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Ministerial Policy Advisers: Conduct

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many investigations there have been into alleged breaches of the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers” since 27 June 2007. [274178]

Mr. Byrne: Special advisers’ duties and responsibilities are set out in the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers”. Any investigation into alleged breaches of the Code of Conduct for special advisers is a matter for individual Departments.

Copies of the “Code of Conduct for Special Advisers” are available in the Library of the House and also available at

Unemployment: Graduates

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what recent estimate he has made of the percentage of qualified (a) law, (b) medical and (c) engineering graduates in the UK who are unemployed. [276621]

Kevin Brennan: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated May 2009:

Olympics

Olympic Games 2012: Construction

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Minister for the Olympics what contracts the Olympic Delivery Authority has let for sustainable regular delivery of construction materials by water; and what proportion of deliveries of such materials she expects to be made by (a) water, (b) rail and (c) other modes of transport. [276548]

Tessa Jowell: To date, delivery of construction materials to the Olympic Park site by water has been in the form of pilot operations to determine wharf locations and areas that require dredging. Regular use of the waterways will commence this summer following the opening of Prescott Lock in June which will enable 350-tonne barge access into the site.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is firmly committed to sustainability and actively encourages all contractors to use sustainable transportation methods. The ODA Sustainability Development Strategy (2007)
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states that 50 per cent. of construction materials (by weight) will be transported by sustainable means. There are no specific targets in relation to water or rail transportation.

In May 2008, Aggregate Industries was appointed sole provider of all aggregate materials needed for the construction of the venues and infrastructure to the Olympic Park including sand, gravel, crushed stone and recycled concrete. Aggregate Industries aims to transport 99 per cent. of aggregate materials via sustainable transport methods, surpassing the ODA's target of 50 per cent. The aim is that approximately 74 per cent. of the aggregate materials will be transported by rail and 25 per cent. by water, with only 1 per cent. transported by road for specialist materials which do not have established rail and water links.

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Minister for the Olympics when the regular (a) delivery of construction materials to and (b) removal of materials from the Olympic site by water will begin. [276549]

Tessa Jowell: Regular use of the waterways is expected to commence this summer following the scheduled completion in June of the dredging programme, wharf works near the Aquatics Centre venue, and the opening of Prescott Lock giving site access to barges of 350-tonne load capacity.

The opening of navigable waterways will enable freight barges to carry construction materials in, and waste out, of the park during the construction phase and the Olympic Delivery Authority actively encourages contractors to employ sustainable transport methods at every opportunity. The Olympic stadium contractor, for example, is already arranging regular delivery of construction steelwork to its venue site using this revitalised network of park waterways.

Olympic Games 2012: Cultural Relations

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Minister for the Olympics how much has been spent on the International Inspiration programme since its inception; and in which countries such expenditure has been incurred. [272041]

Tessa Jowell: The International Inspiration programme is operating in Azerbijan, Brazil, India, Palau, Zambia, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Jordan and Trinidad and Tobago, with scoping visits having taken place to a further three countries.

The total expenditure since the start of the programme in October 2007 has been £7,784,000.

Health

Cancer: Research

Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of its funding the National Cancer Research Institute has provided for (a) brain tumour, (b) leukaemia, (c) lung cancer, (d) colo-rectal cancer, (e) breast cancer, (f) prostate cancer and (g) other cancer-related research in each of the last five years. [276946]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) is a membership organisation the brings together the major funders of cancer research in government,
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the voluntary sector and industry along with cancer patient representatives to ensure a national strategic approach to cancer research. The NCRI does not itself fund or manage research.

The NCRI published an analysis of the national cancer research portfolio that includes details of expenditure by its partner organisations on research into individual tumour sites.

The analysis is available online at:

A more detailed account of annual aggregated portfolio expenditure is given in an associated data package available at:

Chlamydia: Prisoners

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women’s prisons offered chlamydia testing for inmates in each of the last five years. [276698]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department does not have data on the number of female prisons that offered testing for chlamydia via sexual health services in each of the last five years.

Sexual health services in prisons are provided by local national health service acute trusts through commissioning arrangements with the local primary care trust in England or Health Board in Wales.

Such services provide data on tests performed and positive results to the Centre for Infections of the Health Protection Agency (HPA) through KC60 returns (now phased out) or, more recently, through a system of reporting called GUMCAD (genito-urinary medicine clinical activity data). However, prison-specific data are not currently disaggregated; however, the HPA is currently exploring such disaggregation.

Coeliac Disease

Gordon Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to establish a national register for people diagnosed with coeliac disease as a means of monitoring the management of the condition in the NHS. [276909]

Ann Keen: There are no plans to establish a national register for people diagnosed with coeliac disease.

Departmental Billing

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies paid in interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 in the last three years for which figures are available. [275201]

Mr. Bradshaw: Details of all payments made in respect of interest to suppliers under the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 for the three years ended 31 March 2009 are as follows.

Department of Health


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£

2006-07

135,000.00

2007-08

0

2008-09

91.28


Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency

NHS Purchasing and Supplies Agency

Departmental Buildings

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on building maintenance in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [274559]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department and its Executive agencies, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has spent the following sums on building maintenance:

£

2004-05

711,692

2005-06

915,980

2006-07

830,564

2007-08

1,001,019

2008-09

1,034,094


The costs include maintenance costs that the Department undertake on behalf of MHRA and who are billed for this work. However, MHRA are in buildings where the landlord undertakes some of the maintenance and building improvement work and charge MHRA on a pro rata basis with other tenants in the buildings. MHRA are unable to break the figures down between maintenance and improving departmental buildings.

Departmental Contracts

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which services his Department has outsourced in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [274447]

Mr. Bradshaw: In 2006, an agreement was entered into with Xansa UK Ltd., which involved three Government Departments, the Department of Health, Directgov and the Department for Education and Skills. This agreement was for the provision of a fully managed and hosted Content Management System and related services for each of the Departments’ websites.

In 2008, an agreement was entered into with NHS Shared Business Services for the provision of support services for the Department’s Business Management System. The outsourcing is not quite complete but the only action left is to finalise the terms and conditions of the contract. It is estimated that this will be complete by June 2009.

No other central support functions have been outsourced within the last five years.


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Departmental Marketing

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much planned expenditure on advertising has been incurred by his Department and its executive agencies in each month of each of the last five years. [270381]

Mr. Bradshaw: We are undertaking a review and reconciliation process on the last five years of the Department’s advertising spend and so I regret the information requested is not currently available.

Departmental Official Cars

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2009, Official Report, column 939W, on official cars, how many of the cars (a) hired and (b) leased by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies are over six years old. [276737]

Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, on 21 May 2009, Official Report, column 1489, about cars provided by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.

Additionally, the Department and its Executive agencies, NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) and the Medical and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency have an arrangement with Arval PHH for hire of vehicles. This is part of an Office of Government Commerce framework contract, which does not stipulate the age of the vehicle.

The Department previously reported in its answer on 2 February 2009, Offic ial Report, column 939W, that it had two private lease vehicles used by departmental staff under an arrangement operated by HM Revenue and Customs. These two leased vehicles were disposed of in February of this year.

NHS PASA have a number of leased vehicles but none are over six years old. Leases are taken out on a three-year term.

Departmental Stationery

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on the purchase of (a) recycled office supplies in the last 12 months and (b) printer ink cartridges in each of the last five years. [274200]

Mr. Bradshaw: Departmental spend on recycled office supplies and printer ink cartridges in each of the last five years is:

£
Period Supplies Cartridges

2004-05

101,826

2005-06

88,158

2006-07

206,774

47,930

2007-08

205,680

6,587

2008-09

277,888

7,851


The increase over time in expenditure on recycled office supplies is due largely to a move to the use of recycled paper.


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