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|Financial year 2008-09|
The total cost of exceptional funding grants to Travellers in the financial year 2008-09 remains the same as the amount stated in my initial answer, as no further grants were made before the end of the financial year.
The final amounts paid may have varied slightly from the figures aforementioned as the Legal Services Commission can adjust the grant if necessary (for example if the hearing is longer, or shorter, than expected).
Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor spent on legal aid in (a) England, (b) the South West, (c) Devon and (d) East Devon constituency in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Malik: Figures for (a) and (b) are only readily available for the last seven years. These are shown in the following table. Figures for (c) and (d) could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The data come from several databases some of which do not go down to the level of detail requested. Manual extraction of the data would take several days.
Small elements of expenditure which cannot be split regionally (e.g. CDS Direct) have been excluded.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department and its predecessor spent on legal aid in (a) Hemel Hempstead and (b) Hertfordshire in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Malik: The information requested is not readily available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The data come from several databases some of which do not go down to the level of detail requested. Manual extraction of the data would take several days.
David Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what impact assessment was made of (a) the decision to reduce the number of places contracted for custodial places in local authority secure childrens homes and (b) the allocation of £20 million for development or redevelopment of new young offender institutions for juveniles. 
The decision to reduce the number of secure childrens home places for which the Youth Justice Board (YJB) contracts was taken following a comprehensive analysis by the YJB of recent data, which showed that the optimum number of secure childrens home places that should be contracted for was 191. The YJB is confident that this number will meet future levels of demand.
The allocation of £20 million of capital provision in 2008-09 for the development or redevelopment of young offender institutions (YOIs) was not directly related to the decision about the award of contracts to secure childrens homes. For the most part, secure childrens homes and YOIs cater for different age groups within the under-18 custodial population. The £20 million has been used by the YJB to develop and improve facilities at a number of YOIs. Capital investment in secure childrens home is the responsibility of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many under 14 year olds were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each county in the East of England region in the last 12 months. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information requested on the number of 14-year-olds treated for alcohol-related health problems in each county in the east of England region in the last 12 months is not held centrally. However, the number of admissions of patients under 14 and resident in east of England with an alcohol-related condition in 2007-08 (the latest 12-month period for which data are available) is shown in the following table:
|Number of admissions of patients under 14 and resident in east of England with an alcohol related condition in 2007-08|
1. The data are for residents of the East of England, rather than patients treated in the east of England.
2. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
3. To protect patient confidentiality, figures between one and five have been suppressed and replaced with *. Where it was possible to identify numbers from the total due to a single suppressed number in a row or column, an additional number (the next smallest) has been suppressed.
4. The number of alcohol-related admissions is based on the methodology developed by the North West Public Health Observatory. Figures for under 16s only include admissions where one or more of the following alcohol-specific conditions were listed:
alcoholic cardiomyopathy (142.6);
alcoholic gastritis (K29.2);
alcoholic liver disease (K70);
alcoholic myopathy (G72.1);
alcoholic polyneuropathy (G62.1);
alcohol-induced pseudo-Cushing's syndrome (E24.4);
chronic pancreatitis (alcohol induced) (K86.0);
degeneration of nervous system due to alcohol (G31.2);
mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol (F10);
accidental poisoning by and exposure to alcohol (X45);
ethanol poisoning (T51.0);
methanol poisoning (T51.1); and
toxic effect of alcohol, unspecified (T51.9).
5. These figures represent the number of episodes where an alcohol-related diagnosis was recorded in any of the 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) primary and secondary diagnosis fields in an HES record. Each episode is only counted once in each count, even if an alcohol-related diagnosis is recorded in more than one diagnosis field of the record.
6. The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the HES dataset and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.
7. As well as the primary diagnosis, there are up to 19 (13 from 2002-03 to 2007-08 and six prior to 2002-03) secondary diagnosis fields in HES that show other diagnoses relevant to the episode of care.
8. A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
9. Years are assigned by the end of the first period of care in a patient's hospital stay.
10. HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. The quality and coverage of the data have improved over time. These improvements in information submitted by the national health service have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example, a number of procedures may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and may no longer be accounted for in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Information Centre for health and social care
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people were treated for a ruptured appendix in each hospital trust in England in the most recent year for which figures are available; 
However, we can supply figures for finished admission episodes with a primary diagnosis of acute appendicitis with generalized peritonitis. This includes perforation, peritonitis (generalized), and rupture.
Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children under the age of 16 years sought treatment for cannabis use in (a) England, (b) the East of England and (c) Suffolk in the last 12 months. 
Dawn Primarolo: Data on those seeking treatment for drug use are not collected centrally. Data on those in treatment are collected and the following table gives figures for under 16-year-olds in treatment for cannabis, both for primary and adjunctive use, for England, the east of England and Suffolk. These figures are based on data for 2007-08, the most recent period for which data are available.
1. If a client starts the year already in treatment, age is taken at 1 April, if they begin treatment during the year, age is taken at triage.
2. Figures are provided for primary use (the substance that brought the client into treatment) and adjunctive use (a substance additional to the primary drug used by the client).
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 April 2009, Official Report, column 1232W, on carbon monoxide: departmental co-ordination, (1) whether Ministers from his Department attended the Health and Safety Executive-led Officials Group on Gas Safety and Carbon Monoxide Awareness on 5 September 2007; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff on temporary contracts are employed at his Department's offices at Richmond House; and what entitlement such staff have to (a) sick and (b) holiday pay. 
|Person type||Total full-time equivalents|
The provision of non-permanent staff as specialist contractors is under tax exemption IR35 and as such the contractors are deemed to be self-employed. The Work Time Regulations do not apply, there is no holiday entitlement outside of public holidays and the contract is therefore silent on this matter.
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