinical Management, published in September 2007, copies of which have been placed in the Library and are also available on the Department's website online at:
As with all new medicines, Suboxone's exact place in treatment is still being established, although the Department's clarification of August 2007 that Suboxone can be dispensed using existing instalment dispensing arrangements, may have removed a possible barrier to the availability of Suboxone.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated for (a) specialist facilities and (b) development of best practice standards for local authorities and carer professionals in each of the next three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has provided an adults social care work force contribution to local authorities (LAs) area based grants. This funding is £139,000,000 in 2008-09 with provisional allocations of £143,000,000 in 2009-10 and £147,000.000 in 2010-11.
This funding is not ring fenced so LAs may use it as they see fit to support the delivery of local, regional and national priorities in their areas. This contribution is designed, as in previous years, to support work force training and development in the adults' work force statutory, private and voluntary sectors.
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