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Solicitor-General

Anti-Semitism

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Solicitor-General what progress the Crown Prosecution Service has made on an action plan following its response to the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into anti-Semitism. [228308]

The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has written to the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on anti-Semitism with a copy of its anti-Semitic crime action plan. The plan sets out how the CPS will take the following action:

Departmental NDPBs

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Solicitor-General what funding has been agreed with each of the Law Officers’ Departments’ non-departmental public bodies for the period 2008 to 2011. [228691]

The Solicitor-General: The Law Officers’ Departments do not have any non-departmental public bodies. However, a new agency, the National Fraud Strategic Authority, was established on 1 October 2008 and has resource funding of £3.6 million for 2008-09, £3.8 million for 2009-10 and £4.9 million for 2010-11.

Departmental Pay

David Simpson: To ask the Solicitor-General how many non-pensionable bonuses were awarded to members of staff in the Attorney-General’s office in the last 12 months; and at what total cost. [226430]

The Solicitor-General: There were 25 non-pensionable bonuses awarded to staff in the Attorney-General’s Office in the last year at a total cost of £122,597.00

Of these, three were special bonuses awarded to staff at a total cost of £750.00. A special bonus payment is nominated by a line manager for an exceptional piece of work or performance.

11 were performance bonuses following appraisals at a total cost of £6,707.00

11 were SCS board recommendations at a total cost of £115,140.00.

Scotland

Christmas

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many Christmas functions (a) he, (b) officials from his Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) host and (ii) attend in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if he will make a statement. [226951]


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Ann McKechin: The Secretary of State for Scotland attended two Christmas functions during 2007-08. There was no additional cost to the public purse for attendance at these events. No functions were hosted or paid for by the Scotland Office during this period. No Scotland Office officials attended any Christmas functions in their official capacity during this period.

Taxis

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much was claimed in expenses for taxi travel by officials from his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04 and (e) 2002-03; and if he will make a statement. [227056]

Ann McKechin: The Scotland spent the following on taxis for staff:

£

2002-03

8,659

2003-04

8,172

2004-05

7,821

2005-06

8,291

2006-07

7,595


Health

Cancer

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 10 September 2008, Official Report, column 1878W, on cancer, what percentage of cancer patients in each (a) cancer network and (b) primary care trust area survived five years beyond diagnosis. [226315]

Kevin Brennan: 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 October 2008:


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Table 1: Five-year age-standardised( 1) relative survival( 2) (percentage) for adult( 3 ) patients diagnosed during 1998 to 2003 and followed up to the end of 2004, 10 common cancers, by sex: ‘Spearhead’ primary care trusts (PCTs)( 4) and rest of England( 5)
Five-year relative survival (percentage)
Cancer( 6)

Spearhead PCTs Rest of England

Bladder

Men

57.1

60.4

Women

49.1

53.6

Persons

55.0

58.6

Breast

Women

78.2

79.8

Cervix

Women

63.3

62.7

Colon

Men

47.1

48.3

Women

47.9

49.6

Persons

47.4

48.9

Lung

Men

5.9

6.6

Women

7.5

7.6

Persons

6.6

6.9

Oesophagus

Men

7.4

8.8

Women

8.9

11.6

Persons

8.0

9.7

Ovary

Women

39.2

37.9

Prostate

Men

69.2

71.1

Rectum

Men

46.6

50.8

Women

50.1

53.7

Persons

47.7

52.1

Stomach

Men

12.6

13.0

Women

14.8

16.3

Persons

13.3

14.2

(1 )Cancer survival varies with age at diagnosis, so the survival rates for all ages (15 to 99 years) have been age-standardised to control for differences in the age profile of cancer patients between geographical areas.
(2 )Relative survival takes into account that some cancer patients will die from causes other than their cancer. It is the ratio of the crude survival to the survival in a corresponding (age and sex) group in the general population.
(3 )Aged 15 to 99 years at diagnosis.
(4 )On 19 November 2004, the Department of Health named the 88 most health-deprived primary care trusts (PCTs) in England included in the ‘Spearhead’ group.
(5 )All other primary care trusts (PCTs) in England not included in the ‘Spearhead’ group.
(6 )Cancers registered in 1998 to 2003 are defined by codes in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10). Therefore, bladder cancer is defined by code C67, breast cancer by code C50, cervical cancer by code C53, colon cancer by code CI8, lung cancer by code C34, oesophageal cancer by code CI5, ovarian cancer by code C56, prostate cancer by code C61, rectal cancer by code C20 and stomach cancer by code CI6.

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Care Homes

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each local authority spent on state-funded care in each of the last five financial years, broken down by (a) community-based care and (b) residential care. [226308]

Mr. Bradshaw: Data on local authority expenditure on state funded care are collected and published by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care. Information on the gross expenditure by councils with adult social services responsibilities (CASSRs) on residential care and community based services between 2003-04 and 2007-08 has been placed in the Library.

Cataracts: Waiting Lists

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the median waiting time for treatment of cataracts in NHS hospitals was in each year since 1997-98; and how many treatments were provided in each such year. [227504]

Ann Keen: The following table sets out the median days waited in England for cataract operations and the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where a cataract operation was the main or secondary procedure in each year since 1997-98.

Median days waited FCEs

1997-98

164

179,393

1998-99

188

221,393

1999-2000

165

231,699

2000-01

154

256,164

2001-02

145

263,947

2002-03

140

284,852

2003-04

124

312,447

2004-05

78

319,933

2005-06

68

302,876

2006-07

69

305,612

2007-08

n/a

n/a

Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), the Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

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