Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many students are on a course at each relevant university to train as teachers in the skills for life sector; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: I have been asked to reply.
Teachers of adult literacy, numeracy and ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) who have the intention of teaching in the further education and skills sector are expected to hold a subject specific as well as a generic teaching qualification. They can take these as two separate qualifications by completing:
a generic teaching programme and then an additional diploma in the subject specialism;
an integrated programme that combines both.
Experienced skills for life teachers who do not hold the necessary qualifications can gain professional standing through the professional recognition route.
Latest available figures for 2009/10 report a total of 6,130 enrolments on skills for life teaching programmes at higher education institutions and with national awarding bodies. Further details of these enrolments are presented in the table.
The figures supplied do not disaggregate by university.
|Number of enrolments on Skills for Life teaching programmes—2009/10(1)
|Higher education institutions and national awarding bodies in England
|Total by provider
1. Exclude further education colleges.
2. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10. There may be discrepancies between the sum of constituent items and totals as shown.
3. Figures are provisional and subject to change.
Research Team, Lifelong Learning UK
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families whether his Department has allocated any funding to the United Church Schools Trust in respect of sponsorships. 
Mr. Coaker: The Department pays the feasibility, implementation, running and capital costs of academies. Where applicable, academy sponsors make a sponsorship payment to an endowment fund to support the work of the academy or as a contribution towards capital costs. A table has been placed in the Library setting out funding paid to the United Church Schools Trust (UCST), which sponsors 17 academies. This funding has been allocated for the feasibility and implementation costs of some of their academies. Funding for other feasibility and implementation costs have been paid to the United Learning Trust (ULT), which is the multi-academy trust established by UCST to set up and run their academies. Sponsors are not permitted to make a profit from academies and any services they supply must therefore be provided at cost.
This reply corrects an error in PQ301251 24 November 2009, Official Report, column 100W, which said that the Department does not provide any funding to the United Church Schools Trust (UCST).
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many 16-year-olds completed a BTEC First Diploma in each subject in each parliamentary constituency in the south-west in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Tables showing the number of 16-year-olds in each parliamentary constituency in the south-west who completed a BTEC First Diploma in each subject in each of the last five years for which information is available will be placed in the House of Commons Libraries.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many admissions to hospital from accident and emergency departments for an alcohol-related diagnosis there were of people (a) under the age of 18 years in (i) the former Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire strategic
health authority area, (ii) the East of England strategic health authority area, (iii) the West Suffolk Hospital NHS trust area and (iv) the Suffolk primary care trust area in each year since 1997. 
Gillian Merron: The information is not available in the format requested. However, data from 2002-03 have been set out in the following table.
|(1) The figures for former the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA area for 2002-03 to 2005-06 have been constructed by combining North Peterborough, South Peterborough, Huntingdonshire, Cambridge City, South Cambridgeshire, East Cambridgeshire and Fenland, Norwich, Southern Norfolk, West Norfolk, Broadland, North Norfolk, Great Yarmouth, Waveney, Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, Central Suffolk and Suffolk West PCTs; those for 2006-07 to 2008-09 have been constructed by combining Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and Waveney, and Suffolk PCTs.
(2) Providers do not cover a limited ‘area’. Patients treated at West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust could reside anywhere in England.
(3) The figures for Suffolk PCT for 2002-03 to 2005-06 have been constructed by combining Ipswich, Suffolk Coastal, Central Suffolk and Suffolk West PCTs.
Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical information related as directly as possible to the Blaydon constituency, the effects on Blaydon of his Department’s policies and actions since 2000. 
Ann Keen: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. 93 per cent. of people nationally now rate the NHS as good or excellent. The NHS Constitution contains 25 rights and 14 pledges for patients and the public including new rights to be treated within 18 weeks, or be seen by a cancer specialist within two weeks and an NHS health check every five years for those aged 40 to 74 years.
There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Blaydon constituency. For example:
Figures for November 2009 show that in Gateshead primary care trust (PCT):
96 per cent. of patients whose treatment involved admission to hospital started their treatment within 18 weeks.
98 per cent. of patients whose treatment did not involve admission to hospital started their treatment within 18 weeks.
In September 2009, at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, 99 per cent. of patients spent less than four hours in accident and emergency from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge.
Between September 2007 and September 2008, the number of consultants at Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust has increased from 101 to 114. Between September 2007 and September 2008 the estimated number of nurses has increased from 1,048 to 1,095.
Between September 2001 and September 2008, the number of general practitioners (GPs) per 100,000 within Gateshead PCT has increased from 62.8 to 77.7.
93.8 per cent. of urgent GP referrals to Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust with suspected cancer are seen by a specialist within two weeks of the referral.
Gateshead PCT opened its GP-led health centre in June 2009 in Blaydon. Blaydon GP led health clinic offers longer opening hours, meaning that any member of the public will be able to see a GP or nurse between 8 am and 8 pm, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Although statistical information is not available at a local level, Blaydon will have also benefited from national policies in other areas. For example:
Since 1997, gross current expenditure on personal social services has increased by around 70 per cent. in real terms, with around 105,000 households now receiving intensive home care and 3,076 new extra care housing units—exceeding the original target of 1,500 new extra care units.
Other strategies currently being implemented are:
Subject to parliamentary approval, the Personal Care at Home Bill will guarantee free personal care for 280,000 people with the highest needs and help around 130,000 people who need home care for the first time to regain their independence.
“Shaping the Future of Care Together” Green Paper, published in July 2009, sets out a vision of a National Care Service for all adults in England that is fair, simple and affordable. The Department has consulted widely on this reform and is currently analysing the responses, which will feed into a White Paper later this year.
The National Carer’s Strategy—“Carers at the heart of 21(st) century families and communities”—launched in 2008.
The first National Dementia Strategy was published in February 2009.
“Valuing People Now”—a three-year strategy for people with learning disabilities—was published in January 2009.
“New Horizons: A Shared Vision for Mental Health” was launched in December 2009 to maintain improvements in mental health services, combined with a new cross-Government approach to promoting public mental health.
Since 1998, there are now 2.4 million fewer smokers in England as a result of the Government’s comprehensive tobacco control strategy, which has a measurable impact on reducing smoking prevalence.
Child obesity levels are reducing due to the efforts of families across England, supported by the Government’s obesity strategy. In 2008, 13.9 per cent. of children (aged two to 10) in England were classified as obese, compared with 17.3 per cent. in 2005.
Overall, life expectancy at birth for men has increased from 74.5 years (1995-97 data) to 77.7 years (2006-08 data) while for women, life expectancy at birth has increased from 79.6 years (1995-97 data) to 81.9 years (2006-08 data).
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on the Capacitybuilders programme in each financial year since its inception; how much has been spent on consultants in respect of that programme in each such financial year; and how much has been paid out in grants to charities in each such financial year. 
Angela E. Smith: I have been asked to reply.
Capacitybuilders is an Executive NDPB, accountable to the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The grant in aid paid by Cabinet Office to Capacitybuilders in each year since its inception is set out as follows. Capacitybuilders disburses grants to a range of third sector organisations: breaking this down between charities and other recipients would incur a disproportionate cost. Expenditure on consultancy as defined by the Office of Government Commerce has not been collated and analysed by Capacitybuilders prior to 2009-10, and could not be provided except at disproportionate cost. However, this information is being routinely collected from 2009-10 onwards.
|Grant in aid (£)
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to Cleethorpes constituency, the effects on that constituency of his Department’s policies since 1997. 
Ann Keen: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. 93 per cent. of people nationally now rate the NHS as good or excellent. The NHS Constitution contains 25 rights and 14 pledges for patients and the public including new rights to be treated within 18 weeks, or be seen by a cancer specialist within two weeks and an NHS health check every five years for those aged 40-74 years.
There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Cleethorpes constituency. For example:
Figures for November 2009 show that in North East Lincolnshire Care Trust Plus (CTP):