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Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to private nursing home providers on their statutory obligations towards nursing home residents in their care. 
Phil Hope: All care and nursing homes, whether in the private, public or voluntary sectors, are required to comply with the Care Homes Regulations 2001 and to register with the regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI).
CSCI regulates care homes in accordance with statutory regulations and national minimum standards, which govern the quality and safety of care and level of protection for residents. CSCI publishes a comprehensive range of guidance for providers of care on its website at:
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure extra resources are made available to publicly owned nursing homes and local primary care trusts where private nursing home providers withdraw their provision. 
Phil Hope: It is for local authorities and the national health service to decide how to provide care in their areas, either through direct provision or by contracting with independent sector providers. Local authorities should ensure they have procedures in place to arrange care for residents if they have to move care homes for whatever reason and that capacity exists to deal with such eventualities.
Councils have received record increases in funding39 per cent. in real termssince 1997. The increases, which will rise to 45 per cent. by 2010-11, mean local authorities have the resources they need to arrange care to meet the needs of their local communities.
Phil Hope: No. All care homes are required to register with the regulator, the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). Registration by CSCI signifies that a home meets statutory requirements governing quality and safety and is permitted to operate.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will consider the introduction of a blood screening test for blood donors in place of blood filtering; and if he will make a statement; 
At present, there is no validated test for variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) on the market although the technology is under development.
The expert Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs will assess options for further vCJD risk reduction measures, including prion filtration technology and screening tests, as further information becomes available, and will advise on their use. If a suitable vCJD blood screening test becomes available, the offer of such a test to individuals will be for agreement between the individual and their clinician.
Ann Keen: The information requested is not held centrally. All primary care trusts (PCTs) run dental help lines. Patients who need help in finding a national health service dentist taking on new patients should contact their local PCT.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the change in the annual cost to his Department of maintaining the empty public buildings owned by his Department as a result of the April 2008 changes to empty property rate relief. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) capital funds and (b) resource funds his Department has brought forward from its (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11 budgets for use in (A) 2008-09 and (B) 2009-10; and what schemes this funding is being used to support. 
Mr. Bradshaw: In agreement with Her Majestys Treasury, £100 million of the Departments Capital Expenditure Limit has been brought forward from 2010-11 for use in 2009-10. This is being used to upgrade up to 600 general practitioner surgeries to support training in practices.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of measuring compliance with its targets under its public service agreements in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
The number of national health service sight tests, by patient eligibility, including Diabetics/Glaucoma sufferer' is available in Table B3 of Annex C of the General Ophthalmic Services: Activity Statistics for England and Walesyear ending 31 March 2008 report.
The figures in the above table are not the number of people diagnosed as Diabetics/Glaucoma sufferer but the number of NHS sight tests performed where the patient eligibility is recorded as Diabetes/Glaucoma sufferer on the form.
Patients may qualify for an NHS sight test on more than one criterion. However, they would only be recorded against one criterion on the form. Patients are more likely to be recorded according to their clinical need rather than their age. For example, a patient aged over 60, with glaucoma, is likely to be recorded in the glaucoma category only. The count by eligibility is therefore approximate.
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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) treatment of and (b) support for people diagnosed with glaucoma in (i) Castle Point and (ii) Essex county in the last 12 months. 
It is the responsibility of primary care trusts to ensure that the services they commission meet the needs of the communities that they serve. This includes the commissioning of services for those people with glaucoma.
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are in place to alleviate pressure on beds in the NHS caused by private nursing care home providers ending provision of services. 
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for the introduction of the new arrangements for stoma and incontinence products under Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and if he will make a statement. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the effectiveness of anti-microbial infection control products which generate peracetic acid; and if he will make a statement; 
The Departments Rapid Review Panel has reviewed a peracetic acid generating wipe and awarded it a recommendation 3. This means that the product is a potentially useful new concept but insufficiently validated; more research and development is required before it is ready for evaluation in practice.
Dawn Primarolo: The Transfusion Medicine Epidemiology Review, a collaborative project between the United Kingdom National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit and the United Kingdom Blood Services, records that since 1997 blood components have been issued from 17 blood donors who subsequently died of vCJD.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for (a) responding to the consultation on wheelchair services undertaken as part of the review of the care services efficiency delivery retail model and (b) establishing the new procurement strategy for childrens equipment. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Leader of the House what her policy is on the circumstances under which the Government will provide time to debate private Members' Bills in Government time; and if she will make a statement. 
Chris Bryant: Precedence in Government time is given to private Members' bills only very rarely. The last occasion recorded in the Sessional Returns was the Census (Amendment) Bill [ Lords] in 1999-2000.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Leader of the House which private Members' Bills were taken up by a member of the Government when the Bills reached the second House in which they were to be considered in each session since 1997-98. 
Chris Bryant: An exhaustive list of private Members' and Peers' bills which were taken up by the Government in the second House is not held centrally and could be compiled only at disproportionate cost.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) staff and (b) ministerial away days have been organised by his Department since its inception; and what the cost was of such events. 
Mr. Simon: The Department was created on 28 June 2007. Information on away days for employees is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. However, the organisation of meetings outside the Departments buildings will be based on sound planning and, where accommodation costs and other charges are involved, our policies on appropriateness and value for money.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Government departments use the Government Secure Intranet; and what the cost of maintaining the service was in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. 
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