|NHS hospital and community health services: nurse consultants in the Maternity Services area of work in England by strategic health authority area as at 30 September 2007.
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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of the NHS workforce in England comprised midwives in each of the last two years for which figures are available, expressed in terms of (a) headcount and (b) full-time equivalent. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average annual cost to public funds was of training a student midwife in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by (a) tuition, (b) bursary and (c) other costs. 
a reduced rate loan for living costs from the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills. Student midwives in receipt of a means tested NHS Bursary can apply for this reduced rate loan. Information is not held centrally on the cost of these loans for student midwives.
Access to Learning Funds which is the extra financial support provided by colleges and universities to students in financial hardship. Information is not held centrally on the cost of Access to Learning Funds for student midwives; and
Salary support funding for student midwives who are seconded onto midwifery courses. Information is not held centrally on the salary support costs for student midwives.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many student midwives were in receipt of a bursary in each academic year since 1996-97; what average bursary was paid to a student midwife in each year; and what the total cost was of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each year. 
Ann Keen: The number of student midwives in receipt of an NHS bursary in each year since 1996-97, the average bursary paid to a student midwife in each year and the total cost of all bursaries paid to student midwives in each year is shown in the following table.
|Bursaries paid to NHS funded midwifery students for academic years 1996/97 to 2007/08
|Number of bursary holders( 1)
|Bursaryamount paid( 2) (£)
|Average bursary amount (£)
|Additionsamount paid( 3) (£)
|Totalamount paid (£)
|Average amount paid per bursary holder (£)
|(1) Includes nil award holders (European Union fees only students and students whose living allowance element of the bursary has been reduced to nil after income assessment). Phased uptake. Prior to 1997 local education authorities were primarily responsible for the administration of HE maintenance grants under Department for Education and Skills (mandatory awards) regulation to degree level students. From 1999 Student Bursaries became responsible for the payment of bursaries to new diploma level students, formally the responsibility of higher education institutions.
(2) Includes the basic award and all supplementary allowances. Excludes one-off payments e.g. re-imbursement of practice placement costs.
(3) Includes one-off payments e.g. disabled students allowance, reimbursement of practice placement costs etc.
NHS Business Services Authority Student Bursaries Unit
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2008, Official Report, columns 513-4W, on midwives, how many live births per full-time equivalent NHS midwife there were in (a) England and (b) each region of England in 2007. 
The Charity Commission has published guidance concerning the principles to be applied in the investment of charitable funds (its leaflet CC14) and has recently published guidance to charities concerning the Financial Compensation Scheme. Queries relating to charitable funds should be directed to the Charity Commission in the first instance.
Ann Keen: The Department has provided Naomi House with payments under the Children's Hospice and Children's Hospice at Home scheme only for the past three years. Details of that funding is shown in the following table.
We have been advised by the Chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS foundation trusts) that as at 31 March 2008 the aggregated cash balances and investments of 89 NHS foundation trusts (authorised as at 31 March 2008) amounted to £2.3 billion. The cash and investment balance is broken down as follows:
Mr. Bradshaw: National health service foundation trusts are autonomous organisations, free from central Government control. As high performing organisations, NHS Foundation Trusts have wide discretion to invest money. The boards of NHS Foundation Trusts are responsible for ensuring that surplus cash is invested in accordance with their duty to safeguard and properly account for the use of public money. Monitor, the independent regulator, has issued best practice guidance on how NHS Foundation Trusts should mange their cash. This guidance reflects prudent practice, and is designed to promote fiscal responsibility and prudent investments that do not compromise effective, efficient and economic delivery of services.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the extent to which (a) primary care trusts, (b) strategic health authorities, (c) NHS trusts, (d) foundation trusts and
(e) the NHS bank hold deposits in commercial banks; what advice he has given to such NHS organisations on the exposure of such investments to bank collapse; and if he will make such a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not collect in-year data for the cash balances of commercial bank accounts held by strategic health authorities (SHAs), primary care trusts (PCTs), NHS trusts or NHS foundation trusts. However this information is reported at the end of the financial year and forms part of an NHS organisation's annual accounts.
|Commercial cash at bank and in hand (£000s)