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Departmental Manpower

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff there were in his Department (a) in 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available. [292064]

Phil Hope: According to the Departmental Report for 1998, there were 4,486 full time equivalent (FTE) civil servants in the 1996-97 financial year.

According to the Departmental Report for 2009 annual report there were 2,222 FTE civil servants in the 2008-09 financial year.

The Departmental Reports for the above years and the intervening years can be found at:

Departmental Marketing

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget of his Department for publicity is in 2009-10. [292504]

Phil Hope: A total budget figure for the 2009-10 financial year cannot be provided at this stage as detailed planning for some campaigns is under way and advertising media allocations have not yet been finalised.

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The Department's expenditure on advertising for the 2009-10 financial year to date is approximately £29.6 million.

This figure does not include the Department's recruitment/classified advertising costs. Advertising spend is defined as covering only media spend (inclusive of agency commissions but excluding production costs, Central Office of Information commission and VAT). All figures exclude advertising rebates and audit adjustments and therefore may differ from Central Office of Information official turnover figures.

Departmental Pay

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what employee reward schemes are offered to staff of his Department; what the purpose of each scheme is; how many staff participate in each scheme; and what the cost of operating each scheme was in each of the last five years. [290447]

Phil Hope: The Department operates two reward systems for its permanent staff. The first, which is for staff below the Senior Civil Service (SCS), is geared towards recruiting and retaining staff with the right qualities to drive high performance within the organisation. The second system for SCS is based on annual recommendations from the independent Senior Salaries Review Body and its terms of reference can be found in its latest report at the following website:

The Department and its agencies also operate a scheme which allows managers to recognise outstanding contributions in particularly demanding situations. These in-year non-consolidated performance payments (IYNCPPs) for the past five years are shown in the following table. The growth in payments over the last three years is related to the abolition of pay flexibilities in the Department's 2006 Reward Strategy and the scheme is currently under review.

The Department operates a long service award scheme-a reward of either a monetary nature or special leave, which is given to staff in recognition of having served for more than 20 years. The figures available for the monetary payments are presented as follows. The information about leave taken instead of payment is not held centrally and would incur disproportional cost to establish.

Monetary payments
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

£ Number £ Number £ Number £ Number£ Number












Long service award






















The Department runs a child care voucher scheme and a cycle to work scheme.

Overall staff costs and numbers can be found in the Resource Accounts for each year. The websites for these documents are as follows:





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Departmental Work Experience

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is made to enable students to undertake work experience in his Department; and by what means members of the public may obtain information about work experience in his Department; and if he will make a statement. [288726]

Phil Hope: The Department has committed to five places on the New Graduate Internships Programme announced by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills earlier this year.

The Department has placed nine students on the Cabinet Office's Ethnic Minority Summer Development Programme this summer. This offers training placements in Government Departments to high calibre candidates from black and ethnic minority backgrounds or those with disabilities, with the aim of increasing representation from those groups in the Fast Stream and Senior Civil Service.

The Department also regularly takes on one-year placement students and summer students within the analytical community.

In addition, some directorates arrange work experience placements locally. As this information is not recorded centrally, it would incur disproportionate costs to collect all the information requested.


Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the expenditure of each primary care trust was spent on (a) all services relating to diabetes and (b) campaigns to increase awareness of diabetes in the latest year for which information is available. [291966]

Ann Keen: Estimates of primary care trusts' (PCTs) expenditure on diabetes are available from the programme budget returns.

A table which shows the estimated PCT reported expenditure on diabetes for 2007-08 in England has been placed in the Library. It should be noted that these figures do not include prevention expenditure or General Medical Services/Primary Medical services expenditure.

It is not possible to identify PCT expenditure on campaigns to raise awareness of diabetes.

General Practitioners: Training

Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GP surgeries have (a) applied for and (b) been granted funding to upgrade to become training practices in each strategic health authority area; how much has been granted to each successful surgery; and what assessment has been made of the effect of the length of implementation timescales on the (A) number and (B) quality of applications. [292077]

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Mr. Mike O'Brien: The number of general practitioner (GP) surgeries that applied for funding and the amount awarded to each practice is not available centrally.

More than 800 GP practices have been granted funding to improve and extend training facilities, significantly more than 600 envisaged at the outset of the programme.


Mr. Charles Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether tissue or blood samples taken from UK haemophiliacs, and held as library samples, have been tested for the presence of diseases in the last three years without disclosure to the patients concerned; and if he will make a statement. [292346]

Ann Keen: The Department is not aware of any cases where samples from United Kingdom haemophiliacs have been tested without appropriate consent being given.

Heart Diseases: Health Services

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve access to angioplasty services in (a) Cumbria and (b) Lancaster. [292374]

Ann Keen: It is the responsibility of primary care trusts (PCTs) to plan, develop and improve health services according to the health care needs of their local populations. PCTs in Cumbria and Lancashire work closely with the Cumbria and Lancashire Cardiac Network to improve the quality of care for those affected by coronary heart disease. This is monitored by the PCTs and the North West strategic health authority in its role of overseeing performance.

Heroin: Clinical Trials

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology his Department used to calculate the average cost per patient of its clinical trials of medicalised heroin injections; how many patients undergoing the trials had a previous criminal record including a custodial sentence; how many patients were under the age of 30; and how many patients did not complete the trial. [292043]

Ann Keen: The results of the Randomised Injectable Opioid Treatment Trial are currently being written up by the National Addiction Centre which led this research. Once the report is published, a copy will be placed in the Library.

Home Care Services

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much he expects his Department's proposals to give 350,000 people free personal home care to cost per year; from which budgets he expects the money to be drawn; how much is to be drawn from each budget; and what consequential reductions he expects to be made in other programmes funded from such budgets; [292399]

(2) what methodology he has used to define highest need in his proposals to give 350,000 people with the highest needs free personal home care; how he has
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calculated that there are 350,000 people in need of this level of care; what estimate he has made of the average amount to be spent on each person per week under the proposals; how many hours of care each will receive on average per week; and whether he has included in the 350,000 anyone who presently receives any proportion of their home care free of charge. [292542]

Phil Hope: My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has announced that the funding for the first full year would be £670 million. We will be working with stakeholders over the coming months and further clarity on the scope of the proposals will be published in due course. The money for this policy will be met from reprioritised central budgets and we will be working with stakeholders to make sure other services are not affected. We will need to ensure legislation is brought into force to define what high needs will be covered by this announcement in time for its commencement in October 2010.

Hospital Wards: Closures

Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital trusts in London have closed in-patient wards in the last 12 months. [292445]

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Mr. Mike O'Brien: These data are not collected centrally.

Hospitals: Construction

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much he expects to be spent on each hospital building programme in each of the next five financial years. [292531]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The public capital budget for the next financial year 2010-11 is £4,822 million (including Personal Social Services). However, full details of the capital expenditure programme for 2010-11 have not yet been finalised, which includes expenditure on public capital funded hospital building schemes.

Budgets for 2011-12 to 2013-14 will be decided as part of the next spending review.

The estimated capital expenditure arising from Private Finance Initiative hospital build schemes already under construction over the next five financial years is shown in table 1.

The capital values of public capital funded hospital build schemes over £10 million under construction (for which information is held centrally) and which will not complete until 1 April 2010 or later are shown in table 2.

Table 1: Private finance schemes under construction (plus the £418 million North Bristol NHS trust scheme)
Estimated capital expenditure (£ million)
Trust Description Estimated completion date 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15

Tameside NHS Hospital Foundation Trust

Integration of services onto one site

Q4 2010






North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital services

Q2 2010






Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust

Modernisation of Acute Services, including DTC, in Chelmsford

Q3 2010






Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

New build and refurbishment at Hope Hospital Salford

Q1 2011






Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Modernisation and reconfiguration from four sites to two at Pembury and Maidstone

Q4 2010






Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reconfiguration of Acute Hospital services

Q1 2012






Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Rationalisation from two main sites to one at Pinderfields Hospital. Small Unit at Pontefract

Q2 2010






University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust

Major new build and reconfiguration at University Hospital site

Q4 2012






Barts and the London NHS Trust

Acute site rationalisation

Q4 2013






North Bristol NHS Trust

Relocation of acute services onto single site at Southmead

Q1 2014






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