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The report Dental Treatment Band Analysis, England and Wales, 2007-08 provides equivalent information for the whole of 2007-08, and is due to be published by the Information Centre for health and social care in August 2008.
Ann Keen: The number of people registered with a national health service dentist, for adults and children and in total, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex A of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006. Information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT).
Under the new contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, patients do not have to be registered with an NHS dentist to receive NHS care. The closest equivalent measure to registration is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services (patients seen) over a 24-month period. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.
The number of patients seen by an NHS dentist for the specified period, in England, is available in Table C1 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 report. Information is available for the 24-month periods ending 31 March 2006 and 31 March 2007. The information is provided by SHA and by PCT.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of hospital admissions related to (a) dentistry and (b) dental problems in each of the last 10 years. 
Ann Keen: The number of hospital admissions where a dental consultant was responsible for the patient is set out in the following table. It is not possible categorise the data by 'dental problems' as requested.
|Hospital admissions where a dental( 1) consultant was responsible for the patientnational health service hospitals England and activity performed in the independent sector in England commissioned by English NHS , t otal admissions 1997-98 to 2006-07|
|(1) The main specialties used to define 'dental consultants' in the data above are oral surgery, restorative dentistry, paediatric dentistry, orthodontics and oral and maxillo facial surgery. Notes: 1. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed). 2. Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected in the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time. 3. Data Quality Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. 4. Finished admission episodes (FAEs) A FAE is the first period of in-patient care under not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year. 5. Consultant main specialty This defines the specialty under which the consultant responsible is contracted. Care is needed when analysing HES data by specialty, or by groups of specialties (such as acute). Trusts have different ways of managing specialties and attributing codes so it is better to analyse by specific diagnoses, operations or other recorded information. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.|
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average distance a person has to travel to see an NHS dentist in (a) Cornwall, (b) each constituency in Cornwall, (c) the South West and (d) England; and what estimate he has made of that distance in each year since 1979. 
Ann Keen: The requested information is not available. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission local dental services to meet local needs. PCTs are expected to develop robust commission plans. These will include consideration of access to local dental services at the time and place that people want.
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dentists there were who accepted new patients in (a) Cornwall, (b) each parliamentary constituency in Cornwall, (c) the South West and (d) England in each year since 1979. 
Ann Keen: The number of dentists on open national health service contracts in England as at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 are available in Table E1 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07 report. This information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This information is based on the new contractual arrangements which were introduced on 1 April 2006. The information is shown by type of contract held. Dentists are employed on three types of contract: general dental services (GDS), personal dental services (PDS) and trust led dental services (TDS). Dentists can hold more than one contract and more than one type of contract at the same time. Those on TDS contracts are employed directly by the NHS.
The number of NHS dentists, in England, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 is available in Annex E of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006 report. The information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements that were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. This information covered GDS and PDS dentists only.
The methodology for counting and reporting the NHS dental work force is currently under review. The review, led by analysts at the Information Centre for health and social care and the Statistical Directorate of the Welsh Assembly Government, working in liaison
with the Dental Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority, aims to ensure that following the first year of the new dental contractual arrangements, the figures provide an appropriate measure of the work force.
The work force data provided in the 2006-07 report will therefore remain the latest available until this review is complete. The review is currently at consultation stage which is due to end on 11 July 2008.
The Information Centre is also due to publish the report Dental Working Hours 2006-07 and 2007-08 in August 2008. This Report should contain some analysis of the full-time equivalent work force and NHS commitment at SHA level.
However, increasing the number of patients seen within NHS dental services is now a formal priority in the Operating Framework. For The NHS in England 2008-09 and we have supported this with a very substantial 11 per cent. uplift in overall allocations to PCTs from 1 April 2008. Copies of the publication are available in the Library.
Ann Keen: The number of national health service dentists in England at 31 March, 1997 to 2006, is available in Annex E and Annex G of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006. Annex E provides information by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Annex G provides information by constituency. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. The report, published on 23 August 2006, is available in the Library and at:
The number of dentists with open NHS contracts in England at 30 June 2006, 30 September 2006, 31 December 2006, and 31 March 2007 is available in Table El of Annex 3 of the report NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07. This information is provided by SHA and by PCT. Data are not available by constituency. This information is based on the new contractual
arrangements that were introduced on 1 April 2006. This report, published on 23 August 2007, is available in the Library and at:
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many units of dental activity were claimed by dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) England in each quarter since the introduction of the new dental contract. 
Ann Keen: Units of dental activity (UDAs) delivered are reported by dentists to the Dental Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority. Information on the number of UDAs delivered is available in the following reports for England, and by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Hemel Hempstead is in West Hertfordshire PCT. This information could be provided by constituency only at disproportionate cost.
Information for the first and second quarter of 2007-08 is available in Tables B1 and B2 of Annex 4 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3, 31 December 2007 report. This report, published on 5 June 2008, is available in the Library and is also available at:
Activity is now measured as the number of courses of treatment (UDAs are allocated to a course of treatment) which end within any given quarter of the year. Previously, it had been measured as the number of activity report forms processed by the Dental Services Division of the NHS Business Services Authority within that quarter, of which some forms may have related to courses of treatment carried out in earlier quarters.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) rate and (b) cost was of employer contributions for each public sector pension scheme for
which his Department has responsibility in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information from 1990-91 to 2006-07, the latest year that pension scheme accounts are available, is shown in the following table. Increases in contributions in 2000-01 and 2001-02 reflect the phased increase in employers contributions following the 1994 valuation of the scheme, which was published in October 1998. The figures from 2003-04 include changes in relation to the retail prices indexation for existing pensioners for which funding was devolved from HM Treasury to the Department in 2003-04, and which was fully devolved to scheme employers from 2004-05. It has been agreed as part of the review of the NHS Pension Scheme that there will be a cap on employers contributions in relation to increases in costs relating from improvements in the value of the scheme to members of 14.2 per cent. from 2012, when the 2008 valuation is expected to be implemented, and of 14 per cent. from 2016.
|Contribution rate (percentage)||Employer contributions (£000)|
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