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Fraud: Elections

Mr. Maude: To ask the Solicitor-General how many prosecutions sought by police for offences relating to electoral fraud were not proceeded with by the Crown Prosecution Service in the last 36 months. [241680]

The Solicitor-General: The records maintained by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) comprise information at defendant level rather than at specific offence level, and include no data identifying decisions not to proceed in cases of electoral fraud, either as regards the pre-charge decision phase or post-charge prosecutions. The information may be held on individual case files, but could only be retrieved by locating and examining every relevant file in each CPS office and would incur disproportionate cost.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Solicitor-General whether the Law Officers have been asked for advice on the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in the last two months. [242228]

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The Solicitor-General: By long-standing convention, observed by successive Administrations and embodied in the Ministerial Code, the fact that the Law Officers have advised (or have not advised) on a particular issue, and the content of any advice, is not disclosed outside government.

Road Traffic Offences: Electronic Vehicles

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Solicitor-General what recent discussions she has had with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the prosecution of users of personal transporters on public highways; what guidance is used by the CPS on that matter; and how many such prosecutions have taken place. [240390]

The Solicitor-General: I have had no recent discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) on the prosecution of users of personal transporters, also known as self balancing scooters, on public highways.

However, I can confirm that the Department for Transport considers that powered personal transporters are subject to road traffic legislation and that the CPS has no specific guidance on prosecuting offences involving these vehicles.

Were the police to refer a case involving the use of one of these vehicles to the CPS, the matter would be reviewed in the same way as any other road traffic prosecution.

The CPS does not keep figures on the numbers of prosecutions that have been brought in relation to the use of these vehicles.



Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department took account of the effects of the Hyde Amendment restricting US federal funding of abortion in preparing the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill of Session 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. [241142]

Dawn Primarolo: Only legislation pertaining to the laws governing abortion in Great Britain was considered as part of the partial regulatory impact assessment on the Termination of Pregnancy Bill of Session 2006-07.

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Public Health National Support Team on alcohol harm reduction has started its work. [240378]

Dawn Primarolo: The Alcohol Harm Reduction National Support Team commenced visiting areas with the highest rates of alcohol related hospital admissions in September 2008. Four visits have been completed.

Visits are planned to 48 primary care trusts in total between 2008-09 and 2010-11.

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Children in Care

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the health of children in care. [241151]

Ann Keen: The Department does not hold this information centrally.

Children: Disabled

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent steps he has taken to improve the standard of assistance provided by the NHS to parents of disabled children. [241344]

Ann Keen: The service transformation programme ‘Aiming High for disabled children’ (AHDC) sets out clear expectations for improving choice, access and continuity of care, and seeks to place disabled children’s services at the centre of local children’s service provision. Supported by substantial new funding and measures designed to make the system work better, the AHDC programme aims to deliver access and empowerment for disabled children and families, responsive services and timely support, and improved service quality and capacity. The AHDC programme will provide assistance to parents through a variety of new initiatives—from a full service ‘core offer’, to parents forums and new performance management arrangements that will hold local authorities and primary care trusts to account for the services they provide to families. By 2011, parents of disabled children and young people should be able to report a more favourable experience of these services.

Chlamydia: Screening

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have been screened under the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. [240374]

Dawn Primarolo: During the period 1 April 2003, when the National Chlamydia Screening programme was launched, to the end of September 2008, the latest date for which figures are available, a total of 962,919 screens have been undertaken. The data are for the number of screens carried out not the number of people screened.

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Community Care

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision by the NHS of choice between active patient care and care at home for those with long-term conditions; and if he will make a statement. [240908]

Ann Keen: The information requested is as follows.

‘Supporting people with long term conditions to Self Care—A guide to developing local strategies and good practice’ (24 February 2006) sets out four key areas in which people need support (skills and training, information, tools and devices and support networks) and gives examples of good practice together with the role of professionals and PCTs/Trusts in supporting people to self care.

‘Your Health, your way—a guide to long-term conditions and self care’ was launched on the NHS Choices website on 2 November 2008 and can be found at:

This is the public face of the aforementioned policy and provides people living with long term conditions with information about the choices that should be available to them locally (by April 2009 if they are not available already) to support them to self care in partnership with health and social care professionals.

Community Hospitals

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the (a) locations, (b) costs and (c) planned opening date is of each hospital planned to be built under his Department's community hospitals programme; [241100]

(2) how much his Department (a) has spent and (b) plans to spend in each of the next three financial years under the community hospitals programme; [241341]

(3) what the (a) location, (b) cost and (c) date of opening of each hospital built to date under his Department's community hospitals programme is. [241342]

Mr. Bradshaw: We have given the go ahead to 28 schemes, which are listed in the following table.

We are currently giving consideration to the Department's capital programme budgets for 2009-10 and 2010-11, and in connection with this process, we will take into account which additional schemes are ready to progress and might be funded.

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Hospital Department of Health contribution (£ million) Total cost (£ million) Completion date—actual/projected

Felixstowe Community Hospital



January 2008

Ashfield Primary Care Centre, Nottingham



April 2008

Rotherham Primary Care Centre



February 2009

Hartlepool primary Care Centre



March 2009

Royal South Hants Community Hospital



April 2009

Washington Primary Care Centre



May 2009

Hornsey Community Hospital



May/June 2009

Gosport War Memorial Hospital



July 2009

Keynsham Health Park, North Somerset



September 2009

Teddington Community Hospital



September 2009

Yate Community Hospital



November 2009

St Charles Community Hospital, Kensington



March 2010

Calderdale and Kirklees Hospitals (Calderdale Royal, Holme Valley Memorial, Central Halifax and Princess Royal Hospitals)



From March 2010 to November 20011

Barking Community Hospital



April 2010

Station Plaza Community Health Centre, Hastings



Spring 2010

South Bristol Community Hospital



August 2010

Moreton and Bourton Community Hospitals, North Cotswolds



Autumn 2010

Malvern Community Hospital



September 2010

Minehead Community Hospital



November 2010

Eltham and Mottingham Community Hospital



January 2011

Thame Community Hospital



Early 2011

Dursley (Gloucestershire) Health and Social Care Campus



April 2011

Selby Primary & Community Care Centre



Summer 2011

Stockport (St Thomas') Community Hospital



Summer 2011

East Riding (Beverley, Hornsea and Driffield Community Hospitals)



From November 2011

King's Avenue (Ashford) Community Hospital



Autumn 2011

Finchley Memorial Hospital



March 2012

St Mary's Community Hospital, Portsmouth



Spring 2012




Figures may not tally with total due to rounding.

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