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Strokes: Speech Impaired

Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to encourage improvements in the provision of support for people with a communication disability following a stroke. [215396]

Ann Keen: I refer my hon. Friend to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 26 June 2008, Official Report, column 528W.

Testicular Cancer

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rate from testicular cancer in (a) spearhead primary care trusts and (b) England was in the latest period for which figures are available. [215767]

Mr. Watson: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 7 July 2008:

Transplant Surgery: Kidneys

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost savings on dialysis treatments arising from increases in kidney transplants; and if he will make a statement. [216223]

Ann Keen: From a health economic perspective, organ transplantation, in almost all cases, is a cost-effective use of resources. This is particularly the case for end stage renal failure. In 2005-06 England spent £932 million on renal services, of which 46 per cent. was on dialysis. For each annual cohort of renal patients that receive a transplant, the cost saving, over a 30-year period, is likely to amount to at least £100 million.

Ultra Orphan Therapies

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria have been established for funding ultra orphan therapies; and if he will make a statement. [216643]


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Ann Keen: In December 2006, the Government re-issued Good Practice Guidance on Managing the Introduction of New Healthcare Interventions and links to NICE technology appraisal guidance to the local national health service, which states that funding for treatments should not be withheld simply because guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is unavailable but that decisions should be made on the basis of the available evidence. The guidance also suggests alternative sources of information for NHS organisations to consult in the absence of NICE guidance. Copies of the guidance have already been placed in the Library.

The draft NHS constitution makes clear the patient's right to expect local decisions on funding for drugs for which NICE guidance is not available to be made rationally following proper consideration of the evidence. Where the local NHS decides not to fund a treatment, the patient and clinician can expect an explanation. To underpin this, the Government will require primary care trusts to put in place clear and transparent arrangements both for local decision-making on funding of new drugs and for considering exceptional funding requests, and to publish information on those arrangements.

Scotland

Apprentices

Mr. Willetts: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeships there were in his Department in the most recent year for which figures are available. [216605]

David Cairns: Staff in the Scotland Office are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice; information on the numbers of staff holding apprenticeships or advanced apprenticeships are retained by those Departments.

Departmental Planning Permission

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what (a) planning applications and (b) licensing applications his Department has submitted in the last 24 months. [215540]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office has made no licensing applications. However, in 2006-07 and 2007-08, the office made three listed building consent applications in connection with Dover house, its headquarters in London; these were

Departmental Responsibilities

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many reviews of regulation his Department has conducted or commenced since July 2007; and in which areas. [215626]


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David Cairns: Since July 2007 the Scotland Office has not conducted any reviews of regulation.

Departmental Security

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many departmental identity cards or departmental passes have been reported lost or stolen by staff in his Department in the last 24 months. [215610]

David Cairns: One Scotland Office security pass was lost in each of 2006-07 and 2007-08.

Departmental Sick Leave

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many days of sick leave were taken by his Department’s employees in each year since 1997. [216695]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. All staff are on secondment from the Scottish Executive or the Ministry of Justice; the Office does not maintain a central record of sick absences. Such records are held by the parent Departments who publish their sick absence statistics.

Economic and Monetary Union

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland on what date the euro changeover plan of his Department was last updated; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent version. [215529]

David Cairns: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend, the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Mr. Wills) on 17 June 2008, Official Report, column 886W.

Food

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much was spent by his Department on (a) food and (b) food of British origin in each of the last five years; [214901]

(2) from which five countries of origin the greatest amount of food was procured by his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and what the (a) cost and (b) quantity procured was in each case. [214902]

David Cairns: The Scotland Office does not have canteen facilities. The only expenditure on food is purchases for occasional events and receptions. The Scotland Office does not keep separate records of the spending on food. Spending on food follows Government policy on sustainability and Fairtrade.

Morning Star

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many copies of the Morning Star publication his Department subscribes to each week; and at what cost. [215668]

David Cairns: None


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Justice

By-elections: Haltemprice and Howden

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what he expects the cost to the public purse to be of the by-election in Haltemprice and Howden; what the maximum cost of the freepost afforded to each candidate will be; and if he will break down all other costs associated with the by-election. [216996]

Mr. Wills: It is not possible accurately to predict the cost of a particular by-election or provide a breakdown in advance since they are unique events which often involve extra costs for elements specific to that election (such as additional security or media management costs). However, average costs for the conduct of past by-elections have been around £70,000 to £80,000.

In addition, candidates at parliamentary elections are entitled to send, free of charge for postage, one election communication either to each elector in the constituency or to each household. The Government pay the delivery costs. The cost to the Government of a candidate sending one communication to each elector in the Haltemprice and Howden constituency will be around £18,960. The cost of a candidate sending one communication to each household in the constituency will be around £3,930. I understand that, to date, the Royal Mail estimates the total cost of this service at the Haltemprice and Howden by-election at around £112,600.

Courts: Sight Impaired

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what procedures are in place in (a) magistrates' courts and (b) the Crown Court to assist defendants who are either blind or partially sighed. [215898]

Maria Eagle: Her Majesty's courts service is committed to ensuring that the Crown court and magistrates courts meet the needs of blind and partially sighted defendants as required by the Disability Discrimination Act. This includes personal help for the individual through the provision of documents in Braille or large print, direct assistance from staff while in custody or on court premises, and more indirect help in catering for their needs through the design of court buildings. The Equal Treatment Bench Book provides guidance on safeguarding the interests of disabled people during the trial process.

Criminal Justice Act 2003

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) which unimplemented parts of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 he plans to implement; and when; [215390]

(2) which parts of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 remain unimplemented. [215391]

Mr. Straw: Only a small percentage of the 335 substantive sections in the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have yet to be fully implemented. These are; S.23A; s.34-s.35; s.43; s.62-s.66; s.137-s.138; s.151; s.154-s.155; s.161; s.181; s.188; s.280-s.283; and s.298.

s.34 is due to be implemented by the end of 2008. Officials are actively working on the remaining provisions,
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considering implementation in light of pilot exercises; resource implications; or the examination of other necessary procedures and practices.

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to bring section 62 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 into force. [215392]

Mr. Straw: Before deciding whether to implement sections 62-66 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, we have decided to examine the operation in practice of the right of appeal against a terminating ruling which is also provided for by Part 9 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 and which was brought into force in April 2005. Officials have been instructed to conduct a review which will be commenced shortly. Once the evaluation has been concluded a decision will be taken regarding commencement.

Departmental ICT

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years. [215123]

Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice and its agencies have entered into IT contracts, in the last two years, with Logica for application services and with Atos Origin for infrastructure services.

In the same period, the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, entered into IT licensing contracts with Oracle, IBM and Computer Associates, and the following IT contracts for the services indicated:

Departmental Inquiries

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what independent inquiries have been commissioned by his Department in the last five years; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was of each; and what steps were taken following each such inquiry. [212320]

Mr. Straw: In the last five years the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has commissioned five independent inquiries and sponsored the Hutton inquiry.

The creation of the MoJ in May 2007 transferred the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) from the Home Office to the MoJ. The Home Office commissioned five independent inquiries in relation to NOMS in the preceding five years. The former Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) sponsored the Hutton inquiry. Details as follows:

Inquiry into the death of p olice c onstable Gerald Walker


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