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Mr Simon Burns: No one should be excluded from mainstream health services because they do not have digital access. We are committed to enabling patients to have greater access to the information they need to play a more active part in decisions about their own care. Informed patients are more likely to have a good patient experience, to achieve a partnership with clinicians treating them and overall have a better outcome. We are looking at a range of ways of making that possible, which will include by digital means.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the level of transparency of the mechanisms by which NHS trusts publish details of the remuneration of non-executive directors. 
Mr Simon Burns: Levels of remuneration for non-executive directors have been determined centrally by the Government. On 10 March 2010, it was announced that there would be no increase to these rates for 2010-11.
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The Appointments Commission, an executive non-departmental public body manage appointments to NHS trusts on behalf of the Secretary of State for Health and publish levels of remuneration on their website.
Esther McVey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department issues to (a) general practitioners, (b) primary care trusts and (c) NHS trusts on the (i) re-use and (ii) disposal of cloth bandages. 
Mr Simon Burns: The Department has issued Health Technical Memorandum 07-01 "Safe Management of Healthcare Waste" for all involved in the management of health care waste, including general practitioners, primary care trusts and national health service trusts. The guidance covers types of waste produced directly from health care activities, including bandages, and focuses on the management and risk assessment of medicinal and infectious waste. A copy of the document has already been placed in the Library.
All medical devices have to meet the requirements of the relevant Medical Device Regulations and, when used as intended, should be acceptably safe. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidance on using medical devices is to follow the instructions for use provided by the manufacturer which, for bandages, may be found on the labelling or the packaging. If medical devices are labelled as single-use only, they must not be re-used.
Maria Miller: Access to Work provides financial help towards the extra costs faced by disabled people in work, where this goes beyond what would be reasonable for an employer to meet. Access to Work supported 32,120 disabled people during 2008-09. Official statistics for 2009-10 will be published on 27 July.
The Government are reviewing current welfare to work programmes, including Access to Work, to ensure that the support is effective and value for money. We are committed to ensuring disabled people are given the right support they need to get a job and remain in employment.
The Coalition Agreement announced plans to allow customers to confirm eligibility for Access to Work before applying for a job. We are drawing up plans for implementation and further details will be announced in due course.
Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have been in receipt of carer's allowance in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since the allowance's inception. 
|Carer's allowance cases in payment since August 2003|
|Date||Jarrow parliamentary constituency||South Tyneside local authority||North-east Government office region||Great Britain|
1. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest 10.
2. Invalid care allowance was renamed carer's allowance from April 2003.
3. The earliest data available are from August 2003. Prior to August 2003, figures are based on those with entitlement only. This means that caseload figures cannot be broken down by whether or not a case is in payment. As a result, carer's allowance data are restricted to August 2003 onwards.
Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
Maria Miller: The Government recognise that the UK's 6 million carers play an indispensable role in looking after friends or family members who need support. It also acknowledges the important role that both cash benefits and employment assistance play, especially in enabling many carers to combine care giving with paid employment.
We have set out our commitment to simplify the benefit system in order to improve work incentives and encourage responsibility and fairness. We will consider carefully the needs of carers as we develop our thinking on welfare reform.
Ian Swales: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in Redcar constituency (a) are in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) were in receipt of carer's allowance in each of the last five years. 
|People in receipt of Carer's Allowance in Redcar constituency November 2004-09|
Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) special advisers and (b) press officers are employed by his Department; and at what Civil Service pay grade in each such case. 
(b) Press office covers all of the Department's responsibilities including Jobcentre Plus and the Pensions, Disability and Carers Service, for the national and regional media across the English regions, Scotland and Wales.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department are entitled to the use of (i) a car with a dedicated driver, (ii) a car from the Government car pool and (iii) a taxi ordered through a departmental account. 
(a) The Department for Work and Pensions Permanent Secretary is the only civil servant who has entitlement to use one of the Government Car Service's pool of four DWP vehicles. All of these vehicles have a dedicated driver.
Within the UK, the DWP has only one departmental account for taxis, which covers London (within the M25-extending to London Airports). All DWP staff and special advisers are entitled to use this taxi account; however staff should always consider whether travelling by taxi is a necessity, having considered alternative travel methods, business needs, sustainability issues, increased public scrutiny of expenses and cost. Exceptional occasions where taxi travel is necessary may include:
Where a taxi can be shared with other colleagues and the fare would be cheaper than public transport; and
For journeys where there is no other suitable method of public transport.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions pursuant to the answer of 14 June 2010, Official Report, columns 280-1W, on departmental manpower, what the salary range is of staff employed at each grade in the private office of each Minister in his Department. 
"look closely at the effects of its decisions on different groups in society, especially the least well off, and on different regions."
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