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Police: Training

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of those completing the recruitment process to join a police force as an officer did not subsequently take up employment as a police officer; and if she will make a statement. [897]

Nick Herbert: This information is not held centrally.


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Police forces are responsible for managing their own recruitment campaigns and process, within a national standards framework. Information on those completing the police officer recruitment process and subsequently joining the police force is held by individual recruiting departments.

Northern Ireland

Departmental Electronic Equipment

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) plasma and (b) LCD televisions there are in Ministerial offices in his Department. [395]

Mr Paterson: In Millbank, London, there are (a) no plasma screens and (b) one LCD television. In Stormont, Belfast, there are (a) no plasma screens and (b) two LCD televisions in the two ministerial offices.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when and in what form he plans to publish a list of all items of expenditure by his Department over £25,000. [281]

Mr Paterson: In line with the Prime Minister's letter to Cabinet Ministers, the Department will publish any new items of central Government spending over £25,000 from November 2010. Further guidance from Cabinet Office is awaited.

Official Cars

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Government (a) cars and (b) drivers are allocated to Ministers in his Department. [301]

Mr Paterson: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has been allocated two cars and drivers by the Government Car and Despatch Service, based in London. Separate arrangements exist for Ministers when travelling in Northern Ireland.

Health

Abortion: Advertising

Mr Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to monitor the effects of television advertisements for abortion services on the abortion rate; and if he will make a statement. [80]

Anne Milton: There are no plans to undertake such specific monitoring. Abortion rates are affected by a number of complex factors. The Department monitors overall abortion trends and develops policy in the light of these.

Accident and Emergency Departments: Greater London

Mr Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate his Department has made of average waiting times to be seen at the accident and
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emergency department at (a) Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, (b) Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, (c) Princess Royal University Hospital, Orpington and (d) Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford. [457]

Mr Simon Burns: Information is not collected in the format requested.

Information is held at the level of trusts and information is not available for specific hospital sites. The following table sets out the mean and median time spent between arrival and departure in accident and emergency (A and E) departments for Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust, Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust and Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust in 2008-09 (latest data available).

Minutes
Hospital provider Mean duration to departure Median duration to departure

Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust

144

141

Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust

192

166

Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust

(1)-

(1)-

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

(2)-

(2)-

(1) Data not available
(2) Data not submitted
Notes:
1. Duration to Departure: The time (expressed as a whole number of minutes) between the patient's arrival and the time the A and E attendance has concluded and the department is no longer responsible for the care of the patient.
2. A and E Data Quality: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by a number of NHS providers across England. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seek to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain. The A and E HES publications addresses some of the key data quality and coverage issues. These are available on HESonline at:
www.hesonline.nhs.uk/Ease/servlet/ContentServer?siteID=1937&;categoryID=1271
Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care

Bassetlaw Hospital

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the (a) continued operation of and (b) service level at Bassetlaw District General Hospital accident and emergency department. [650]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have pledged that, in future, all service changes must be led by clinicians and patients, not be driven from the top down.

On 20 May 2010, David Nicholson, the national health service chief executive, wrote to all NHS bodies involved in service redesign, setting out the expectation that decisions on NHS service changes would: focus on improving patient outcomes; reflect current and prospective patient choice; have support from general practitioner commissioners; and be based on sound clinical evidence.

The local NHS has been asked to consider the impact of these strengthened criteria in their area and local communities are establishing how this work will be
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taken forward. However, at the present, no formal proposals have been brought forward regarding Bassetlaw District General hospital accident and emergency department.

Blood: Contamination

Paul Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make arrangements to meet representatives of people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C through treatment with contaminated blood products. [217]

Anne Milton: [holding answer 2 June 2010]: We would be willing to meet representatives of people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C through treatment with contaminated blood products.

Blood: Donors

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received in favour of allowing those classified as men who have sex with men to donate blood to the National Blood Service; and if he will make a statement. [345]

Anne Milton: Since January 2010, the Department has received representations from the public on this issue in the form of correspondence and a petition.

The National Blood Service (part of NHS Blood and Transplant) has a duty to ensure a sufficient supply of safe blood for patients in England and North Wales.

Currently, those people in groups shown to have a particularly high risk of carrying blood-borne viruses, which includes men who have sex with men, are asked not to give blood. This exclusion is based on the increased risk of blood-borne infection from specific sexual behaviour, rather than sexuality.

The Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) is currently reviewing the evidence on which these criteria are based. SaBTO expects to report its findings and recommendations in January 2011.

Continuing Care

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria he plans to use to determine the composition of the proposed commission on long-term care; who will appoint the members of that commission; and if he will make a statement. [889]

Mr Burstow: The Government recognise that urgent reform of the social care system is needed to provide much more control to individuals and their carers, and to ease the cost burden that they and their families face. We will establish a commission on funding long-term care, to report within a year.

Membership of the Commission and terms of reference will be announced shortly.

Departmental Manpower

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff at each Civil Service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister in his Department. [114]


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Mr Simon Burns: The information is shown in the following table.

Ministerial Office and number of full-time equivalent staff at each grade
Civil Service Grade Secretary of State Minister of State for Health Minister of State for Care Services Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Quality (Lords)

SCS1

1

0

0

0

0

Grade 6

1

0

0

0

0

Grade 7

2

1

1

1

1

Fast Stream

2

3

1

2

0

Senior Executive Officer

0

0

1

0

1

Higher Executive Officer

0

1

2

2

2

Executive Officer

4

1

1

1

1

Administrative Officer

2

1

1

1

1


Departmental Official Cars

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Government (a) cars and (b) drivers are allocated to Ministers in his Department. [297]

Mr Simon Burns: There are currently five allocated cars and drivers allocated to Ministers in the Department. In line with the new ministerial code, Ministers at the Department have given up their allocated cars and drivers. The existing contracts, which were subject to a 90-day contract termination period, end on the 19 August 2010.

Fluoride: Drinking Water

Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department issues to water authorities which are considering whether to fluoridate water supplies. [209]

Anne Milton: Section 58 of the Water Act 2003 empowered strategic health authorities (SHAs) to contract with water undertakers to fluoridate a water supply after conducting public consultations. The Chief Dental Officer's guidance to SHAs can be accessed at the following link and a copy has been placed in the Library. No SHAs are currently conducting consultations on fluoridation.

Homeopathy

Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts provide homeopathic services for patients. [220]

Anne Milton: The Department does not routinely collect this information. However, many issues relating to homeopathy were raised by the Science and Technology Committee report "Evidence Check 2: Homeopathy". The Government will be responding to this report in due course.


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Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on NHS homeopathic treatment in (a) England and (b) Sandwell in the last year for which information is available. [223]

Anne Milton: Information on general national health service spend on homeopathy is not routinely collected centrally.


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