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Supported Housing

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on placing people in (a) sheltered accommodation and (b) accommodation with wardens. [311544]

Phil Hope: The Department does not issue guidance to local authorities (LAs) on placing people in sheltered accommodation.

Under section 47 of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990, LAs have a duty to assess the needs of any person for whom the authority may provide or arrange the provision of community care services and who may be in need of such services. LAs have a further duty to decide, having regard to the results of the assessment, what, if any, services they should provide to meet the individual's needs.

These decisions should be taken in consultation with service users and/or their representatives. There are no set or defined levels of need which will automatically determine the care settings, such as sheltered accommodation, in which service users are placed.

Surgery: Technology

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been funded by the NHS to be treated using the CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery System (a) in the private sector in England and (b) overseas since the treatment was introduced. [310791]

Ann Keen: This information is not held centrally.

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many CyberKnife Robotic Radiosurgery Systems are established in the NHS. [310792]

Ann Keen: There are currently no Cyberknife Robotic Radiosurgery Systems in the national health service. A private centre is in place at The CyberKnife Centre in Harley Street, London.

Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has had discussions with (a) patient groups and (b) others on the applicability of the tariff for radiotherapy to hypofractionated stereotactic high-precision radiotherapy. [310793]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: There is no national tariff for radiotherapy. Reimbursement for radiotherapy services is therefore subject to local negotiation between providers and commissioners.

Swine Flu

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on preparations for a possible swine influenza pandemic in the last three years. [310839]

Gillian Merron: The spend to date on pandemic influenza preparedness (not swine flu specific) is about £500 million. Additional spend committed around the time of the
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start of the swine flu pandemic takes the amount to over £1 billion. We are not able to break down this number due to confidentiality clauses in our contracts with the various manufacturers.

Swine Flu: Vaccination

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the monetary value is of the NHS stock of swine influenza vaccine. [310840]

Gillian Merron: As of 3 January 2010, the total amount of vaccine delivered to the United Kingdom was 23.9 million doses of the GlaxoSmithKline vaccine, Pandemrix, and 5.0 million doses of the Baxter vaccine, Celvapan.

The Department is unable to divulge the monetary value of this stock as it would violate confidentiality clauses in the contracts with the manufacturers.

Vauxhall

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Vauxhall constituency, the effects on the constituency of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. [310331]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government have put in place a programme of NHS investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the UK. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Vauxhall constituency.

For example:


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Energy and Climate Change

Boilers: Government Assistance

Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what timetable has been established for the implementation of the boiler scrappage scheme; what homes will be eligible; and whether local authorities are required to participate in the scheme. [311548]

Mr. Kidney: The Boiler Scrappage Scheme was launched for applications on 5 January, with the first vouchers being distributed from the week commencing 18 January. The scheme is open to householders, private landlords or their tenants in England who seek to replace a working G rated or worse boiler with an A rated boiler or a renewable heating technology. Full eligibility criteria can be found on:

Local authorities are not required to participate in the scheme. The scheme is due to run until the sum of money allocated to the scheme (£50 million) is spent.

Carbon Emissions

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what information his Department holds on the proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which is directly attributable to human activity. [310487]

Joan Ruddock: According to the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, pre-industrial carbon dioxide concentrations (just prior to 1750) were around 280 parts per million (ppm). In 2009, according to the World Data Centre for Greenhouse Gases, carbon dioxide concentrations were at 387 ppm. Based on these figures, the proportion of carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere which can be attributed to human activity is around 28 per cent. of today's atmospheric concentrations.

Climate Change: International Cooperation

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change who the members were of the UK delegation to Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference. [310742]

Joan Ruddock: The final official UK delegation to Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference comprised the following individuals:


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This does not include my right. hon. Friend the Prime Minister and the delegation from No 10.

Coastal Areas

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the area of land in the UK which would be lost in circumstances in which sea levels rose by (a) 20 centimetres, (b) 50 centimetres, (c) one metre and (d) two metres. [310088]

Huw Irranca-Davies: I have been asked to reply.


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The Foresight Future Flooding study published in 2004 looked at future risks of flooding and coastal erosion for four different futures over a 100 year period. These "futures" embodied different socio-economic and climate change scenarios with associated assumptions with respect to sea level rise, but they do not correspond to sea levels. No estimate of land loss was made as this would depend on a number of variables. These include the effect of other climate change impacts such as increased storminess, as well as policy and investment on flood and coastal erosion risk management.

Departmental Advertising

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the cost to the public purse was of his Department's 'Bedtime Story' advertisements. [308699]

Joan Ruddock: The cost of the climate literacy campaign (including the television adverts known as 'Bedtime Story') which formed part of the Department's Act on CO2 initiative is budgeted at approximately £5.75 million. This includes production and media costs and creative development research. The climate literacy campaign phase began in October 2009 and ends January 2010.

Departmental Buildings

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the (a) area and (b) estimated value is of (i) vacant and (ii) occupied office space (A) owned and (B) rented by his Department. [310530]

Joan Ruddock: The Department does not own any office property and has no vacant space. For the buildings it occupies (Whitehall Place, London and Atholl House, Aberdeen) the amount of occupied space is 10,900 square metres. The current annual cost of this space is £4,379,000.

Departmental Domestic Visits

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many planned visits by Ministers in his Department within the UK were cancelled within 72 hours of the visit taking place in the last 12 months; and what the planned destination of each such visit was. [311580]

Joan Ruddock: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Shipley (Philip Davies) on 13 January 2010, Official Report, column 1045W.


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