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The Department has embarked on work to improve the health status of Gypsy and Traveller communities, including the Pacesetter programme, which is designed to address health inequalities that arise from
discrimination and disadvantage. Within Pacesetters, 18 participating trusts are trialling ways to improve access to the national health service for Gypsies and Travellers. The Department also commissioned NHS Primary Care Commissioning to produce a Primary care commissioning framework: Gypsies and Traveller Communities, published in May 2009 as part of wider work for transient populations. A copy of this publication has been placed in the Library.
Hemel Hempstead is covered by West Hertfordshire primary care trust (PCT). PCTs fund primary care and hospital care services from their revenue allocations. The following table provides the funding allocated to West Hertfordshire PCT for 2009-10 and 2010-11.
|Allocation £000||Two year increase|
Once the allocations have been made, it is for PCTs to commission the health care services they need to meet the needs of the populations they serve, taking into account both local priorities and the NHS Operating Framework.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many new entries were included on the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Register and annotated as qualified in the health visitor area of practice in each 12 month period from August 2004. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average in-patient waiting time for treatment on the NHS was in each primary care trust area in England in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how long on average a child waited from initial assessment for mental health service therapeutic support in each local authority area in the most recent period for which figures are available. 
Phil Hope: Information is not available in the form requested. However, the child and adolescent mental health services mapping data produced on behalf of the Department by Durham university shows that of a sample of 23,091 children in England who were waiting for mental health services in November 2007: 9,986 had waited less than four weeks; 7,797 from four to 13 weeks; 3,084 from 13 to 26 weeks; and 2,024 had waited more than 26 weeks.
Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which prisons a biometric-based, computer-controlled methadone dispensing system has been installed; and what expenditure his Department incurred in respect of each such installation. 
HMP Buckley Hall
HMP Bullingdon Community
HMP Lancaster Castle
HMP Eastwood Park
HMP Edmunds Hill
HMP Foston Hall
HMP Standford Hill
HMP Low Newton
HMP Lowdham Grange
HMP New Hall
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of (a) absence and (b) absence resulting from injury at work was among NHS employees in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such absences; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC) data fields and definitions for 2008-09; and when he expects the 2008-09 ERIC data to be available. 
Colin Challen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will revise his Department's document, NHS chaplaincy: meeting the religious and spiritual needs of patients and staff of 2003 to reflect the needs of the secular community; and if he will include in the working party referred to in annex 3 of the document members and representatives of the secular community. 
Phil Hope: There are no current plans to revise this publication. Following the passage of the Equality Bill that is currently before Parliament, the Department will consider whether there is a need to revise guidance on issues of religion and belief, including NHS chaplaincy.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the state of readiness returns submitted to his Department in relation to the European Working Time Directive. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust within the East of England Strategic Health Authority has spent on (a) specialist palliative care, (b) palliative care and (c) hospice provision in each of the last two years; and if he will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: This information is not held centrally. It is for individual primary care trusts to decide the level of funding that is allocated to local end of life care services based on assessments of local needs and priorities.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of his Department's capital underspend in 2009-10; and how much of that sum he proposes to return to the Exchequer. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 March 2009, Official Report, column 251W, on social care: research, if he will place in the Library a copy of the findings of the research by the Personal Social Services Research Unit. 
Phil Hope: The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) report, Analysing the costs and benefits of social care funding arrangements in England: technical report, Forder, J. and Fernandez, J-L, PSSRU Discussion Paper 2644, 2009 has been published today (6 July 2009).
Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the budget of the Elevate East Lancashire housing renewal pathfinder will be for each of the next five years; and how much of the budget will be spent in Burnley. 
Mr. Ian Austin: The ministerial statement of 28 February 2008 set out indicative allocations for HMRhousing market renewalpathfinders over the CSR period; these are currently being reviewed. It is too early to comment on future levels of funding for the HMR programme as this will form part of the next spending review discussions. Financial information regarding HMR funding is not collected centrally for local authority areas.
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