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Trade Unions

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many civil servants in his Department were seconded to work for (a) trades unions and (b) the Trades Union Congress in each year since 2003. [229095]

Mr. Kevan Jones: Data on how many civil servants were seconded to work for trade unions and the Trades
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Union Congress in each year since 2003 are not held centrally. Secondments are arranged locally by Business Partners and to gather this information would involve Business Partners trawling their records at disproportionate cost.

Trident Missiles

Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the notice required to fire missiles from (a) a Trident submarine on patrol and (b) a second submarine at its berth is; and what notice is required for submarines to take to sea. [231403]

Mr. Hutton: As set out in the White Paper ‘The Future of the United Kingdom's Nuclear Deterrent’ (Cm 6994), published on 4 December 2006, a Trident submarine on patrol is normally at several days ‘notice to fire’. I am withholding further information as its release would, or would be likely to, prejudice national security and defence of the UK.

USA: Military Alliances

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what date the next stocktake meeting between the Government and the US Administration under the 1958 Mutual Defence Agreement is scheduled to take place. [232436]

Mr. Quentin Davies: Arrangements have not been finalised but consideration is currently being given to the next stocktake meeting being held in the UK in early June 2009.

USA: Military Bases

Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many instances of burglary and trespassing there have been at bases occupied and controlled by the United States Visiting Forces in the latest period for which figures are available; and at which bases. [231790]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The number of instances of burglary and criminal trespass, recorded by the Ministry of Defence Police at United States Visiting Forces bases, in each of the last three financial years are shown in the following tables.

To provide the figures for each Home Department police force with a USVF base its region would incur disproportionate cost.


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Site Number of burglaries Number of trespasses

April 2008 to October 2008

RAF Mildenhall

0

1

April 2007 to March 2008

RAF Mildenhall

1

1

RAF Menwith Hill

0

1

RAF Croughton

1

0

April 2006 to March 2007

RAF Mildenhall

0

1

RAF Menwith Hill

1

3

RAF Alconbury

0

1

RAF Lakenheath

0

9


Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Closures

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which accident and emergency departments have closed since 1997. [231880]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. National health service trusts self-report the total number of accident and emergency (A&E) services they provide against definitions provided by the Department for the three types of A&E on a quarterly basis. This includes information on the number of self-reported type 1 (major) A&E services at national and trust level.

It is a matter for the local NHS to ensure that emergency care services are provided that are responsive to people's needs. Changes to services are a matter for local, not central decision.

Alcoholic Drinks: Health Education

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many consultation postcards were issued to the public in his Department’s recent consultation on alcohol strategy; [228983]

(2) what the cost was of issuing consultation postcards to the public in his Department’s recent consultation on alcohol strategy. [228984]

Dawn Primarolo: There were 100,000 consultation postcards printed at a cost of £7,091, and 10,000 copies of the these postcards were given to regional alcohol leads to distribute within their local areas as they deemed appropriate with the remainder given out at national and regional meetings to discuss the consultation on alcohol strategy, “Safe. Sensible. Social - Consultation on further action”. A copy of this has been placed in the Library. As of 27 October 2008, approximately 1,500 postcards had been completed and returned.

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated in support of the 10 per cent. target for reduction in alcohol consumption mentioned in his Department's impact assessment relating to the Government's alcohol strategy. [228129]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department has not set targets for a reduction in alcohol consumption.

The impact assessments to the Department's consultation document ‘Safe, Sensible, Social—consultation on further action’ included estimates of the impact of (a) an end-frame or information to be included within alcohol advertising (resulting in an estimated at a 2.4 per cent. reduction in consumption) and (b) measures to place unit and health
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information on alcohol labels (direct evidence not available to show impact on consumption. However, there is reason to expect some impact and a 0.02 per cent. reduction in consumption would yield enough benefits to offset the costs involved).

A technical appendix to the assessment explained how these estimates had been arrived and a theoretical 10 per cent. reduction in per capita alcohol consumption was chosen solely to illustrate the methodology. The impact assessments make this theoretical illustration very clear.

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the cost of ambulance and paramedic journeys to treat patients where excessive alcohol consumption was a primary or secondary diagnosis was in each of the last five years; [232137]

(2) what proportion of ambulance and paramedic journeys related to patients requiring treatment following the consumption of excessive alcohol in each of the last five years. [232138]

Mr. Bradshaw: Data are not collected centrally on the proportion of ambulance journeys that are related to excessive consumption of alcohol, or the cost of those journeys.

Ambulance Services: Airwave Service

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original budget was for the
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provision of Airwave radios to the Ambulance Service, broken down by ambulance service trust; how much has been spent by each trust; and what the projected final spend is in each trust. [231960]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Ambulance Radio Programme is delivering a managed service solution for digital radio communications for the 11 Ambulance Trusts in England. The programme is estimated to cost £517 million, but funds are not distributed to individual ambulance trusts as the programme is managed centrally. As at the end of October 2008, programme expenditure has been £82.2 million.

The scope of services being provided centrally was originally based on requirements drawn up by trusts in February 2005. Any additional trust service requirements arising since then are funded by trusts themselves. To date, expenditure on new, further requirements totals £11.4 million.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the original timetable for the provision of Airwave radios to the Ambulance Service was, broken down by ambulance service trust; what the latest performance is against that timetable, broken down by trust; and when he expects full implementation to be achieved. [231961]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is in the following table.


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Trust Service Area (Trust pre Reconfiguration) Original service commencement date Service commencement date or forecast date

East of England Ambulance Service

Essex

October 2006

June 2007

East Anglia

September 2007

Q3 2009

Beds and Herts

August 2007

East Midlands Ambulance Service

Lincolnshire

November 2006

September 2007

East Midlands

October 2007

Q12009

Northants (part of Two Shires AS)

December 2007

Great Western Ambulance Service

Gloucestershire

March 2008

Q2 2009

Avon

February 2008

Wiltshire

April 2008

Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight

January 2007

Q4 2008

London Ambulance Service

London

February 2008

Q3 2009

North East Ambulance Service

Newcastle(1)

October 2007

December 2007

North West Ambulance Service

Greater Manchester

May 2008

Q4 2009

Lanes

January 2008

Cumbria

February 2007

Mersey

November 2007

South East Coast Ambulance Service

Kent

May 2008

Q2 2009

Surrey

November 2006

Sussex

May 2007

South Central Ambulance Service

Hants

August 2007

Q4 2009

Bucks (Part of Two Shires AS)

December 2007

Oxfordshire

May 2007

Royal Berkshire

May 2008

South Western Ambulance Service

Dorset

December 2006

Q2 2009

West country

December 2007

West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands

December 2006

Q1 2009

Shropshire

April 2008

Staffordshire

December 2007

Coventry and Warks

February 2007

Hereford and Worcestershire

November 2006

December 2007

Yorkshire Ambulance Service

West Yorkshire Metropolitan

March 2007

Q3 2009

East and North Yorkshire

July 2007

South Yorkshire

February 2007

December 2007

(1) A second Airwave service will be introduced for the North East Ambulance Service's second control room whose location is yet to be finalised.

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