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Ministerial Corrections

Wednesday 6 July 2011

Health

Infant Mortality: Research

Zac Goldsmith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of the funding allocated by his Department for health research was allocated to research on (a) maternal and (b) fetal health in each of the last five years; [59760]

(2) what proportion of the funding allocated by his Department for (a) maternal and (b) fetal health research was allocated to research into stillbirth prevention; [59761]

(3) how much his Department has spent on research into (a) the causes and prevention of stillbirth, (b) sudden infant death syndrome and (c) preventing neonatal deaths in the last 10 years for which figures are available. [59762]

[Official Report, 16 June 2011, Vol. 529, c. 911-12W.]

Letter of correction from Simon Burns:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Richmond Park (Zac Goldsmith) on 16 June 2011. The answer said that the Department is currently funding the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries but it should have said that the Department funded the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries until March 2011.

The full answer given was as follows:

Mr Simon Burns: The Department funds research through both the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Policy Research Programme (PRP).

Estimated spend by the NIHR and PRP relating to maternal and foetal health is as follows.


Estimated spend on maternal and foetal health research (£ million) Estimated spend on maternal and foetal health research as a proportion of total NIHR revenue and PRP spend (percentage)

2006-07

4.4

0.6

2007-08

4.7

0.6

2008-09

9.0

1.1

2009-10

10.9

1.2

2010-11

12.7

1.3

The Department does not hold specific figures for the proportion of funding allocated to research into stillbirth prevention, preventing neonatal deaths or sudden infant death syndrome.

The Government fund a range of research of relevance to maternal and foetal health, including stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome.

For example, the Department's Policy Research Programme has funded a Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), University of Oxford. Research themes include pregnancy loss, perinatal morbidity, maternal morbidity and maternal mortality.

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The Department also funds research relevant to stillbirth. For example, through an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, the Department is funding a study entitled “Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Obese Women”. Running from 2008 to 2012, this study aims to develop an individually tailored “life style” programme for obese women.

Furthermore, the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre has an ongoing programme of research on women's health. A major focus of this research is understanding the determinants of stillbirth risk and using this understanding to improve clinical care of pregnant women.

In addition, the Government currently fund the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE), which publishes an annual report into perinatal mortality. CMACE monitors changes in perinatal mortality rates, and identifies causes and risk factors. In addition to providing a national overview, CMACE also provides localised information to enable maternity units to review and monitor their own rates so that action can be taken to improve services.

The correct answer should have been:

Mr Simon Burns: The Department funds research through both the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and the Policy Research Programme (PRP).

Estimated spend by the NIHR and PRP relating to maternal and foetal health is as follows.


Estimated spend on maternal and foetal health research (£ million) Estimated spend on maternal and foetal health research as a proportion of total NIHR revenue and PRP spend (percentage)

2006-07

4.4

0.6

2007-08

4.7

0.6

2008-09

9.0

1.1

2009-10

10.9

1.2

2010-11

12.7

1.3

The Department does not hold specific figures for the proportion of funding allocated to research into stillbirth prevention, preventing neonatal deaths or sudden infant death syndrome.

The Government fund a range of research of relevance to maternal and foetal health, including stillbirth and sudden infant death syndrome.

For example, the Department's Policy Research Programme has funded a Policy Research Unit in Maternal Health and Care at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU), University of Oxford. Research themes include pregnancy loss, perinatal morbidity, maternal morbidity and maternal mortality.

The Department also funds research relevant to stillbirth. For example, through an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, the Department is funding a study entitled “Improving Pregnancy Outcomes in Obese Women”. Running from 2008 to 2012, this study aims to develop an individually tailored “life style” programme for obese women.

Furthermore, the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre has an ongoing programme of research on women's health. A major focus of this research is

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understanding the determinants of stillbirth risk and using this understanding to improve clinical care of pregnant women.

In addition, the Government funded until March 2011 the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE), which publishes an annual report into perinatal mortality. CMACE monitors changes in perinatal mortality rates, and identifies causes and risk factors. In addition to providing a national overview, CMACE also provides localised information to enable maternity units to review and monitor their own rates so that action can be taken to improve services.

Communities and Local Government

Audit Commission: National Audit Office

Andrew Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on what dates representatives of the Audit Commission dined with representatives of the National Audit Office paid for by the public purse since 2007-08; in which restaurants each meal took place; and at what cost. [61062]

[Official Report, 20 June 2011, Vol. 530, c. 50W.]

Letter of correction from Robert Neill:

The Audit Commission have identified an error in the answer they provided to my Department which accompanied the written answer given to the hon. Member for Burton (Andrew Griffiths) on 20 June 2011. Professor Sir Andrew Likierman NAO was omitted from the list.

The full answer given was as follows:

Robert Neill: This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to respond to my hon. Friend direct.

Letter from Eugene Sullivan, dated 20 June 2011:

Your Parliamentary Question has been passed to me to reply.

The Commission has paid for meals with the NAO on five occasions since 2007/08:

1 November 2007 the then MD, Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO for lunch. Information on the location and cost is no longer available.

3 December 2007 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive and Sir John Bourn, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO, dined at L'Escargot at a cost of £103.39;

5 May 2009 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Michael O'Higgins, Chairman and Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO dined at Qurinale at a cost of £240.19;

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14 September 2009 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO at the Ebury Wine Bar at a cost of £53.04; and

7 April 2010 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO at the Footstool restaurant at a cost of £22.50.

The Commission dined with the NAO on three occasions where the Commission did not pay.

11 June 2007 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive and Sir John Bourn, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO met for dinner at Wiltons;

15 January 2009 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO for lunch at the Ebury Wine Bar; and

2 February 2011 Eugene Sullivan, Chief Executive had a breakfast meeting with the Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO, Amyas Morse at the Mint Hotel.

The correct answer should have been:

Robert Neill: This is an operational matter for the Audit Commission and I have asked the chief executive of the Audit Commission to respond to my hon. Friend direct.

Letter from Eugene Sullivan, dated 20 June 2011:

Your Parliamentary Question has been passed to me to reply.

The Commission has paid for meals with the NAO on five occasions since 2007/08:

1 November 2007 the then MD, Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO for lunch. Information on the location and cost is no longer available.

3 December 2007 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive and Sir John Bourn, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO, dined at L'Escargot at a cost of £103.39;

5 May 2009 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive, Michael O'Higgins, Chairman, Professor Sir Andrew Likierman, Chairman NAO and Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO dined at Qurinale at a cost of £240.19;

14 September 2009 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO at the Ebury Wine Bar at a cost of £53.04; and

7 April 2010 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO at the Footstool restaurant at a cost of £22.50.

The Commission dined with the NAO on three occasions where the Commission did not pay.

11 June 2007 Steve Bundred, Chief Executive and Sir John Bourn, Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO met for dinner at Wiltons;

15 January 2009 David Walker, MD Communications met with Gabrielle Cohen, Assistant Auditor General NAO for lunch at the Ebury Wine Bar; and

2 February 2011 Eugene Sullivan, Chief Executive had a breakfast meeting with the Comptroller and Auditor General of the NAO, Amyas Morse at the Mint Hotel.