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which contains details of TSE research supported by the major UK public funders: the Department for
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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Department of Health, the Food Standards Agency, the MRC and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

As a joint funder of the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) the Department has considered the studies set out in the list of scientific papers supplied to SEAC available at

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease were diagnosed in (a) humans and (b) animals in each of the last five years; and what the identified cause of infection was in each case. [211956]

Dawn Primarolo: Figures provided by the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit show the following number of patients received a diagnosis of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the last five years:

Number

2003

16

2004

8

2005

6

2006

6

2007

1

2008 (to 16 June)

1


In three cases, one in 2003 and two in 2006, the diagnosed patients are thought to have been infected by blood transfusions from donors who later went on to develop vCJD. In all other cases the presumed route of infection is thought to be dietary.

There are no cases of vCJD in animals.

Departmental Consultants

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) self-employed staff and (b) outside contractors were employed in his Department in each year since 2004; and how much was spent on each category in each of those years. [207649]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department employs temporary staff for a variety of reasons, including:

It does not separately identify numbers or costs of self employed staff and outside contractors.

On numbers, the quality and coverage of information held historically by the Department on temporary workers has been limited. We have therefore been working over the past year to improve our recording, in preparation for the launch of a new human resources and finance system this summer. We think that some of our historic numbers may slightly underestimate actual levels. Recent quarterly figures are shown as follows:


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Date Number

31 December 2006(1)

222

31 March 2007

179

30 June 2007

176

30 September 2007

165

31 December 2007

141

31 March 2008

152

(1) Figures are not available before December 2006.

On costs, financial year figures since April 2004 are shown as follows:

£000

2004-05

12,800

2005-06

6,000

2006-07

7,126

2007-08

9,742

Note:
The 2006-07 figure is based on a scaling up of expenditure in the first 11 months of the year. The 2007-08 figure is based on a detailed analysis of expenditure in March 2008 and assumes the same level of monthly expenditure was incurred throughout the year.

Departmental Information Officers

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press, information and news officers are employed (a) by his Department (i) centrally and (ii) in the regions and (b) by each primary care trust, (c) by each hospital and (d) by agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible. [210978]

Mr. Bradshaw: A return on the number and cost of press officers in the Department’s Media Centre is published at the end of each financial year. At the end of the financial year 2007-08 the number of press officers was 28.

The Department does not employ any information officers or press officers in the regions, primary care trusts (PCTs) or hospitals. Figures for numbers of information officers or press officers employed by regions, PCTs or hospitals are not collected centrally.

The Department has two Executive agencies. The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency does not employ press officers, and media services are supplied by the Department’s Media Centre. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has employed three press officers since it was set up in 2005-06.

Information on the breakdown of staffing and costs of non-departmental public bodies is not held centrally.

Departmental Manpower

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) permanent civil service posts, (b) permanent non-civil service posts and (c) temporary or agency workers in employment in his Department there were in each month since May 2005. [199537]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department employs permanent and temporary civil servants, and temporary non-civil servants. Temporary staff are employed for a variety of reasons, including:


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The Department does not report numbers of permanent and temporary civil servants monthly. Quarterly figures (full-time equivalent numbers) are shown as follows:

Date Permanent Temporary Total

2005

30 June

2,237

72

2,310

30 September

2,274

59

2,333

31 December

2,323

72

2,395

2006

31 March

2,321

66

2,387

30 June

2,225

54

2,279

30 September

2,260

47

2,307

31 December

2,256

45

2,301

2007

31 March

2,251

37

2,288

30 June

2,231

36

2,267

30 September

2,148

32

2,181

31 December

2,151

38

2,189

2008

31 March

2,161

42

2,203

Note: Some totals do not exactly match the sum of permanent and temporary due to rounding.

The quality and coverage of information held historically by the Department on temporary or agency workers has been limited. We have therefore been working over the past year to improve our recording, in preparation for the launch of a new human resources and finance system this summer. We think that some of our historic numbers may slightly underestimate actual levels. Recent quarterly figures are shown as follows:

Date Number

2006

31 December

222

2007

31 March

179

30 June

176

30 September

165

31 December

141

2008

31 March

152

Notes: Figures are not available before December 2006.

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many special advisers are employed in his Department; and what the aggregate employment cost of special advisers in his Department is on an annualised basis. [212677]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department currently employs two special advisers. Their aggregate annual salary cost is £125,256.


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Departmental Pay

Dan Rogerson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost of (a) salaries for permanent Civil Service posts, (b) salaries for permanent non-Civil Service posts and (c) payments to temporary or agency workers in his Department was in each month since May 2005. [199538]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department employs permanent and temporary civil servants, and temporary non-civil servants. Temporary staff are employed for a variety of reasons, including to cover short-term vacancies, such as the need for administrative support; to fill posts temporarily because they are likely to be relocated or because structural changes are being implemented; and to provide skills that the Department does not have but needs urgently and/or on a short-term basis.

Salaries for permanent and temporary civil servants for each month since May 2005 are shown in the following table:


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£000

2005

May

9,262

June

9,434

July

10,462

August

9,716

September

9,898

October

9,801

November

10,966

December

11,299

2006

January

8,678

February

10,351

March

10,488

April

8,524

May

8,494

June

8,413

July

9,843

August

8,734

September

8,647

October

8,387

November

8,444

December

9,733

2007

January

8,793

February

8,488

March

8,833

April

8,578

May

8,512

June

8,431

July

8,696

August

8,667

September

8,426

October

8,499

November

10,225

December

8,670

2008

January

8,784

February

8,581

March

8,623

Note: The information represents actual payments each month and includes basic pay, allowances, overtime and bonuses for all staff on the payroll. It includes people on secondment to other organisations but not those on secondment to the Department. It does not include employer's costs for national insurance and pensions. Amounts for permanent and temporary civil servants cannot be identified separately. Figures can on occasions vary significantly from month to month, often because of the timing of the implementation of pay awards and the payment of arrears.

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