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The number of carers who care for a person aged 18 and over who are offered a carer's assessment or review during the year (1 April to 31 March) is collected annually from councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities on the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care returns. Provisional data for 2008-09 were published in September.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Christmas functions arranged by his Department and its agencies (a) the then Secretary of State, (b) officials of his Department and (c) officials of its agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Phil Hope: The then Secretary of State attended the annual Christmas drinks arranged by the Department for journalists on 16 December 2008. The Department did not host any other official Christmas functions last year. Information about functions hosted by agencies is not held centrally.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people (a) in total and (b) per 50,000 of the population received continuing care in each primary care trust area in England in each quarter of 2008. 
Ann Keen: Information on the number of patients seen by an national health service dentist in the previous 24 months as a percentage of the population is available in Table E4 of Annex 3 of the 'NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008/09' report. Information is provided by primary care trust and strategic health authority in England and is available at quarterly intervals, from 31 March 2006 to 30 June 2009.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) the Minister, (b) his advisers and (c) officials of his Department saw the notes of the visits by the Chief Dental Officer or his representatives to (i) maxillofacial and (ii) dental hospitals which were subsequently used in the production of the report by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board on oral and maxillofacial surgery. 
Ann Keen: As the report indicated, the terms of the review did not extend to formal reporting on the visits. Departmental officials who were members of the review group have seen any notes taken. The Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board is an independent regulatory body.
The numbers of dentists with national health service activity during the year ending 31 March 2009 are available in Table G1 of Annex 3 of the 'NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2008/09' report. Information is provided for England and by strategic health authority and primary care trust, but is not available by constituency. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006. This report,
published on 19 August 2009, has been placed in the Library and is also available on The Information Centre for health and social care website at:
Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes any previously published work force figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March.
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1. Advertising spend is defined as covering only media spend (inclusive of agency commissions but excluding production costs, COI commission and VAT).
2. These figures do not include the Departments recruitment/classified advertising costs and ad hoc spend under £10,000 and all sums have been rounded to the nearest £10,000.
3. These figures may include occasional minor spend through COI by NHS organisations, to supplement national campaigns in their area. While this expenditure has been excluded as far as possible so that these figures reflect central departmental spend, it would incur disproportionate cost to validate that every item of NHS expenditure has been removed.
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John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the number of people aged 75 years and over who have a disability or limiting long-term illness in (a) Leeds West constituency and (b) the city of Leeds. 
Data on the number of people receiving social services funded either fully or partially by councils with adult social services responsibilities (CASSRs) in England are collected and published by the Information Centre for health and social care as part of the Referrals, Assessments and Packages of Care (RAP) return. Provisional data for 2008-09 was published in September 2009.
During the period 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009, the number of adults aged 65 and over with physical disabilities, frailty or a sensory impairment receiving a social care service funded either partly or wholly by their CASSR following a community care assessment by Leeds city council was 10,060.
The Information Centre for health and social care.
Ann Keen: Personnel matters are a specific exemption under the Ombudsman's legislation: section 7(1) of the Health Service Commissioners Act 1993, and paragraph 10(1) of schedule 3 of the Parliamentary Commissioners Act 1967.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding (a) the Department for Communities and Local Government and (b) local authorities will be expected to provide towards the proposed new regime of free care for the elderly. 
Phil Hope: The commitment to offer free personal care at home to those with the highest needs is expected to cost up to £670 million per full year. The Government, through the Department of Health, will provide the bulk of this funding (an estimated £420 million per full year) for this historic first step towards a national care service. However, it is right that councils play their part alongside central Government. The remainder of the funding will come from efficiencies in local government which has already delivered £1.764 billion in 2008-09, is due to have delivered at least £3.2 billion by the end of 2009-10, with a target to deliver £5.5 billion over the comprehensive spending review period.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 September 2009, Official Report, column 2238W, on health services: Travelling people, what benefits he expects Travellers to receive as a consequence of the Friends, Families and Travellers scheme. 
Phil Hope: The Department's funding for the Friends, Families and Travellers scheme is expected to support better access to healthcare for Travellers by establishing three centres of regional excellence in the South East, East of England and South West. Working in partnership with Gypsy and Traveller communities, the national health service and other stakeholders, the centres will help develop and deliver better services for Gypsies and Travellers and enable their good practice to be spread to other regions.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the mechanisms are for funding of training health visitors; and how much such funding is being provided by (a) the Government and (b) private sources in 2009-10. 
Ann Keen: Health visitor training is funded from the £4.6 billion multi-professional education and training budget (MPET) allocated to strategic health authorities (SHAs) and is commissioned by SHAs. Within the overall MPET resources allocated, it is a matter for each SHA to determine their own priorities including how much is spent on post-registration training commissions for health visitors. Under the current service level agreement with SHAs, each SHA is expected to provide for investment in training commissions based on long term workforce need and local financial plans.
In October 2007 the Department published a Continence Exemplar. This was one in a series of exemplar journeys (patient pathways), illustrating key themes in the NSF and is available on the Department's website at:
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of (a) clostridium difficile and (b) MRSA infection in (i) Bassetlaw primary care trust and (ii) Nottinghamshire County Teaching primary care trust was in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Ann Keen: Information on the number of Clostridium difficile infections, broken down by requested primary care trust (PCT) level, is available since 2007-08 and has been set out in the following table.
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Data on methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections have published at acute trust level only. The information is therefore not available in the format requested. Data for the Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust have been set out in the following table.
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1. No acute trust headquarters are located in Bassetlaw PCT. However, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is located in Nottinghamshire Country Teaching PCT. Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust is located in Doncaster PCT.
2. Services at Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust are mainly commissioned by Doncaster PCT.
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