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Phil Hope: Over the last decade, the Department has developed a number of policy initiatives, which has increased the focus on supporting the health and well-being of the elderly population, such as the National Service Framework for Older People (2001). This was followed by Better Health in Old Age (2004) and A new ambition for old age (2006) which has a focus on active ageing. These documents have already been placed in the Library.
The Department has also provided £60 million funding through the Partnerships for Older People Projects programme to improve care of older people by local councils, to stay healthy, active and independent in their old age.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether responsibility messages, unit labelling and other such information should be on the bottle or can or on the disposable outer packaging in which
bottles and cans are packaged under the terms of the voluntary alcohol labelling agreement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The voluntary alcohol labelling agreement, to include unit content, daily guidelines, and other information on most alcohol labels by the end of 2008, applies as a primary requirement to labels on the bottle or can, since consumers should receive a reminder of the information more often and closer to the point of consumption.
Dawn Primarolo: Although the consultation period, 22 July to 14 October 2008, has ended, we are logging and analysing responses. Therefore, it is not possible to answer the question at this stage. However, we are not aware of individuals sending multiple responses to the consultation.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of the report of the Healthcare Commission in 2007-08 entitled Annual Health Check. 
Dawn Primarolo: Joint surveillance by NHS Blood and Transplant and the Health Protection Agency of transfusion transmitted infections began on 1 October 1995. Data are collated on transmission of viruses and bacteria. Since October 1995 the confirmed number of patients who have received infected blood products is 61. A further two infections were reported since October 1995 relating to transfusions that occurred in 1991. Complete data for the years between 1992 and 1995 are not available.
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Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate his Department has made of the number of patients with dementia who have been given neuroleptic sedatives in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: A draft of a National Dementia Strategy was published on 19 June for consultation and copies have already been placed in the Library. The consultation closed on 11 September and we are currently considering carefully all the responses received before deciding the final shape of the strategy, and then we will analyse what resources are available to support its implementation. Funding will be announced around the same time the strategy is published.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of documents sent to external bodies by his Department were lost in the post in the latest period for which information is available. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in bonuses to staff in his Department in the latest period for which figures are available; and what the largest single payment was. 
Special bonuses can be awarded to any member of staff in recognition of work beyond their normal range of duties. Annual bonuses are paid to staff who are members of the senior civil service (SCS), based on the extent to which objectives are met, how they are met and how stretching they are. The figures provided here cover special bonuses for the year from 1 October 2007 to 30 September 2008, and annual SCS bonuses awarded in 2008. The largest single payment was an annual SCS bonus.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of civil servants in his Department and its agencies are members of the (a) Classic, (b) Classic Plus, (c) Nuvos and (d) Premium civil service pension schemes. 
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The percentage figures in rows of the table do not always sum to 100 because of rounding. Separate figures on Premium and Classic Plus schemes are not available
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) private finance initiative and (b) local improvement finance trust schemes his Department is planning which are not yet operational; what the (i) monetary value of the contract and (ii) equity partners are in each case; and what his most recent assessment is of each such scheme's viability. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information on private finance initiative (PFI) and local improvement finance trust (LIFT) schemes under construction (i.e. not yet operational) with their respective capital values and equity partners has been placed in the Library.
The LIFT schemes shown in the Library document are those currently under construction. The planning of LIFT schemes is a local responsibility, and while the Department is aware that many LIFT schemes are currently being planned, it does not hold a comprehensive record of these potential schemes.
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