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This Local Authority Circular sets out information to support the transformation of social care set out in Putting People First, including the details of the social care reform grant. This new ring-fenced grant provides £520 million from 2008-11 to support councils to help redesign and reshape their systems. Annex A provides a copy of the Social Care Reform Grant Determination to Local Authorities.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many independent review panels were held in 2006 to 2008; and what assessment he has made of levels of complainant satisfaction with the process; 
(3) how many complaints which were independently investigated under the social care complaints procedure which progress to stage 2 overturned the findings at the local resolution stage in the most recent period for which information is available. 
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the period of time between a surgical operation and further surgery required by a patient is counted for the purposes of performance against waiting time targets. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The 18 week commitment covers all consultant-led elective services from the time the patient is referred for treatment to the start of their first definitive hospital treatment. On completion of an 18 week referral to treatment period, a new 18 week clock starts upon the decision to start a substantively new or different treatment that does not already form part of that patients agreed care plan.
(2) how many (a) males and (b) females in each (i) age group and (ii) health authority have been prescribed Vioxx in each year since 1999; and how many in each category have suffered (A) heart attacks and (B) fatal heart attacks while prescribed Vioxx in each such year. 
Phil Hope: Information is not collected on either the gender or number of people prescribed a medicine, only on the number of prescription items dispensed. Information on the estimated number and net ingredient cost for Vioxx items dispensed in the community in England, by age group, from 1999, when the drug was licensed in the UK, is provided in the following table.
|Estimated number of prescription items (thousand)( 1)||Net ingredient cost|
|Children aged under 16 and 16-18 in full-time education||Elderly aged 60 and over||Adults aged 16 to 59 (ex 16-18 in full time education)||Total||NIC (£000)|
|(1) Estimates are based on a 1 in 20 sample of all exempt prescriptions dispensed by community pharmacists, appliance contractors and dispensing doctors.|
(2) Data have not been reported where 50 or fewer prescription items are estimated to have been dispensed during the period.
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) data
Prescribing activity for individual primary care trusts (PCTs) for 2004the most recent year reportable prescribing took place, has been placed in the Library. From 2005 to 2007 less than 50 items were dispensed in the community each year in a significant number of PCTs. Releasing actual figures may potentially allow the identification of individual patients. NHS Prescription Services retains these data for 60 months on a rolling basis, therefore this information is not available at PCT level prior to 2004.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for being drunk and disorderly there have been in the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force area in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Court proceedings data, and PND data, are collected centrally at police force area level and are not further broken down. Therefore data for the Chelmsford division of the Essex police force are not available.
Additionally, penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) are available for this offence. The number of PNDs issued to persons aged 16 and over for being drunk and disorderly in the Essex police force area, from 2004, when the scheme was implemented to 2007 is given in table 2.
|Table 1: Number of persons found guilty at all courts for drunk and disorderly related offences in the Essex police force area, from 1998 to 2007( 1,2,3)|
|(1) Data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:
Being found drunk in a highway or other Public place whether a building or not, or a licensed premises.
Licensing Act 1872 Sec 12.
Any person who in any public place is guilty, while drunk, of disorderly behaviour.
Criminal Justice Act 1967 Sec.91.
(3) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Court proceedings data held by CJEAOffice for Criminal Justice ReformMinistry of Justice
|Table 2: Number of penalty notices for disorder issued to persons aged 16 and over for offences of being drunk and disorderly( 1) in the Essex police force area from 2004 - 07( 2)|
|(1) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes:|
Being found drunk in a highway or other public place, whether a building or not, or on licensed premisesLicensing Act 1872, section 12;
Being guilty while drunk of disorderly behaviour - Criminal Justice Act 1967, section 91.
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Office for Criminal Justice ReformEvidence and Analysis Unit.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were of retailers for selling alcohol to persons under 18 years old in 2007; and what the average fine imposed was on those convicted. 
Mr. Alan Campbell:
Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and
convicted at all courts, the number of persons fined and the average fine for selling alcohol to persons aged under 18, in England and Wales, for 2007 are shown in the following table.
|Number of defendants( 1) proceeded against at magistrates courts( 2) , convicted and fined at all courts( 2) , and the number of persons issued with a penalty notice for disorder (PND)( 3) for sale of alcohol to a person under 18, England and Wales, 2007( 4)|
|Statute||Description||Number proceeded against||Number found guilty||Number of fines||Average fine amount (£)||Number of PNDs issued( 5)|
|n/a = Not applicable|
(1) Defendants includes persons and other defendants (companies and public bodies etc.).
(2) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(3) Sale of alcohol to a person under 18 is an £80 PND ticket offence.
(4) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(5) Number of PNDs issued to persons aged 16 and over.
Evidence and Analysis UnitOffice for Criminal Justice Reform
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