Cancer

Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the remit of the NHS Commissioning Board will include improving the quality of cancer services. [113049]

Paul Burstow: Yes. Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the NHS Commissioning Board will have a duty to promote a comprehensive health service, and will have a general duty about securing continuous improvement in the quality of all services.

Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to his announcement of 20 May 2011 entitled Government commits funding to maintain vital cancer networks, what steps his Department is taking to support the strengthening of cancer networks. [113138]

Paul Burstow: We have already made it clear that there is a role for clinical networks, such as cancer networks, in the new health system, as a place where clinicians from different sectors come together to improve the quality of care across integrated pathways.

The cancer networks are a clear example of how this way of working delivers better quality. That is why the Secretary of State for Health, the right hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), announced in May 2011 that cancer networks would continue to be funded in 2012-13 and that the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) would support strengthened cancer networks.

The NHS CB authority will publish its recommendations for clinical networks in the new health system in summer.

Cancer: Children

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have received NHS funding for proton beam therapy abroad since the treatment

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became available; and when he expects the first child cancer patients to be able to receive this therapy in the UK. [113285]

Paul Burstow: Since 2008, patients with ‘high priority' cancer types have been sent overseas for proton beam therapy (PBT) treatment. The National Specialised Commissioning Team has established a Proton Therapy Clinical Reference Panel to advise on suitable cancer cases to be treated overseas. As of 31 March 2012, 160 patients had started and/or completed PBT treatment overseas, 107 of which were children. We anticipate up to 400 patients travelling overseas for PBT in 2013-14.

In April 2012, we confirmed plans to develop a National PBT service capable of treating up to 1,500 patients a year at facilities in Manchester and London. This service is due to start treating patients from the end of 2017.

Contraceptives

Mr Virendra Sharma: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) total number and (b) net ingredient cost was of each type of (i) contraceptive and (ii) contraceptive device dispensed in each primary care trust in England in each year since 1997. [113050]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

A table is provided for each available full calendar year, 2008 through to 2011, giving the number of prescription items dispensed in the community by primary care trust (PCT) and nationally, as classified by the relevant British National Formulary sections. The net ingredient cost of the dispensed prescription items is also provided. Information for previous years is not available at PCT level.

Cosmetic Surgery

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many female genital cosmetic surgical procedures have taken place on the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the age of the patient was in each case. [112917]

Mr Simon Burns: A cosmetic surgical procedure will only be carried out by the national health service where clinically indicated. The Health and Social Care Information Centre collect data on all admissions to NHS hospitals in England which are included in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). Unfortunately, the clinical codes available for HES data do not enable us to identify genital cosmetic procedures which are commonly carried out for cosmetic purposes.

The procedure codes used in these statistics which are relevant here may also be used to describe other conditions such as treatment for a previous third degree tear affecting a current pregnancy or diagnoses such as cancer.

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many ear pinning operations have taken place on the NHS in each of the last five years; and what the age of the patient was in each case. [112911]

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Mr Simon Burns: The information requested is available in the following table:

Total courts of all procedures(1) of ear-pinning(2, )by five-year age band for 2006-07 to 2010-11(3)
Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector
Age group2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

Total

3,692

3,581

3,182

2,788

2,426

0 to 4

104

99

87

73

54

5 to 9

1,169

1,133

998

783

695

10 to 14

1,505

1,490

1,280

1,093

1,034

15 to 19

620

609

590

617

492

20 to 24

95

74

75

98

53

25 to 29

45

41

46

40

30

30 to 34

47

38

33

11

15

35 to 39

38

32

20

29

16

40 to 44

28

26

18

16

8

45 to 49

14

15

10

11

11

50 to 54

6

*

*

*

*

55 to 59

*

6

*

*

60 to 64

*

*

*

*

*

65 to 69

7

*

*

*

*

70+

11

12

7

6

7

Unknown

*

*

(1) Total number of (named) procedures. The total number of (named) procedures recorded in any of the 24 (12 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and four prior to 2002-03) procedure fields, in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) episode. If a procedure is recorded in more than one procedure field during an episode, all instances are counted. (2)OPCS code OPCS code used: D03.3—Pinnaplasty. (3)Assessing growth through time HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. Changes to the figures over time need to be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage (particularly in earlier years), improvements in coverage of independent sector activity (particularly from 2006-07) and changes in NHS practice. For example, apparent reductions in activity may be due to a number of procedures which may now be undertaken in out-patient settings and so no longer include in admitted patient HES data. By convention, figures which could risk identifying single patients (figures of 5 or less) are withheld and have been replaced by an *. Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Dental Services

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have worked for the NHS in each of the last five years; how long the average wait to get an appointment to see a NHS dentist was in each of the last five years; and what the NHS charge bands have been in each of the last five years. [112912]

Mr Simon Burns: Average dental waiting times are not collected centrally. The number of dentists and NHS charge bands for each of the last five years can be found in the following tables.

Number of dentists with NHS activity within the year ending 31 March, 2006-07 to 2010-11 numbers (headcount)
 2006-072007-082008-092009-102010-11

High street dentists(1, 2)

20,160

20,815

21,343

22,003

22,799

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Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Dental staff in England as at 30 September numbers (headcount) each year
 2007200820092010(3)2011(3)

HCHS dentists

3,940

4,221

4,342

4,035

4,030

(1) Dentists are defined as performers with NHS activity recorded by FP17 forms. (2) Data consist of performers in general dental services, personal dental services and trust-led Dental services. (3) The new headcount methodology is not fully comparable with data for years prior to 2010, due to improvements that make it a more stringent count of absolute staff numbers. Further information on the headcount methodology is available in the Census publication at: www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/workforce/nhs-staff-numbers Source: Health and Social Care Information Centre, Dental and Eye Care Team Health and Social Care Information Centre Medical and Dental Workforce Census.
NHS dental charge bands from 1 April 2007 to 1 April 2012
£
 Band 1Band 2Band 3

2007

15.90

43.60

194.00

2008

16.20

44.60

198.00

2009

16.50

45.60

198.00

2010

16.50

45.60

198.00

2011

17.00

47.00

204.00

2012

17.50

48.00

209.00

Dental Services: Injuries

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many iatrogenic injuries have been sustained by patients undergoing dental treatment in each of the last five years. [112914]

Mr Simon Burns: This information is not collected centrally.

Energy

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which energy supplier supplies his Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity. [113477]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department's current energy suppliers are Corona Energy (gas), EDF (electricity at major sites) and British Gas (electricity at minor sites). The definition of “major site” or “minor site” depends on whether electricity is metered on a half-hourly basis. Most of the Department's sites are classed as “major”.

In line with Government procurement policy, the Department sources its energy through companies in a framework with the Government Procurement Service. The suppliers changed on 1 April 2012.

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years. [113502]

Mr Simon Burns: The total expenditure in the Department's owned or leased buildings is as follows:

(a) Gas
 £

2002-03

86,367

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2003-04

78,989

2004-05

115,470

2005-06

157,684

2006-07

145,703

2007-08

105,214

2008-09

140,035

2009-10

151,120

2010-11

117,690

2011-12

139,343

(b) Electricity
 £

2002-03

602,320

2003-04

631,337

2004-05

754,096

2005-06

911,063

2006-07

949,735

2007-08

853,476

2008-09

1,424,184

2009-10

1,109,015

2010-11

862,052

2011-12

1,145,671

Ethics and Confidentiality Committee

Mr Slaughter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which body or bodies will take over from him in approving the recommendations of the Ethics and Confidentiality Committee; and if he will make a statement. [112904]

Anne Milton: The Government have commissioned a review of the current information governance rules and their application, to ensure an appropriate balance between the protection of confidential and identifiable information within our health and care records and the use and sharing of that information to improve the quality and safety of our own care and for the benefit of wider society. Dame Fiona Caldicott is leading this independent review which will report later in the year.

Future arrangements for the decision-making and advisory functions for approvals for the processing of confidential patient information under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 are currently being finalised, taking account of the review's

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emerging findings. These arrangements will need to be further reviewed in due course, in the light of the independent review's final findings.

General Practitioners

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the functions will be of the proposed primary health care clinical commissioning groups. [113127]

Mr Simon Burns: The Department has recently published “The Functions of Clinical Commissioning Groups” (June. 2012), which summarises the key statutory duties and powers of clinical commissioning groups, including commissioning responsibilities, general duties and financial and governance functions. A copy has been placed in the Library.

General Practitioners: North East

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total number of administrative staff expected to be employed by clinical commissioning groups covering the North East. [113126]

Mr Simon Burns: Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) will have freedom to decide how to use their running costs allowance to secure support to carry out commissioning activities. This includes decisions on the number of administrative staff they employ. They may also buy in support from external organisations, including public, voluntary and private sector bodies. The NHS Commissioning Board Authority has published indicative running cost allowances for proposed CCGs in May 2012. This can be found at:

www.commissioningboard.nhs.uk/2012/05/31/ccg-configs-agreed/

Health Education

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which public health campaigns his Department has funded in each of the last 10 years; and how much his Department spent on each such campaign. [113518]

Anne Milton: The following tables show spend figures for all public health campaigns from 1999-2000 to 2009-10 (we do not yet have complete figures for 2010-11):

£ million
Campaigns1999-2000(1)2000-01(1)2001-02(1)2002-03(1)2003-04(1)

5 A Day

0.50

0.48

Alcohol

0.10

0.05

Antibiotics

0.91

0.44

0.44

0.42

Blood Donation

0.22

Children's Health/Pregnancy

0.05

Drugs Advertising(2)

0.53

0.50

 

1.52

1.50

Flu Immunisation

2.02

1.45

2.00

1.60

Hepatitis C

0.15

Immunisation

0.67

1.00

2.00

Maternal and Infant Nutrition/ Breastfeeding

0.28

0.46

Mind Out/Mental Health

0.13

0.16

0.95

Sexual Health Awareness

0.30

1.50

1,50

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Sexwise/Teenage Pregnancy

0.39

2.00

1.60

2.00

Smoking—Tobacco Control

6.18

8.97

7.79

7.87

17.34

TB Awareness

0.30

0.09

0.01

(1) Figures are net plus agency fees and commissions (rounded to nearest £10,000). Figures exclude VAT and Central Office of Information (COI) fees. (2) Department of Health contribution to campaign run jointly with Home Office.
£ million
Campaigns2004-05(1)2005-06(1)2006-07(1)2007-08(1)2008-09(2)2009-10(2)

5 A Day

0.06

0.05

0.05

Alcohol

0.56

0.61

4.77

4.65

Antibiotics

0.38

0.39

1.15

Cancer

Child Immunisation

1.66

0.29

Drugs Advertising

0.91

0.18

1.34

0.67

1.45

Flu Immunisation

1.45

1.83

1.11

0.98

1.42

0.28

FRANK(3)

1.66

Hepatitis C

0.52

1.34

1.30

1.39

HPV Vaccination

2.80

4.07

MMR Uptake Campaign

0.03

0.53

National Dementia Strategy

1.67

Obesity/Change4Life

7.69

16.16

Pandemic Flu

11.24

Respiratory and Hand Hygiene

0.32

1.53

2.63

Sexual Health Awareness

0.28

2.88

3.11

2.83

8.16

Stroke Awareness

4.52

2.45

Tobacco Control

20.05

20.80

13.49

16.17

23.38

24.91

(1) Figures are net plus agency fees and commissions (rounded to nearest £10,000). Figures exclude VAT and Central Office of Information (COI) fees. (2) Provisional figures rounded to nearest £10,000. Figures exclude VAT and COI fees. (3) Department of Health share with Home Office.

Health Services: Armed Forces

Mrs Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether trauma units in NHS hospitals in England treat armed forces personnel who are injured at work; and if he will make a statement. [112935]

Mr Simon Burns: Yes, armed forces personnel who are injured at work are treated in national health service hospitals. Secondary care services for serving personnel are commissioned by primary care trusts as part of their arrangements for the general population. The Ministry of Defence also has arrangements to commission and directly fund a number of arrangements for care within the NHS; these include in-patient mental health services and enhanced and accelerated pathways through host Ministry of Defence hospital unit trusts.

Heart Diseases

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) men and (b) women died from a heart attack in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK in each of the last five years. [113874]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many men and women died from a heart attack in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years (113874).

Table 1 as follows shows the number of deaths where acute myocardial infarction was the underlying cause for (a) Jarrow parliamentary constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) the North East region and the UK between 2006 and 2010 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths from a heart attack among men and women in the UK, the North East region, South Tyneside local authority and Jarrow parliamentary constituency, 2006-10(1, 2, 3)
Deaths (persons)
Area20062007200820092010

United Kingdom

     

Males

22,683

21,522

20,270

19,117

18,453

Females

17,698

16,716

15,577

14,246

13,562

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Total

40,381

38,238

35,847

33,363

32,015

      

North East region

     

Males

963

945

883

884

740

Females

760

722

646

599

552

Total

1,723

1,667

1,529

1,483

1,292

      

South Tyneside local authority

     

Males

54

38

52

44

31

Females

62

46

43

38

33

Total

116

84

95

82

64

      

Jarrow parliamentary constituency

     

Males

35

22

24

15

12

Females

20

14

22

16

22

Total

55

36

46

31

34

(1) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year and include non-residents for the UK. All sub-national figures exclude non-residents. (2) Cause of death for heart attack was defined using the International Classifications of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes I21-I22. (3) Figures are based on boundaries as of February 2012.

Hypertension

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the recent long-term trends in the number and proportion of people diagnosed with blood pressure-related disorders. [113516]

Mr Simon Burns: High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke.

We know that the number of people with these diseases is predicted to increase because of demographic changes and increases in obesity. The development of a Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes Strategy is under way to ensure we have measures in place to continue to improve cardiovascular disease outcomes and deliver the very best care for patients.

Maternity Services

Mr Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 70W, on childbirth, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that hospital trusts and specialised commissioners have plans in place to implement the toolkit for high-quality neonatal services and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence quality standard for specialist neonatal care. [113826]

Anne Milton: It is for local hospital trusts and specialised commissioners to decide how best to use the guidance in the toolkit for high-quality neonatal services and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standard for specialist neonatal care. The toolkit and quality standard are good practice tools that can assist commissioners and hospital trusts in the delivery of safe, high quality neonatal services that achieve the best outcomes for babies.

We have made ‘reducing deaths in babies and young children’, including perinatal and infant mortality, areas for improvement in the NHS Outcomes Framework for 2012-13. In future, the Department will hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account for its performance against outcomes in the NHS Outcomes Framework.

Medical Records: Data Protection

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ensure the new EU data protection regulation provides greater clarity and proportionality for patient data use in medical research. [113392]

Mr Simon Burns: The Ministry of Justice is co-ordinating the Government’s input into the EU data protection regulation and Department of Health officials are actively involved in this work to represent the interests of all parties in the United Kingdom who have a justifiable need to process health data. This includes ensuring that any new directive or regulation provides a clear and workable framework for health research compliance with data protection requirements.

Data protection law is, however, only one component of the governance framework for health research and the Government have commissioned a review of the current information governance rules and their application. The aim of this review is to ensure that an appropriate balance is struck between the protection of confidential and identifiable information within our health and care records and the use and sharing of that information to improve the quality and safety of our own care and for the benefit of wider society. Dame Fiona Caldicott is leading this independent review which will report later in the year.

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate he has made of the time taken in starting up medical research projects due to the system of regulation and governance for patient data use. [113393]

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Mr Simon Burns: When a research project requires access to confidential patient information without consent, statutory support is required to protect the discloser of the information from legal liability. This entails a review proportionate to the confidentiality issues highlighted by the particular research application. An application to the current process can take on average 40 days from submission to outcome or no more than 25 days for a more straightforward application. Research projects which already request explicit consent for confidential data to be used, or which can work from anonymised data rather than confidential data, can be commenced more quickly without the need for this further legal cover.

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the accessibility of patient data to medical researchers; and if he will make a statement. [113394]

Mr Simon Burns: As part of the Government's ‘Strategy for UK Life Sciences’, a new secure data service—the Clinical Practice Research Datalink—was established on 29 March 2012. The Government is investing £60 million over the next four years in this unique service that offers life sciences researchers access to anonymised and linked patient records covering primary, secondary, community and special care.

On 12 June, the Secretary of State for Health, my right hon. Friend the Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley), and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the Earl Howe, met with the Minister for Universities and Science, my right hon. Friend the Member for Havant (Mr Willetts), to discuss progress in implementing the life sciences strategy.

Midwives

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pre-registration midwifery places were commissioned in each strategic health authority area in England in (a) 2011-12 and (b) 2012-13. [113219]

Anne Milton: The number of pre-registration midwifery training commissions in each strategic health authority (SHA) in 2011-12 are shown in the following table:

2011-12 actual midwifery commissions (including 18 month diploma)
 Number

NHS North East

89

NHS North West

255

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber

271

NHS East Midlands

169

NHS West Midlands

287

NHS East of England

270

NHS London

573

NHS South East Coast

216

NHS South Central

200

NHS South West

154

England

2,484

Source: Multi-professional education and training monitoring returns.

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The actual number of midwifery training commissions for 2012-13 will not be available until May 2013. However, SHAs are planning an increase of 94 (3.8%) midwifery commissions on the previous year, as shown in the following table:

2011-12 planned midwifery commissions (including 18 month diploma)
 Number

NHS North East

94

NHS North West

253

NHS Yorkshire and the Humber

261

NHS East Midlands

172

NHS West Midlands

294

NHS East of England

274

NHS London

629

NHS South East Coast

238

NHS South Central

209

NHS South West

154

England

2,578

Source: Multi-professional education and training monitoring returns.

MMR Vaccine: Autism

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the court ruling in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca linking autism and the MMR vaccine, if he will commission new research on the link between autism and the MMR vaccine. [113368]

Bob Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the recent judgement in Italy in the case of Valentino Bocca relating to MMR inoculations and autism. [113234]

Anne Milton: In March a judge presiding over a case in Rimini Italy made a decision to award compensation to the parents of a nine year old boy on the basis that a vaccination against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) had caused autism. This decision reflects the opinion of a judge on the specific facts of this single case and should not be seen as a precedent for any other case. The safety of MMR has been endorsed through numerous studies in many countries, and no causal link between MMR vaccine and autism has been established. There are no plans to undertake further research nor to change MMR immunisation policy as a result of this Italian court decision.

NHS: Cost-effectiveness

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total savings to the NHS as a result of efficiency measures in 2012-13. [113721]

Mr Simon Burns: As part of the spending review settlement, the Department committed to deliver efficiency savings of up to £20 billion by 2014-15. The national health service has been planning since 2009 its response to the challenge of delivering these significant improvements in efficiency while also improving the quality of services and outcomes for patients.

In progressing towards this, in addition to efficiency savings of £5.8 billion in 2011-12, NHS organisations are currently planning to deliver further efficiencies of

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£4.9 billion in 2012-13. Previous to this, the Audit Commission has reported that the NHS made £4.3 billion in productivity gains during 2010-11.

NHS: Equality

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on how much was spent by the NHS on its recent equality, diversity and human rights week. [113028]

Paul Burstow: The information requested falls within the responsibility of NHS Employers.

NHS: Pensions

Jeremy Lefroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of (a) total

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contributions to the NHS pension scheme and

(b)

payments from the NHS pension scheme expected to be made under (i) current and (ii) new pension arrangements in each of the fiscal years from 2012-13 to 2039-40. [113288]

Mr Simon Burns: Contributions made to the NHS Pension Scheme in 2010-11 by employers were £5.553 billion and by employees were £2.578 billion making a total of £8.131 billion.

Payments from the NHS Pension Scheme under the current arrangements is in the following table. Forecasts are only available until 2017.

March 2012 forecast
£ million
 Outturn     Forecasts
 2010-112011-122012-132013-142014-152015-162016-17

Pension scheme Expenditure

6,931.3

7,552.7

8,515.5

8,981.5

9,483.4

9,943.2

10,548.8

        

Pension scheme receipts

-8,696.7

-8,533.2

-9,060.5

-9,158.6

-9,217.3

-9,440.6

-9,726.4

Of which:

       

Employer contributions

-5,553.2

-5,492.4

-5,421.9

-5,511.3

-5,561.6

-5,734.0

-5,911.7

Employee contributions

-2,578.3

-2,568.4

-3,075.6

-3,126.0

. -3,154.6

-3,252.3

-3,353.2

Other income

-565.2

-472.4

-563.0

-521.3

-501.1

-454.3

-461.5

Source: Data published by the Office for Budget Responsibility—March 2012

The table does include the known increase in employee contributions with an increase of £507 million in 2012-13. It does not yet include the changes to the contribution rates for 2013-14 and 2014-15 as these are subject to consultation.

Payment information on the new pension arrangements in each of the fiscal years from 2012-13 to 2039-40 is unavailable.

NHS: Research

Dr Huppert: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has considered the merits of bringing NHS research and development approvals within the Health Research Authority; and if he will make a statement. [113395]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government asked the Academy of Medical Sciences to conduct an independent review of the regulation and governance of health research in 2010. The Government considered its recommendations and responded by publishing proposals for health care and the life sciences in the Plan for Growth in 2011. These included establishing the new Health Research Authority and introducing, through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), both new incentives and tools to improve national health service efficiency in research.

New NIHR contracts with NHS providers now require information on local initiation and delivery of research, and funding will be affected from 2013. In May 2011, the Government launched the NIHR Research Support Services framework of tools to facilitate consistent local research management and improve performance. This framework is complemented by NIHR's co-ordinated system for gaining NHS permission for research which allows a central review of all issues which only need to be considered once, so individual NHS trusts can focus on considering site-specific issues.

The Health Research Authority is already working with partners including NIHR to promote consistent and proportionate standards for the system as a whole and to remove duplication. However, individual providers of NHS care are best placed to determine whether and how they can deliver a study, assessing local feasibility and planning so that research is carried out effectively.

NHS: Sexual Offences

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many sexual assaults on patients by NHS staff have been reported in each of the last five years. [112909]

Mr Simon Burns: The information is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Nurses: Temporary Employment

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS trusts have implemented the National Audit Office recommendations to appoint a board member with responsibility for developing and monitoring a trust-wide strategy for use of temporary nursing staff. [113220]

Mr Simon Burns: The information requested is not available centrally.

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Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each NHS trust spent on temporary nursing staff (a) provided by NHS Professionals and (b) excluding NHS Professionals in each year since 2004-05. [113221]

Anne Milton: The data requested are not available in the format requested. The Department does not require trusts to separate spend on temporary nursing staff from total agency spend and NHS Professionals (NHSP) does not provide the data by trust as they are commercially sensitive.

The following figures show the total revenues relating to nursing bank and agency staff charged to national health service trusts by NHSP:

£000
 Nursing:
InvoicedBankAgency

2011-12

213,459

56,163

2010-11

220,937

52,949

2009-10

238,027

46,784

2008-09

223,239

26,431

2007-08

194,189

10,599

2006-07

184,345

35,259

2005-06

188,597

67,374

2004-05

158,236

57,332

Caveats: 1. Not all agency spend is recorded by NHSP. Some agency staff may be ordered and paid for by ward managers outside of NHSP contracts. 2. NHSP are not able to separately record qualified and unqualified nursing separately, therefore the figures may include both. 3. No directly comparable data for the total spend by the NHS on temporary nursing staff exist.

Nurses: Training

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the attrition rate was for student nurses as a proportion of the starting cohort on each nursing pre-registration (a) degree and (b) diploma course completing in (i) 2010 and (ii) 2011. [113223]

Anne Milton: Nursing attrition rate calculations are based on the number of starters and leavers in each financial year. A nurse training course is typically three years long, however, it can take five years for a cohort to complete, due to trainees deferring for reasons such as maternity leave. The cohort completing in 2010 started in financial year 2006-07, for which the nursing attrition rates were 13.6% for degree and 28.5% for diploma.

Attrition figures for cohorts completing in 2011 have not yet been submitted to the Department, but should be available by the end July 2012.

Obesity: Children

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average weight and obesity levels were of a child at (a) birth, (b) five years and (c) 10 years in (i) 1990, (ii) 2000 and (iii) 2010. [113514]

Anne Milton: Information on children's mean weight is available in the “Health Survey for England—2010 child trend tables”, Table 2. Information is provided for children aged 0-15, for each year from 1995-2010.

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An equivalent table which shows the trend in mean body mass index (BMI) is available in Table 3 of the same child trend tables.

Information on the percentage of obese children by age group (2-10 years, 11-15 years and 2-15 years, for 1995-2010) is available in Table 4 of the child trend tables.

The above information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10trends

Information on the percentage of obese children by age and sex for 2010 is available in Table 11.2 of the “Health Survey for England 2010”, Chapter 11, Children's BMI, Overweight and Obesity. This information is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/hse10report

Equivalent data are not available for 1990. For 2000 the data has not been published.

Further information on the prevalence of obesity in children is available through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). Information is available for children in Reception (4-5 years) and year 6 (10-11 years) for 2010-11. Information showing the prevalence of obesity in these two school years in England is available at Table 1 of the “National Child Measurement Programme: England, 2010/11 school year” report. This report is available at:

www.ic.nhs.uk/statistics-and-data-collections/health-and-lifestyles/obesity/national-child-measurement-programme-england-2010-11-school-year

NCMP data are only available from 2006-07.

Copies of these documents have been placed in the Library.

Pain Relief

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many NHS trusts have categorised facet joint injections, caudal epidural injections or acupuncture as low priority treatments; and for what reasons; [113146]

(2) what information his Department holds on the number of NHS trusts planning to delay pain management treatments including facet joint injections, caudal epidural injections and acupuncture; and whether such treatments have been downgraded as a priority by the NHS. [113719]

Paul Burstow: The information requested is not available centrally. Commissioners are responsible for using their available resources to secure the best possible care for their populations, taking into account national clinical guidance and standards and local needs and priorities. In future, front line clinicians in clinical commissioning groups will be taking the lead in making these judgments. Where a commissioner has decided, as a matter of general policy, not to provide funding for certain treatments, they should have in place a transparent and fair process for considering requests for exceptional treatment on their merits.

Mr Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department holds on the number of patients (a) in Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and (b) nationally who have recently been removed from waiting lists for pain management treatments; and for what reasons they have been removed. [113720]

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Paul Burstow: The information requested is not available nationally. Decisions on treatments should be made by clinicians based on what is most clinically appropriate for the patient and take the individual patient's needs into account. Local managers need to be able to demonstrate how they have taken account of the best available evidence, patients' health care needs and the views of health care professionals who understand patients’ needs when making decisions.

Physiotherapy

Seema Malhotra: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time to see a physiotherapist is following referral in the NHS in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Hounslow in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12. [113414]

Anne Milton: The information requested is not collected centrally. It is the responsibility of local national health service organisations to commission services to meet the needs of their communities, including the provision of physiotherapy services. Currently there are no mandated data held centrally regarding physiotherapy waiting times unless part of a consultant-led episode within 18-week pathways.

The Allied Health Professions (AHP) referral to treatment (RTT) Revised Guide, published in December 2011, sets out a framework of rules for clock starts and clock stops to measure waiting times for patients when accessing NHS AHP services including physiotherapy. This was followed by a letter to the service from the Chief Health Professions Officer on 16 January 2012.

All AHPs delivering NHS funded care are encouraged to base their local data collections, local flows and reporting of AHP RTT data on the Community Information Data Set structure in anticipation of a national mandate for collection and reporting of data. Work is ongoing to provide the mechanisms for information flows to report AHP RTT centrally.

The ‘Allied Health Professional Referral to Treatment Revised Guide 2011’ can be found at:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_131969.pdf

and a copy has already been placed in the Library.

Seema Malhotra: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many physiotherapists were employed by the NHS in (a) 2008-9, (b) 2009-10, (c) 2010-11 and (d) 2011-12. [113431]

Mr Simon Burns: The Health and Social Care Information Centre annual workforce census is published in March and reports the numbers of national health service staff employed as at the 30 September the previous year.

The numbers of physiotherapists employed in September 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 are given in the following table. The number employed in 2012 will be available following publication of the next annual work force census in March 2013.

 Full-time equivalent (FTE)

2008

17,652

2009

18,460

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2010

18,610

2011

18,586

Primary Care Trusts: North East

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the total cost of the planned redundancies for primary health care trust staff in Northumbria, Tyne and Wear and Durham County on which he is consulting. [113125]

Mr Simon Burns: The revised Health and Social Care Bill Impact Assessment (table 4b, page 21) set out a best estimate of system-wide redundancy costs of £810 million over the course of this Parliament. A copy has already been placed in the Library and can be found at:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/documents/digitalasset/dh_129916.pdf

Within this, overall primary care trust (PCT) redundancy costs were estimated at £634 million. We do not hold a breakdown of these redundancy cost estimates at an individual PCT level as it will depend on recruitment decisions of organisations in those areas. The Department is working with both sending and receiving organisations to facilitate the transfer of staff where possible and minimise the level of redundancies and redundancy costs.

Primary Care Trusts: Redundancy

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trust staff in the North East of England covered by his Department's initial redundancy consultation launched in June 2012 he estimates could be re-employed by clinical commissioning groups; [113283]

(2) what estimate he has made of the number of primary care trust staff who will be made redundant in the north-east of England in 2012-13; and how many such staff he estimates will be subsequently re-employed within the NHS. [113284]

Mr Simon Burns: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for conducting their own redundancy consultations, in accordance with employment legislation. The Secretary of State has no direct involvement with these procedures.

Data on the numbers of PCT staff in the north-east of England who will be made redundant in 2012-13, and those who will be subsequently re-employed within the national health service, are not available. Greater clarity on the numbers of staff affected by change will gradually become available, but the full position will not be known until after 31 December 2012.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department has gathered from electronic staff records on the number of primary care trust staff in the North East (a) made redundant in (i) 2011-12 and (ii) 2012-13 and (b) subsequently re-employed in the NHS. [113291]

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Mr Simon Burns: 373 staff employed by primary care trusts (PCTs) in the North East were made redundant in 2010-11, as recorded on the Electronic Staff Record (ESR).

61 staff employed by PCTs in the North East were made redundant between April 2011 and December 2011, as recorded on the ESR. Figures for quarter four 2011-12 will be published on 24 July 2012 by the NHS Information Centre for Health and Social Care.

Information on the number of PCT staff in the North East who were made redundant and subsequently re-employed by national health service organisations can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish figures relating to the total cost of exit packages for primary care trust (PCT) staff in 2011-12; if he will ensure that such figures show the cost for each PCT on the same basis as that published by his Department for 2011-12; and what estimate he has made of the likely costs by PCTs in 2012-13. [113292]

Mr Simon Burns: Data on 2011-12 primary care trust (PCT) exit packages will be available later in the summer, once the Department's Annual Report and Accounts are audited and laid before Parliament.

The information will be published on a national aggregate level in the Annual Report and Accounts in the same format as previous years. The consolidated account does not present figures on an individual PCT basis. However if this information is requested once the accounts have been published, the Department will be able to provide it.

We hold statutory accounting information for previous years only. As such we are unable to provide any information relating to estimated figures on the cost of exit packages in PCTs for 2012-13.

Social Security Benefits: Appeals

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effect of any increase in the level of requests for medical evidence in support of appeal cases to the First-tier Tribunal Social Security and Child Support on the workload of (a) general practitioners, (b) consultants and (c) nurses in the NHS. [113303]

Mr Simon Burns: No assessment has been made of the impact of providing such information. However, we are not aware that the workload involved in providing these services is an issue.

If a patient were to seek medical evidence to support an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal, this would be private work i.e. outside of the requirements of the contracting arrangements for the provision of NHS primary medical services by general practitioners (GPs).

Similarly, there is no provision to require consultants or nurses in the NHS to provide such a service. As such, it is for individual practitioners to decide whether to provide such a service to their patients.

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The Social Security and Child Support Tribunal may request further evidence, when it deems it appropriate, from the health care professional that it considers will be able to provide the appropriate evidence. This may be the appellant's GP or consultant or another health care professional. Where this is the case, a fee may be payable for the provision of such information.

Social Services

Lyn Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects to publish its White Paper on social care. [113047]

Paul Burstow: We expect to publish a White Paper and progress report shortly.

Social Services: Older People

Nick Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 May 2012, Official Report, column 84W, on social services, whether his Department has considered the findings of the Care of Elderly People UK Market Survey 2011-12 by Laing and Buisson in developing its proposals for market oversight of adult residential care. [112896]

Paul Burstow: Yes. The Department is considering a range of evidence in developing its policy on oversight of the social care market, including the ‘Care of Elderly People UK Market Survey 2011-12’. In developing this policy, we also met with key stakeholders. The forthcoming White Paper on care and support will set out next steps regarding this work.

The ‘Care of Elderly People UK Market Survey 2011-12’ provides pertinent information regarding providers with a market share in local residential care markets of more than 25%.

Thalidomide

Jonathan Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people there are in each constituent part of the UK whose health has been affected by thalidomide. [113254]

Paul Burstow: We understand that the Thalidomide Trust supports 435 people in the United Kingdom whose health has been affected by Thalidomide. This breaks down per country, as follows:

UK beneficiaries by country
CountryNumber

England

327

Northern Ireland

18

Scotland

59

Wales

31

Mr Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to improve health and social care provision for thalidomide survivors. [113699]

Paul Burstow: The Government are committed to improving outcomes for disabled people and supporting them to live independent lives. This principle of improving

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outcomes and giving people more choice and control and purchasing power over the services they receive underpins all our health, social care and welfare reforms.

In December 2009, the previous Government made a £20 million grant to the Thalidomide Trust for a three-year pilot scheme in England, running from April 2010 until March 2013, to explore how the health needs of Thalidomide survivors can best be met in the longer term. Departmental officials have discussed the evaluation of the first year of the pilot with members of the Thalidomide Trust and the National Advisory Council and are awaiting the evaluation of the second year.

Cabinet Office

Abid Hussain

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have met Abid Hussain; [112976]

(2) whether Abid Hussain has attended any meetings at the Cabinet Office since May 2010; and when each such meeting took place. [112982]

Mr Maude: Details of Ministers' meetings with external organisations are available in the Library of the House.

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) whether Abid Hussain was subject to any form of security vetting before accompanying the Minister without Portfolio on official overseas visits; [112977]

(2) whether his Department cleared Abid Hussain to accompany the Minister without Portfolio on any official overseas trips since May 2010; and for which such trips. [112979]

Mr Maude: Mr Abid Hussain has not been part of any official delegation for any of the Minister without Portfolio’s overseas visits.

Advisory Services: Finance

Yvonne Fovargue: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many advice agencies have received funding from the £107 million Big Society Transition Fund announced in the spending review October 2010; [113555]

(2) how much and what proportion of the £107 million Big Society Transition Fund announced in the October 2010 spending review was received by advice agencies. [113556]

Mr Hurd: Of the 1,010 organisations that were awarded Transition Fund grants, at least 52 are advice agencies. The grants to advice agencies total at least £17.5 million (16.4%) of the £107 million fund.

In addition, the Government have already made £16.8 million available to the not-for-profit advice sector in England through the Advice Service Fund, with a further £40 million announced in the recent Budget for advice services across the UK.

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Average Earnings

Mr Woodward: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what the average earnings were of (a) full-time male, (b) part-time male, (c) full-time female and (d) part-time female workers in (i) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) England in each of the last five years. [113430]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what the average earnings were of (a) full-time male, (b) part-time male, (c) full-time female and (d) part-time female workers in (i) St Helens South and Whiston constituency, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) England in each of the last five years. (113430)

Average levels of earnings are estimated from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), and are provided for all employees on adult rates of pay whose pay for the survey period was not affected by absence. The ASHE, carried out in April each year, is the most comprehensive source of earnings information in the United Kingdom.

Following tables show the median gross weekly earnings for full-time male, full-time female, part-time male and part-time female employee jobs in St Helens South and Whiston constituency from 2009 to 2011, Merseyside and England from 2007 to 2011. 2011 is the latest date for which figures are available.

Median Gross Weekly Earnings (£)—for full-time male, full-time female, part-time male and part-time female employee jobs(1): (i) St Helens South and Whiston constituency 2009 to 2011, (ii) Merseyside and (iii) England 2007 to 2011
St Helens South and Whiston constituency
 MaleFemale
 Full-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

2009

*461.1

x

**416.1

**149.7

2010

*473.1

x

**418.3

**159.8

2011(2)

*463.1

x

**425.6

**165.4

2011(3)

*463.0

x

**423.0

**163.9

Merseyside
 MaleFemale
 Full-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

2007

473.2

**121.9

383.3

139.8

2008

481.7

**124.4

397.5

143.0

2009

494.9

*143.5

414.7

150.0

2010

497.0

*145.0

425.0

154.7

2011(2)

497.8

*147.6

429.8

158.6

2011(3)

499.2

*147.5

424.3

156.5

England
 MaleFemale
 Full-timePart-timeFull-timePart-time

2007

505.5

136.5

400.0

145.5

2008

528.8

136.1

417.3

149.0

2009

538.2

143.2

430.8

154.6

2010

545.8

142.4

442.5

156.8

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2011(2)

547.8

142.5

448.5

157.5

2011(3)

547.4

142.7

442.2

156.1

(1) Employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence. (2) 2011 results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2000. (3) 2011 results based on Standard Occupational Classification 2010. Guide to quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of a figure, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an average of 200 with a CV of 5%, we would expect the population average to be within the range 180 to 220. Key: CV<=5% * CV>5% and <=10% ** CV>10% and <=20% x Unreliable Note: St Helens South and Whiston constituency replaced the St Helens South constituency in 2009. It covers the south of the Metropolitan borough of St Helens and also includes three wards from the Knowsley borough. Source: Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), Office for National Statistics

Conservative Friends of Pakistan

Michael Dugher: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held meetings at the Cabinet Office with representatives of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan since May 2010. [112974]

Mr Maude: No Cabinet Office Ministers have held meetings at the Cabinet Office with representatives of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan.

Details of Ministers' meetings with external organisations are available in the Library of the House.

Data Visualisation

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps he is taking to encourage the use of new techniques in data visualisation in his Department. [111709]

Mr Maude [holding answer 18 June 2012]: The Government have been publishing unprecedented amounts

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of data through data.gov.uk in formats that facilitate the creation of data visualisations and have been working with developers and data users to understand more about what they want. Currently, the public have access to over 45,000 Government data files through data.gov.uk and we are working to identify more.

Employment: North East

Tom Blenkinsop: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (i) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (ii) Teesside and (iii) the North East of England in each year since 2003. [113790]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the.UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking what estimate he has made of the total number of (a) private, (b) public and (c) third sector jobs in (i) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency, (ii) Teesside and (iii) the North East of England in each year since 2003. (113790)

Public and private 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.

Estimates on people employed in the third sector are currently not available from APS. Individuals employed in voluntary organisations, charities and trusts are generally included in private sector estimates.

Table 1 shows the number of persons resident in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland parliamentary constituency, Teesside and North East employed in public and private sector from APS for the period April 2011 to March 2012, which is the most recent data available and January to December for the previous eight years.

Teesside has been formed by combining Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar and Cleveland Unitary Authorities.

As with any sample survey, estimates from APS are subject to a margin of uncertainty. A guide to the quality of the estimates is given in Table 1.

National and local area estimates for many labour market statistics, including employment, unemployment and claimant count are available on the NOMIS website at:

http://www.nomisweb.co.uk

Table 1: Number(1) of persons in employment in the public and private sectors, resident in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland parliamentary constituency, Teesside and North East
Thousand
 Middlesbrough South and East ClevelandTeessideNorth East
 PublicPrivatePublicPrivatePublicPrivate

12 months ending

      

December 2004

13

32

53

147

316

794

December 2005

12

31

52

151

319

808

December 2006

13

34

55

149

319

816

December 2007

15

33

58

147

330

824

December 2008

15

29

55

141

321

826

December 2009

12

28

58

139

334

782

December 2010

11

27

55

140

331

789

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December 2011

10

30

54

139

319

794

March 2012

***10

**29

**53

*137

*309

*796

(1) Coefficients of Variation have been calculated for the latest period as an indication of the quality of the estimates. See Guide to Quality below. Guide to Quality: The Coefficient of Variation (CV) indicates the quality of an estimate, the smaller the CV value the higher the quality. The true value is likely to lie within +/- twice the CV—for example, for an estimate of 200 with a CV of 5% we would expect the population total to be within the range 180-220. Key:* 0 ≤ CV<5%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered precise. ** 5 ≤ CV <10%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered reasonably precise. *** 10 ≤ CV <20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered acceptable. **** CV ≥ 20%—Statistical Robustness: Estimates are considered too unreliable for practical purposes. Source: Annual Population Survey

Government Departments: Pay

Rachel Reeves: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 26 April 2012, Official Report, column 1057W, on Government Departments: pay, how many officials paid off-payroll he estimates were not included in the list of high earners published on www.data.gov.uk in 2011. [113554]

Mr Maude: Further to the answer I gave to the hon. Member on 20 June 2012, Official Report, column 1073W, the review published by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the right hon. Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey (Danny Alexander) included information on numbers and costs of off-payroll engagements.

Heart Diseases

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men aged between 35 and 64 years in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have died from heart disease in each of the last five years. [113682]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many men aged between 35 and 64 years died from heart disease in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years (113682).

Table 1 as follows shows the number of deaths where ischaemic heart disease was the underlying cause for (a) Jarrow parliamentary constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) the North East region and the UK between 2G06 and 2010 (the latest year available).

Table 1. Number of deaths from heart disease among men aged between 35 and 64 years in the UK, the North East region, South Tyneside local authority and Jarrow parliamentary constituency, 2006-10(1, 2, 3)
Deaths (persons)
Area20062007200820092010

United Kingdom

10,549

10,238

9,836

9,289

9,120

North East region

504

527

483

480

474

South Tyneside local authority

29

35

26

35

19

Jarrow parliamentary constituency

16

29

8

21

8

(1 )Figures arc for deaths registered in each calendar year and include non-residents for the UK. All sub-national figures exclude non-residents. (2) Cause of death for heart disease was defined using the International Classifications of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes I20-I25. (3) Figures are based on boundaries as of February 2012.

Mr Hepburn: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many men aged under 75 years in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK have died from heart disease in each of the last five years. [113683]

Mr Hurd: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated June 2012:

As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many men aged under 75 years died from heart disease in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each of the last five years (113683).

Table 1 following shows the number of deaths where ischaemic heart disease was the underlying cause for (a) Jarrow parliamentary constituency, (b) South Tyneside local authority, (c) the North East region and the UK between 2006 and 2010 (the latest year available).

Table 1: Number of deaths from heart disease among men aged under 75 years in the UK, the North East Region, South Tyneside local authority and Jarrow parliamentary constituency, 2006-10(1,2,3)
Deaths (persons)
Area20062007200820092010

United Kingdom

22,613

21,763

20,842

19,617

19,172

North East region

1,135

1,093

1,037

949

916

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South Tyneside local authority

72

65

52

70

46

Jarrow parliamentary constituency

42

42-

22

35

23

(1) Figures are for deaths registered in each calendar year and include non-residents for the UK. All sub-national figures exclude non-residents: (2) Cause of death for heart disease was defined using the International Classifications of Diseases Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes 120-125. (3) Figures are based on boundaries as of February 2012.