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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) scheduled date and (b) title was of each conference proposed to be hosted by his Department and its agencies which was cancelled before taking place in each of the last 10 years; and what costs were incurred in respect of each. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Departments human resources information system currently records four staff as members of its official home working scheme. The Department also allows staff to work at home on an occasional basis at management discretion. No data are kept on these ad hoc arrangements that enable staff to enjoy a more flexible, family friendly working arrangement.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the average pay per hour worked by (a) permanent and (b) temporary staff in his Department in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by pay band. 
|Pay band||Average pay per hour (£)|
Permanent and temporary staff are not identified separately, but temporary staff account for less than 2 per cent. of the total number of staff. Figures are as at December 2007. They cover basic salaries and have been calculated on the assumption of 220.5 working days in a year and average full-time contracted hours of 36.33 a week.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's Library Service is responsible for central purchasing of newspapers, magazines and other publications for Library use and for retention by individual units. The following table details the monthly spend, by the Library, on print publications in the last 24 months covering the period June 2006 to May 2008.
|Spend on magazines, newspapers and other publications (£)|
|(1 )Figures include payments for journal subscriptions for the financial year.|
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS staff and (b) Department of Health staff were given long-term sick leave for mental health reasons in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
The Department uses a category of mental health, including depression, anxiety and potential stress-related problems to record absence for mental health reasons. In the calendar year 2007, 20 staff were on sick leave for more than 40 working days for this reason. Figures for previous years are not available.
Mr. Bradshaw: In the financial year 2007-08, the average number of working days lost (AWDL) per member of the Departments staff due to sickness absence was 5.3. Based on average salary costs, this equates to a cost of £2,386,000 for the year. For 2006-07, AWDL was 6.5 and for the calendar year 2005, AWDL was 7.0 (Cabinet Office reporting periods changed from calendar years to financial years between 2005 and 2006). Assuming the same average salaries and staff numbers for these years gives costs of £2,926,000 for 2006-07 and £3,151,000 for 2005.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department and its agencies recognise the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS), Prospect and FDA for the purposes of representation on matters such as pay and other human resources issues. The vast majority of staff who are members of trade unions belong to one of these three, although a small number are members of other unions that the Department does not formally recognise.
(3) if he will take steps to persuade other health authorities to adopt targets similar to those of the London Strategic Health Authority on the reduction of the incidence of late diagnosis of HIV. 
It is for primary care trusts to decide on their local priorities for funding. The Department published The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV (copies of which are available in the Library) in 2001, which highlights HIV prevention as a priority area. The Department has supported local action on
HIV prevention through a range of publications focusing on the groups at highest risk including gay men and people from African communities.
As set out in the Health Inequalities: Progress and Next Steps (copies of which are available in the Library), the Department will be funding new work this year to pilot action to reduce undiagnosed HIV by improving the detection and diagnosis of HIV in a variety of settings. The Department has previously funded the Terrence Higgins Trust to pilot the acceptability and effectiveness of community-based HIV and syphilis and this new work will build on the evaluation findings from this earlier work.
We welcome the work done by NHS London in setting an HIV prevention performance indicator to reduce the incidence of late HIV diagnosis. It is for individual strategic health authorities to decide if they wish to introduce a local indicator on HIV, taking into account local and regional variations in prevalence. The Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health's review of the Sexual Health and HIV Strategy, will also suggest possible indicators for use at national and local level.
Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the number of new hospital schemes commissioned under this Government and which have opened in each constituency in each year since 1997-98 has been placed in the Library.
Information on any hospital closures outside of these schemes is not held centrally. National health service organisations will decide locally what constitutes the best configuration of healthcare services and facilities for their populations, working in conjunction with clinicians, patients and other stakeholders.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in London met each of the Core Standards for Better Health in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Each national health service trust and NHS foundation trust is required to publish a self-declaration of compliance against the Core Standards for Better Health. These declarations are on each trusts website and the Healthcare Commission published the national position on 16 June 2008.
|Average in-patient waiting time for organisations covering Chorley, Lancashire and England 1997 to present|
|Median wait (weeks)|
|Period||Organisations covering Chorley||Organisations covering Lancashire||England|
1. Organisations covering Chorley:
South Lancashire Health Authority (HA), 1997-2002;
Chorley and South Ribble PCT, 2003-06;
Central Lancashire primary care trust (PCT), 2007-08
2. Organisations covering Lancashire:
South Lancashire HA, East Lancashire HA, North West Lancashire HA, Morecombe Bay HA; 1997-2002
Blackburn With Darwen PCT, Blackpool PCT, Morecombe Bay PCT, Chorley and South Ribble PCT, West Lancashire PCT, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT, Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT, Preston PCT, Fylde PCT, Wyre PCT; 2003-06
Blackburn With Darwen PCT, Blackpool PCT, Central Lancashire PCT, East Lancashire PCT, North Lancashire PCT; 2007-08
3. The figures show the median waiting times for patients still waiting at the end of the period.
4. In-patient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital.
5. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits.
QF01 and Monthly Monitoring (Commissioner based)
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