Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) minimum, (b) maximum and (c) average payment made to GPs in each primary care trust area for the purpose of dispensing medicines was in the most recent period for which information is available. 
Phil Hope: Information is not collected centrally on minima or maxima average payments made to general practitioners (GPs) in each primary care trust for dispensing medicines. Overall dispensing GPs earned on average £126,996 in 2006-07, £23,000 more than non dispensing GPs.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being considered to provide elderly patients with limited mobility who live in remote rural areas with access to dispensing facilities where GP dispensaries are closed. 
Phil Hope: The pharmacy consultation paper Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengthsdelivering the futureproposals for legislative change was published on 27 August 2008. As part of this consultation, we have put forward options for possible reform of general practitioner dispensing arrangements on which we are seeking views. We have no preferred option at this stage nor have we come to a view as to whether any reform of these particular arrangements is necessary. However, any decisions will seek to protect the access to medicines for vulnerable members of the community.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what process the mandate he gives his officials for international negotiations on areas of
policy which are not the subject of settled Government policy is determined. 
Dawn Primarolo: UK Government positions for negotiations that the Department leads are agreed in advance. This process involves other Government Departments with an interest and takes account of prior consultation with stakeholders.
All UK positions on international health should reflect the goals and principles in Health is Globalthe Governments Global Health Strategy published on 30 September. A copy has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 6 October 2008, Official Report, column 422W, on hepatitis, how many notifications of hepatitis B were made to the Health Protection Agency and its predecessor bodies in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area. 
|Statutory notifications of hepatitis B in England by strategic health authority: 1997 to 2007
|S trategic health authority (SHA)
1. Hepatitis B is notifiable under the Public Health (Infectious Diseases) Regulations 1988.
2. SHAs have been merged, and the number reduced from 28 to 10. The table gives data for both the previous and the current SHAs.
3. Cells are left empty if no cases have been reported.
4. These data have already been published.
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