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Winter Fuel Payments: Maladministration

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his Department's policy on recovering cold weather payments made in error is; and if he will make a statement. [249451]

Kitty Ussher: Customers are asked to repay overpayments of Cold Weather payments arising as a result of customer error, but only where it is cost-effective to do so.

The Department does not currently seek to recover Cold Weather payments made as a result of official error.

Health

Care Homes: Hampshire

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of care home residents were asked to pay a top-up fee in (a) Winchester and (b) Hampshire in each of the last five years. [258224]

Phil Hope: Information about top-up fees is not collected centrally. However, according to the Office of Fair Trading report, “Survey of Older People in Care Homes”, published in May 2005, 33 per cent. of the 382 United Kingdom local authority funded residents interviewed said part of their fees were paid as a third party contribution or top-up.

Care Homes: Standards

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many care homes in each region did not comply with the national (a) privacy and dignity standard 10.1, (b) medicines management standard 9.6, (c) nutrition standards 12.2 and 15.4 and (d) protection from abuse standard 18.1 in each year since the standards were established. [257172]

Phil Hope: We are informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that its inspectors assess the performance of care homes against each national minimum standard (NMS) and rate them on a four-point scale. A score of four indicates that a standard has been exceeded. A score of three shows that it has been met. A score of two denotes that the standard has not been met
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with minor shortfalls—this indicates that one of the numerous subsections in the standard has not been completely met. A score of one means the standard has not been met. CSCI assesses whether an entire standard has been met.

Tables showing the scores of care homes against the NMS for medication, privacy and dignity, meals and mealtimes and protection for care homes for older people, broken down by CSCI region, for each year since the standards were introduced, have been placed in the Library.

Childbirth

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many births there were at (a) under 20 weeks, (b) between 20 and 23 weeks, (c) between 24 and 27 weeks, (d) between 28 and 31 weeks and (e) between 32 and 36 weeks gestation in 2007-08. [258140]

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 February 2009:

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rates were for babies born at (a) under 20 weeks, (b) between 20 and 23 weeks, (c) between 24 and 27 weeks, (d) between 28 and 31 weeks and (e) between 32 and 36 weeks gestation in each year since 1997. [258141]

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 February 2009:


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Survival to age 1 of babies born in England and Wales by gestation weeks, 2005
Gestation ( weeks ) Survival to age 1 (percentage)

Under 22 weeks and birth weight under 1,000g

1.4

Under 22 weeks and birth weight 1,000g and over(1)

73.0

22-23

12.0

24-27

70.2

28-31

94.8

32-36

98.9

(1) There were 100 live births born under 22 weeks with a birth weight of 1,000 grams and above. This recording is implausible and raises concerns about the accuracy in the recording of gestational age, birth weight or both.

Choose and Book

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP referrals to first outpatient appointments were made using Choose and Book in each (a) primary care trust and (b) strategic health authority in the latest period for which figures are available. [257674]

Mr. Bradshaw: Latest figures for the percentage of general practitioner (GP) referrals to first out-patient appointment made using choose and book in each primary care trust and strategic health authority are shown in the following table.


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December 2008 (percentage)

Strategic health authority name

North East

54

North West

51

Yorkshire and the Humber

47

East Midlands

69

West Midlands

47

East of England

43

London

36

South East Coast

40

South Central

44

South West

75

Primary care trust name

Ashton, Leigh and Wigan

68

Barking and Dagenham

66

Barnet

12

Barnsley

89

Bassetlaw

67

Bath and North East Somerset

94

Bedfordshire

30

Berkshire East Teaching

57

Berkshire West

58

Bexley Care Trust

33

Birmingham East and North

48

Blackburn with Darwen Teaching

54

Blackpool

62

Bolton

59

Bournemouth and Poole Teaching

79

Bradford and Airedale Teaching

46

Brent Teaching

22

Brighton and Hove City Teaching

43

Bristol

61

Bromley

25

Buckinghamshire

47

Bury

37

Calderdale

65

Cambridgeshire

49

Camden

22

Central & Eastern Cheshire

45

Central Lancashire

43

City and Hackney Teaching

38

Cornwall and Isles of Scilly

66

County Durham

54

Coventry Teaching

58

Croydon

36

Cumbria

38

Darlington

60

Derby City

67

Derbyshire County

74

Devon

77

Doncaster

68

Dorset

75

Dudley

53

Ealing

36

East and North Hertfordshire

36

East Lancashire

57

East Riding of Yorkshire

32

East Sussex Downs and Weald

25

Eastern and Coastal Kent Teaching

49

Enfield

42

Gateshead

55

Gloucestershire

64

Great Yarmouth and Waveney

Teaching

34

Greenwich Teaching

50

Halton and St Helens

38

Hammersmith and Fulham

31

Hampshire

30

Haringey Teaching

31

Harrow

34

Hartlepool

61

Hastings and Rother

21

Havering

81

Heart of Birmingham Teaching

43

Herefordshire

39

Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale

72

Hillingdon

40

Hounslow

30

Hull Teaching

62

Isle of Wight NHS

24

Islington

46

Kensington and Chelsea

47

Kingston

49

Kirklees

42

Knowsley

42

Lambeth

30

Leeds

25

Leicester City Teaching

72

Leicestershire County and Rutland

65

Lewisham

17

Lincolnshire Teaching

40

Liverpool

55

Luton

45

Manchester

50

Medway

52

Mid Essex

56

Middlesbrough

68

Milton Keynes

74

Newcastle

40

Newham

65

Norfolk

33

North East Essex

64

North East Lincolnshire PCT

45

North Lancashire Teaching

49

North Lincolnshire

43

North Somerset

68

North Staffordshire

45

North Tees PCT

57

North Tyneside

33

North Yorkshire and York

44

Northamptonshire Teaching

93

Northumberland Care Trust

49

Nottingham City

75

Nottinghamshire County Teaching

80

Oldham

75

Oxfordshire

67

Peterborough

39

Plymouth Teaching

80

Portsmouth City Teaching

26

Redbridge

51

Redcar and Cleveland

64

Richmond and Twickenham

20

Rotherham

60

Salford

79

Sandwell

80

Sefton

23

Sheffield

45

Shropshire County

57

Solihull

36

Somerset

81

South Birmingham

37

South East Essex

63

South Gloucestershire

74

South Staffordshire

37

South Tyneside

57

South West Essex

49

Southampton City

30

Southwark

34

Stockport

63

Stoke on Trent

41

Suffolk

40

Sunderland Teaching

70

Surrey

39

Sutton and Merton

28

Swindon

57

Tameside and Glossop

62

Telford and Wrekin

65

Torbay Care Trust

90

Tower Hamlets

54

Trafford

29

Wakefield District

43

Walsall Teaching

39

Waltham Forest

59

Wandsworth

26

Warrington

39

Warwickshire

57

West Essex

46

West Hertfordshire

47

West Kent

35

West Sussex

49

Western Cheshire

47

Westminster

31

Wiltshire

100

Wirral

72

Wolverhampton City

53

Worcestershire

34

Note:
Percentage of GP referrals to first out-patient appointments made using choose and book.

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