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(1) This is a provisional total. Laboratory reports of hepatitis C are newly diagnosed cases of both current and past infections. This is because present serological tests are not able to differentiate between current acute and chronic hepatitis C infections, or between current and past hepatitis C infections.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely level of take-up of prescription home delivery services by (a) large dispensing appliance contractors and (b) all dispensing appliance contractors under his proposals for changes to the Part IX remuneration regime; and if he will make a statement. 
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the prospects for patient choice for patients using home delivery services for intermittent catheters under Part IX of the Drug Tariff. 
Phil Hope: In the June consultation relating to the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff, it was proposed that that every dispensing appliance contractor and pharmacy contractor in England should be required to provide home delivery for all items in Part IXA (catheter, laryngectomy and tracheostomy), Part IXB and Part IXC of the Drug Tariffif so requested by the useras part of essential services for items that they supply in the normal course of their business.
As it is proposed that every dispensing appliance contractor and pharmacy contractor in England should be required to provide home deliveryif so requested by the useras part of essential services for items that they supply in the normal course of their business, patient choice would be maintained.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects the full summary of responses to the consultation on the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff to be published; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) if he will respond to the contributions made by representative bodies to his Department's consultation on the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff. 
Phil Hope: A summary of responses to the consultation entitled Proposed new arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and urology appliancesand related servicesin Primary Care. June 2008 will be placed on the Department's website no later than three months after the consultation closed. As the consultation closed on 9 Septembers 2008, the summary will be published in week commencing 8 December 2008.
Phil Hope: A summary of responses to the consultation entitled Proposed New Arrangements Under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the Provision of Stoma and Urology Appliancesand Related Servicesin Primary Care. June 2008 will be placed on the Department's website no later than three months after the consultation closed. As the consultation closed on 9 September 2008, the summary will be published in week commencing 8 December 2008.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 October 2008, Official Report, column 657W on incontinence: medical equipment, how many (a) letters and (b) other informal responses his Department received from (i) healthcare professionals, (ii) primary care trust representatives, (iii) strategic health authority representatives, (iv) patients and (v) others on the June 2008 consultation on changes to Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement. 
During the consultation period of 9 June to 9 September 2008, the Department received 604 pieces of correspondence, letters and emails regarding the consultation on proposed new arrangements under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and urology itemsand related servicesin Primary Care.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what requirements there are upon local authorities to (a) hold and (b) maintain adult learning disability registers; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) what guidance he has issued to local councils on how to use school data on young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in order to plan for their needs as they move into adult services; and if he will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: There are no requirements upon local authorities (LAs) to hold and maintain adult learning disability registers. It is for LAs to work with local partners to determine the numbers and needs of their population through the joint strategic needs assessment. Las will also hold details of adults known to services and their level of need.
There has been no guidance issued by the department to local councils in relation to school data. However, guidance by the Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) 2006, sets out the responsibility of the DASS for arrangements to support the transition of service users between children's and adult's services. A copy of this guidance has been placed in the Library.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) total annual expenditure on support packages for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities (b) the maximum care package awarded for someone with a profound and multiple learning disability was in each local authority in each of the last five years. 
Phil Hope: The Department does not hold data on the percentage of people with profound and multiple learning disabilities living in out-of-borough placements. However, it does hold information on the percentage of all adults with learning disabilities in residential care and nursing care placements, placed outside local authority areas: 32 per cent. of supported residents in this group are placed outside local authority areas.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many residents in Hemel Hempstead have received NHS assistance for mental illness in each year since 1998; how many of those received (a) general practitioner counselling, (b) specialist counselling, (c) residence in specialist hostels and (d) hospital accommodation in each year; and what estimate he has made of the volume of such assistance which will be required in 2008-09. 
Phil Hope: Information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows the number of finished mental health consultant episodes for patients at the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust from 2001-02 to 2006-07 which are the latest data available.
|Finished consultant episodes|
Finished Consultant Episode (FCE):
A finished consultant episode (FCE) is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which the FCE finishes. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
Consultant Main Specialty:
This defines the specialty under which the consultant responsible for care of the patient is contracted. Care is needed when analysing HES data by specialty, or by groups of specialties (such as acute). Trusts have different ways of managing specialties and attributing codes so it is better to analyse by specific diagnoses, operations or other recorded information.
Consultant main specialties included:
710 = Mental illness
711 = Child and adolescent psychiatry
712 = Forensic psychiatry
713 = Psychotherapy
715 = Old age psychiatry (available from 1990-91)
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health 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 via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Assessing growth through time:
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected by the NHS there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.
Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many practice nurses there were in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) the Chelmsford local authority area in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007. 
Ann Keen: Data are not collected in the format requested. Data are available for the primary care trusts (PCTs) that serve the constituency and local authority areas for 2002 and 2007 and is shown in the following table.
|Practice Nurses for selected area in 2002 and 2007|
|N umbers (headcount)|
|n/a = Not applicable.|
1. Data for practice nurses are not available at parliamentary constituency or local authority area. West Chelmsford parliamentary constituency and the Chelmsford local authority area are contained within and served by the primary care trusts provided here.
2. Mid Essex PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of Chelmsford PCT, Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT and Witham, Braintree and Halstead PCT
3. Prior to 2002 PCTs did not exist. It is not possible to map organisations back beyond this to provide a time series.
4. Data as at 30 September 2002 and 2007
Workforce statistics are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and PCTs in England. The NHS Information Centre for health 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 Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 366-67W, on nutrition, when he plans to publish the interim progress report of the Nutrition Action Plan Delivery Board. 
Dawn Primarolo: The Department is committed to ensuring that the reimbursement arrangements for pharmacists provide for a suitable payment timetable. However, this particular issue needs to be considered in the wider context of other measures to support community pharmacy.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the proportion of (a) girls and (b) boys reporting having (i) their first sexual experience and (ii) sexual intercourse for the first time at (A) 11 years of age or under, (B) 12 years of age, (C) 13 years of age, (D) 14 years of age, (E) 15 years of age and (F) 16 years of age and older. 
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on which occasions Ministers in his Department have met senior executives of (a) British Energy and (b) EDF in each of the last 12 months. 
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