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Brain Cancer

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has on the trends in numbers of cases of cancer metastases to the brain treated by the NHS over the last 20 years. [253171]

Ann Keen: These data are not collected centrally.

Cannabis: Cumbria

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to Cumbrian health services of addiction to and dependency on cannabis in the last five years. [253791]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Chlamydia: Screening

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of primary care trusts are taking part fully in the national screening programme for chlamydia; and if he will make a statement. [254021]

Dawn Primarolo: All primary care trusts are participating and reporting data to the Health Protection Agency for the national chlamydia screening programme.


Dr. Naysmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on meeting the new targets for the provision of information on contraception in the Quality and Outcomes framework. [253457]

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Mr. Bradshaw: Three new contraception indicators were agreed as part of the new general practitioners contract arrangements that will operate from 2009-10 negotiations. Practices will begin to work towards achievement of the new contraception indicator in the Quality and Outcomes Framework from 1 April 2009. Achievement data will be published in September 2010 by the NHS Information Centre for health and social care.

Departmental Freedom of Information

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many freedom of information officers are employed on (a) a full-time and (b) a part-time basis by his Department, its agencies, health authorities and trusts; and what recent estimate he has made of the overall annual cost of their employment. [253079]

Mr. Bradshaw: The number of staff employed to deal with requests under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act on a full-time and a part-time basis by the Department, its agencies, and the overall estimated annual cost of their employment are set out in the following table.

The estimated overall annual cost of their employment is £360,000, based on the mid-range of salary per member of staff.

In addition, the Department and its agencies call on legal support as required.

Information for health authorities and trusts is not routinely collected. The cost of gathering such information would be disproportionate.

Staff employed to deal with requests under Freedom of Information Act: Department of Health (including. Connecting for Health), the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
Number of staff Department of Health (including CfH) MHRA NHS PASA Total WTE











Total WTE





1. CFH: Connecting for Health
2. Medicines and Health Products Regulatory Agency
3. NHS PASA: NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
4. WTE: Whole Time Equivalent
5. Estimates from proportions of staff time dedicated to FOI work
6. p/t staff includes one agency staff

Departmental ICT

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 18 December 2008, Official Report, columns 1092-94W, on departmental ICT, what his most recent estimate of the (a) cost and (b) completion date is for each of the projects referred to; and if he will make a statement. [251240]

Mr. Bradshaw: The projects listed under the original parliamentary question were those over £100,000 currently being undertaken by the Department, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (PASA). The current expected completion date and estimated cost details, as at 28 January 2009, are as follows:

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Name of organisation Name of project Estimated delivery date of project Estimated cost of project (£000)

Department of Health

Ref Costs 2008

January 2009


Department of Health

MEDS Improvements

August 2009


Department of Health


October 2008 (complete)


Department of Health

Learning Management System

May 2009


Department of Health


June 2009


Department of Health


July 2009


Department of Health


October 2008 (complete)


Department of Health

Delphi 2

February 2009


Department of Health

Business Intelligence Implementation

February 2009


Department of Health

Enterprise Architecture Programme

March 2009


Department of Health

Health Protection Informatics Website(1)



Department of Health

Quickr (Quickplace Upgrade)

April 2009


Department of Health

Centralised Security Monitoring

April 2009


Department of Health

Citrix Upgrade

April 2009


Department of Health

WAN Upgrade

April 2009



Sentinel Server Upgrade

January 2009



Sentinel Component software development

June 2009



Eudra GMP Linkage

January 2009



Pharmacy Replacement

March 2009


(1) The HPI is an IT programme, rather than a single project. It has been set up to provide information and data services to enable the DH to manage the national immunisation programme. It also provides tools to facilitate the management of surveillance information as part of the DH Pandemic preparedness measures. The programme was initially established in 2004 to collect Flu Update data from GPs with a budget of £485,000. The programme has expanded since that point, providing national immunisation data related to a number of vaccinations including Influenza, Pneumococcal and HPV, as well as surveillance and Pandemic Preparedness initiatives. Further development and support of the application will be ongoing, to reflect the evolving Immunisation and Panflu preparedness programmes. The website is being produced and maintained as part of this programme. It does not have a given date.

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

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

Connecting for Health

National Programme for IT (NPfIT)



(1) NPfIT comprises a number of separate systems and services for which, as a whole, there is no single completion date.
(2) At 2004-05 prices, including local costs, as reported by the National Audit Office in its May 2008 report on NPfIT.

Departmental Internet

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 20 November 2008, Official Report, column 687W, on the departmental internet, if he will list the websites operated by his Department in addition to its two main websites. [251480]

Mr. Bradshaw: In addition to its two main websites:


the Department of Health operates 91 websites, as at 26 January 2009. The following table lists these sites.

Under rules set out by the transformational government agenda, these 91 websites will be closed by March 2011, as their content is being migrated to the Department's two main websites, to Directgov

or to Business Link

as appropriate.

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Annex A: Websites operated by the Department of Health as at January 26 2009 (in addition to and
Website URL

18 Weeks

Activity DataBase

Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee

Advisory Bodies

Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA)

Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens (ACDP)

Advisory Group on Hepatitis (AGH)

Asthma Management

Breast Feeding

British Pharmacopoeia Commission (BCP)

Bug Investigators

childcare co-ordinators database

Clean safe care

Clinical Trials Toolkit

Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI)

Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC)

Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment

Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COM)

Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP)

Condom Essential Wear

Cosmetic Surgery Steering Group


Department of Health

DoH Thesaurus

Drugs Misuse Research Initiative

East of England Research and Development Sub Unit

End of life care

Ethics Research Information Catalogue

European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Expert Advisory Group on Aids (EAGA)

Expert patient

Finance Manual

Five a day

Forensic Mental Health

Health Technology Assessment Programme

Health Technology Portal

Healthcare Commission (Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection)

Healthy Start

Healthy Start

Human Genetics Commission (HGC)


Immunisation Group Web Programme (IGWP)

Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP)

Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts

Information and Communication Technology Research Initiative

Information Asset Register


Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI)

Knowledge and Information Portal

London Health Strategy


National Biological Standards Board (NBSB)

National Care Standards Commission

National Leadership Network


NHS Direct

NHS Factsheets

NHS Identity

NHS Photo Library

NHS Plus

On Design

Patient Information Advisory Group

Performance Data

Policy Research Programme


Purchasing and Supply Agency

Putting Action On Health Inequalities Into Practice

RD Info

RD Learning


Research and Development Sub Unit

Royal Commission Elderly

Safety Alert Broadcast System

Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health

Sector 64 Grants

Senior Dental Leadership Team Website

Sexual Health Professionals


Smoke Free England

Social Work and Care

Social Work Careers

Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (SACAR)

Standing Dental Advisory Committee (SDAC)

Talk to Frank

The National Coordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development

UK Xenotransplantation Interim Regulatory Authority (UKXIRA)

Valuing People Support Team

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