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NHS: Finance

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which NHS charities which have NHS bodies as corporate trustees have submitted requests to change to independent trustees in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement; [311760]

(2) which NHS charities will be required to consolidate their funds into the accounts of the relevant NHS body under the new International Accounting Standard 27 being introduced in April 2010; and if he will make a statement. [311761]

Phil Hope: Three national health service bodies submitted a request to appoint independent trustees. Two have since indicated that they do not want to proceed at this stage.

It is not possible to identify individual NHS charities that will be required to consolidate their accounts into those of their relevant NHS body under the new International Accounting Standard 27 in April 2010, as application of the accounting standard will be determined locally taking into account the materiality of charitable funds. Our best estimate is that this may be around 30, which amounts to around 10 per cent. of those who are currently governed by a corporate trustee.

However, we are continuing to work with the Treasury, the Charity Commission and other stakeholders to seek ways to strengthen the independent governance of NHS charities to enable us to meet the standard without invoking the requirement for consolidation.

Although accounts may be consolidated for reporting, the charity's funds would remain wholly independent from NHS budgets.

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the additional cost to the NHS arising from incidents attributable to weather conditions in January 2010. [311773]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: This is a matter for the local national health service. The NHS, as part of its planning process, ensures operational challenges, such as adverse weather are factored into local contingency plans, including the cost of treating patients.

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the pre-Budget report, which budgetary headings of NHS spending will comprise (a) the 95 per cent. of NHS frontline spending due to rise in line with inflation and (b) the 5 per cent. that will not. [311995]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: National health service frontline spending is defined as 95 per cent. of the NHS near-cash expenditure limit in 2010-11. This covers all NHS spending that supports patient care.

The remaining 5 per cent. covers a large number of budgets that do not directly contribute to patient care in the NHS including areas like consultancy and administrative budgets for the Department, arm's length bodies and strategic health authorities.

Full details will be set out in the next spending review.

NHS: ICT

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much NHS benefits and pensions sub-departments spent on information technology in the last three financial years; how much of this was spent on (a) software development and testing and (b) application including (i) staff training, (ii) the cost of new hardware and software and (iii) the cost of launching into the live environment. [311383]

Ann Keen: NHS Pensions, a division of the Business Services Authority, administers the NHS Pension Scheme on behalf of the Department. They are unable to breakdown the costs of launching into the live environment because these costs are not broken down to this level within their accounts. These particular costs are therefore included in the overall development and testing costs in section 1 of the following table:

NHS Pensions
£

2007-08 2008-09 2009-10( 1) Total

1. Software development and testing

56,508

3,479,307

11,828,878

15,364,694

2. Staff training

7,240

1,266

17,310

25,816

3. Cost of new hardware and software

-

19,921

187,057

206,978

Total

63,748

3,500,494

12,033,245

15,597,487

(1) April to December.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS IT projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas in the last three years; and what the monetary value is of each such contract. [311384]


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Mr. Mike O'Brien: Within the national programme for information technology (IT), no discrete system or service projects have been outsourced to companies based overseas during the period. Comprehensive information is not held centrally about local IT procurements by national health service organisations outside of the national programme, and could be obtained only at disproportionate expense.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS has allocated for the (a) procurement, (b) maintenance, (c) compliance testing and (d) security of IT systems in 2010-11. [311385]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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NHS: Negligence

Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of clinical negligence which were funded by conditional fee agreements were closed in each of the last five years; in how many such cases damages were paid (a) by agreement to settle and (b) by award; what the total cost was of defending each such case where damages were paid; how much was paid to claimants in legal costs in (i) total, (ii) base costs and (iii) success fees; and in such cases where damages were paid, how much was paid in after-the-event insurance premiums. [312528]

Ann Keen: The information requested is in the following table and was provided by the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA). The NHSLA is only able to provide an overall total of claimant costs because a global figure is recorded in its database. To provide a detailed breakdown of claimant costs, including After the Event insurance, would be at disproportionate cost.

Number of claims where the claimant funding was conditional fee arrangement (CFA) closed April 2004 to March 2009
Year of closure Number of CFA claims closed Number of claims Damages paid (£) Defence costs paid (£) Claimant costs paid (£)

2004-05

233

151

4,551,050

886,720

2,084,936

2005-06

861

625

31,892,845

5,177,915

14,448,748

2006-07

1,142

799

46,973,706

7,579,297

22,640,640

2007-08

1,559

1,127

62,559,320

10,596,148

37,934,943

2008-09

1,579

1,120

68,841,494

9,828,907

38,888,773

Total

5,374

3,822

214,818,415

34,068,986

115,998,040


Primary Care Trusts: Overtime

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each primary care trust has paid in staff overtime in January 2010. [312015]

Ann Keen: Information about how much each primary care trust has paid in overtime in January 2010 will be available from the Electronic Staff Record in March 2010.

Swine Flu

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of persons who died following contraction of swine influenza in the last 12 months had also contracted other diseases. [312495]

Gillian Merron: Overall approximately 80 per cent. of people who died with Pandemic H1N1 (2009) infection also had other pre-existing diseases or other underlying medical conditions.

Further detail is available in a report in the British Medical Journal, 'Donaldson LJ, Rutter PD, Ellis BM, Greaves FEC, Mytton OT, Pebody RG and Yardley IE. Mortality from pandemic A/H1N1 2009 influenza in England: public health surveillance study'. BMJ 2009; 339 b5213; this is available online at:

Swine Flu: Vaccination

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of unused stocks of swine influenza vaccine can be returned to suppliers at no cost to the public purse. [312497]

Gillian Merron: We are unable to return vaccines that have already been delivered. The options for handling the anticipated surplus of vaccine are currently being explored with the manufacturers. We will be seeking to minimise the overall cost to the British taxpayer.

Swine Influenza: Expenditure

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Department's estimated expenditure under each budgetary heading has been on the swine influenza outbreak. [311997]

Gillian Merron: The spend on drugs for pandemic flu preparedness (not swine flu specific) prior to the swine flu pandemic was over £500 million. We also had plans for additional committed spend on further drugs. Since the outbreak, that spend has taken our expenditure to over £1 billion. We are not able to break down this number due to confidentiality clauses in our contracts with the various manufacturers.

The costs of consumables are also subject to confidentiality clauses.

The system development costs incurred to date for the National Pandemic Flu Service amount to approximately £13.5 million. Further operational costs are all in commercial confidence.

The cost of advertising and publicity activity in England on swine influenza, including the Swine Flu Information Phone Line, is approximately £15 million to date.


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Home Department

Departmental Billing

John Mason: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of invoices from suppliers his Department paid within 10 days of receipt in December 2009. [311258]

Mr. Woolas: The Home Office performance for paying all invoices within 30 days and paying SME compliant invoices within 10 days in December 2009 is shown in the following table:

Table 1: Home Office performance of paying total number of invoices within 30 days and SME compliant invoices within 10 days for December 2009-Home Office and UKBA

Number/percentage

Total number of all invoices paid

5,623

Percentage of total number of all invoices paid within 30 days

95

Number of SMEs' compliant invoices paid within 10 days

1,282

SMEs-percentage of compliant invoices paid with 10 days

99


CRB's performance of paying invoices within 10 days in December 2009 is shown in the following table:

Table 2: CRB performance of paying SME invoices within 10 days for December 2009

Number/percentage

Total number of all invoices

284

Number of SME invoices paid within 10 days

109

SME percentage of invoices paid within 10 days

89.34


Departmental Contracts

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2010, Official Report, column 703W, on the UK Border Agency, who his Department's commercial partners are; and which are the 110 locations referred to. [311463]

Mr. Woolas: UKBA has global contracts with two suppliers to provide visa application support services across all its regions. These are VFS-Global and CSC.

The two commercial partners operate 105 visa application centres, the locations of which are in the following list. This is an updated figure.


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Country Location

Algeria

Algiers

Bahrain

Manama

Bangladesh

Chittagong

Dhaka

Sylhet

Brazil

Brasilia

Rio de Janeiro

Sao Paulo

Canada

Edmonton

Halifax

Ottawa

Toronto

Vancouver

China

Beijing

Chengdu

Chongqing

Fuzhou

Guangzhou

Hangzhou

Jinan

Nanjing

Shanghai

Shenyang

Shenzhen

Wuhan

Egypt

Alexandria

Cairo

Ethiopia

Addis Ababa

France

Bordeaux

Marseille

Paris

Germany

Berlin

Dusseldorf

Munich

Ghana

Accra

India

New Delhi

Jalandar

Chandigarh

Kolkata

Chennai

Hyderabad

Bangalore

Cochin

Mumbai South

Mumbai North

Ahmedabad

Pune

Italy

Rome

Indonesia

Jakarta

Jamaica

Kingston

Japan

Osaka

Tokyo

Jordan

Amman

Kazakhstan

Almaty

Kenya

Nairobi

Kuwait

Kuwait City

Lebanon

Beirut

Libya

Tripoli

Malawi

Lilongwe

Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur

Mozambique

Maputo

Namibia

Windhoek

Nepal

Kathmandu

Nigeria

Abuja

Lagos - Ikeja

Lagos - VI

Oman

Muscat

Pakistan

Islamabad

Karachi

Lahore

Mirpur

Philippines

Manila

Qatar

Doha

Russia

Yekaterinburg

Moscow

Novosibirsk

Rostov

St. Petersburg

Serbia

Belgrade

Singapore

Singapore

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah

Riyadh

Al Khobar

South Africa

Cape Town

Durban

Johannesburg

Port Elizabeth

Pretoria

South Korea

Seoul

Sri Lanka

Colombo

Switzerland

Geneva

Zurich

Syria

Damascus

Taiwan

Taipei

Thailand

Bangkok

Turkey

Ankara

Bursa

Gazientep

Istanbul

Izmir

UAE

Abu Dhabi

Dubai

Uganda

Kampala

Ukraine

Kiev

Zimbabwe

Harare


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