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|Name||Date of appointment( 1)||Date of end of term( 2)|
|(1) Date of first appointment. Some committee members have been re-appointed since their first appointment.|
(2) Date of when current appointment ends.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for cancer treatment in West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust area in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Information is not held in the format requested. The cancer waiting time standards of a maximum wait of 31 days from decision to treat to first cancer treatment and a maximum of 62 days from an urgent
general practitioner referral to the start of cancer treatment were introduced for all patients from December 2005. The latest figures, for quarter one 2008-09, show that West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trusts performance against the 31 days standard was 100 per cent., and its performance against the 62 day standard was 99.3 per cent.
Stephen Hesford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the causes of health inequalities between men and women in the last 10 years; and whether any such research relates specifically to the Merseyside region. 
Dawn Primarolo: None. The Department has however commissioned the Mens Health Forum (MHF) to undertake a study into the different ways in which men and women access health services. The MHF report is due to be published this autumn.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by his Department to Iris London in each financial year since 2001; which contracts were awarded by his Department to Iris London in each year since 2000-01; what the cost was of each contract; what penalties for default were imposed in contract provisions; what the length was of each contract; whether the contract was advertised; how many companies applied for the contract; how many were short-listed; what criteria were used for choosing a company; what provision was made for renewal without re-tender in each case; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department procure marketing services and agencies through the Central Office of Information (COI). Iris London is the holding company, and COI have contracted with either Iris Nation (Sponsorship) or Iris Direct (Direct Marketing), not with the holding group.
Payments to Iris London and contracts awarded in each financial year since 2000-01 are detailed as follows. No penalties for default have been imposed in any of the contract provisions. In each case the initial length of contract is provided as is the number of agencies shortlisted in any tender.
Teenage Pregnancies sponsorship£99,438.40
(One year contract awarded after tender involving three agencies. This initial contract was commissioned by DCSF although sexual health is a joint DH/DCSF programme with shared objectives.)
Teenage Pregnancies sponsorship£111,765.00
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£31,090.00
(One year contract awarded without tender due to Iris already working on Teenage Pregnancy sponsorship with DCSF.)
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£179,004.00
Teenage Pregnancies Partnership Marketing£235,780.00
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£201,469.75
Teenage Pregnancies Partnership Marketing£165,834.60
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£259,627.50
Teenage Pregnancies Partnership Marketing£419,683.00
Tobacco Control Programme Partnership Marketing£71,840.00
(Contract awarded for six months after tender involving three agencies)
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£663,005.21
Teenage Pregnancies Partnership Marketing£402,988.60
Anti-Tobacco Partnership Marketing£155,729.00
Adult Sexual Health Partnership Marketing£551,806.47
(Contract extended, repitched in July 2008 involving three agencies. Iris reappointed.)
Teenage Pregnancies Partnership Marketing£346,465.68
(Contract extended, repitched in July 2008 involving three agencies. Iris reappointed.)
Anti-Tobacco Partnership Marketing£200,540.75
COI is subject to the EU public procurement directive embodied in UK law by the Public Contract Regulations 2006. The Regulations govern the way in which Government contracts are advertised and awarded. For contracts over a threshold value it is a requirement for them to be advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), which imposes strict timescales that cannot be shortened. To enable the Department to appoint a supplier in the shortest possible time, COI have a number of framework agreements (agency rosters) in place. Frameworks are themselves advertised in the OJEU, therefore contracts awarded under the terms and conditions of the framework do not need to be re-advertised or apply the strict timescalesas long as timescales are reasonable to allow the suppliers time to provide an adequate response. The majority of the Department's spend with external suppliers is via these frameworks.
A detailed evaluation process is used for agency selection as part of any tender process. Key criteria for appointment of an agency and quality markers for a successful campaign are identified in conjunction with COI prior to any tender. Evaluation procedures are also utilised to continually evaluate agency performance against set objectives.
Renewal without re-tender has taken place in a number of cases. Each contract awarded is for a specific initial term usually relating to the allocated budget for that current financial year. Contracts have included the option for contract extension as stated in COI guidelines:
COI reserves the right to extend the contract beyond the period stated above. Payment for any extension shall be based upon the Contract Price subject to fair and reasonable adjustment, to be agreed between COI and the Contractor.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have decided to proceed with full implementation of transforming community equipment services following the recent trials. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) general practitioners, (c) surgeons, (d) ward support staff and (e) administrative staff were employed in the NHS in each year since 2004. 
Ann Keen: The data requested for nurses, general practitioners, surgeons (consultants), and administration staff are shown in the following table. It is not possible to break down data to indicate which support staff work on wards. Therefore all data on support staff are given.
|NHS HCHS and General Practice work force (excluding GP retainers( 1) ) in England as at 30 September each specified year|
|(1) Figures exclude GP Retainers.|
(2) Nursing and midwifery figures exclude students on training courses leading to a first qualification as a nurse or midwife. Includes GP practice nurses.
(3) Examples of staff in Central Functions are staff in HR, informatics, payroll, and library staff. Examples of staff in Hotel, property and estates are clerical laundry staff, domestic services and home wardens. Examples of staff in ST and T support are clerical staff in audiology, haematology, dietetics and microbiology. Ambulance service support staff are ambulance controllers, training staff and ambulance officers.
(4) Other non-medical staff includes ambulance support staff, maintenance and works staff and a small number of other and unknown staff.
(5) Other practice staffThere is no breakdown of type of work for headcount data. However type of work is available for full time equivalent practice staff and the majority (over 60 per cent. in 2007) were admin and clerical staff.
1. In 2006 ambulance staff were collected under new, more detailed, occupation codes. As a result qualified totals and support to ambulance staff totals are not directly comparable with previous years.
2. Data qualify: Work force statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) In England. The NHS Information Centre for hearth and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data. Processing methods and procedures are continually being updated to improve data quality. Where this happens any impact on figures already published will be assessed but unless this is significant at national level they will not be changed. Where there is impact only at detailed or local level this will be footnoted in relevant analyses.
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Medical and Dental Workforce Census
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal medical services statistics
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