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Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents were recorded of ambulances experiencing difficulty in reaching patients in emergency need in Greater London between 19.00 on Tuesday 2 November 2010 and 19.00 on Wednesday 3 November 2010. 
Ambulance services are currently commissioned by primary care trusts, which have a responsibility to ensure that appropriate services are provided to their populations. Each ambulance service should therefore plan to provide appropriate resources to meet local demand.
Mr Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many hospital admissions there were for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) all respiratory diseases in (i) Mansfield district primary care trust area and (ii) each other primary care trust area in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(2) how many hospital bed days there were for (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) all respiratory diseases in (i) Mansfield district primary care trust area and (ii) each other primary care trust area in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he gave to the training provided for newly-qualified dentists when formulating his proposals for the new contract for NHS dentistry. 
Mr Simon Burns: We are committed, following consultation and piloting, to introducing a new dentistry contract with a focus on improving quality, achieving good dental health and increasing access to national health service dentistry. We will be consulting patients, the NHS and the dental profession including the postgraduate dental deans who are responsible for quality assuring the vocational training which newly qualified dental graduates are required to undertake before they may practise in the NHS. Since this training is undertaken in primary care dental practices, the dentists should be able to familiarise themselves with the new contractual arrangements at an early stage in their careers.
Pat Glass: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Government have for providing teenagers with access to information and advice on making healthy lifestyle choices in schools. 
Anne Milton: We will outline our plans for helping teenagers to make healthy choices in the forthcoming public health White Paper. In addition, the Department for Education wants all young people to benefit from high quality personal social health and economic teaching and is currently considering how best to ensure this.
Health visitors have a key role to play in leading and delivering the Healthy Child Programme and wider health services to children and families locally and in ensuring that links are made where appropriate
with primary care practitioners. The work that they do is central to support the health and development of all children, in particular the most vulnerable.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effect of implementation of a ban on smoking in psychiatric hospitals and psychiatric wards of hospitals; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Burstow: There is clear evidence that the smokefree legislation is working very well and almost all enclosed workspaces and public places including mental health units are free from second hand smoke and the dangers to health which arise from exposure to second hand smoke. Public support for the smokefree law is high and continues to grow. Even a majority of smokers now support the law. We will keep working on the evidence base for tobacco control and will say more about our plans in the public health white paper.
There are significant health inequalities associated with having a mental illness. 70% of those resident in mental health units smoke compared to 21% of the general population. Statistics show that the desire to stop smoking is as strong in those with mental illnesses as it is in those who do not. People with severe mental illness die on average 20 years sooner than the average and the majority of these deaths are smoking related. It is right that the incidence of smoking related early death is addressed across the population regardless of race, religion, social status, physical or mental health.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was for an MRI scan for patients from referral to scan in each primary care trust area in each year since 1997. 
The average waiting time for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan for patients from referral to scan in each primary care trust at the end of March in each year since 2006 is in the following table:
|Median in-patient waiting time for MRI scans (weeks)|
|Time periods March 2007-August 2010 (commissioner based)|
|Month ending March each year|
|Primary care trusts (PCTs)||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09||2009-10|
1. Numbers reflect the median wait of those still waiting for MRI scan at month end.
2. Medians not calculated where waiting list is under 50.
Monthly Diagnostic (DM01) return to Department of Health
Anne Milton: Based on information supplied by vaccine manufacturers to the Department, 13.4 million doses of seasonal influenza vaccine had been distributed in the United Kingdom for both national health service and private use by 29 October 2010. This compares to 13.2 million doses at the equivalent point last year. Vaccine manufacturers advise that there are about 275,000 further doses still available for distribution.
Anne Milton: There is no evidence of pork and beef waste products being added to chicken meat, however ingredients can be legally added from other meat species, provided they have been produced in accordance with United Kingdom food law to ensure food safety.
The Secretary of State has no powers to prevent importation of chicken with added water and proteins. This is not a food safety issue but rather a food labelling issue as meat products that have been injected with hydrolysed animal proteins, water, or other added ingredients can be marketed legally provided all the necessary information is given to the consumer.
Food labelling rules are agreed at European Union level and prohibit false or misleading labelling. Labelling rules require that certain meat products that resemble a cut or slice of meat must mention in the name of the food any ingredients which originate from a different species to the rest of the meat.
Local authorities ensure that food on sale in the UK complies with these labelling rules. Sampling is routinely carried by local authorities to check for added water and added protein in chicken. Where there is evidence of non-compliance in this respect, enforcement action is taken. The local authorities carry out enforcement action according to the statutory Food Law Code of Practice; this ensures that local authority practice across the UK is consistent with UK / EU food law.
The Government's Food Authenticity research programme develops analytical methods for food enforcement laboratories to help combat misleading
labelling and food fraud. The programme is currently working with partners in Europe and the United States of America to produce a method to reliably detect undeclared pork and beef proteins used to retain added water in chicken products. The Commission is aware and supportive of this collaborative project.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision he plans to make for funding of the functions formerly undertaken by the Meat Hygiene Service in each of the next three years. 
The responses to this public consultation will be taken into consideration by the FSA in determining the final policy on charging for these functions. Ministers will also be consulted on the FSA's final policy before it is implemented.
The FSA recently reissued guidance (first published in 2003) for local authority food enforcement officers on Halal food issues to help local authorities make sure that food businesses comply with food labelling rules which are agreed at European Union level and prohibit false or misleading labelling. A copy has been placed in the Library.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent representations he has received on the adequacy of supply of medicinal products in the NHS; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what representations he has received on amendment of the Medicines Act 1968 to prevent the export of medicinal products that are in short supply in the UK; and if he will make a statement; 
Paul Burstow: Ministers have had representations from supply chain organisations, health care professionals and patients, on the issue of medicines supply including issues relating to the Medicines Act. The Department, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and pharmaceutical supply chain stakeholders are working collaboratively to better understand and mitigate the impact of supply difficulties so that patients receive the medicines they need.
The purpose of the 2010 Health and Social Care Bill is to take forward the changes set out in the Government White Paper, 'Liberating the NHS', which require primary legislation. The free movement of goods, including medicines, between member states of the European Union is a fundamental principle of the single market upon which the European Union is built, and therefore legislation to this end would be inappropriate. The Government will not take forward proposals to prevent the export of any medicinal products.
Chi Onwurah: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 September 2010, Official Report, column 66W, on mental illness (1) what consultation his Department has undertaken on its new mental health strategy; 
Paul Burstow: Discussions are under way on the strategy and views are being gathered from a range of partners, including professional organisations and voluntary sector groups, as well as individual service users and carers. The Future Vision Coalition, and the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition, each representing a large number of organisations, are members of the Mental Health Strategy Programme Board.
The Department consulted widely on New Horizons, the previous Government's mental health strategy and coalition Ministers agreed that they would not rehearse again positions that are already widely understood. Instead, we have engaged with leading organisations and individuals, including people who use services. We are also seeking input specifically on the new strategy from other Government Departments and externally.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of (a) primary care trusts permitting the use of Sativex, (b) NHS patients receiving Sativex and (c) NHS patients refused Sativex in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr Simon Burns: Information on the number of patient requests for funding for the use of Sativex which have been approved or refused by their local primary care trust (PCT) is not collected. However, information on the number of prescription items dispensed is held.
|Savitex prescriptions issued by PCTs in England, dispensed, in the community, in the UK , 2009-10|
Prescribing Analysis and CosT tool (PACT) system.
Dr Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of cases relating to NHS staff were investigated by the NHS Counter Fraud Squad in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many such cases resulted in prosecution. 
|NHS Counter Fraud Service investigations opened in 2009-10|
|Outcomes of investigations related to staff employed by the NHS|
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of staff employed by the NHS who are provided with private health insurance as part of their remuneration package. 
Mr Simon Burns: Private health insurance does not form part of the national terms and conditions of service for any national health service staff group. NHS employers may offer private health insurance to NHS staff as part of a locally determined reward package; information on this is not held centrally.
Mr Simon Burns: The NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) collects data by specialty. Although maternity is not listed as a specialty, obstetrics specialty data are collected. The total obstetrics damages paid out in 2009-10 was £238,970,055. The full data are available from the fact sheet (No. five) in the publication section of the NHSLA website:
The Government do not currently limit levels of compensation in medical negligence. The amount paid in compensation is determined by the courts, or is based on previous court rulings when settled by the parties concerned.
Gareth Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many organ donors were registered in Dartford constituency (a) in each of the last five years and (b) on the most recent date for which figures are available. 
|Number of registrations on the Organ Donor Register (ODR)|
|Total on ODR at beginning of year||New registrations during year||Total on ODR at end of year|
|(1) Total number of new registrations in Dartford constituency for 2010 as at 3 November 2010.|
(2) Total number of people on the Organ Donor Register (ODR) in Dartford constituency as at 3 November 2010.
Mr Simon Burns: Patients presenting at a national health service dental practice would be liable for a band 1 charge of £16.50 for examination, diagnosis and referral if appropriate, unless they were exempt from charges. Any treatment provided in a primary care dental practice would be subject to a further dental charge but, if the patient was referred to a dental or medical specialist in secondary care the treatment would be free of charge.
Anne Milton: The General Medical Council has responsibility for investigating the fitness to practise of doctors. That will not be affected by the abolition of primary care trusts (PCTs). PCTs have responsibility for managing admission, suspension and removal from Performers Lists. Where suspension or removal is considered but it is not a fitness to practise issue the PCT will initiate an investigation. Detailed arrangements for the management of Performers Lists following the abolition of PCTs are currently being considered by Ministers and departmental officials.
Julian Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements he plans to put in place for the repayment of money owed by primary care trusts who are in deficit following their abolition. 
Mr Simon Burns: The Department is working with the strategic health authorities to address circumstances where primary care trusts (PCTs) owe money, with the expectation that any deficits will be fully resolved by the end of 2012-13. The issue of PCTs deficits and debt will be covered in further detail in the NHS Operating Framework for 2011-12.
Paul Burstow: Evidence of continuing professional development (CPD) is a requirement of professional registration and CPD is now an essential component of the regulated social work profession. The Social Work Reform Board will be advising Government on the continuing professional development of social workers as part of its wider programme of reforming social work in spring next year.
Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what options for the permanent display of tobacco in shops which take into account (a) public health priorities and (b) burdens on business he has considered; and if he will make a statement. 
Anne Milton: The Government are considering all the options around tobacco displays and will ensure that an appropriate balance is struck between public health priorities and burdens on business. It would be premature at this stage to offer details of options being considered.
|Number of cases of drug-resistant tuberculosis in London, 2007-09|
|Resistant to any first line drug( 1)|
|Number of cases||As a percentage of total cases( 2)||Total( 2)|
|(1) Resistant to at least one of the first line anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol and pyrazinamide).|
(2) Culture confirmed tuberculosis cases with drug susceptibility testing results for at least isoniazid and rifampicin.
Health Protection Agency
The Deputy Prime Minister: The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) provides an excellent opportunity for substantive discussions with key Asian and European partners representing 58% of the world's population and 50% of global gross domestic product.
In discussion at the summit, I set out the argument for global co-operation on fiscal reduction, international institutional reform and business-led growth in open markets during the discussion on global economic governance. I also discussed North Korea, Iran, the middle east and Burma and called for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. These issues were reflected in the communiqué. The communiqué also sets out a high degree of agreement among the leaders on developing more effective global economic governance and sustainable development, as well as fighting terrorism and the co-ordination of disaster relief efforts.
In the margins of the summit I held bilateral meetings with leaders from Indonesia, Pakistan, Australia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Vietnam. I discussed a broad range of issues including the steps being taken by the UK Government to address the deficit and create growth, the Government's determination to boost trade in general and in particular relations with emerging markets. I also outlined UK expectations ahead of the G20 summit in November.
I also had meetings with European leaders, including those from the European Council and Commission, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. Issues discussed included security, EU budgets and economic stability in the eurozone.
Mr Andrew Turner: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many representations his Department has received in favour of the proposal (a) for a cross-Solent parliamentary constituency and (b) that (i) one and (ii) two hon. Members represent the Isle of Wight. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: The cost of the Deputy Prime Minister's expenditure on hospitality will be made available at the end of the financial year once the Department's resource accounts have been fully audited and laid before Parliament.
The Deputy Prime Minister: The Government have set out a new programme of work for improving social mobility and will consider the impact of the spending review when developing their cross-governmental social mobility strategy. In particular, the 15 hours per week of free early years education to disadvantaged two-year-olds, the pupil premium and the National Scholarship Scheme are all specifically geared towards targeted support to children from lower income backgrounds. The social mobility strategy will be published this winter.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning how many full-time equivalent Civil Service jobs are located in (a) East Ayrshire and (b) Kilmarnock and Loundoun. (22636)
Civil Service Statistics are published annually by the Office for National Statistics on the National Statistics website. The latest published statistics are for March 2009:
Statistics for 2010 will be published 19 November 2010.
Figures for the number of civil servants employed in East Ayrshire are attached at Annex A. Figures for Kilmarnock and Loundoun cannot be provided.
|Annex A: Civil service employment ; number of civil servants in East Ayrshire( 1) -All employees|
|31 March 2009||Full-time equivalent|
|(1) Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.|
Annual Civil Service Employment Survey
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question concerning what the turnover among Civil Service staff was in each of the last three years. (22864)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes detailed information on the composition of the Civil Service each year as part of the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey (ACSES). The latest published statistics are for March 2009:
Civil Service Statistics does not explicitly contain details on the turnover of Civil Service staff. However, the publication does show the number of leavers from the Civil Service each year along with the total number of staff in post. Based on this information, Annex A provides an estimated turnover rate among Civil Service staff in each of the last three years.
|Annex A: Civil service employment-civil service turnover 2007, 2008 and 2009( 1) , all employees|
|Leavers||Average 'staff in post'( 2)||Estimated turnover rate (percentage)|
|(1) Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. (2) Average 'staff in post' based on number of staff in post at the commencement and end of the survey reference period. (3) Survey reference date 31 March. (4) Survey reference date 30 September. Source: Annual Civil Service Employment Survey.|
Ms Angela Eagle: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how much funding to meet staff redundancy costs was identified in his Department's settlement letter in respect of the comprehensive spending review. 
Mr Maude: All pressures on Departments' budgets were taken into account as part of the spending review and settlements were allocated accordingly. The full costs of redundancies will be met within the Cabinet Office's spending review resource DEL settlement.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what proportion of all non-pensioner households are in employment in each region of the United Kingdom. 22099.
Percentages of working households by region are published in table 1(iii) of the 'Work and worklessness among households 2010' Statistical Bulletin, and can be accessed via the ONS website at:
A working household is defined as a household that contains at least one person aged 16 to 64, where all individuals aged 16 and over are in employment. Estimates in this table relate to the period April-June 2010.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the number of people in the London Borough of Bexley who work in the (a) public and (b) private sector. (21755)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) preferred source of statistics for public sector employment is the Quarterly Public Sector Employment Survey (QPSES) and external sources, however figures from this source are not available for parliamentary constituencies.
Alternatively public sector employment statistics for local areas can be calculated from the Annual Population Survey (APS). Individuals in the APS are classified to the public or private sector according to their responses to the survey. Consequently, the classification of an individual's sector may differ from how they would be classified in QPSES statistics.
According to APS figures, in the 12 month period April 2009 to March 2010, 76,000 of the working population in the London Borough of Bexley were employed in the private sector and 28,000 employed in the public sector.
As with any sample survey, estimates from the APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:
Mr McFadden: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency were on jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months in the latest period for which figures are available. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many people in Wolverhampton South East constituency were on jobseeker's allowance for more than 12 months in the latest period for which figures are available. (21762)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles the number of claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) from the Jobcentre Plus administrative system.
There were 1,065 people resident in Wolverhampton South East constituency in receipt of JSA for over 12 months in September 2010.
National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:
Tom Greatrex: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office when he plans to reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West of 15 July 2010 and 16 August 2010 on the Civil Service Compensation Scheme. 
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what changes there have been in the net level of immigration since May 2010 (22392).
ONS has not published UK migration statistics for the requested time period. The latest provisional long term international migration estimates relate to the year ending December 2009 and were published in August 2010. These rolling annual estimates are updated on a quarterly basis. Provisional estimates for the year ending March 2010 are due for publication on 25 November.
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