Mr. David: In the current financial year the Wales Office spent £8,186 on new furniture to provide a dedicated Video Conference facility which links our London and Cardiff offices. In 2008-09 there was no expenditure on refurbishment. In 2007-08 the Wales Office spent £52,900 on a refurbishment project to replace worn and damaged carpets, furniture and curtains, including bomb blast curtains, for health and safety as well as security reasons. There has been no expenditure on refurbishment in previous years.
The increase in costs in 2008-09 was because the Wales Office had only one special adviser who was based in Cardiff and who needed to be in London for work on a regular basis. All official travel by special advisers is undertaken in accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code.
Mr. Hain: My Department operates a clear desk policy, ensuring that all personal or sensitive material is locked away at the end of each working day. We also have 24/7 security at both our London and Cardiff based sites.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Information on the number of general practitioners with special interests in individual specialties is not collected centrally and could not be obtained other than at disproportionate expense.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Prime Minister's press conference of 25 January 2010, what steps (a) have been taken and (b) the Department of Health has been asked to take in relation to RoActemra. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is an independent body and it would not be appropriate for Ministers to interfere in an ongoing technology appraisal. I wrote to the Prime Minister on 9 March 2010 to assure him that RoActemra for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis is receiving a thorough assessment through NICE's technology appraisal process.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 26 February 2010, Official Report, column 807W, on arthritis: drugs, if he will place in the Library a copy of his letter to the Prime Minister. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on methadone replacement programmes in South Sefton Primary Care Trust in each year since 2000; and how many individuals have received treatment under these programmes. 
Drug treatment consists of packages of individualised care based on an assessment of an individual's need. Typically opioid substitution treatment with prescribed drugs like methadone and buprenorphine is only one of a number of components of effective treatment programme. This makes it difficult to isolate the cost of a single component, such as methadone prescribing.
The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) records the number of people receiving prescribed opioid substitute treatment (methadone or buprenorphine) from specialist services or their general practitioner (GP), but not which drug they are being prescribed. Figures for the Sefton drugs partnership area are shown in the following table:
1. Data for years before 2005-06 were not broken down to local areas and are therefore unavailable.
2. Figures combine numbers receiving prescribed opioid substitute treatment from specialist community services or GPs.
3. NDTMS does not record which drug is prescribed (methadone or buprenorphine).
4. Figures for South Sefton PCT are not collected centrally by the NDTMS.
National Treatment Agency
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of the dance classes offered under his Department's Change for Life programme. 
Gillian Merron: Free dance classes were offered on 6 and 7 March 2010 as part of the Let's Dance with Change4Life promotion. The Fitness Industry Association provided at no cost to the public purse the dance classes which had an equivalent value of £1.2 million. The Department spent £650,000 on publicising the classes and digital expenses related to the Let's Dance with Change4Life website.
Mr. Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of patients who used accident and emergency services in London North West district in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: Information is not held in the format requested. Information is available on the number of attendances at accident and emergency (A and E) departments for individual national health service trusts.
The NHS trusts in London north west with an A and E department in at least one of their sites are: Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust; North West London Hospitals NHS Trust; Ealing Hospital NHS Trust; Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
|Total attendances at A and E departments and minor injury units, NHS organisations in England, including activity at partner PCTs, 2004-05 to 2009-10 Quarter (Q) 3|
1. Independent sector-provided services were added in Quarter 1 2007-08. These data were collected retrospectively at the end of 2007-08. They were added to the QMAE from Q1 2008-09.
2. "n/a" = not applicable. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was formed on 1 October 2007 from the merger of St Mary's NHS Trust and the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. St Mary's NHS Trust and the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust activity in 2007-08 is in respect to Q1 and Q2, while Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is in respect of Q3 and Q4.
Department of Health dataset QMAE. Published. Revised 12 February 2010 in line with the Department's revision policy.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of people for whom analogue hearing aids (a) are the preferred and (b) most appropriate type of aid; 
NHS hearing aids are provided by qualified audiologists who undertake individual assessments. The
assessment determines whether an individual requires a hearing aid and if so what type is suitable for their hearing loss. The Department does not collect central information on the types of analogue or digital hearing aids that have been dispensed or individuals' preferences.
Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what obligation (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts have in respect of NHS guidance on the provision of three cycles of in-vitro fertilisation treatment to NHS patients; 
Gillian Merron: A Department survey of primary care trusts (PCTs), in 2009, showed that 27 per cent. provided three cycles of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment to patients who fulfilled the criteria for funding, an increase from 5 per cent. in 2007. A further 23 per cent. of PCTs provided two cycles and 47 per cent. provided one cycle. Information on IVF provision at the level of strategic health authority (SHA) is not collected centrally.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence was commissioned by this Government to produce a clinical guideline on fertility. Published in 2004, the guideline recommended the provision of up to three cycles of IVF for eligible couples.
There is no obligation on either SHAs or PCTs to adopt the recommendations set out in the fertility guideline, but the Government have made clear that they expect national health service organisations to do so over time using available resources.
To support PCTs in this we have undertaken a programme of work, including the publication of a commissioning aid considering the barriers to the provision of IVF, dissemination of standardised access criteria prepared by patient group Infertility Network UK, and have held the first ever conference for commissioners of fertility treatments.
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