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Post Offices: Non-domestic Rates

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the Answer of 2 June 2008, Offi cial Report, column 546W, on post offices: non-domestic rates, how many post offices were on the 1995 ratings list in 1997 or the closest period to that year for which figures are available. [212683]


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John Healey: The number of properties with a description of ‘post office and premises’ appearing in the rating lists for England as at 31 March 1997 was 4,742. This does not include post office facilities in premises primarily used for other purposes, such as shops, and many post offices appear in the rating lists as ‘shop and premises’, without any identifier to show they are also post offices.

Public Telephones

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many stand-alone telephone boxes were on the Ratings List in England and Wales in the most recent period for which figures are available. [212731]

John Healey: The number of separate assessments of stand-alone telephone boxes appearing in the local rating lists for England as at 27 May 2008 was 1,248. This figure is the number of assessments rather than individual boxes and some assessments will be in respect of clusters of telephone boxes. British Telecom and Kingston Communications (Hull) Ltd. telephone boxes are not separately assessed from their networks.

Strip Clubs: Licensing

Lynda Waltho: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps she is taking to tackle the concerns of local authorities that their licensing powers for lap-dancing clubs have been restricted by the Licensing Act 2003. [212216]

Mr. Coaker: I have been asked to reply.

The Government are consulting with local authorities on any concerns they have which they feel cannot be addressed by existing controls, including the Licensing Act 2003 and whether we need to do more to protect local communities. We do recognise that people do not necessarily want lap-dancing establishments in their neighbourhoods and we want to ensure local authorities have the powers to reflect the views of local people when considering applications. We will therefore consider whether or not lap-dancing clubs should fall under the category of Sex Encounter Establishments under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982 and legislate if this is necessary.

Valuation Office: Databases

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many records relating to individual dwellings on the Valuation Office Agency’s property database were updated as part of the Inactivated 10 Review for CTR 2007. [212742]

John Healey: Individual dwelling details are regularly updated as part of the VOA’s statutory responsibility for maintaining accurate valuation lists. There is no record of the number of amendments made before or after the decision to postpone the council tax revaluation.


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Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Mentally Ill

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were admitted to accident and emergency units in England for mental health related issues in each of the last five years. [212231]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information is not available in the requested format because patients are not admitted to accident and emergency units (A and E). Patients may be admitted to hospital as emergency admissions via A and E and through other routes.

Information is available on the number of finished admission episodes (FAEs) for patients with a mental illness and who were treated under a consultant from a mental health or learning disability speciality, following emergency admission to hospital between 2002-03 and 2006-07, and these data are shown in the following table.

The data include patient episode numbers where patients with a mental illness were seen in A and E before admittance to hospital as an inpatient. Some patients may have completed more than one treatment episode during the course of a year so patient episode numbers are not a reliable indicator of patients numbers. The data exclude include those who attended A and E but were not subsequently admitted to hospital.

FAEs for patients with a mental illness who were treated under a consultant from a mental health or learning disability speciality, following emergency admittance to hospital via A and E or other routes: total admission episodes, male and female, all ages in the national health service in England between 2002-03 and 2006-07
Emergency admittance via A and E services of health care provider Emergency admittance via other means including patients referred via the A and E department of another health care provider Total

2002-03

17,360

73,335

90,695

2003-04

17,883

69,076

86,959

2004-05

16,374

68,786

85,160

2005-06

13,828

65,199

79,027

2006-07

12,804

61,027

73,831

Source: The Information Centre for health and social care.

Anorexia

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many cases of anorexia were diagnosed in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region, (b) age and (c) sex; [212648]

(2) how many cases of bulimia were diagnosed in England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) region, (b) age and (c) sex. [212649]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Antidepressants: Prescriptions

Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescriptions of (a) individual benzodiazepine drugs and (b) individual antidepressants were dispensed in the community in 2007. [213031]


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Dawn Primarolo: Benzodiazepine drugs are used to treat a variety of conditions and therefore appear in several different parts of the British National Formulary (BNF) and are shown in table 1 as follows:

Table 1: Benzodiazepine prescription items dispensed, in the community, in England, in 2007
BNF generic name Item (thousand)

Alprazolam

Chlordiazepoxide Hydrochloride

272.6

Clobazam

147.9

Clonazepam

474.1

Diazepam

4,722.5

Loprazolam Mesilate

108.1

Lorazepam

881.8

Lormetazepam

119.1

Midazolam

1.9

Midazolam Hydrochloride

49.2

Midazolam Maleate

4.3

Nitrazepam

1,249.9

Oxazepam

188.8

Temazepam

3,254.8

Total

11,475.0

‘—’ Indicates the number of prescriptions dispensed was between 0 and 100.
Source:
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system

Antidepressant drugs are grouped into BNF section 4.3 and are shown in table 2 as follows:

Table 2: Antidepressant prescription items dispensed, in the community, in England, in 2007
BNF generic name Item (thousand)

Amitriptyline Embonate

Amitriptyline Hydrochloride

6,591.1

Amoxapine

Citalopram Hydrobromide

7,830.7

Clomipramine Hydrochloride

367.1

Desipramine Hydrochloride

Dosulepin Hydrochloride

2077.6

Doxepin

42.0

Duloxetine Hydrochloride

267.3

Escitalopram

1,373.9

Fluoxetine Hydrochloride

5,045.7

Flupentixol Hydrochloride

197.0

Fluvoxamine Maleate

29.9

Imipramine Hydrochloride

209.1

Isocarboxazid

3.3

Lofepramine Hydrochloride

421.6

Maprotiline Hydrochloride

0.3

Mianserin Hydrochloride

9.7

Mirtazapine

2,101.5

Moclobemide

24.9

Nefazodone Hydrochloride

0.5

Nortriptyline

180.0

Oxitriptan

Paroxetine Hydrochloride

1,765.9

Phenelzine Sulphate

24.4

Reboxetine

53.4

Sertraline Hydrochloride

2,032.8

Tranylcypromine Sulphate

12.7

Trazodone Hydrochloride

749.7

Trimipramine Maleate

142.6

Tryptophan

10.3

Venlafaxine

2,274.7

Total

33,839.7

‘—’ Indicates the number of prescriptions dispensed was between 0 and 100.
Source:
PCA system.

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Autism: Hertfordshire

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in (a) the Dacorum borough council area and (b) Hertfordshire have been diagnosed with autism; and how many of them are children. [210141]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not held centrally.

Cancer: East of England

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make an assessment of the possible social impact of proposals for the reorganisation of oncology services in the East of England on families in Ipswich and the surrounding areas; [209858]

(2) if he will hold discussions with the Minister for Women and Equality on the possible effect of proposals for the reorganisation of oncology services in the East of England on women in Ipswich and the surrounding areas; [209859]

(3) if he will assess the impact of proposals for the reorganisation of oncology services in the East of England on those living in wards that are low down on the index of multiple deprivation in Ipswich and the surrounding areas; [209861]

(4) what assessment he has made of the impact of proposals for the reorganisation of oncology services in the East of England on carbon dioxide emissions in Ipswich and surrounding areas; [209862]

(5) if he will investigate the accuracy of the figures provided by Ipswich Hospital to the Suffolk Primary Care Trust on the number of head and neck cancer cases dealt with by that hospital. [209866]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Primary care trusts (PCTs) in conjunction with their strategic health authorities (SHAs), and other stakeholders are responsible for assessing and making decisions regarding local services.

We understand that no decisions have been made, and that Suffolk PCT has led a consultation from 5 March 2008 to 4 June 2008, on a proposal to change the provision of specialist head and neck cancer surgery for patients in East Suffolk and in West Suffolk. The right hon. Member may therefore wish to raise these issues with the chief executives of Suffolk PCT or the East of England SHA.

More generally where it is agreed that the proposals to reconfigure services include any significant change to the way services are provided, local trusts have a duty to consult with the public and the relevant overview and scrutiny committee (OSC). Following the consultation period, the national health service organisations will have to make a decision on the best way forward. Local OSCs have the power to review and scrutinise health services from the perspective of their local populations, and can refer proposals to the Secretary of State if they believe the plans are not in the interests of the health service. Ultimately, however, the configuration of healthcare services in a particular area is a decision that needs to be taken at a local level.


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