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The Government are committed to improving the economic performance of all English regions and reducing the gap in economic growth rates between English regions. The 2007 comprehensive spending review confirmed this commitment in the regional economic performance public service agreement (PSA). The delivery plan for the public service agreement, published in October 2007 and available on the HM Treasury website, sets out how contributing Departments and partner organisations will achieve the target.
The Department has made no assessment of the effectiveness of the current regional ambulance emergency operation centres. However, in order to help inform trusts' decisions on control rooms, the Department commissioned a report on operating models for NHS ambulance trust control rooms in England to help assess the likely requirements of control rooms and supporting technology requirements, given that trusts would need to respond to higher levels of activity following reconfiguration of services which commenced in July 2006. Copies of this publication have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to page 148 of his Department's annual report 2008, if he will provide a breakdown of strategic health authority (SHA) running costs by SHA; and what percentage of these costs would be classed as (a) administration and (b) frontline service delivery. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The running costs of each strategic health authority (SHA) in 2008-09 are shown in the following table, the allocations do not make a distinction between administration and frontline service delivery.
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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to page 148 of his Department's annual report 2008, for what reasons EEA medical costs are expected to rise by £100 million from 2007-08 to 2008-09; 
the number of United Kingdom citizens who are retired, working or travelling in other EEA countries;
the growth of health expenditure in other member states; and
the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
Most of the EEA medical cost claims are paid in the euro currency. The recent strength of the euro has led to an upward revaluation of budget forecasts. The final outturn for EEA medical costs for 2007-08 will be published in the Public Expenditure Outturn White Paper in July 2008.
Mr. Bradshaw: Around 3 per cent. of staff have received vocational training through corporate channels over the last three years. However, records of other vocational trainingprovided at a local level within the Departmentare not held centrally and would incur disproportionate cost to survey.
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