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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if he will take steps to (a) increase levels of participation in sport and (b) improve the provision of sporting facilities, with particular reference to the North East. 
(a) Sport England have developed a strategy to create a world leading community sport system. This strategy will deliver 1 million more people playing sport by 2012. As part of this process Sport England have been working closely with 46 national governing bodies (NGBs) to develop new Whole Sport Plans, giving the experts in each sport the opportunity to shape its strategic direction.
(b) Sport England are also funding a Facilities Improvement Service designed to assist selected local authorities with their planning tools and ensure that they take a strategic view of facility provision. This service is currently working with Middlesbrough and Gateshead councils. Sport England will additionally invest up to £10 million per year of capital funding in projects to promote a sustainable approach to community facilities throughout the country, including the north east region.
Barbara Follett: VisitBritain produced a Forecast Report in December 2008 which looks ahead to 2009 and considers what is likely to happen to the volume and value of inbound tourism to the UK. The report can be viewed at the following web link:
Barbara Follett [holding answer 20 January 2009]: VisitBritain is funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to promote Britain overseas as a tourist destination and co-ordinate the domestic marketing of England, with VisitEngland which includes the promotion of coastal towns. In addition, this Department has made available a funding package of £45 million (£15 million p.a. over three years) through the Sea Change Programme which aims to catalyse the regeneration of seaside resorts in England through cultural and heritage projects. This programme will not only benefit the local community, but also help boost the visitor economy of resorts. £14.6 million has been made available to 15 resorts through the programme in 2008-09.
It is for local authorities, as employers, to work actively with the unions to deal with equal pay in an affordable way. Central Government do not have direct involvement. The Local Government Employers organisation monitors progress in local government towards implementation.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Minister for Women and Equality which local authorities have been permitted to borrow to fund equal pay deals in the last two years; and how much was borrowed in each case. 
On 26 September 2008, £455 million of capitalisation directions were issued to 34 authorities to enable them to make equal pay back-payments and speed up progress on delivering equal pay. The 2008-09 announcement builds on the £500 million of capitalisation directions allocated to 46 authorities in 2007.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are available for adults with autism in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. 
Better services for people with an autistic spectrum disorder: A note clarifying current Government policy and describing good practice, which clarified the nature and intent of Government policy as it relates to adults with an autistic spectrum condition.
John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to facilitate early diagnoses of Alzheimers disease and dementia on the part of GPs in the last three years; 
Phil Hope: The importance of early diagnosis, intervention and care options for people with dementia, including Alzheimers disease, will be emphasised in the national dementia strategy, which will be published shortly.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published technology appraisal guidance on drugs for the treatment of Alzheimers disease in September 2007. The guidance recommends a number of drugs for use in the moderate stage of the disease and national health service organisations are now statutorily required to make funding available to implement NICEs recommendations. NICE has also published a clinical guideline on dementia, which we expect NHS organisations to implement over time.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) care homes and (b) care home places for people suffering from dementia there were in each local authority area in Kent in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: We are informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that it does not register care homes according to the number of people from a specific client group, such as those suffering dementia. CSCI will register a home as being able to care for at least one person from a particular client group. CSCI is able to produce data from 2004 when it was first established. Information from earlier years is not available centrally.
|Care homes and places in Kent|
|As at 31 March:|
|(1) Homes do not register the actual number of places they have for each client group. They indicate which groups they can provide at least one place for. The number of registered places shown is the sum of all places in the care home that indicated they provide care for at least one person with dementia.|
CSCI database as at 2 May 2008
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire provide NHS treatment to (i) children and (ii) adults; and how many and what proportion of (A) children and (B) adults in the area received NHS treatment from such dentists in the last 12 months. 
The numbers of dentists with national health service activity during the years ending 31 March, 2007 and 2008 are available in table G1 of annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007/08 report. Information is provided by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT). This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.
Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published work force figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March.
These figures relate to headcounts and do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others, or between treatments for adults and children.
Under the new dental contractual arrangements, patients do not have to be registered with an NHS dentist to receive NHS care. The closest equivalent measure to registration is the number of patients receiving NHS dental services (patients seen) over a 24-month period. However, this is not directly comparable to the registration data for earlier years.
The number of patients seen in the previous 24 months in England, as at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 June 2008 is available in table D1 of annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics, Q1 2008-09 report. Table D2 contains information on the numbers of patients
seen as a percentage of the population. Information is provided by PCT and SHA and is available by adult and child patients seen.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people have received services under the quality care and support system in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years. 
Phil Hope: The NHS Information Centre for health and social care collects and publishes information on the number of people receiving local authority funded social care in a domiciliary or residential setting in England.
The following tables show the number of individuals in England aged 65 and over who received domiciliary or residential care funded wholly or in part by councils with adult social services responsibilities as at 31 March of each year.
|Number of people aged 65 and over receiving care funded wholly or in part by councils with adult social services responsibilities at 31 March 2008 , England|
|Councils with social services responsibilities||Domiciliary care( 1)||Residential care( 2, 3)||Domiciliary care( 1)||Residential care( 2, 3)||Domiciliary care( 1)||Residential care( 2, 3)|
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