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Mr. Bradshaw: The Department published its response to the consultation exercise Options for the future of Payment by Results on 24 January 2008. As well as including a summary of the responses received, it also sets out the Department's broad thinking on the way ahead for Payment by Results.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) net financial outturn, (b) gross surplus and (c) gross deficit of the NHS (i) including
foundation trusts and (ii) excluding foundation trusts was in each year since 1997-98. 
|Total NHS gross surplus||Total NHS gross (deficit)||Total NHS net (deficit)/surplus|
1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest million.
2. Figures may not sum exactly due to rounding.
3. Figures for foundation trusts are not included.
4. Audited figures for 2007-08 not yet available.
Audited Summarisation Schedules
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what objectives Fujitsu (a) met and (b) did not meet under the terms of its contract; and what effect the termination of the contract will have on the national programme as a whole. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Fujitsu Services Limited delivered some specific benefits, for example in the provision of picture archiving and communications systems, to the national health service, but failed to meet key contractual milestones in the core contract, and failed to provide an acceptable remediation plan.
The consequences for the national programme for IT as a whole from the Department's decision to issue a notice to terminate the contract are expected to be minimal but will become clearer in the period ahead.
Mr. Bradshaw: NHS Connecting for Health, representatives of the national health service locally, and Fujitsu were in negotiation since last summer to address areas of poor product and delivery volumes with the aim of resetting the contract to resolve these difficulties, and in order to address new NHS requirements which had developed since the contract was first let.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the national programme for IT benefits statement for 2006-07 and the report by the Comptroller and Auditor General, HC 484-I, Session 2007-08, whether the annualised recurrent saving of £119.1 million is a net figure inclusive of the cost of the NPfIT services that have taken the place of the cancelled services. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) Ministers and (b) officials from his Department plan to attend the Beijing Olympic Games; to what purpose in each case; and what estimate he has made of the cost. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to amend the regulatory regime affecting the work of expert witnesses involved in public consultations administered by his Department. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has no plans to amend the regulatory regime affecting the work of expert witnesses involved in public consultations. Public consultations undertaken by the Department and its agencies are compliant with the Cabinet Office code of practice on consultation. The code and underpinning criteria do not include any reference to the use of expert witnesses.
Following is a table containing the total number of finished consultant episodes where an operative procedure for sexual transformation has been performed in the NHS for the period 1997-98 to 2006-07.
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Dawn Primarolo: In the NHS, protocols for care pathways for the treatment of gender dysphoria are established locally and so vary. The general pattern would begin by the patients being referred by their general practitioners to a psychiatrist and/or psychologist for assessment.
Dawn Primarolo: Reducing smoking among young people is a priority for the Government. Much has already been achieved in this area, including raising the age of sale of tobacco products, legislation to strengthen sanctions available against retailers who persistently sell tobacco to children and young people and smoking is address in the national curriculum and through the Healthy Schools programme.
Protecting children and young people from smoking is one of four key aspects of the Department's Consultation on the future of tobacco control published on 31 May 2008. Responses to the consultation will inform the development of a new strategy on tobacco control, which will include action to continue to tackle the uptake of smoking by young people.
In addition, in 2008-09 we are investing £98 million to continue to support social work education and training. Of this, £62 million is for financial support to social work students undertaking the generic social work degree and this provides a full-time undergraduate student, studying outside London, with a non-repayable, non-means tested bursary of £4,575 and £28 million supports high quality practice placements.
A further £5.5 million supports social work education and training at pre and post qualifying levels, at a regional level, through the Social Work Partnership jointly managed by Skills for Care and Children's Workforce Development Council. The remaining £2.5 million will support the development of the newly qualified social worker status in adults' social care.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) diseases and (b) conditions have been treated using materials created by research on (i) embryonic stem cells and (ii) adult stem cells since December 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Research on adult stem cell therapies, such as bone marrow transplantation, has been undertaken for over half a century. The biological properties of these stem cells have been exploited over the past several decades to develop a number of highly successful treatments including bone marrow transplantsfor leukaemia and other haematopoietic conditions, corneal transplants, related donor cord blood transplants and skin grafting.
Human embryonic stem cells were first identified in 1996. Scientific opinion remains that research in these areas will revolutionise the treatment for such conditions in the 21(st) century but it is still too early to speak of cures.
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) commissioning and (b) funding the production of television programmes (i) in each of the last three years and (ii) in 2008-09 to date; what programmes these were; and which companies made them. 
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of arrests in (a) Chorley, (b) the North West and (c) England related to activity attributed to excessive alcohol consumption in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: The arrests collection held by the Ministry of Justice covers persons arrested for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only. Details of the circumstances of an arrest are not collected centrally.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) 10 to 13, (b) 14 to 15 and (c) 16 to 17 year olds were (i) cautioned, (ii) prosecuted and (iii) given a penalty notice for
purchasing alcohol under age in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 31 March 2008]: The number of young persons aged; 10 to 13, 14 to 15 and 16 to 17-year-olds who were issued with a reprimand/final warning, or proceeded against at magistrates courts, for the offence of purchasing alcohol while under the age of 18 years can be viewed in the following tables 1 and 2. From June 2000, cautions for offenders under 18-years-old were replaced by reprimands and final warnings.
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