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Departmental NDPBs

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget for the (a) Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and Environment Committee, (b) Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment Committee, (c) Medical Effects of Air Pollution Committee, (d) Independent Reconfiguration Panel and (e) National Joint Registry Steering Committee was in each year for the last five years. [231566]

Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 30 October 2008]: The Food Standards Agency pays for the Committee on Toxicity (six meetings a year) and the Department for the Committees on Carcinogenicity (COC) and Mutagenicity (three meetings a year each). The annual budget for COC in 2006 was £10,000, £12,000 in 2007 and £12,200 in 2008.

The Secretariat to the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment (COMARE) is provided by the Health Protection Agency on behalf of the Department. The annual budget for COMARE was £27,300 in 2007-08, £30,000 in 2006-07 and £17,500 in 2005-06.

The Secretariat to the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) is provided by the Health Protection Agency on behalf of the Department. The annual budget for COMEAP and its associated subgroups (currently three) was £25,000 for each of the past three years. Costs for the previous two years were not separately identified.

Independent Reconfiguration Panel expenditure is not separately identified within departmental costs.

The National Joint Registry Steering Committee (NJRSC) advises the National Joint Registry programme. It does not have a budget in its own right. Steering Committee members are paid expenses only. Costs for the last three years, as set out in the NJR Annual Reports, are set out in the following table. Costs for the previous two years have not been separately identified.

National joint registry steering committee costs
April to March each year Cost (£)

2007-08

20,492.91

2006-07

18,650.36

2005-06

12,477.95


Departmental Private Finance Initiative

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total value, (b) revenue payments made to date and (c) estimated revenue payments for the life of each private finance initiative contract was of all private finance initiative projects granted approval by his Department in each year since 1997. [231878]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the capital value and estimated revenue payments for the lifetime of each private finance initiative contract has been placed in the Library.


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Departmental Security

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many security passes have been reported (a) lost and (b) stolen by staff in (i) his Department and (ii) agencies sponsored by his Department in each year since 2001. [228918]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on passes lost and stolen is not held for Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency. The Department does not hold this information prior to 2006. Data on passes lost on stolen from 2006 are as follows:

Lost Stolen

2006

56

11

2007

95

8

2008 to July

48

5


Departmental Temporary Employment

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies were used by his Department for providing temporary staff in each of the last five years; and what the value of contracts with each such company was in each of those years. [229087]

Mr. Bradshaw: The companies currently used by the Department for providing temporary staff are:

Historic information on companies used by the Department is not available. Information on the value of contracts with each company is also not available.

Departmental Training

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on external training courses for departmental staff in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) 2008; and which external organisations were paid by the Department to provide such courses in each year. [230511]


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Mr. Bradshaw: Decisions on external training courses for staff are made locally. The Department does not therefore hold central records of course attendance or the costs involved. To collect such information would incur disproportionate cost.

Drugs: Rehabilitation

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) in-patient, (b) out-patient and (c) community drug treatment programme places were available for problem drug users, in each of the last five years, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. [225735]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) does not record the number of drug treatment places available, but it does record the number of people in drug treatment and the number of treatment episodes, which is the best indication on treatment capacity we have, although these data are not broken down by region. The information is shown in the following tables.

Data on the number of people in drug treatment for the last five years:

Number of people in drug treatment

2003-04

125,545

2004-05

160,453

2005-06

177,055

2006-07

195,464

2007-08

202,666


Data on the number of treatment episodes for the last five years are shown in the following tables. It is important to note that clients may have received more than one type of treatment and this is why the totals given do not match the figures given in the previous table.

2003-04
Type of treatment Percentage of treatment episodes

Inpatient detoxification

3

Specialist prescribing

54

General practitioner (GP) prescribing

9

Structured counselling

21

Structured day care

6

Residential rehabilitation

2

Other structured intervention

5

Total

100

Total treatment codes

98,991

Missing treatment codes

51,020

Total including missing data

150,011


It should be noted that NDTMS data were not collected in 2003-04, however the NTA did ask for some summary retrospective data at the outset of 2004-05, for each agency to provide the most recent episode in the year for each person treated in the year. While this approach was able to provide an estimate of the total number of individuals treated in the year, it does not provide an estimate of the total number of episodes or treatments provided.


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2004-05
Type of treatment Number of people receiving treatment Percentage of people receiving treatment

Inpatient detoxification

5,464

2

Specialist prescribing

88,450

37

GP prescribing

35,409

15

Structured counselling

52,796

22

Structured day care

18,069

8

Residential rehabilitation

5,620

2

Other structured intervention

31,492

13

Young Persons' service

2,995

1

Total treatment codes

240,295

100

Missing treatment codes

57,248

Total including missing data

297,543


2005-06
Type of treatment Number of people receiving treatment Percentage of people receiving treatment

Inpatient detoxification

7,038

2

Specialist prescribing

107,312

35

GP prescribing

45,702

15

Structured counselling

58,831

19

Structured day care

25,085

8

Residential rehabilitation

5,749

2

Other structured intervention

40,678

13

Young Persons' psychosocial intervention

8,442

3

Young Persons' Harm reduction services

3,519

1

Young Persons' Criminal Justice interventions

2,275

1

Young Persons' Specialist pharmacological interventions

1,233

0

Other Young Persons' specific interventions

765

0

Total treatment codes

306,629

(1)99

Missing treatment codes

31,578

Total including missing data

338,207

(1) This figure does not equal 100 per cent. due to the rounding up/down of the preceding percentages.

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