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These are the latest ONS mid-year estimates currently available. They are the population figures used for the periods ending March, June, September and December 2007 in Table C2 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3: 31 December 2007 report aforementioned, but not the period ending March 2006, which also appears in that table. This is because each period is based on the latest population estimates available at the time for the respective period. Further details are contained within the footnotes. Note also that the figures in Table C2 are based on un-rounded population estimates.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many treatments in each treatment band were carried out by NHS dentists in the London Borough of Bexley in each of the last five years. 
Ann Keen: Information is not available in the format requested. The classification of courses of treatment (CoTs) into bands was introduced with the new dental contractual arrangements on 1 April 2006. It is therefore not possible to provide the information requested prior to April 2006.
Information on the number of CoTs by treatment band, in England, for the first two quarters of 2007-08 is available in Tables Al and A2 of Annex 4 of the report NHS Dental Statistics for England: Quarter 3: 31 December 2007. Information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). Information for quarter three of 2007-08 is available in Table Al of Annex 3 of the aforementioned report. Information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This report, published on 5 June 2008, has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:
Information on the number of CoTs by treatment band, in England, for 2006-07 is available in Table A2 of Annex 3 of the report NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2006-07. This shows the total number of CoTs for the year, by treatment band and is provided by SHA and by PCT. The report, published on 23 August 2007, has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:
Information for the full year 2007-08, including updated quarterly information to account for CoTs reported late, will be available in the report NHS Dental Statistics: 2007-08, which is due to be published by the Information Centre for health and social care on 21 August 2008.
Under the old dental contractual arrangements, in place up to and including 31 March 2006, information on the number of claims by treatment type is available in Annex D of NHS Dental and Activity and Workforce Report, England: 31 March 2006. Information is provided for 2005 and 2006, by SHA. This information is not comparable with data collected under the new dental contractual arrangements. The report, published on 23 August 2006, has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:
The aforementioned reports have been published by the Information Centre for health and social care.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS dental patients in each region paid in charges in each year since 1997. 
Ann Keen: The National Health Service Information Centre for health and social care published NHS Expenditure for General Dental Services and Personal Dental Services: England 1997/98-2005/06 on 26 March 2008. This report has already been placed in the Library and is also available at:
The report includes information on primary dental care expenditure by primary care trust (PCT) and strategic health authority (SHA) for 1997-98 to 2005-06 at tables Al and B1 of Annex 3. Table A1 relates to gross expenditure and table B1 relates to net expenditure. Gross expenditure refers to the full cost of the payments recorded; net expenditure reflects the cost of these payments to the NHS after the deduction of income from NHS dental charges paid by patients.
This information is based on the old contractual arrangements which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006. Further notes to aid interpretation of the information are shown in the Contents and Notes page of Annex 3.
Information on NHS patient charges in England in 2006-07 is available in table D3 of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006/07 report. Information is provided by PCT and SHA. This information is based on the new contractual arrangements introduced on 1 April 2006.
This report has already been placed in the Library and is available at:
Patient charge data for 2007-08 is expected to be included in the NHS Information Centre report on NHS Dental Statistics for England 2006/07, due to be published on 21 August 2008.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS dental practices in North Lancashire Primary Care Trust are accepting new NHS patients. 
Ann Keen: Information is not collected centrally on the number of dentists taking on new patients. The hon. Member may wish to approach the chief executive of North Lancashire primary care trust which might hold this information.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions his Department has instructed the Treasury Solicitor to seek leave to appeal to the House of Lords from (a) the Court of Appeal and (b) the House of Lords itself in each of the last 10 years; and on how many occasions the application was rejected. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not instruct the Treasury Solicitor in the appellate courts, preferring instead to conduct nearly all domestic litigation with the help of in-house lawyers.
Information on the number of times the Department itself has sought leave to appeal to the House of Lords, and on the number of times applications have been rejected, could be supplied only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many arm's length bodies his Department (a) had at the beginning of 2008 and (b) will have at the end of 2008. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department had 25 arm's length bodies on 1 January 2008 and there will be 24 on 31 December 2008.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of (a) the number of computer devices left on overnight in his Department when not in use and (b) the cost of leaving computer devices on overnight when not in use in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has not undertaken any formal study to estimate of the number of computer devices left on overnight in departmental premises and therefore cannot provide the cost of leaving these devices on overnight in each of the last five years.
Staff are instructed to shut down their personal computers (PCs) at the end of the day and this automatically switches off the power. The PC monitor has to be manually switched off but if this is not done, the monitor goes into very low power mode until the PC is switched on again. Printers and other shared peripheral
devices connected to the network are not switched off overnight but automatically go to low power mode after a short period of inactivity both during the day and overnight. The Department will shortly be deploying a network tool that identifies PCs left switched on outside office hours and forces the equipment to shut down safely.
All computer equipment procured by the Department meets or exceeds Sustainability Mandatory Standards (Quick Wins') 2007. The 'Quick Wins' are a set of minimum environmental standards covering a range of commonly-purchased goods, including information technology equipment. The standards relate to characteristics such as energy consumption, recycled content, and biodegradability.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what categories are used by his Department to classify (a) ministerial and (b) other correspondence it receives; and how many letters were received in each category in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Ministerial correspondence is categorised as (a) letters and emails received from MPs and significant public figures; (b) letters and e-mails received from other members of the public and addressed to Ministers. Other correspondence consists of letters and e-mails addressed directly to officials. Between 1 July 2007 and 30 June 2008 we received 95,112 letters and e-mails categorised as ministerial correspondence. We do not collect centrally the amount of correspondence in the second category.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) officials in his Department and (b) employees of (i) agencies and (ii) other bodies reporting to his Department were (A) dismissed and (B) disciplined for matters related to their conduct in the last two years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The numbers of staff in the Department and its agencies who were dismissed or disciplined for matters related to their conduct in the last two years are presented in the following table:
Providing information for other bodies reporting to the Department would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2008, Official Report, column 862W, on departmental freedom of information, if he will place in the Library a copy of the information provided where the request was (a) agreed to and answered in full and (b) agreed to and answered in part; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Copies of the information requested by the hon. Member have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his IT (a) systems and (b) services conform to the ISO 27001 standard. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's IT systems and managed services conform to the principles of the ISO 27001 information security standard.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by his Department towards its target of a 20 per cent. reduction in the incidence of accidents by 2010 from the 1996 baseline. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department, in partnership with stakeholders including other Government Departments, has been working to prevent accidental injury and to promote safety. For example, the national service frameworks for children and older people, through their standards for health and well-being, recognise the importance of unintentional injury and the need for prevention initiatives led by the national health service in partnership with local authorities. The Department has also asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to develop a suite of guidance on the prevention of unintentional injury in children under 15 years old. It is also working with the Department for Children, Schools and Families on its cross-government public service agreement to improve children and young peoples safety.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies spent on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department and its agencies spent £33.09 million on branding and marketing activity in 2007-08.
The top three campaigns, in terms of expenditure, in this period were smoking£12.7 million, tobacco legislation£5.9 million and sexual health£3.46 million.
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of (a) internet and website design and hosting, (b) print media design and (c) broadcast media of each of his Departments public information campaigns since 1997. 
Mr. Bradshaw: To calculate the costs of design and hosting for all public information websites from 1997 to date would incur disproportionate costs, as this information is not held centrally.
The Department does not record design costs separately from other aspects of print production for public information campaigns. Calculations to arrive at a separate design figure would incur disproportionate costs.
Total costs for broadcast media are as follows:
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