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|(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.
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. 
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 Departments own employees.
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many children have been born with (a) Downs Syndrome and (b) Fragile X Syndrome in each of the last 30 years. (244804)
The table attached provides the number of live and stillbirths notified to the National Congenital Anomaly System for England and Wales (NCAS) with a mention of (a) Downs Syndrome and (b) Fragile X Syndrome for the last 30 years. Figures for Fragile X Syndrome are not available prior to 1995.
The number of notifications received by NCAS is likely to be less than the actual number of infants born with an anomaly. The level of under-reporting would be higher for anomalies which are not readily apparent at birth, such as Fragile X Syndrome, than for those which are easier to diagnose, such as Downs Syndrome.
NHS Trusts provide these notifications to NCAS on a voluntary basis, either on forms sent to the Office for National Statistics shortly after the birth or via local congenital anomaly registers. The recording of congenital anomalies is more complete in those areas where a register operates, because the register can obtain additional information locally later. Consequently, the figures for congenital anomalies are presented separately for areas where a register operated and for areas without a register in a particular year. While a few of these local congenital anomaly registers were already established in 1998, others were set up as late as 2003. In 2006, registers covered 43 per cent of births in England and all births in Wales.
|Table 1: Number of notifications to the National Congenital Anomaly System with a mention of (a) Downs Syndrome( 1) and (b) Fragile X Syndrome( 1, 2) 1977 to 2006 England and Wales( 3)|
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|Percentage of births covered by a register( 3)||Register areas||Non register areas||Total||Register areas||Non register areas||Total|
|(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 Downs Syndrome for earlier years are taken from previous publicationsnotifications 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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