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Phil Hope: The operating framework for the national health service, which sets out the specific business and financial arrangements for the NHS in any given year, first made specific references to supporting carers in the 2008-09 report. The recently published operating framework for 2009-10 goes further. It requires primary care trusts (PCTs) to work with their local authority partners and publish joint plans on how their combined funding will support breaks for carers, including short breaks, in a personalised way.
The 2006 White Paper Our health, our care, our say announced the New Deal for Carers. It included Caring with Confidence (CwC)a training programme for carers. The first training commenced in August 2008 and distance-training modules will be available from January 2009. It is being run by a consortium led by the Expert Patients Programme and includes the three main carers organisations (Carers UK, Crossroads and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers) and Partners in Policymaking. £4.4 million per year has been allocated to fund this programme.
The delivery of CwC will be through existing local providers of serviceswhether from the third or statutory sectors. Local providers have been invited to become part of this delivery process, through a nationally advertised tendering process; from this work CwC will put in place a national network of local providers.
The Department has awarded a contract to bss (a charity that specialises in not-for-profit helplines) to provide the helpline (available by phone, e-mail and post). It is anticipated that the helpline will be in place in April 2009.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research his Department has conducted or evaluated on the relationship between myalgic encephalopathy/chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial damage. 
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the work of Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health, Research and Care; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: Nine of the national health service and university partnerships that earlier this year bid for collaboration for leadership in applied health research and care (CLAHRC) status were successful. Their National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding began on 1 October 2008 and is for a period of five years.
Phil Hope: All councils in England with social service responsibilities received a preventative technology grant in 2006-07 and 2007-08. Full details are in Local Authority Circular LAC (2006)5 which has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Bradshaw: The maximum potential sum for each of the national programme for information technology core contracts is the total sum payable to the supplier over the lifetime of the contract. This figure for each contract is in the table.
2004-05 prices: reported in The National Programme for IT in the NHS: Project Progress Report (National Audit Office 16 May 2008)
Dawn Primarolo: One of the aims of the Government's Sexual Health and HIV Strategy and Teenage Pregnancy Strategy is to reduce teenage pregnancies. It is therefore vital that sexually active young people have access to the full range of methods of contraception, including the contraceptive pill. It is, however, for the health care professional, in conjunction with the young woman, to decide the most suitable method of contraception for her.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received of the prevalence of new variant CJD in the population carrying the MV gene; and what steps he is taking in response to such reports. 
Dawn Primarolo: There have been a total of 167 cases of clinical vCJD in the United Kingdom. All of these patients have been of MM genotype. There has been one reported case of sub-clinical vCJD in a person of MV genotype, who died of an unrelated cause without having developed clinical symptoms of vCJD.
In December 2008, BBC Newsnight reported a case of CJD in a patient of MV genotype. As part of a well established system, all known suspect cases of CJD are reviewed and followed up by the National CJD Surveillance Unit in Edinburgh and the National Prion Unit in London. To date, the National CJD Surveillance Unit has not identified a definite or probable case of vCJD in a non-MM genotype individual.
Phil Hope: The National Dementia Strategy has been identified as a priority in the National Operating Framework for primary care trusts (PCTs) for both this year and next. Early intervention in cases of dementia by PCTs is cost-effective and can improve quality of life for people with dementia and their families.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of contractors and suppliers to (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have reported that they are compliant with the Governments security standards following publication of the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action, on 25 June 2008. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Departments Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO) wrote to all Directors in November 2008 requiring them to seek assurance from contractors and suppliers within their area of responsibility that they are aware of, and comply with, the Governments security standards set out in the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government, and the accompanying document, Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action. The response to this exercise will be recorded in end of year assurance statements in March 2009.
Security and information assurance conditions are available for use by NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA) and the wider NHS in relevant tendering exercises, i.e. where personal or other confidential information will be used, disseminated or handled by the relevant public body or any third party associated with the contract (including but not limited to ICT contracts). These conditions fully comply with the latest data handling procurement policy guidance published by OGC in November 2008. NHS PASA is in the process of contacting its own suppliers to ensure they are compliant with the Government security standards.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many contracts (a) his Department and (b) its agencies have which allow contractors to store personal data of UK citizens overseas; for which contracts this applies; in which countries the data for each contract are held; and how many people have their data stored overseas in the case of each such contract. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Neither the Department nor its agencies, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency or the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, have any contracts allowing contractors to store personal data of United Kingdom citizens overseas.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department appointed a senior information risk owner in accordance with the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action; when the appointment was made; and what grade the person holds within the Department. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department appointed a senior information risk owner (SIRO) on 15 March 2004 in response to a letter from Cabinet Office in February 2004, and consequently before the requirements for such an appointment in the report, Data Handling Procedures in Government and the accompanying document Cross-departmental Actions: Mandatory Minimum Action.
Mr. Bradshaw: All the Department's information technology (IT) systems meet the requirements set out in the Security Policy Framework (SPF), the Data Handling Report (DHR) and related Cross Government Actions: Minimum Mandatory Measures. They also comply with ISO27001, the standard for Information Security Management.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its staff; and what assessment he has made of his Department's performance against its targets relating to diversity in its workforce. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department holds workforce data on sex, ethnicity, age and disability and will be collecting data on sexual orientation and religion or belief, which will be available in 2009. These data are used to track progress, on a quarterly and annual basis, against its diversity targets.
This year the Department has exceeded the Cabinet Office targets for women, black and minority ethnic staff and disabled staff in the senior civil service, apart from those for women in top management posts.
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