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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has written off in bad debts in each of the last five financial years; and what the reason for each write-off was. 
Over 320 organisations participated in the NHS Live events and were invoiced for their contributions. Twenty-four cases valuing £27,876.25 were successfully challenged by the organisations and the outstanding amount was written off by the Department.
The value of capital charges made to individuals around the country that became uncollectible as a result of doubt over the validity of the charges was £9,561.56 . These invoices were subsequently found to have been raised in error.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department and its agencies have spent on (a) flat screen televisions, (b) DVD players and (c) stereo equipment in each of the last three years. 
|Flat screen televisions||DVD players||Stereo equipment|
|(1) Not known.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's workforce planning assumptions used to inform the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review. 
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers have been employed by his Department in each year since 1997-98; and at what cost in each year. 
|Number of press officers, 1997-98 to 2007-08|
|Number of staff|
|Costs for Department of Health media centre staff, 1997-98 to 2006-07|
|Cost (£ million)|
Figures exclude social security and pension costs.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 79W, on departmental NDPBs, (1) for what reasons Independent Reconfiguration Panel expenditure is not separately identified within departmental costs; 
Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given on 3 November 2008, Official Report, column 79W, Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) expenditure is not separately identified within departmental costs.
Since its inception in 2003, IRP expenditure has been authorised by the Department for annual costs to reflect expenditure reasonably incurred to address ad hoc and irregular requests from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health to the panel for authoritative advice on contested service changes, referred to him by local Overview and Scrutiny Committees in line with the panels terms of reference.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was allocated for the work of (a) the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, (b) the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and (c) the Health Protection Agency in each of the last five years. 
1. This includes awards, administrative costs and development of the supporting IT system. 2. From 2006-07 the ACCEA budget was revised to include funding of all Clinical Excellence Awards for which funding had not been transferred to the national health service. These awards include those paid to consultants working in arms length bodies such as the Health Protection Agency (HPA).
There is no central budget for the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens. Members of the committee receive travel and subsistence expenses for meetings they attend and the costs are shared between the three sponsoring departments: Health and Safety Executive, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Department of Health.
|(1) From 1 April 2005 the HPA became a UK-wide body and took on the functions of the National Radiological Protection Board.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paid officials worked for (a) the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards, (b) the Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens and (c) the Health Protection Agency in each of the last five years. 
The Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens is provided with a secretariat jointly by the Health and Safety Executive, the Department of Health, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The Department of Health's contribution to the secretariat is currently provided by the Health Protection Agency.
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