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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on research into the psychotic effect of skunk cannabis on children in the last 10 years. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department has not commissioned research from its centrally managed research and development programmes specifically related to the effects on children of cannabis.
Over the last 10 years, the main part of the Department's total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by national health service organisations. Details of individual NHS supported research projects undertaken during that time are available on the archived national research register at:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) title, (b) date of issue and (c) consultation period was of each document issued for consultation by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each year since its creation; if he will place copies of each in the Library; how members of
the public may obtain copies; at what cost; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is shown in the following table.
Copies of the published consultations have been placed in the Library.
Members of the public can also obtain copies of all consultations free of charge by ordering from CSCI Details for how to order can be obtained from the CSCI website at:
In addition, copies of all consultations can be downloaded from the CSCI website as follows.
|Date of issue||Title||Consultation period||Location|
Consultation on getting rid of the terminal illness (71) category in care homes
Regulatory charges for council fostering and adoption services
Give us your views on the Key Lines of Regulatory Assessment (KLORA)
A new outcomes framework for performance assessment for adult social care 2006-07: consultation document
A Consultation on changes for the performance assessment of adult social care in 2008-09
Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has to change the arrangements for supply of cord blood units to the NHS; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) whether he plans to extend the capacity of the NHS Cord Blood Bank; and if he will make a statement. 
There are no plans to change the arrangements for the supply of cord blood units to the national health service. NHS Blood and Transplant business plans for the NHS Cord Blood Bank aim for
the number of banked units to rise from the present stock of over 11,000 to 20,000 by 2013.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individual domestic air flights were undertaken within Great Britain by representatives of (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in the most recent year for which figures are available; and at what cost. 
Mr. Bradshaw: During April 2007 to March 2008 a total of 784 domestic air flights were undertaken by the Department and its agencies at a cost of £147,135.
Travel by Ministers and civil servants is undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) new capital investment and (b) refurbishment of property in each of the last 10 years, broken down by project. 
Mr. Bradshaw: In each of the last 10 years the Department has had no expenditure on capital investment.
During the same period the Departments expenditure on refurbishment has been:
It is not possible to break this information down to individual projects over this period of time.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) chairs, (b) desks and (c) other office furnishings have been purchased by his Department and its agencies in each of the last five years; and at what cost in each case. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The cost of furniture and fittings purchased by the Department in the last five years is:
The figure for 2007-08 includes expenditure of the Medicines Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for whom no other records are available.
The Department does not currently keep a record of itemised purchases.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what IT contracts his Departments and its agencies have entered into in the last two years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Historically, information on information technology contracts let by the Department has not been held centrally. Due to the limitation of existing data, the information could be obtained only from direct contact with individual business units and would result in disproportionate costs.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the value of his Departments computer systems (a) was at the time of purchase and (b) is now. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The cost of identifying the value of the components making up the Departments computer systems at the time of purchase and now, is not possible on the grounds of the disproportionate cost of collating the information.
The Departments accounts are compiled in line with the Financial Reporting Manual.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department commissioned an Independent Inquiry into Modernising Medical Careers in April 2007. The inquiry was asked to examine the framework and processes underlying Modernising Medical Careers and make recommendations to inform any improvements for 2008 and beyond. The inquiry published its final report in January 2008. The inquiry cost £560,000. The Department has accepted the majority of recommendations.
The Department commissioned an Independent Inquiry into Access to Healthcare for People with Learning Disabilities in May 2007. The inquiry is expected to report its findings shortly. As well as focusing on the action needed to ensure adults and children with learning disabilities receive appropriate treatment in acute medical (hospital) care and general primary care, the inquiry is aiming to learn lessons from the six cases highlighted by the Mencap report Death by Indifference which are being investigated by the Health Service Ombudsman. As the inquiry is still ongoing, final costs are not yet known.
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many jobs his Department expects to relocate under the policy of civil service job dispersal. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's overall target for relocating posts out of London and the south-east is 1,030 posts by March 2010. This covers the Department, its agencies and arms length bodies. Against this target, 870 posts have already been relocated.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many permanent staff in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are classed as (i) staff without posts and (ii) part of a people action team. 
Mr. Bradshaw: In total 22 permanent staff in the Department, and less than five staff in each of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) are classed as staff without posts. Precise numbers are not provided for MHRA and NHS PASA on the grounds of confidentiality. In all cases active steps are being taken to find permanent posts for these staff, including such measures as providing regularly updated information on permanent vacancies, giving them priority for vacancies over staff who already have permanent posts, and providing trial periods in new posts to assess suitability.
The Department does not have people action teams.
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