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The IT projects undertaken by Connecting for Health are listed as follows.

Name of organisation Name of project Total estimated cost of project (£ billion) Current estimated delivery date of project

NHS Connecting for Health

National Programme for IT (NPfTT)

(1)6.2

(2)

(1 )The value of contracts placed in 2003 and 2004 for the core components of the National programme was £6.2 billion over 10 years. Note: costs of the items procured under these contracts have not increased, but there have been increases to the scope and a number of new products have been added. The figure reported in the 3 November reply also included other central and local costs of the programme, for which no comparable figure was available when the core contracts were placed.
(2 )NPfTT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single completion date.

Departmental Pay

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to ensure that those temporary and permanent employees at the same grade in his Department who are paid at an hourly rate are paid at the same rate. [244391]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not employ any permanent staff paid at an hourly rate.

Since July 2008 temporary clerical and administrative workers are supplied from agencies to the Department under the Home Office Framework. The supplying agencies are selected by fair competition on the basis of value for money. The Department contracts with the supplying agencies and not their temporary employees.

The Department cannot interfere in the commercial relationship between an agency and its employee and so cannot ensure parity in the rates paid by the agency to its employee as compared with the Department’s own employees.

Down's Syndrome

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been born with (a) Down’s Syndrome and (b) Fragile X Syndrome in each of the last 30 years. [244804]

Kevin Brennan: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 17 December 2008:


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Table 1: Number of notifications to the National Congenital Anomaly System with a mention of (a) Down’s Syndrome( 1) and (b) Fragile X Syndrome( 1, 2) 1977 to 2006 England and Wales( 3)
Down’s Syndrome Fragile X Syndrome
Percentage of births covered by a register( 3) Register areas Non register areas Total Register areas Non register areas Total

1977

0

0

425

425

n/a

n/a

n/a

1978

0

0

444

444

n/a

n/a

n/a

1979

0

0

463

463

n/a

n/a

n/a

1980

0

0

481

481

n/a

n/a

n/a

1981

0

0

475

475

n/a

n/a

n/a

1982

0

0

527

527

n/a

n/a

n/a

1983

0

0

497

497

n/a

n/a

n/a

1984

0

0

505

505

n/a

n/a

n/a

1985

0

0

442

442

n/a

n/a

n/a

1986

0

0

445

445

n/a

n/a

n/a

1987

0

0

459

459

n/a

n/a

n/a

1988

0

0

428

428

n/a

n/a

n/a

1989

0

0

487

487

n/a

n/a

n/a

1990

0

0

415

415

n/a

n/a

n/a

1991

0

0

440

440

n/a

n/a

n/a

1992

0

0

394

394

n/a

n/a

n/a

1993

0

0

311

311

n/a

n/a

n/a

1994

0

0

316

316

n/a

n/a

n/a

1995

0

0

320

320

0

1

1

1996

0

0

357

357

0

3

3

1997

0

0

412

412

0

1

1

1998

5

38

419

457

n/a

n/a

1

1999

14

99

327

426

n/a

n/a

7

2000

27

167

244

411

2

0

2

2001

26

165

216

381

0

1

1

2002

32

165

192

357

2

0

2

2003

45

275

132

407

3

1

4

2004

48

361

112

473

2

0

2

2005

48

372

108

480

0

0

0

2006(4)

44

309

109

418

0

0

0

(1) The table includes notifications between 1995 and 2006 coded to (a) Q90 and (b) Q99.2 using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Edition (ICD-10). Figures for 1995 onwards are based on data on NCAS on 17 October 2007. Figures for Down’s Syndrome for earlier years are taken from previous publications—notifications between 1979 and 1994 were coded to 758.0 (ICD-9).
(2) Figures for Fragile X are not available before 1995. Figures for notifications in register areas in 1998 and 1999 are omitted because they would be based on data from only two registers.
(3) Births to women resident in England and Wales.
(4) Figures for 2006 exclude data for some areas which used to be part of East Midlands and South Yorkshire congenital anomaly register.

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