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The following table provides prescriptions for “Z” tranquilliser items, dispensed in the community, in England, and written in the UK, for 2007 and 2008, by quarters (Q1-Q4), in thousands.

“Z” tranquilisers items
Thousand

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Full year

2007

Zaleplon

8.5

7.7

7.8

7.8

31.9

Zolpidem Tartrate

172.5

168.2

170.5

175.5

686.6

Zopiclone

1,097.1

1,073.1

1,094.3

1,150.4

4,414.9

2008

Zaleplon

7.5

7.0

7.1

7.4

29.0

Zolpidem Tartrate

173.3

169.9

173.0

179.5

695.8

Zopiclone

1,151.2

1,136.0

1,172.4

1,232.1

4,691.7

Note:
Aggregated figures may not match full-year volumes due to rounding.
Source:
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA) system

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will consider the merits of introducing specialist tranquilliser withdrawal clinics. [274693]

Dawn Primarolo: The provision of treatments/services that reflect local needs and priorities is a matter for local decision.

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which members of the Commission on Human Medicines provide scientific advice on tranquillisers to his Department. [274966]

Dawn Primarolo: The Commission on Human Medicines (CHM) provides its advice to the Secretary of State as a collective body and not through individual experts.

Membership of the CHM and the expert advisory groups is available on the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency website at:

Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the potential permanent effects on health of long-term tranquilliser use in the last 10 years; and what assessment he has made of the conclusions of such research. [276015]

Dawn Primarolo: Neither the Department's National Institute for Health Research nor the Medical Research Council has funded research into the permanent effects on health of long-term tranquilliser use. Both organisations welcome applications for support for research into any aspect of human health. Applications are judged in open competition with other demands on funding, with awards being made on the basis of the scientific quality of the proposals made.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Building Colleges for the Future Programme

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills (1) which colleges will receive funds from the £300 million allocated to Building Colleges for the Future in the 2009 Budget; [274038]

(2) how many projects will receive funds from the £300 million allocated to Building Colleges for the Future in the 2009 Budget. [274039]

Mr. Simon: Budget 2009 announced that an additional £300 million of capital funding will be made available in the current spending round and will allow a limited number of projects to start within this spending review period. Capital investment between 2007-08 and 2010-11
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will total £2.6 billion on top of the £2 billion invested between 1997-98 and 2007-08. It is not possible to say the exact number of, or the names of the specific projects, that will be funded as the selection of projects will be based on objective criteria that the LSC is developing in consultation with the sector. The LSC plan to confirm which projects will be taken forward during this spending review period at the beginning of the summer.

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of the meeting held on 29 April 2009 of the panel of college principals established to discuss prioritisation of further education capital funding. [274234]

Mr. Simon: The minutes of this meeting were published on the Learning and Skills Council’s website on 30 April, at:

I will ensure copies of the minutes are placed in the House Libraries.

Energy Performance Certificates

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what responsibilities the National Measurement Office has for enforcement of the provisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. [276167]

Mr. Lammy: The National Measurement Office has no responsibilities for the enforcement of the provisions of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. The Regulations themselves are the responsibility of the Department for Communities and Local Government and enforcement is a matter for local authorities with trading standards functions.

Like any other part of government the Office is responsible for complying with the regulations in respect of its own building.

Further Education: Finance

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding has been allocated by his Department to cover the start-up costs of each further education college which received approval in principle for capital development from the Learning and Skills Council. [276280]

Mr. Simon: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the Council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much of the £1.2 billion funding available for new further education
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capital programmes in 2009-2014 he estimates will be allocated for outstanding costs of existing capital programmes. [276281]

Mr. Simon: Budget 2009 announced that an additional £300 million of capital funding will be made available in the current spending round and will allow a limited number of projects to start within this spending review period. Capital investment between 2007-08 and 2010-11 will total £2.6 billion on top of the £2 billion invested between 1997-98 and 2007-08. It is not possible to say the exact number of, or the names of the specific projects, that will be funded as the selection of projects will be based on objective criteria that the LSC is developing in consultation with the sector. The LSC plan to confirm which projects will be taken forward during this spending review period at the beginning of the summer.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what his latest estimate is of the level of non-recoverable costs incurred by further education and other colleges resulting from the reused allocations of capital funding by his Department; and what arrangements he has made to compensate colleges for such costs. [276282]

Mr. Simon: To be clear, the Department has not withdrawn any capital funding. In actual fact, in addition to the already record level of capital funding that we are investing in this spending review period, Budget 2009 announced that an additional £300 million of capital funding will be made available in the current spending round.

Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how much funding each further education college which has not received an approval in detail for capital redevelopment has been guaranteed by the Learning and Skills Council to cover their start-up costs. [276283]

Mr. Simon: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2009, whether Matthew Boulton College in Birmingham has submitted plans to the Learning and Skills Council for developing the campus in the Birmingham, Erdington constituency. [273122]


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Mr. Simon [holding answer 18 May 2009]: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Adam Afriyie: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate his Department has made of the effect on Sutton Coldfield and Matthew Boulton colleges arising from the freeze on capital spending on their Erdington campus. [273282]

Mr. Simon [holding answer 7 May 2009]: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills when the Learning and Skills Council and its external property advisers plan to meet representatives of Wycombe and Amersham college. [273431]

Mr. Simon [holding answer 7 May 2009]: Capital funding for further education colleges is administered by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC). As the information requested is with regard to an operational matter for the council, I have asked Geoffrey Russell, the acting LSC chief executive, to write to the hon. Member with the further information requested. A copy of his letter will be placed in the House Libraries.

Learning and Skills Council

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people are employed in each office of the (a) Learning and Skills Council and (b) Higher Education Funding Council for England. [274232]

Mr. Simon: The Higher Education Funding Council for England employs 263 full-time equivalent staff; 259 in Bristol and four in London.

The management of the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) estate is a matter for the LSC. As at March 2009 the LSC had 3,046.41 full-time equivalent (FTE) staff in post. A breakdown of the number of staff based in each office of the LSC is provided as follows. The total occupancy varies slightly from the FTE figure as the FTE figure incorporates data on part time workers as a proportion of one FTE depending on individual working patterns.


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LSC office Occupancy

National Office Coventry—Cheylesmore House

593

Manchester

240

Liverpool

43

Lancashire—Preston

27

Cheshire and Warrington

14

Cumbria

16

Birmingham

228

Stoke on Trent

30

Shropshire

0

Black Country Castlegate

29

Black Country Oldbury

0

Hereford/Worcester

40

Coventry and Warwickshire

27

London—Central

195

London—West

32

London—East

54

London—North

26

London—South

29

Gateshead

165

Billingham—Tees Valley

40

Durham

0

Bradford

165

Sheffield

107

Hull

27

York

27

Cambridge

20

Bedfordshire

55

Suffolk—Ipswich

82

Hertfordshire

32

Essex

27

Norfolk—Norwich

23

Leicester

147

Derbyshire

29

Lincoln

18

Northampton

16

Nottingham

32

Bristol

76

Bournemouth

17

Plymouth Devon and Cornwall

81

Truro—Devon and Cornwall

11

Exeter—Devon and Cornwall

9

Gloucester

14

Taunton—Somerset

18

Swindon

24

Reading

97

East and West Sussex—Brighton

70

Fareham

56

Woking—Surrey

33

Milton Keynes

14

Kent/Medway—West Malling

53

Total

3,208


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